I was so excited about writing this blog, I even lay awake thinking about it in bed last night!
Why?.... you may well ask... this could change the World!
No, really! YOU could help me change the World!
It all came about through Twitter, for those of you who use Twitter, you'll be aware; no doubt, of the trending topic of #duncansdream, which has been the brainchild of @iancreek on the back of a tweet from Duncan Bannatyne (of dragon's den fame) He had a dream of all his Twitter followers, following each other..... and the following began, in ernest!
It got me to thinking just how powerful an influence we can have as individuals and collectively. You don't have to be rich or famous to make a difference either.
Now the #duncansdream trend has been great fun, uniting allsorts of people, another fantastic hashtag trend for those who understand twitter has been #kickcancer which has also been highlighted through facebook too.
So with all the bad press that social media can attract, its great to know that there really are some good news stories out there.
The whole topic gave me an idea. You may have seen in previous blogs I've written about , the "Free hugs campaign", "Pay it forward", the" Go-giver" and "Random acts of kindness".....
I wondered if I could make a difference to the World from right here in Lincolnshire? I mean I do hope I already make a difference on a daily basis inthe work that I do,but how do I expand that? How can YOU expand that?
So I started my own hashtag (for those ofyou who don't use twitter,it can be searched and trended as a discussion topic) the hashtag would be #startaripple !
Now, if you read my blog, you'll know i recently talked about starting a ripple in ......" Will you do something amazing today?"
Some of you may recall in an old newsletter, I once wrote about "Causing a ripple" It's amazing just how one small act of love and kindesss, acting with a servants heart can lead to miraculous effects on your loved ones, your community, your country and even the World.
If everyone did just one small thing, imagine what the effect might be?
Why not start right now?
Creating that ripple right now YOU could very quickly encompass the whole World! How's that for Global expansion?
It could be the smallest thing that YOU do RIGHT NOW,TODAY a smile and a hug , your time, your advice, a gift..... that turns into something huge! And what a priceless gift to give to those that really need it!
And you know what?
When YOU #startaripple you have to be in a place of abundance, for in order to give it away YOU have to have it in the first place!
Think about that for a moment......... YOU have to have it, in order to give it away!
So the act of giving reminds us how very blessed and abundant we are!
Its amazing what a small act of love and kindness can achieve, in giving something amazing occurs, not only do we make a difference to another.......we make a difference to ourselves.....we recieve!
“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi
As I started to include the #startaripple hashtag last night,people started to join in,it was heartwarming and quite amazing!
@ShaktiMatUK tweeted "Love is energey.Pass it forward" #startaripple
Alice Grist @HighHeeledGuide tweeted " Kind thoughts and kind feelings lead to happy, happy, happy people! Kindness will save the world!" #startaripple
@LizVillani tweeted "I sent my tai chi ball to the world, with love " #startaripple
@prteresa tweeted "From tiny ripples do great oceans grow. A tiny act of love or kindness really can make a big difference." #startaripple
So as I lay in bed last night I thought just how far could this go?
How far could the ripple spread?
Imagine we could send the ripple right around the World!
It's totally in our hands to make a difference!
You don't have to be on Twitter or Facebook or any other social network to join in, although if you are I urge you to start a ripple there.
You can start a ripple at home, at work, in the street..... it takes just one act of love and kindness! It can be as simple as a smile! Be as inventive as you like ......
I'd love to see how far the ripple goes, and what ripples are happening around the globe. I planto include YOUR ripple in a very special blog!
So please JOIN IN, then either EMAIL ME or post a comment on this blog!
Don't forget to say:
Who you are
Where you're from
What ripple you began!
So today, I urge you to do something amazing,share your loving kindness, act with a servants heart, bless another with a random act of kindess...... start a ripple..... TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring: all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-- Leo Buscaglia
Let's create a good news story!
Make every moment count,
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