It was almost the end of the semester, and the Student Government Officers were getting together soon to discuss end-of-the-year awards. Which student had raised the most money? Who participated in the most charities? Who had the most school spirit? Was there someone who really went above and beyond this year?
Recommendations and nominations started coming in quickly, names of students we all knew, whom everyone had seen getting involved. But I kept coming back to this one person. I couldn't recall her name, but I remembered that she is a member of Delta Zeta. I saw her on Saturdays at the retirement home, at Homecoming greeting alums, handing out flyers for the charity bake sale - and she was usually with her Delta Zeta sisters, who were doing the same things. As I looked back through the pictures of our past events, I saw her, always busy, always there, in the background, doing the little things that made a big difference.
As she stepped up to receive the biggest award of the night, we all got a chance to remember that the right thing isn't working hard to get attention; it's paying attention to the little things. In her thank you speech, she said that Delta Zeta's Creed says, "I promise temperance and insight and courage, To crusade for justice, To seek the truth and defend it always." I know she lives that truth every day.