I do not know which poet wrote this, but I know that the poet told the truth. There are big people who do big acts of kindness. Mark Zuckerberg of Face Book gave 45 billion dollars in charity, Warren Buffet of Walmart 32 billion, and Bill Gates of Microsoft 28 billion. Their donations have been saving millions of lives in the world. There are also small people who do small acts of kindness. If they have financial means, they give whatever money they can to help the needy. Others give good advice to people that may change the direction of their life for the better. I know people whose advice brought extraordinary results in the lives of others. You may visit someone who is sick, or just speak kind words with your neighbours, your employees and the rickshaw peddlers. These acts are also precious gems on earth. “Though they seem but little, priceless is their worth.” You do an act of kindness, my brother does one, and I do one. Thus together we can change the world. The following is a story that exemplifies what a small act of kindness can do. .
The story goes that once a poor Scottish farmer heard a cry for help from a nearby bog (soft muddy swamp). He ran to the bog. “There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.” The boy could have died a terrifying death. The farmer saved the boy’s life. The next day a rich nobleman came to the farm and offered to repay his debt to the farmer for having saved the life of his son. The farmer refused to be paid for an act which he considered his duty to do.Then the nobleman offered to send the farmer’s son to a good school. The farmer agreed.
Do you know who this farmer’s son was? He was Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years later the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. Who was the nobleman’s son? Sir Winston Churchill, the mighty Prime Minister of England during the Second World War.
Pictures of Sir Alexander Fleming, and Sir Winston Churchil.