Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just call me Pebbles

"When you throw a pebble into a pond, you’ll see a splash and hear the resounding plunk of the pebble. You might notice concentric circles rippling out from the locus point of where the pebble hit the water. The thrown pebble might also have other effects. It might frighten a nearby duck that leaps out of the water, hit another rock and bounce off, or scare a bunch of fish as it sinks into the pond. You are connected to the pebble, the water and the effects of throwing by the ripples the duck, and the fish. You have caused change through a single and simple act. In education, this concept is known as the ripple effect." ~WiseGeek.com

The Ripple Effect,
a term coined in 1970 by Jacob Jounin, was first used to describe the way a teacher may exert a positive influence on students. 

At the time, Kounin observed that when a teacher asked a student to stop a distracting or destructive behavior in front of the rest of the class, this single action affected the whole class. It caused all of the students to think twice about their behavior, lest they too be reprimanded in front of their peers.

When applied to sociological interactions, the implications of the ripple effect are even mor significant and profound.  It is the idea that no matter how small our actions may be, they affect other people, whose actions in turn affect others.  It is as if every single word we speak, feeling we instill, action we commit goes quietly and invisibly viral.

That's how much power you have.

Staggering isn't it?

In view of the monster-scale problems going on in the world, from extreme poverty and hunger to war, cancer, ferocious natural disasters and the personal demons we each battle, it is easy to feel that we are incapable of making any sort of positive impact.  But the indisputable law of physics assures us, that to help and heal ourselves, our loved ones and our entire world, we don't have to move mountains... we only have to drop a pebble... so let that pebble be one of love.

Drop a Pebble in the Water
~by James W. Foley~

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples

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ircling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,

flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling

where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water:
in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing,

and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing

to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river

just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless:
in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples    

circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading

from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them,

once you've started them to flow. 

Drop an unkind word, or careless:
in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing,

and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart

a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy

ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples

circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort

on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume

of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling,

and there's joy circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort

whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water

just by dropping one kind word.              

a sweet little video on the subject, from Humanity Healing International

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Joyfully yours...




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