do something to correct it. You cannot go back and erase what has
happened,but you can go forward, learn from it and
cause ripples of your own.
Perpetuating good deeds and good actions are easy. But standing up in the face of bad, in the face of evil and breaking the rippled circle as it spirals out is so much harder. When I was at the lake, directly after I threw the biggest stone. I noticed that at about 20 rippled circles out from the center, close to the shore, there was a branch sticking straight up out of the water. It broke the ripple. By standing firm. But having its roots in the ground. It forced a break. So it is in life. When evil happens. When something so awful so horrific happens that the effects of it are felt across the community, the state and the nation. We must break that ripple of fear. We must break it and respond with love and support. But most of all- with strength.
I created a small picture with a candle on Friday afternoon. It simply said "Prayers for for the children, staff and families at the Sandy Hook Elementary School". I live in Maine hundreds of miles away. But I needed to do something for those people. I put it up on my Random Thoughts Fan page on Facebook. The candle has been shared over 260,000 times. When I look at the lists of people who shared it, a lot had also included a message that rippled out to their friends; their friends shared it and added their own. So forth and so on. One little gesture sent all those thoughts out to the world. I was stunned. What that one little candle did was break that evil ripple. Broke it and in turn sent positive healing ripples out of its own.
There will always be good in this world. There will always be bad. It is life. It is a balance. And when something happens to disrupt that balance it is up to us to do something to correct it. You cannot go back and erase what has happened, but you can go forward, learn from it and cause ripples of your own.