It Adds Up


On the slopes of Long’s Peak in Colorado lay the ruins of a gigantic tree. Naturalists tell us that it stood for some 400 years. It was a seedling when Columbus landed at San Salvador, and half grown when the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. During the course of its long life, it was struck by lightning 14 times and the innumerable avalanches and storms of four centuries thundered past it. It survived them all. In the end, however, an army of beetles attacked the tree and leveled it to the ground. The insects ate their way throughout the bark and gradually destroyed the inner strength of the tree by their tiny, but incessant attacks. A forest giant which age had not withered, nor lightning blasted, nor storms subdued, fell at last before beetles so small that a man could crush them between his forefinger and his thumb.


Just as small combined efforts of beetles can destroy, so likewise can small investments of love, care and kindness have a building effect in our relationships and a major impact on the people we influence.


It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.


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  1. Not far from where I live,in Central Florida there was a huge,majestic cypress tree named “The Senator”, look it up. It lived for 3,500 years(forget 400 years), until January of 2012 when a drug-addicted woman who was trying to light a crack cocaine pipe,caught the tree on fire and then fled the scene. Before firefighters could respond the tree was fully engulfed in flames. It was ultimately destroyed. Nature isn’t always the worst enemy of it’s own splendors,sometimes very stupid and careless people are the worst enemy.

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