I was here.
The ancient Inuit people built a pile of rocks in the loose shape of a person and called it an Inukshuk. The Scots piled rocks, sometimes just a few, and called it a Cairn. Sometimes the marking is on public property and we call it Graffiti. Some have wanted a Headstone. A metaphysical person might call it a Ripple. Some of us use a Blog or Facebook or Tweet or a Book. Some folks use ALL of these and more.
People have always wanted to be acknowledged. We want to leave our mark that shows “We Were Here.” We may think that we are just a pebble dropped in a pool of water- but we want to see we’ve made a wave. We want to see our ripples counted for something. That someone noticed OUR very existence.
Whether those ripples were cast in stones or electrons, you want to leave your mark showing that you were here. YOU matter!
When we celebrate your birthday, that’s what we celebrate! It’s not about a year of age, it’s about the countless ways YOU’VE touched the world!
Too often, people forget, that EVERYDAY you are creating these ripples! You create waves endlessly, and most of them only go un-noticed by YOU.
Did you know-
- Your Family, your Friends, your Job- all feel daily ripples that you create.
- A person you smiled at today that was having a rough day – your smile gave them a needed positive lift that pushed their confidence to a better place!
- That person who you let cut in front of you in traffic, (who was focused on a personal crisis in their own life) appreciated your kindness. They thank you.
- That extra little Tip you left for your food server, was the last little amount they needed to buy a gift for someone they love.
- The cashier who made a mistake, and you recognized it as just that- a simple mistake. She appreciates you for your understanding.
- A couple people saw a message or photo on one of your social medias today, and it cheered them up, made them laugh, and remember good times. And even though they didn’t take the time to “Like or Favorite it”, you still touched their day. Thanks!
- The stranger that saw you do something well, was inspired to try again.
- Your laughter lifted me, it warmed me, and reminded me “Life IS Good.” Thanks!
There are endless ripples YOU create every day, but just don’t see or hear about!
Ever ring a bell? Where does that sound wave go? The frequency wave might hit your ears, or others, but then keeps travelling. Just because your ears can’t hear it anymore doesn’t mean the sound ripple stopped. It didn’t. Energy ripples endlessly. YOU are that energy that keeps on rippling through time and space.
There’s an old Scottish Gaelic blessing that goes: “I’ll put a stone on your cairn.” Today, whether its an Electronic “Like” or “Favorite”, a Physical smile or a nod, or just a Positive Vibe like a thought – ADD to someone else’s cairn.
Recognize someone else’s ripples. Let them know they were heard. Let them know they matter.
(I’d like to dedicate this small thought in honor of Robin Williams. Thank you Robin for the Laughs and the Insight you gave my life. Those ripples continue.)