Do you ever think about how far your words and actions ripple? I am guilty of not thinking especially in the heat of the moment just what ramifications they might have. But even if it is not in the heat of the moment and if they are kind words they still have a huge ripple effect.
This weekend I was made aware of a non truth that was told about me to a family member. It is not the lie that bothers me so much because it was stupid and easily verified but it was the fact that this small lie that must have made this person feel bigger could easily have hurt my family member.
Why would someone want to purposely hurt someone else with no justifiable reason? I doubt that the person she could have hurt was her target or that she even had a target. I think that some people say things certainly without thinking and sometimes a small lie must make them feel good at the moment.
I once heard Maya Angelou that say that each time you say something bad about someone it is like chinking away at their soul a little bit at a time. If only we could all remember that this may be true perhaps this world would become a little kinder. I speak to myself mostly of this because I know I am guilty of not always being kind in my thoughts or words. Perhaps making myself think long and hard about what I say or what I do in every day interactions it will serve as a huge reminder to myself to be positive and kind.
So for today, even for this hour I want to focus on thinking about just how far my words can ripple and to make sure that they are good ripples.