Two Old-timers, Rodger and Chuck, met in the park every day to feed the pigeons, watch the squirrels and discuss world problems.
One day Rodger didn't show up.
Chuck didn't think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something.
But after Rodger hadn't shown up for a week or so, Chuck really got worried.
However, since the only time they ever got together was at the park Chuck didn't know where Rodger lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.
A month had passed, and Chuck figured he had seen the last of Rodger.
But one day, Chuck approached the park and -- lo and behold, there sat Rodger!
Chuck was very excited and happy to see him and told him so.
Then he said, 'For crying out loud Rodger, what in the world happened to you?'
Rodger replied, 'I have been in jail.'
'Jail?' cried Chuck. 'What in the world for?'
'Well,' Rodger said, 'you know Judy, that cute little waitress at the coffee shop where we sometimes go?' 'Yeah,'said Chuck, 'I remember her.
What about her?' 'Well, one day she filed rape charges against me and, at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I pleaded guilty.
And .. the Judge gave me 30 days for perjury.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.