No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted

So, it's Blogopalooza tonight!  This week's topic is to write about a quote that has meaning to us and why.

As you might have guessed by the title of this post, Aesop's fable has shaped my life in many ways, big and small.  As a third grader at Sheridan School in Lake Forest, our project was to copy this quote on parchment paper and place it on a wooden paddle which each of us handcrafted.

At this point I should let you know that I still have that paddle.  For reals. What makes this even more intriguing is that since third grade, I have moved 11 times.

Why have I kept this quote?

It speaks to me in a way that nothing else ever has.  It reminds me that every morsel of effort spent on helping another person is never for naught.  Over the years I have to come embrace Aesop's words in a more intimate way; Not only is an act of kindness ever wasted, it is an imperative.

Over the past 25 years I have found myself in my fair share of deep, dark wells.  It was the support from family and friends that pulled me out, and has kept me out more times than I can count.  An act of kindness?  It can mean the difference between staying in the abyss and having the energy to come out.

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.   Holding a door open for the next guy, buying an active-duty serviceman a cup of coffee and sending a note on Mother's Day to a friend who has lost their mom.

Like many teachers, we never really know the impact we have had on someone.  An act of kindness might have been small to you, but to the recipient, it meant the world.  It is never "just" anything.

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.  Guiding words for each of us.

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