Another quote that has graced our chalkboard is the moral of Aesop’s fable, The Lion and the Mouse. Aesop was an ancient Greek story teller; he is mentioned multiple times by an absolute “who’s who” of ancient Greece. Aristotle references him; Aristophanes writes of reading Aesop’s works; in a poem to Euripides, Sophocles speaks of one of Aesop’s fables, The North Wind and the Sun.
The Lion and the Mouse is the tale of a mighty lion who, after some convincing, agrees to free a timid mouse instead of making a meal of her. Before scurrying away, the mouse promises that one day she will repay the lion for his kindness. Needless to say, a few days later the lion is trapped in a hunter’s net. Hearing the lion roar in frustration the mouse appears and quickly sets to work gnawing through the ropes that bind; the tables have turned and the small mouse frees the ferocious lion.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” is a good reminder for us all, on several levels. We may do a kindness to someone who one day will repay us in some way. Another way to look at this moral is to understand that no matter how “small” we are, we can make a positive difference in someone’s life- just by being kind. My favorite way to interpret this quote is the idea that even the smallest gesture, one we may not even think about- a smile, opening a door, saying please or thank you, can bring a little light into someone’s day.
I would like to thank Natascha over at Natascha’s Palace for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Natascha is an elementary school teacher, a Canadian ex-pat in Spain, and an incredible home cook. Her blog is full of delicious food and lovely anecdotes about her life in Spain. Thank you, Natascha for thinking of me!
Rules of the challenge:
Thank the blogger that nominated you.
Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything.
On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.