Yesterday I was thinking about blogging about some ways we could use time in order to have a feeling of accomplishment as we finish off the year. I will still blog about that, but meanwhile, last night, I suddenly realized this is not only the end of a year, 2009, but the end of a decade, the first decade of the 21st century. This idea led my thinking in a whole different direction, pondering these past ten years.
There are times when one seemingly “small” act of kindness can powerfully impact the recipient’s life for years to come. Such was the case in late October, 1963, when my Grade One teacher placed a bookmark on my desk. Printed in felt marker below a little drawing of a smiling pumpkin, was this simple sentence: “I do my best.”