A Hundred Ripples

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Today is Sunday and, most likely, a lot of us will spend at least part of the day with family and/or friends. We all have high hopes that our time with our loved ones will be uplifting, refreshing, and fun. Sometimes it isn’t. On those occasions when the experience is less than we expected, here’s a poem to keep in mind:

 

A Hundred Ripples

 

Drop a stone into the water

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say an unkind word this moment

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say a word of cheer and splendor

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

~ Author Unknown

 

 

This poem is a good reminder that our words can live on in the hearts and minds of others long after the sound of the words has faded away. We all struggle with the careless words that others have said to us that still reverberate in our lives today, even years later. We also know how an encouraging word, even in passing, has buoyed us all these years.

Today and this week, let’s make a pact to choose our words carefully. I hope you join me!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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