Choice & Ripple Effect

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”  ~ Dalai Lama

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The Oxford Dictionary defines choice as, “An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. The right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection.”

Life just continues to amaze me! I’ve been gifted a course with an organization that I have been following for nearly a decade. The organization is revered and respected for their focus on and education regarding peace and nonviolence, Metta Center for Nonviolence in Berkeley, California.

In writing my intro for this course, I reflected on how I came to this moment. It all began in 2008 with an invitation from a fellow writer … the invitation was to a mid-week gathering for meditation, at a humble home in Santa Clara, California. This invitation would change my life, it would impact me in profound ways, and the ripples of that invitation, and my acceptance, are still reverberating and manifesting things in ways unimaginable, like with this gift.

These things in life are not coincidental. These things, and most things really, are cause and effect of choices, ripple effects of things I’ve done, choices I’ve made.

There is such power, such strength, such awareness, such freedom in choosing. This single act, this choice, creates a ripple effect of possibilities and outcomes for ourselves and others; we hardly know the far-reaching affects of our choices.

Reflecting, I took myself back to when I applied for acceptance in the course, and how I came to know of the course, etc. I began to follow a thread of connection, of choices (myself and of others). Amazingly, all of it, – the connections and relationships, the learning and growing – all of it is connected. One thing leads to another, which leads to another, and so on and so forth.

The lessons for me in this moment are the power of choice and the ripple effect on people and outcomes. The second lesson is about the impact of awareness of myself and others in every moment because of this limitless effect of my choices. The third lesson is about acceptance and forgiveness and that with my power of choice, I can make another choice (a better choice) every second.

Quite simply, the choice of my attitude, my happiness, my place in life, everything is a matter of my powerful personal choice.




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