One day, a few years ago, I was having a bad day. I was tired and in a great deal of pain and I had to go out to several stores to run errands. I walked up to a checkout line and resigned myself to standing in agony while waiting for the people ahead of me. The woman in front of me turned around, saw I only had a few things, and slid her stuff back and told me to go ahead of her. I was so touched by her kindness that I nearly burst into tears. I thanked her profusely and went about my day in a much better mood. I vowed to be that kind person when I’m out and about, and I did good for long while. I held doors open for people, smiled and stepped out of the way when people passed by and let people cut in front of me in line and sometimes in traffic too. It’s sad how many of the people seemed completely surprised by simple courtesy.
This year I slipped. I got cranky and impatient. Yesterday, as I was reflecting on the past year and thinking about what I’d like the year ahead to be like, Chris Donner, in her new blog, Chris’ Journaling Journey, had the perfect prompt to help me set one of my goals. The post is titled Ripples, and is about the way our thoughts and actions have a ripple effect on others. I thought about the ripples I created this year (yikes!) and the positive ripples I would like to create in the future. I decided I’m going to take a photo of ripples (yesterday I only found waves but sometimes we have that effect too!) and write “Mind Your Ripples” on it to remind myself to keep my ripples positive. I will have bad days, of course, but I will quarantine myself as much as possible on those days. I want my ripples to make people smile. No more muttering profanity under my breath this year. I’m cleaning up my ripples!
I really hope I didn’t accidentally type “nipples” anywhere in this post. 🙂