Cause a Ripple
It was very early on a Sunday morning. The
thought, "808", kept going through my mind. It took a few
minutes to realize that it was the time of a service at a nearby
church. It had been a very long time since I had gone to any church and never
to that one. I decided to go, and figure out why I was feeling called to
As I walked through
the doors, I was greeted with a hello and a stone was placed in my hand.
Feeling perplexed, I sat and waited for what would happen next. The sermon
was about how each of us "creates a ripple" in life, by
everything we do and say. We all have the capacity to influence people,
in either a good or bad way; it is a choice each of us makes. At the end
of the service, we were given the opportunity to drop the stone into a pool of
water and watch the ripples that it created.
Since then, I have been inspired by many people that have
created ripples of their own. To some, I felt compelled to give them a
"stone" as a symbol to acknowledge the wonderful things they
have done. One, through his business
expertise and compassion, created, implemented and personally delivered a
plan, to hundreds of thousands of people across the country, to help
improve their quality of life. Another person, bravely fought and
over-came an addiction that nearly destroyed her life and family, and became a mentor to those fighting the same battle. In
another case, a wonderful 48 year old woman who had been suffering with cancer most of her life maintained a wonderful disposition and treated everyone kindly. And a smart and
successful woman, decided to quit a lucrative career to pursue non-profit
work to give the gifts of her time, her energy and her
heart. Finally, the church's Pastor, who's words and actions
powerfully washed over me that Sunday morning at the "808" service
and caused a ripple in my soul*. These people are remarkable,
and they are just a few of those that have made such a
difference not only in my life but also the lives of so many.
The story continues as every day there are others that inspire and make a difference in so many ways.
(*10% of proceeds will be donated to the church)
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