A single act of kindness,
Like a stone thrown in a pond,
Sends rings of ripples outward
That travel far beyond;
And joining other ripples
Flow outward to the sea;
A single act of kindness
I just wanted to share this poem with you. Many years ago, my old boss (who was awesome) gave this poem to me. I’m going back over 10 years now, but this poem is something I always remembered and it stayed with me. At the time, I was working with a small group of children at an elementary school who unfortunately for one reason or another, did not live with their parents. They lived in a group home for kids (I think orphanage is a word people don’t really use any more, but that is what it was).
So, around Christmas time, I got an invitation from them to go to their annual Christmas party. It wasn’t that long, and it was close to where I worked, so I decided to go. I remember that the kids were so excited to see me because here I was, one of their teachers, and they saw me somewhere else that wasn’t school (many kids think their teachers live at school. I know I used to think that). So when they saw me, they were just thrilled! I don’t even think I brought any gifts or anything. I just went to show that I cared. My principal was also there, so that is why later on in the week he sent me that poem. He doesn’t know who wrote it, but he told me he just came across it himself many years earlier.
The reason why I’m even bringing this up again, is not because I think I’m great or anything like that. I’m not even in the teaching profession anymore (I decided not to be a teacher anymore. I might share about why I decided that in another post someday). But I’m bringing it up again because I’m just thinking about people and their actions and words lately.
All of us do and say things that are good. All of us do and say things that we might regret later. But all in all, I choose to believe that most people in the world are good. I believe that most people are not out to intentionally hurt someone else. Maybe that is naive, I don’t know. But sometimes good people say or do mean things.
Think of the stone that makes ripples, and eventually waves. It’s about how one act of kindness affects everything and everyone later on in the world, which is a good thing. But the opposite is also true. If you say mean things…it can also affect people down the line. And then once it does affect the people around you, you can’t be mad at them for having a natural reaction for something that you played a part in or said. The worst thing you could do, is then criticize the person that reacted to you. It not only makes you look immature, but also will completely destroy your relationship with that person. I think this is how the world is, not just for me, but for everybody.
Thank you for reading this if you made it this far. I know this post might sound kind of weird, but it’s how I’m feeling now. I’m just tired of people not taking responsibility for their actions/words in this world. Everything you do, whether it’s good or bad, will affect other people or other situations down the road. Just think about for a second. And if that’s not enough to get you to think about how you act towards people, think about karma. That is real too. I truly believe that what goes around comes around. Put goodness out there in the world and it will come back to you. Treat people bad, and that comes back to you too.
Ok, sorry if this sounds kind of negative. I’ll try to make the next post music related! I’m hoping to have the video for “Invisible” finished soon (it’s in the music player on the right of the screen if you want to listen to it). But if it isn’t, or if I’m in this kind of a weird mood again, there might be another post like this one 🙂 Thanks for reading.
-Lindsay Della Vella