What counts?

Jody Beth, my faithful pup, brings me my cane I left in the bird garden. The carved, wooden handle of my cane is dangling, chewed up. The cane is useless. 

As told to me by my mother a hundred times, when her mother was dying upstairs, little Donnie Kuhl, age three or so, mixed up a glass of Kool-Aid to take upstairs for his grandma.   

By the time little Donnie mastered the final stair, no Kool-Aid was left in the glass. Grandma’s thirst went unquenched. My ailing grandma reached out and gave me a big hug anyway. My mom did, too.

Today, I put the cane in the trash barrel and got on my knees to give Jody Beth a big hug.

For 70 years now, I have witnessed many gestures of kindness. Whether the handle has been mangled or the glass shows up empty doesn’t matter much in the big scheme of life. It’s the gesture that counts.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.