October 2016 ~ The Ripple Effect
How we are in the world affects not our own lives, it affects every one that we come into contact with. At a recent workshop, James van Praagh reminded us how the smallest acts can have a profound impact on another human being. Over our lifetime, we have a profound impact on a very large number of people.
One small example, if we are having a bad day and take our frustration or anger out by being rude to an unsuspecting shop-keeper, that shop-keeper then does the same with an employee, and the employee does the same with a family member and that family member does the same with a neighbor until our small act of anger magnifies into untold ripples of anger. Or, you take a drink, get in your car and cause a fatal accident, killing an innocent family. Many lives are affected and incredible pain is caused by your unthinking actions.
The same is true if we are kind to someone else. If we give a smile and thank you to a shop-keeper, they feel better and show kindness to an employee, and the employee does the same with a family member, and the family member does the same with a neighbor and our small act of kindness magnifies into untold ripples of kindness that spread far beyond our self. Or, you drive a friend home who has had a drink and you avoid that fatal accident.
Who benefits from your gentleness or kindness? It has been proven that a positive attitude affects your physical health as well as your emotional and psychological health. So, not only do other people benefit from you being kinder and gentler, your physical body benefits as well.
Anger and frustration create physical stresses on our body that can do significant damage over time. When we are angry, our heart rate increases, our teeth clench, acids increase in our stomach, our muscles clench. We may lose our perspective or do harm to our self or others by focusing only on anger.
One person at a time. One day at a time. One smile and one small act of kindness at a time. Start with yourself and everything else will fall into place.
Each day, make a choice to be a little gentler — with yourself and others. Each day, make a choice to be a little kinder — with yourself and with others. That simple daily choice can change the world — the Ripple Effect.
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