As I age, the interconnectedness of everything becomes clearer. Small acts, whether cruel or kind, create a ripple effect. Feeling insignificant is common, yet every action matters. I recall this story I read somewhere.
A group of people were travelling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath himself. His companions said to him: “Why are you doing this?”
Replied the man: “What concern is it of yours? Am I not drilling under my own place?”
Said they to him: “But you will flood the boat for us all!”
We often think that our decisions, choices and indeed our lives have no bearing on anyone other than ourselves. However, as the story reinforces, no man is an island!
When I was younger, I would have understood this message negatively – that our mistakes and bad choices have an adverse affect on others. That is true to a large extent.
I now have a deeper understanding . I believe that if that if we don’t live to our fullest potential, and take our own very special, irreplaceable role in this world, then the world will so much less for that.
I realize that my journey of healing can have a ripple effect on all those in my circle. Starting to be who I am meant to be will help me set my part of the world ablaze!
This is Day 45 of My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing.