I’ve never been a person who is big on the “one person can make a big impact”. It’s a true statment, but I’ve just never been one for the whole get fired up, you can make a difference and change the world kind of thing. Maybe I just lacked passion before? But today it hit me differently.
I’ve got some adventures, some big dreams, and some things that have been stirring in me. I’ve been a little – or a lot – overwhelmed lately. Thinking there was too much for me, how could I do it, and how could I make an impact. Wondering if anything I did would make a difference and believing the lies that work I put in would be wasted.
But this afternoon, I looked out the window from our office and noticed something. There’s a lower roof on our house that you can see out that window, and on this rainy day I noticed the rain drops dripping off the shingles. Drop by drop the tiny rain drops would drop from the shingles into the gutter. And with each single drop, a large ripple would follow in the gutter water. A single drop would produce as many as 5 or 6 rings that would expand out far from the location of the first drop. And as I watched my gutters and this repeated action, I realized that one little drop can make a big difference. It can impact farther out than you would think. And all of these little drops together added up to a significant pool of water in the gutter.
So it was in that moment that I realized that I can make an impact. Although I am just one little drop, I can create ripples that reach out further than me. It might just be to my children, but that’s something I’d be so proud of. I don’t know where the ripples will go, but I do know that I can’t buy into the lies that it won’t be worth it to work hard and take a chance. If no one ever leaps out and drops into the pool, then no ripples would ever reach anyone. And that would be sad. So as I’m challenging myself today, I also want to challenge you. Is there something you feel a stirring to do – a risk, an adventure, a plan, a dream? If so, I challenge you, just like I’m challenging myself, to go for it. To take a chance. To make a dream a reality. To drop and make a whole bunch of ripples.
Today I’m sharing on the Knoxville Moms Blog about some of my favorite healthy crockpot meals. Head over there and share your favorites with us, too. I need more crockpot recipes in my book!