A pebble dropped into a pond reverberates in ways that are hundreds of times bigger than the pebble itself. From the point of entry into the water, ripples emerge, and extend outwards. Fish dart in the direction of the sinking pebble in the hope of obtaining a bit of food. A duck feels a small disturbance and turns. And when the pebble lands on the pond’s floor, it displaces tiny grains of sand as it settles in.
All this happens, just from one tiny pebble.
The slogan “Keep it simple” reminds you to avoid complications and overanalysis so you can stay focused on the present moment. But, it also reminds you of the importance of performing simple acts of kindness for others. Things you might not even think about because they are so small may turn a person’s day for the better. When you allow someone to go through a door before you, offer to pour a cup of coffee for another, or smile at a stranger, you are not saving hundreds of lives, but perhaps, like the pebble in the pond, your simple actions will have profound and positive repercussions in the life of another.
Source (modified): Morning Light: A Book of Meditations to Begin Your Day | Amy E. Dean | Hazelden Meditations
Give a stranger one of your smiles today. It might be the only sunshine he or she sees all day.
~ Author Unknown