With the cheer of the holiday season I am reminded of a story I would like to share:
The Littlest Elf
Way back in the history of Santa there was an elf so tiny he always seems to be underfoot.
If he went into the doll room to help paint little blue eyes, he might get his fingers banged with a paint can. If he went to help put tires on toy trucks, he was always bumped and jostled.
As Christmas came closer, the other elves seemed grumpy and in a hurry. No one seemed to notice the littlest elf, but he smiled, hummed and tried to help wherever he saw help was needed.
One night Santa came to the elf factory and saw that the big elves were still grumpy, but the littlest elf was cheerful and helpful as always. While the other elves worked just as hard, the littlest elf seemed to be the happiest.
“Littlest elf,” called Santa, “I want to ask you something.”
All the other elves stopped in their tracks and Santa continued, “Why is it you get jostled and bumped and yet you never complain? You are always happy to help.”
“Well, Santa,” responded the littlest elf, “I love what I do, and no matter how much life bumps and jostles me, I am just thankful to be able to do the thing I love the most.”
The other elves looked around at each other and thought about if they really loved what they do. They thought about how they never noticed their happy workmate as they hustled and bustled. They did not take time to remember how much they loved the work they did.
The next day, the bigger elves were not only more cheery and smiling, but they hummed the same tune as the littlest elf and remembered to be more mindful of his presence.
During this holiday season, I wish you joy, happiness, health and wonderful memories for the holiday as well as the coming year. Like the littlest elf, I am thankful to be able to work and play in this area I love so much. Thank you all for your amazing support in 2016, and I can’t wait to help you to find the perfect home or to sell yours to the perfect family in 2017.
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