On a snowy branch in a field covered with new fallen snow, a little mouse looked up to the wise owl and asked him, “What is the weight of a snowflake?” “What a silly question. You know snowflakes weigh nothing,” answered the wise old owl.
The mouse thought awhile but then shared a story. The mouse told the owl about the time he was settled on a white birch branch, counting snowflakes as they fell in a steady stream and landed silently on the branch. The mouse counted and counted each individual snowflake for what seemed like forever, when suddenly as the next snowflake fell and he heard a loud CRACK.
With a gentle thud the branch fell to the ground and was lost in the snow. As the mouse finished his story he looked earnestly at the owl and said, “Pfft … don’t tell me a snowflake weighs nothing!”
What a wonderful story that reinforces even the tiniest of things have great power. We are reminded of a saying, “Every avalanche starts with one snowflake.”
Each of us are equipped with the ability to spread kindness and goodness through even the smallest actions. So this holiday season, as we are offered an abundance of opportunities for great reflection, know that you can truly make a difference with a single act of kindness but collectively we can change the world.
A weightless snowflake, indeed.
Together let’s start an avalanche of goodness.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Poretta & Orr!