In J. R. R, Tolkien's book The Hobbit, Gandalf when facing the darkness of Saruman gives reason as to why he selected an unimpressive hobbit like Bilbo to carry the Ring in the fight against the enemy of darkness. Gandalf proclaims, "Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
Last week, after applying and paying for a P.O. Box online, I went to Big Bend, Wisconsin to pick up my key and box number. It was a horribly hot humid miserable day, and upon arriving to this very small post office, I was met by the sole employee of that office. Presenting my paperwork to obtain the key and box number, immediately trouble ensued. The Postal Employee introduced herself as Joannie. Joannie, in a very pleasant tone, asked for further paperwork of which I did not possess. In bold print on an empty application, it stated that in addition to the receipt, a copy of the application must accompany the applicant. I dropped the ball on that one. Joanie asked, "What is the telephone number you put on your application?" After giving her the number she replied very pleasantly, "No, that doesn't work." So, I gave her my home number. Nope, that didn't work. So, I thought, "Did I give my wife's cell number?" Nope! All the phone numbers I knew, and not one of them worked on the computer to bring up a copy of my application for a P.O. Box. At that point, Joanie began searching for a number of items known only to herself at the time, and after ten long minutes she came from the back with a copy of my application! Friends, when you put a wrong phone number on the application by inverting the first two numbers, good results are difficult.
Patiently, Joannie assisted me as I completed a new application at her request. Thirty-two minutes after entering the front door, I left with a P.O. box number and a key. With her pleasant demeanor and tenacity Joannie pulled it off!
Here's to the ordinary people doing small acts of kindness that hold back the power of darkness in our daily lives. Well done Joannie!
What small acts of kindness will you do today to hold back the power of darkness in someone else's life?
Just My Thoughts,