Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's the little things . . .

We've all heard that it's the little things in life that make the difference -- it's true, and sometimes when you least expect it!

Our case managers make their home visits in pairs. One pair, Tena and Eric, came back feeling so blessed from such a small thing.

As they were on their way to do their home visit Eric showed Tena a penny he had found in his driveway that morning. It was a unique penny because it had a small picture of John F Kennedy as well on the front of it. Neither Tena or Eric were certain it was even real but it was unique so he held on to it.

While the homeowner was copying some of her documentation for the case managers she ran across her insurance papers. The papers were still wet and moldy, actually dripping with old flood waters. In that same envelope were some family photos that were also destroyed. The homeowner could not hold back her tears as she continued to explain that she had been a coin collector and had lost the entire collection.

Eric knew then just why he had found that special penny that morning. He pulled out the penny, showed it to the homeowner and then told her it was hers to keep! As she looked in disbelief the joy brought out a wonderful smile -- even in the midst of the destruction. She told Eric that even if that penny was worthless to the world -- it made her day!

Sometimes we never know how our smallest of actions have the most giant effects. One teeny tiny act of kindness can literally change someones day. I know that homeowner has already shared both the story of the penny and the penny to everyone she knows and that small penny did the same thing for them -- brought a smile to their face and warmth to their hearts!

We all would do well to remember the little things -- and listen to that still small voice that tells us to light up the world with our "worthless" things!

Thank you both, Tena and Eric, for sharing your hearts of service and your acts of kindness! Keep up the good work!

Until next time . . . Susan and Monty

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