Pay it forward

The things we do and say today can have far-reaching effects, positive or negative, into the future beyond our imagination. That I know. Because one drop can cause waves and waves of possibility, each concentric circle gaining in size and traveling farther. They're called ripples.

"I remember how my older brother, a senior in high-school and editor-in-chief then, uncovered a poem I've written on a crumpled paper in my bed and told me I should be the school paper's feature editor. It fueled my passion for writing and relentless reading. I was fourteen. Well, here I am now, still wielding the "skill" that built my entire advertising and marketing career."

I could've given up writing if not for that "push" my brother gave me. I'm always too thankful.

We never know how far the ripples of positive mentoring, compassion, a kind gesture, a smile at a stranger, giving directions to someone lost, or even writing a blog could cause enormous ripples across "the world" as one person reacts to it and the domino effect takes over.

Ripples always travel outward in circles, and much larger than the initial starting drop. It doesn't happen in reverse. That's because, while we're free to choose our actions, we're not free to choose the consequences that follow our actions. But still. . .

Compassion, kindness, integrity, honor, and truth have far-reaching effects. Pay it forward.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”  Robert Francis Kennedy


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