by Tammy Taylor
Did you ever notice when you throw a small stone into the water ripples form and migrate outward in a wide circle further & further from where the rock initially landed? I’ve watched those ripples keep going until they reached all the way to the other end of our pond.
The action of that one small stone affected its surroundings much further than its initial point of contact. I’ve been thinking lately that our actions are much like that stone tossed into the water. There’s a ripple effect that touches those surrounding us – either negative or positive – and radiates outward much further than our initial point of contact.
Random Acts of Kindness
Think about this: If you do a random act of kindness for a stranger, how is it likely to affect that person? That small gesture from you makes the recipient more likely to want to Pay It Forward, doing a similar random act of kindness for someone else. That’s the ripple effect in action.
But let’s say instead of an act of kindness you did something negative to that person. Wouldn’t your negative act have a negative effect on the recipient, making them more likely to pass that negativity on to the next guy? This is also the ripple effect, but in a more negative way. You can often see that effect in action in your own life. If your boss is harsh or co-workers are snarky to you on any given day, doesn’t that effect your interactions with others, which of course would have a negative effect on their interactions with yet others, and so on?
I’m trying to remember that my actions each day have a ripple effect, whether negative or positive and I’m trying to make sure the ripples I create are mostly positive. C’mon I know we can’t feel sunshine & roses every single day, we’re only human. But with just a little effort we can very easily spread a little kindness, and if we would all just do a small part what a beautiful world this would be!
It’s Easy To Be Kind
So compliment that co-worker on a new blouse, tell that boss how much his leadership means to you and your company, reach out to the neighbor going through hard times. And yes, a random act of kindness for a complete stranger you’ve never met before and will likely never meet again will create a very positive ripple, and so will theirs, and theirs, and…
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