“A pebble cast into a pond cause ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that.”
When I think back to my days growing up in Maryland, one of the things I enjoyed the most doing was taking my bike and riding on the bike path that brought me from my house through beautiful stretches of trees which brought me to our local lake. When I’d arrive, I’d park my bike and grab some peebles or rocks and practice skimming them across the water or toss them up in the air to see the how big I could get the ripples to be when the rock hit that water. What was so cool about it was to see how far and wide those ripples would spread and each time I tossed a new rock I tried to see if I could make the ripples expand even wider. Today’s quote by American journalist Dorothy Day reminds out that our thoughts, words and deeds are as powerful as a pebble is when it is cast into a pond: the ripples (or its impact) reaches far and wide.
My hope is by now you recognize how your own thoughts, words and actions can positively or negatively impact others around you. As an educator, I know that I am held to a certain higher standard than some others in professional fields because of my responsibility to help shape young minds and by demonstrating ethical values in the hopes that they acquire those same values for when they become adults. That is why I believe that what I think, the words I use with my students and the actions I model for them play such a crucial role in the life of a child. And it is not just me but all those that are educators.
We are each charged with an extraordinary challenge to live up to and give the best of our abilities in helping all children reach their highest potential. It takes a lot of effort and perseverance in making sure those positive ripples that represent our good intentions reach all of our students, because we need to ensure that those outer ripples reach our most needy students. What we do need to be mindful of is that if we allow our negative thoughts, words or actions get the best of us and it has a negative impact on our students, it may in fact push those students far enough that nothing we say or do will impact them at all. They unfortunately, become those students who fall within the cracks of society and drop out.
I also look at those ripples as being those positive vibes we want to send to others in order to positively influence them. So the next time you are getting ready to start your day, make sure when you are ready to cast that first pebble into the imaginary pond that it’s intent is to spread positive vibes to all those that you interact with for that day because good vibes spread far and wide impacting multiple people at once. And that is what is most important.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?