As a kid, I would take great pleasure in casting a stone across a pond and seeing how many “jumps” I could get and how much of a ripple I could create. I could spend hours casting and counting. There seemed to be no greater pleasure than getting one extra jump on my next throw.
Mother Teresa taught that one person cannot change the world, but much like a kid casting that stone, you can create many ripples. As I continue to be a student of Personal Development, I am constantly reminded that creating that ripple is far more powerful.
There were times in my not-too-distant-past when my business would stagnate or conflict would come into my life and I would “freak.” Rather than creating a ripple with a single stone, I would opt to do a cannonball off the cliff.
Anyone who has ever cannonballed knows that it can be quite painful and dangerous. The same is true in life. When you jump in just to make an impact, unforeseen consequences may follow. My mantra is, “slow, simple, and calm.” Isn’t that how you create the ripple with the stone? You take aim and gently and calmly toss the stone across the waters. As the stone jumps, a new ripple begins. As those ripples expand, soon they meet and intertwine. Eventually, the ripple is so large and massive; it may be beyond what the eye can see.
This is what I am learning. I gently let go and allow the Universe to do what it does best –allowing those ripples to grow unobstructed. When that happens, the effect I caused is still at the center and I can still visually see the results of my efforts. In life, that is the center of my Universe.
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Here’s to one incredible ripple effect!
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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