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Wednesday, August 30

Keeper of the Spring

Once a quiet forest dweller lived high above a village in the Alps.

This elderly gentleman had been hired many years before by the town council to clear away debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the spring flowing through the town.

With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the branches, and wiped away the silt that would contaminate the fresh flow of water.

Because of the beauty of the spring and its ponds and waterfalls, the village became a popular spot for vacationers. Swans populated clear pools and sightseers enjoyed picturesque views.

Years passed. One evening the town council met for its semi-annual meeting. As they reviewed the budget, one man's eye caught the salary figure being paid to the obscure keeper of the spring. The councilman questioned the necessity of the expense and, because the council did not have a clear understanding of the importance of the gentleman's service, they unanimously cut his position.

For several weeks nothing changed. In early autumn the trees began to lose leaves and branches into the spring, hindering the flow of the sparkling water. One afternoon someone noticed a slight yellowish-brown tint in the spring. A few days later, the water was much darker. Soon after, a slimy film covered the water and a foul odor was detected. The swans and the tourists left and fingers of disease reached the village.

Quickly realizing their error in judgment, the town council hired back the keeper of the spring. The keeper of the spring began to perform his quiet, yet vital work and, again, all was as it should be.

Author Unknown
As told by the late chaplain of the Senate, Peter Marshall

Never become discouraged with the seeming smallness of your task/job or life. Cling fast to the words of Edward Everett Hale: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do."

The key to accomplishment is believing that what you can do will make a difference.

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