By Paula Butler
Member, CommUNITY Living Committee
One of Aesop’s fables tells a story of a lion who is about to eat a mouse. The mouse begs the lion to spare his life, claiming that he may be of some use to the lion in the future. The lion laughs this idea off but lets the mouse go. Later, the lion gets caught in a trap and his mouse friend reappears to chew at the rope and free the lion. Even though it eventually worked out in his favor, when the lion made the decision to let the mouse live, he did so without the expectation that the mouse would repay him- in fact, he laughed at the notion that the mouse would ever find himself in such a position.
The CommUNITY Living Committee’s Pay It Forward initiative encourages all Riderwood residents and staff to practice kindness and compassion without any expectations or selfish motivations. If someone does something nice for you, you can always return the favor- but why not spread the kindness by paying it forward and helping someone else? And why wait for someone else to start the chain? Start with your own kind act and watch how many people are positively affected by one good deed. To help you get started, look for Emily P. Riderwood around campus- she’s here to remind us about the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct and how we can practice them. All it takes is one random act of kindness to start a movement. Could it be yours?
“One person cannot change the world, yet the world can change because of one person.”
– Nicolas G. Janovsky