Doing the good works that appear small do not reflect the fact that those little deeds are the equivalent of larger good deeds, as you take the longer view of time. Always sow your seeds of compassion. I recall another story of a Nun in Tibet who was tortured by the Chinese. Even though all that, she showed an unwavering compassion even to those that tortured her. As you grow in wisdom, you will reap slowly all the good works you had planted as seeds.
A significant delusion is not seeing the paradox of life and death. Believing that suffering, pain, and death will not happen to you is a delusion that will keep you from compassionate acts. It is also a delusion to assume that anything lasts. Recall the Robert Frost Poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. That is why your valuable possessions won’t make you happy. You can only possess them for a short time, and then your possessions will move away from you. Clutching onto them, even as they pull away, and they will pull away, from you won’t make your heart happy. Instead, you will always be clutching onto the valuable possessions with all your might, resisting it, and allowing suffering to enter your being.
When another wise Buddhist monk was asked the secret to his peace, he said he would meditate and embrace the three words, “Not always so,” over and over again. So when you are at any height in your life, repeat the mantra “Not always so,” in order to be ready when the inevitable fall comes. Then, at the nadir of a circumstance, as when you were at the zenith, again repeat those words, “Not always so,” in order that you may center your mind again.