How often do you think about the ripple effect?
The ripple effect that comes from every interaction you have throughout your day. The ripple effect of every move, every word, every smile, every internal thought.
The impact that you are making within yourself and the world that surrounds you is way larger than you realize.
What if you started looking at that ripple effect more seriously?
If you took that into consideration when you’re moving through your day, I’d bet your experience would be very different.
I personally take it pretty seriously. It’s not always easy but in the grand scheme of things it helps to simplify it a lot. What did your mom, funny kid songs, and Sesame street try to teach you as you were growing up?
>>If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
>>This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Hide it under a bush? OH NO! I’m going to let it shine!
>>Treat others the way you want to be treated.
And those are just a few I can think of off the top of my head! To break them each down a bit…
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”
This goes for human kindness but also to personal kindness. This is for what you say to yourself and to others. This causes you to stretch as an adult because it is important to be open and direct but it is equally important to learn how to do so without being damaging or destructive. It’s a stretch to learn that you can in fact be honest AND kind or compassionate without lying or avoiding or being a jerk. It just takes work. But still, the original message remains. If you’re not adding love and value, then keep your negativity to yourself. The world doesn’t need you to add to the negative ripple effect that is already present in the collective.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”
Dude. This one gets me deep in the feels. I remember being a little girl, learning this song and running around singing it thinking that I was simply singing a fun song. I got a little older and realized it was about a story from the Bible but still being a child I felt like it was just a fun song.
As an adult, an adult that has molded a large part of her existence off being a lighthouse I’m like YES. THIS! This is what they were trying to teach us. But as a child grows up, these silly songs fade away and so do their original messages.
Hide your light under a bush? OH NO! You better not. You better let that bad boy shine. After all, that’s why we all have the light within us. No matter where you think it’s coming from, it’s there and it’s not there for you to hide it under no damn bush..or cloud of ugly feelings/thoughts. You shining that light creates the most beautiful loving ripple effect! Never forget that.
“Treat others how you want to be treated”
This one too. Can we say the law of attraction, much?! While yes, this rule of thumb is a good one to keep in practice to have a good experience throughout your life, to be a person of integrity, to think before you speak/act, to lead with respect and kindness. But at the same time, on a much deeper level I can’t help but think this was a way for us to attract what we want through use of our own words and actions. Insert the basic principles of the law of attraction and manifesting here!
The ripple effect is real, my friends and somewhere in the process of growing up the majority of us seem to have lost sight of these things. I think it’s time we stop the blame game of the “this world is horrible” and instead take personal responsibility for OUR part. For what WE as individuals do, how we personally behave, what we are adding to the world, and allow THAT to be how we impact the world. Allow THAT to be how we see the world and let the ripple effect coming from you be one that is adding to the beauty, not the darkness.