Ripples Turn Into Waves

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

Mother Teresa


 

I remember my first international volunteer trip.

My leader told me to leave my expectations behind. He said, whatever you making ripplesthink you’re going to do or achieve, forget it, because you’ll find out fast that what you expect is never what you get.

I thought we were going to build a school and change the lives of hundreds of kids. When I arrived though, it was my life that was changed.

During those 9 days, we laid concrete, painted walls, carried rocks and sand up and down a hill, and put the foundation in for what would ultimately become a school. But the only thing that really seemed to matter, were the 20 minutes where I got to play charades with the kids or the nights I spent turning strangers into friends.

Maybe all the time I’ve spent around the world volunteering will never make a huge impact. Maybe my work will be forgotten or destroyed. But one thing I know for sure is that the relationships I created and the people I had the opportunity to love will never be the same.

I will never be the same.

No matter how small you think you are in this world, never doubt the power you can have on another person's life.

Since we were young we have been made hyperaware of our smallest changemakersflaws. We all see and hear so much criticism and experience so many things that knock us down. So instead of being another critic, invest your energy in building people up and showing them the awesome potential that exists inside them.

Our lives are measured in what we do for and how we treat other people. Happiness is not found in handing out judgment and those who derive their power from the pain of others will never find joy.

Never overlook how large the smallest actions can be. A ripple travels much farther than we can see.

In fact, ripples often turn into waves.

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