The ripple eventually returns to the sender. For as far reaching as it can possibly go, it hits resistance somewhere out there and then returns.
Let that process…
Do you have a picture in your mind? Now, when we send out the ripple in the water, what does that look like? It’s usually a tight circle and as the rings expand they get wider and wider, right?
When it hits resistance and begins returning, does it look the same as when it started?
Our actions never return to us in original form. It’s usually magnified to some degree beyond recognition. With that being said, everything returns back to us. Whatever we send out ALWAYS returns. You can bet on that!
One day, I had the immense pleasure to do a friend a favor. She needed for me to run to the bank for her to make a deposit. Since she could not get off work on her lunch hour and she had to pay rent that day, I gladly deposited the money in her account so she could make rent.
When this friend of mine Kellie, got off work, she ran into another friend at the store who had her hands full with kids and had to pick up some items for dinner. My friend Kellie, offered to push the cart for her friend Kim so she could tend to her children and get her shopping done quickly and with little stress. When Kim finished at the checkout, she graciously and sincerely thanked Kellie for all her help.
When Kim got home from the store, her friend Chris called and said she needed an emergency babysitter for her daughter because they just put her mom in the hospital. Kim, without hesitation, agreed to help her friend Chris out by taking care of her daughter while she went to the hospital.
While Chris was at the hospital waiting for tests to be run on her mom, an elderly couple came in. It was apparent that the wife needed assistance with her husband as they tried to locate a wheel chair. As Chris was able to locate a wheel chair, the couple thanked Chris for her help and then proceeded to their needs.
When the couple was released from the hospital, they called a taxi to drive them home. While in the taxi, the driver was telling them about how financially tight it was to raise his daughter as a single parent and he liked the flexibility that taxi driving offered so he could be there to support her as she was growing up. Upon hearing his story, the elderly couple slipped the taxi driver an extra $200 tip as a gesture of love.
The next day, the taxi driver picked up a young girl to take her across town to see her grandma because her mom was working. When the taxi driver arrived at the little girl’s destination, she was not able to pay the driver the full amount. In a gesture of love, the driver dismissed the lack of funds, bid the young girl a good day and drove off.
The young girl ran into Grandma’s house, gave her a big hug and sat down to eat cookies and milk. At the end of the day, grandma proceeded to drive the granddaughter home. On the way back home from dropping off the granddaughter, Grandma stopped in the store to pick up some staples like milk and eggs.
Just so happens that I was in that same store as Grandma. While we were both on the baking isle, I was gathering ingredients to make a pie for a holiday gathering. As I glanced at the pecans, Grandma said something about the best pecan pie she’s ever made that has been in her family for generations. When I asked her about her pie, she eagerly shared with me her recipe. It was nothing like mine as it had a layer of cheesecake that glossed the bottom of the pie. It just sounded delectable!
I went home, made the pie and yes! It was the most amazing pie I have ever made. As a matter of fact, it was so well received by the family that they have insisted that I make this pie every year for the Holidays. This pie will be the gift to my family that keeps on giving‚ perhaps for generations.
So the moral of this story is, whenever you offer up a gesture of love, it will always return to you in a different form, but ALWAYS with love. You cannot predict what that will look like but the point is, unless you send out love and you’re willing to share it, you’ll never know what surprises and blessings will return.
Love returns every time in many, many forms. Isn’t it magical that it’s always a surprise and always well received? With the intention of sending out love and love always returning, life is magical, serendipitous and blessed.
I invite you to send out another ripple.