When I look at the many problems of our world, quite often I feel small…microscopically small…and helpless, oh so helpless of being able to provide any degree of improvement to the situation. I don’t think that I am alone in feeling this way. In fact, I would wager that the primary rationalization amongst mankind as a justification for not being more actively involved in issues such as homelessness, starvation, the refugee crisis etc. is because we feel inconsequential and incapable of making any real change in the first place. We have our own busy lives to attend to, right? Thus, it becomes easier to turn a blind eye to all of the suffering in the world when we tell ourselves we can’t make a difference anyway.
But what if we could make a difference?
I promise you we can. You and I have more power to do good and create a difference in this world than we can possibly imagine. We are not as small as we may think we are. I would like you to visualize something. In your mind’s eye, imagine a single pebble being dropped into a pool of water. What do you see? Does the pebble break the surface without creating any change to the surrounding water? No! Ripples result from even the smallest of stones. Consider the following quote:
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects.” -Dalai Lama
In the waters of life, our actions whether good or bad, create ripples all around us. Now think of this metaphor collectively…with enough individuals united in common good, we have the power to create more than ripples…we can create waves.
This has been my third day of my challenge to experience joy, and it has been my best day yet! The focus has been on Random Acts of Kindness, and I have so much to tell you about. Here is my diary entry and reflections on Day 3:
“What an amazing day! Today’s challenge was to find joy through providing Random Acts of Kindness and service. I asked my kids to join me in this, and we spent our day spreading as much kindness as we possibly could. We started the day by bringing food to the food bank and also had the opportunity to give a man in need a note card with encouraging words and a Subway gift card. The man’s gratitude and smile overwhelmed me….I can’t think of a better way to have started the day! From there we:
- Picked up garbage
- Left quarters attached to candy machines at Safeway
- Left loonies attached to children’s rides at the mall
- Wrote letters of appreciation to people in our lives
- Held doors open
- Made a few drop in visits and surprised people by bringing them treats
- Played with young children
Here are some of the photos that we took throughout the day:
It was wonderful to be able to provide so many acts of kindness, but what I will cherish forever are the memories that were made today with my children. Seeing their joy and excitement as they served was absolutely priceless to me. Day three has come to a very nice end!”
Day 4: The Potter’s Hands
- Pray, listen and feel
- Read “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life” by Richard J Maynes
- Create something today…art, music, poetry
- Take a picture of a creation that brings you joy and post it to social media with #joy
- Be accountable to someone
- Reflect in your journal