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The Smallest Gesture Brings the Greatest Reward

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We all have the ability to help others, and sometimes the smallest gesture can bring the greatest reward. I remember one day when I was waiting in the subway station for a train. There was an elderly woman who passed me by. She took the time to look around the subway platform when a disturbing look came across her face. I was compelled to see where she was looking and soon saw the graffiti that caught her attention. It was an insidious symbol; it was a swastika. She couldn’t take her eyes off of it and neither could I, which turned out to be a blessing. After a moment, I noticed the texture of the drawing. It became obvious to me that it was lipstick. I rummaged a napkin out of my bag, walked over to the symbol, and wiped it away. With that small action, I saw her smile. We never spoke, but I’ll never forget her grateful look and the feeling it gave me. It touches me to this day.

I’m sure others have had an experience when the smallest gesture brought the greatest reward, and I’d love to hear about it. Thanks so much for sharing.

“You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can.”
– Henry David Thoreau

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