In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. However, each of us has within us the capacity to change the world in small ways, for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, and love . . . or of anxiety, anger, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences.
Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness.
A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an expression of gratitude toward your doctor/veterinarian/landscaper, or a thoughtful gesture to someone in need can send ripples that spread among your loved ones, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you meet and everyone those people encounter. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness.
Today, consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.