Happy Birthday to you, on YOUR day-

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.

stacked rocks for momentum

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 birth day, 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 ripplesYou create waves endlessly, and most of them only go un-noticed by YOU.

 D0 you know that –

  • 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 life) appreciated your kindness. They silently 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 appreciated 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.    You Do.

(Dedicated to my sister, Marilyn who has done Amazing things in her Life, and continues to create Warm, Kind, and Life-Changing Ripples in all those that she interacts with!!  Not to mention her crazy, positive kids that will continue to ripple loudly, and kindly, for quite a while.   Lots of love to you, Mighty Marilyn!  YOU have made a difference in the world!)

“The Dam is breaking!”

and indeed it was….

The three little girls had worked diligently, and had fun, digging a large hole and a castle in the sand next to the surf.  Running lawofattraction-momentummikeyback and forth, with squeals of joy, and zest for life, they had filled it with water from the ocean.   But now, as temporal as ever, their creation was dissolving before their young eyes.

One of the girls was shrieking “The dam is breaking”  “It’s all gonna’ break up!”  The other girl running as fast as she could with her little pail was shouting commands to her sister and friend.  “Get more more mud!”   “Get more sloppy sand!”

Picture them 30 or 40 years later, now wearing  business clothes.   Same reactions, just a different daily emergency to JUMP and ACT and WORRY about, that’s all.

Far too many waves come and go for us to panic every time. 

This mental model of “The dam is breaking!” is as real, and just as fleeting, as the sand castle of yesteryear, my friends.    The dam breaks, the water or surf wins for a moment, and time washes on. Another dam is built, more joy and laughter and then, once again, tensions and panic and hurried action….

ENJOY the ease and comfort knowing everything is OK.

Flow and change and life unfolding will ALWAYS continue. If you want, look thru history.  Look at your own history. Many seaside dams were built, and all of them were washed away.   Yet all were built upon the foundations of older ones…

STOP.  Smile and appreciate that there is always more sand to carve and work with.

ENJOY YOUR LIFE ON THE BEACH.   Smile today at the dams you are building. Enjoy the memories of the ones you built and are no longer visible.  Stay eager and excited about the ones you still want to build, my friend.    Enjoy the never ending process.