From Laura McBride, who is unknown to me but much appreciated.
"It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the
unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned
laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges
help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the
counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers
the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a
stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the
small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the
grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost,
touches the lonely, is the whole thing."