Saturday, March 24, 2012

Action 224 - Start A Chain Reaction.

Toss a pebble into a pond and the initial splash gives way to a series of ripples. One action creates a series of separate actions. Like that pebble and the pond, actions each of us take have a ripple effect, too. Unfortunately, we don't always get to see it all play out. But sometimes....

Action 224 - Start A Chain Reaction. Today, I honored a promise I made to someone else and showed up to run with him. I blogged about it, and my blog entry motivated another friend to go to her yoga workout instead of blowing it off. One action forced another one.

Last night, I blogged about being a survivor of sexual assault. In response to that blog, a teacher friend wrote me and said that my story was a catalyst for her to reach out to her students and make sure none of them are currently suffering silently for fear of speaking up.

It's not magic. And it's not something unique to me. It's something that each and every one of us does each day. An action of ours sparks reactions from others, which spark further reactions, and on and on. So the question isn't if you will start a chain reaction, but rather WHAT are you starting?

As I continue on this journey, I will try to remember that what I put out into this world will magnify across all those in my path and even beyond. Hopefully, that will spur me to be kind instead of mean, compassionate instead of hateful, and forgiving instead of resentful.

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