No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Before he gained fame as a storyteller, Aesop was an enslaved worker in Greece in the sixth century BCE. After he was granted his freedom, legend has it the Greek fabulist traveled the land sharing narratives that would last through the ages, including “The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” This quote summarizes the moral of Aesop’s fable “The Lion and the Mouse.” In the tale, a lion catches a fast-talking mouse who insists that he might someday be useful to the lion. Laughing, the lion does him the kindness of sparing his life. Later, the mouse happens upon the lion shortly after the great beast has been caught in the net of a hunter. The mouse chews through the ropes of the net, setting the lion free and saving his life.