“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Teresa
Have you ever heard of the “RIPPLE EFFECT?”
Wikipedia defines it as, “a situation where, like the ever-expanding ripples across water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally”.
This past weekend, within approximately 30 minutes, multiple really cool events transpired that I felt clearly demonstrated the “Ripple Effect”…
Standing in the change line at an arcade, I overheard a conversation between siblings and their mother. The likely oldest, gently replied, “I know I will get less coins… but it is OK”. The topic of conversation slowly changed. The young boy, seemed so humble and kind.
As soon as I obtained my change, a sudden feeling came across me. I thought to myself, “Should I say anything? … or just go on my way?”
I quickly, turned toward the young boy and started a short conversation.
“You know, the Universe is an amazing place… it seems to me that most of the time everything truly balances out — kind of equalizes. You are such a kind young boy… I’m sure very good things will come to you!”
With love in my heart, I handed him $1. We both walked away.
We went about our business, having a blast, and spent all of our change.
I was absolutely dying of thirst and only had $1 left (water cost $2).
I asked my son if he could go find his daddy to get another dollar. Within a blink of time, a young lady hands me $1. I was shocked, amazed and very thankful!!
Just at the same time, my daughter who was extremely tired, started to cry. She was crying because she was unable to earn enough points to buy what she wanted.
My heart broke in half… she rarely cries for something like this. She usually is an upbeat, appreciative child. She calmed down knowing that there was nothing else we could do to get more points… we didnt have anymore more cash!
We approached the booth to turn in her small amount of points and to redeem a toy.
To my surprise, the young boy walks over to my daughter and gives her HIS receipt with HIS points! Way more points than we could have obtained with that $1!!
As we walked out of the arcade, I notice that she had a green hair clip in her hair. I asked, “Where did you get that from?” Can you imagine?? The young boy gave it to her as well!
As I quickly reflected on the events… it seemed to me that by just giving $1 dollar away I had received way more back! ($1, a point ticket, and a hair piece for my daughter!!)
Based on my life experiences, I have never seen, but have understood the benefits of “Paying it Forward”. It was with this experience that I was able to see and understand the benefits!
How GREAT is it to “Pay it Forward”?!
How GREAT is it to begin a “RIPPLE EFFECT”!?
How GREAT is it to be part of the “RIPPLE EFFECT”!?
Even the smallest of gestures can make a difference in someone’s life!!!
So, as your life unfolds, be open to any experience to “Pay it Forward”! You may not see immediate gratification…but please know that you are making this world a better place!!!
Just for today… may you realize that you are not just a drop in the ocean…. you are important and make a difference!!
Just for today…enjoy and have fun with the journey of “Paying it Forward!” and being part of the “RIPPLE EFFECT”!
Many blessings to Mother Teresa!
Many blessings to the young boy, his sister, and his mother!
Many blessings to http://www.thequietman.org/images/mothertheresa.jpg
With Much Love, bmj