I haven’t been watching the news lately…instead I have been engrossed in old Carol Burnett shows. Andy Griffith was on one I watched recently and he told the fable of the mouse and the lion.
To simplify – here’s a short version:
- Happy mouse says hello to and loves everyone
- Mouse walks into a cave and gets caught by the lion resting there
- Mouse suggests that lion let him go because one day he will be of service to the lion
- Lion laughs at that and can’t understand how a little mouse can ever be of service to him, the king of the jungle, but releases him anyway
- Years go by and the mouse comes across the lion trapped in a hunter’s net
- Mouse chews through the net and sets the lion free
The moral of the story is: You never know the impact of a little kindness. Of course, Mr. Griffith is an amazing storyteller. He was eloquent and engaging, and had a way of telling the story as if he knew a secret and you were lucky he was letting you in on it.
I watched this segment twice and was truly inspired. In my personal life, kindness isn’t one of my go-to traits. I can often be immersed in my own thoughts and so action-oriented that I forget the small, meaningful kindnesses.
So, feeling inspired, I made a list of things that I can do to pass on a little kindness. I started with allowing my “Thank you’s” to really reach my eyes. Now, even if I’m speaking to someone over the phone they might not see my eyes, but they can hear that my “Thank you” is offered with my entire heart.
Most importantly, I’m practicing kindness to myself. If the dishes aren’t done, it’s okay – and I am no longer a captive to my email and phone messages.
I have a new understanding of what it means to be kind; and I’m determined to continue my pledge when I can leave my house again.
What is all very present for me now is that I want to leave this place better than when I arrived.