I realized that with all the Monday morsels I've shared so far, I have not yet included my favourite quotation of all.
There are many, many people out there in the world doing quiet, essential work behind the scenes -- work that makes this world a better place even if it's rarely seen or noticed. So while this actual quotation from The Fellowship of the Ring refers to Frodo's quest to return the Ring to Mount Doom so that it can be destroyed, I think it has a far broader application.
So if you're working away faithfully in the background today and wondering what your efforts amount to, remember this:
"Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere."