1/13/2012 – Today at a local Ojai, California, coffee shop an eighty-one (81) year old; who upon introducing himself, cleverly reminds us of his tenured age.
We respond in kind and following my second sip of a steaming hot latte he then, hands me two typewritten pieces of paper. I don’t know if I kept the papers or not but, the following words appeared in my Facebook memories.
I expected to see and read something religious, an advertisement, or anything else but, what I saw. The first page was simply titled “History.”
This stranger whom I never met nor now know his name would today be nearly a century old. Would he recognize our America today, from the America he lived and likely fought for?
Here are type written pages of words he personally shared with me. I know back in 2012, I was not half the man I think I am today.
In a world of almost 7 billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or for worse.
Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain.
Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropping into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as the move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.
Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else.
Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive tought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life.
Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.
A smile directed at a stranger, a complement given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community and finally throughout the world.
You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come in contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples move onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness.
“Words from a Stranger ”