Small Kindnesses

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Drop a Pebble in the Water 

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;

But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.

And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

 

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,

But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripples circling yet,

And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;

You’ve disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

 

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;

But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.

They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,

And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.

 

Drop and unkind work, or careless: in a minute you forget;

But there’s little waves a-flowing, and there’s ripple circling yet,

And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred,

And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;

But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,

Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave

Till you wouldn’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;

But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling yet,

And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music and be heard

Over miles and miles of water just by dropping on kind word.

~James W. Foley

 

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Your homework is to extend Thanksgiving into this holiday season and beyond. Not only does the recipient of your small kindnesses benefit, but research has shown that the giver benefits as well through increased confidence, among other things. This confidence then helps you take the next step. Go for it!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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