I was out for a run recently and sheesh, was it hot. The humidity made it feel like I was slogging through pea soup. So you can imagine how happy I was when it started to rain. Not only did it cool me off a bit, but I was hoping it would help to ease the humidity.
Add that to the fact that there’s nothing I love more than running on a woodsy path either after or during a rain. The scents are earthy and floral and everything amazing, and I can’t help but smile during those moments.
So on this day I was running along, sticky but blissful, and I looked to my left. The rain looked so pretty as it came down in the brook, I had to stop and take a picture.
How cool does that look? It’s almost like nature’s spirograph. But when you take a closer look, are you struck by something?
Yes, the rain created a beautiful pattern, but for me, the concentric circles are the absolute perfect visual representation of the ripple effect of our actions. One teeny tiny drop made such a far reaching ring, encompassing so much as it spread out.
There are times when I wish my actions could make a lasting and true contribution to the world, inciting change, or spreading love and compassion. While there are some amazing people who do this by winning purple hearts, curing diseases, and leading countries, I am reminded by this picture that even the smallest acts of love and kindness ripple out way beyond their initial exchange, reaching further than we could imagine.
It was mother Theresa who said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things, with great love.” And just like the circles created by the raindrops, our humble acts create more change than we think they do.
Where will you let your little drop splash today?