The ripple effect
Thoughts, I read in a book given to me by my father years ago was like a pebble thrown on still water it caused ripples that spread as it moved outward. Few years later when I read conversations with God the book said something similar. It also claimed Hitler was the emergence of the collective thought of the people of that time.
It is very easy for us to believe that extreme action is the only thing that would initiate a profound transformation of six billion people. Yet I realized that each of carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. One that thing I noticed was each day when I did a mundane task like washing vessels or kneading the dough there would be thoughts floating in mostly wisps of conversations my interpretation of it, then I would reconstruct the scene alter my response such that I feel good about myself. But by then the hurt has been reactivated and reactionary emotion has already set in. If anyone as much as even attempts a normal conversation my responses are driven by the negative fuel that my thoughts have churned.
So a seemingly insignificant word passes from one person, elicits a response in the other, in turn elicits another response, and it passes from person to person and its impact grows. These words can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety or pain. The ripple has caused moving outwards. The impact we have on the world is greater than what we imagine and our choices have far-reaching consequences.
We could choose what kind of ripples we would like to create.
If one negative thought can trigger a wave of negativity, why not the reverse? One good deed inspiring a wave of postiveness. Like my coach in the landmark curriculum for living said, if you believe in yourself and bear the onus of being the centre of the ripple all you have to do is to translate the thought into action as graciously as you can.
A smile directed to a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread in our space, from our immediate family and associates into to the community and finally throughout the world.
We have the power to touch the lives of everyone we come in contact with, whether we enrich it or not depend on what we send out and what the other perceives it as.
We never know when the ripple of pebble converts to a tidal wave.
The ripple effect