Even Nothing Is Something

Posted by Art Raymond 2 Comments

This is an email that was sent to the faculty at Moody. You can read the story at the end with several contexts in mind. For example, you can read it with the events in north Africa and the Middle East as your lense. Feel free to share the story with others. It came to me by way of my priest.

Even Nothing Is Something

The little hearts in the mail room serve as a window into the hearts of the adults at Moody Middle School. They illustrate that a lot of little things take place around here - some that are noticed and some that are sublime. Some are funny. Some are touching.
The important thing about the little hearts is that they represent who we are and what we need from one another. Some of them may seem like nothing to us. We even say sometimes when we do something for someone that “it was nothing.” It is to say that it was effortless. It is to say that at times kindness requires little effort.
So, remember the power of the little things. Even when they seem like nothing.
The following story communicates the value of nothing. It is from “New Fables: Thus Spoke the Caribou” by Kurt Kauter.

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a coal-mouse asked a wild dove.
"Nothing more than nothing," came the answer.
"In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story," the coal-mouse said.
"I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow -- not heavily, not in a raging blizzard -- no, just like in a dream, without a wound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741,953rd dropped onto the branch -- nothing more than nothing, as you say -- the branch broke off."
Having said that, the coal-mouse flew away.
The dove, an authority on this since the time of Noah, thought about the story for awhile, and finally said to herself, "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come to the world."



Kelly L. said:

Aaahhh...the value of nothing. Art - thank you for helping me see how all of those nothings are really something!!

02/23/2011 at 02:21 am

Nicki P. said:

Every voice matters. I love this.

02/24/2011 at 12:17 pm

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