My Auntie M (as children we thought we were pretty special to have our own Auntie M–Like Dorothy) shared some of her writing with us this month and– ass that I am, I forgot to post it last night… chalk it up to all the changes I’m supposed to be going through.
Anyhow, it is a beautiful idea that she had and I am honored to share it with you today.
“Oh it’s NOTHING.”
Have you ever done something for someone that you think is small and they tell you Thank you, And you reply – “Oh, Its Nothing.”?
Something like, taking the newspaper in when you walk in your grandma’s house.
Maybe you just handed someone a napkin when they were too far away from the dispenser, or said; “Hello”, to someone who was all alone?
To you it may be nothing. But have you ever thought about what “Nothing does?
Today I was filling out a form for a woman. It was so that she could receive an award, a token of the boss’s appreciation for a job well done.
As I typed in the amount of the bonus I was supposed to input $100.00 but accidentally put in $1000.00! When I proof read the form and realized the mistake, it was amazing to me how much one NOTHING can do.
It made me think of the many times I have said or heard; “Oh, It’s nothing.”
I just imagined what would have happened if I had left the form like that…
The awards were going to go clear up to the big boss’s desk and just suppose that she had missed that amount as well.
(I had actually shown it to the individual’s manager and he didn’t notice my mistake.)
Think with me for a moment, if you will. What would have happened – say – If it would have gone all the way through the pipe line? WOW what a bonus for a few hours work!
What if I had left off one of the nothings – $10.00? WOW what a slap in the face for all that work! Or Lets say I had not put in another nothing? $1 – for all the work this employee had done over a month’s time that had helped the company greatly.
If we were to take out all of the nothings in the amount it would be just 1 cent. That would have been quite a kick in the teeth! Let’s go back and imagine for just a second if I had added ANOTHER “NOTHING” to that award form? $10,000.00 Wouldn’t you have wanted to be the recipient of that? I know I would. Shoot – today I would take the $10.00!
This made me think, What if we do a bunch of ‘NOTHINGS” in each day – what a difference we can make, in our lives – because after all “IT IS NOTHING”. Yet how do you feel when you do a “NOTHING” for someone? You would feel pretty good most of the time if you knew you were doing little things for others that to you may be “NOTHING” but that they may be struggling to get to or just can’t do.
How about at home? You and your husband just doing the little “NOTHINGS” that mean so much to each other or your children doing all the little “NOTHINGS” that would help SO much.
Have you done nothing all day? You should feel pretty good about yourself about now.
Well, this is a whole lot of “NOTHING” for me to write a whole page about –
But it made me think. “NOTHING” CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE EVERYDAY!