Ripple of Life

One drop goes far...

One drop goes far...

I recently have been reflecting on the concepts of Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics.  How so many things are interconnected.  How various choices I make are connected together and impact myself and others, both immediately and at a later time.  I’ve also been thinking about how things we learn as children often affect our behaviors as adults. 

For those unfamiliar with Systems Thinking, it is a style of thinking (and analyzing) that looks at a myrid of elements and how they affect each other.  It is a process of understanding how things influence one another within a defined “system.”  I often refer to this as holistic thinking or thinking holistically.  

If you are interested in learning more about this concept, you can go to the Systemswiki for more information (in addition to Wikipedia, of course).  You might also be interested in System Dynamics.

As I was reading in the wiki, the following came to mind.

Every choice I make,
Every action I take,
affects those around me.

I am both the stone and the ripple in the pond of life.

May I also be one with the pond.

I’d like to ask that you stop and reflect on a few things:

  • How your own behaviors and style of interaction affect others?
  • What it means if someone has a “positive vibe” or a “negative vibe”?
  • How the positive or negative energy of others can affect you?

Have you ever heard the following phrases?  Do you know what they mean?

  • They are an energy vampire.
  • They sucked the life right out of the room.

It is my hope that my actions have a positive influence not a negative one (a One not a Zero) as I continue on my quest for a revolution in the pond of life. 

Will you join me in creating positive ripples, not negative ones?  May we infuse others with energy, not drain them.

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