You’ve all heard the analogy… even a tiny pebble thrown into the ocean creates ripples that eventually become waves. The point is that when you do a seemingly small thing for another person, it can have a much larger impact than you ever thought possible.
Now imagine the “water” is in a confined space. I noticed this when I was cleaning my small swimming pool this morning. I dipped the net into the still water surface. The ripples not only radiated into larger concentric circles, they actually bounced back to me after they hit the edge.
I’ve been getting a lot of bounce-back lately – people saying nice things about me, giving me recommendations, showing concern for my happiness. All these were a result of me offering unconditional help on seemingly small things in the past, sometimes from months ago. And like the bounce-back waves in the pool, they’re coming back to me from different and unexpected angles.
I’m no saint. I do my share of self-serving things. But I also try to put out as much positive as possible, tuning in to people who have problems to solve, and volunteering to help if I think I can. It’s rewarding in the moment, and apparently also brings surprising benefits back to me in the future.
So why not throw an unconditional pebble into the pool today? And don’t stand there and stare at it… just walk away. You may see a much larger wave come back to you when you least expect it.