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#194: Creating Ripples

Saturday, January 09, 2010

When we start ripples we never know how or where the ripples may go or how they may affect someone.

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DROP A PEBBLE IN THE WATER

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it's gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a splash, and it's gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy a-circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

by James W. Foley

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Won't you start new ripples of consideration and respect, kindness and cheerfulness, thoughtfulness and joy, peace and goodwill every day?
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  • no profile photo CD6035648
    And who said ripples weren't attractive? lol.. Nice post.. emoticon
    4067 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    I love that, my dear Little Ripple!
    4067 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Another thought provoking wonderful blog! This is so true, you just don't know how many lives you affect each day with your little actions. Pay it forward! That's Great!
    4067 days ago
  • KEEKEELEE
    Wow - this was beautiful and so true. I need to start everyday with a prayer of asking 'who' out there needs a word of encouragement from me. THANK YOU for sharing.
    4067 days ago
  • RETRO1
    I like this blog. I really do believe in the rippling effects of kindness and karma. The better life I lead, the better my life is. Doing good for others always comes back 10 fold.
    4067 days ago
  • CINDYHOUGHTON
    Always has been one of my favorite examples of how one life impacts another far beyond the point of impact. We have like minds, Lou!
    4068 days ago
  • GERMANPICKLE
    this is so true!
    Being friendly to strangers isn't exactly a well-used trait in Germany; however, being from the mid-west I really miss the friendliness. Recently I decided to challenge myself to be that friendly-friendly person when I greet new people. And it has changed MY experience each day. :D
    4068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5002230
    Ripples RULE!
    4068 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I love that poem! I had never seen it before but it is a favorite of mine now.

    Yes, I will start ripples! Thank you for a great blog!
    4068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Sucah a true poem! And a nice way to think about it. I think I will start some new ripples. Thanks for sharing, Lou.
    4068 days ago
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