What one small action could you do today that would ripple out to many people? A random act of kindness is the start of a ripple – a smile – a helping hand – and who knows who might enjoy receiving your love. Start by liking yourself and knowing your best. Then you’re ready to ripple!!
Try it … feel the random ripples already coming your way!
Many years ago, in the 90’s I worked with a fabulous woman and together we ran a very successful programme called ‘High Impact Communication’ and the essence of it is still at core what I deliver today as an underpinning to all personal and professional development – making people feel great about themselves… that’s the best way to start a ripple. We worked with men and women, young and old, senior and junior, across all sectors and it was fun and spread happiness as well as buckets of improved performance. It was hugely successful.
At the core was a simple cycle of effects created by each person – the ‘me’ factor. And it sounds egotistic and all that, but it isn’t. It simply knowing yourself, warts and all, loving yourself, body and mind, heart and soul; and taking simple actions to start your ripple. I now call this our ‘value cycle’ i.e me, you and me, us (we). Everybody gains when we ripple our best in a loving way.
In our workshops, we would comment on that fact that the ripples either gently or at speed, spreads your ‘best’ into the pond of (your) life… it sounds trite but it’s not. It’s pure and honest… and we used to say “and when it reaches the banks (of the pond) it ripples back. Now that’s the honest truth of ‘random acts of kindness’. You don’t know where the ripple goes and who it reaches and when it’s going to turn back on you!
So make sure that your ripples are all that you wish back!
So today what random acts of kindness will you ripple… or maybe see these as random ripples of kindness making a river of happiness?
Yesterday I smiled at every person as I walked to the tube, the sun helps and I had a bright spring in my step as I love living where I am now overlooking the river at Richmond. I have landed on my feet having changed what most people would think was a painful stuck process into a glorious process of re birth! This is my garden view, how wonderful is that!
I find myself laughing as things occur. A funny text, a colourful billboard, a fascinating shop window, all things to lift my spirits. The blossom, the trees, the river, my walk to the station, the different routes I take to get to places that are familiar. Using the train to go places I used to drive, all makes me energized and excited. I am like a kid reborn! I find myself being more chatty with strangers, offering more help when needed, being generally more engaged in what’s around me.
Last night, returning home, I witnessed a random ripple of aggression – a verbal attack at the bus stop between two men…one angry because the other pushed past. The ripple was abrasive to my whole persona, my physical body shrunk back. The ripples hit the bus queue out and back. It was a sad punctuation in an otherwise lovely day.
I’ve learned that I am the start of the ripple and if I want everyone to ripple loving actions and thoughts … I have to walk my talk and be loving in every action and thought. This is the choice I make everyday I wake!
What’s your choice today?