Yesterday was my birthday and a number of people did some very nice things to help make the day extra special. Some of those people I hardly know and one of them said to me that she loved making people happy because it makes her happy. She said it was a ripple effect. Indeed.
I know I have told the story here many times about how each one of us can do what seems like a small thing, but when someone else also does it, and than another person, and another, and still another, it keeps growing. It's that ripple effect. Each ripple gets a little bigger.
I'm not the only one who has talked about this before. The late Senator Robert Kennedy said "Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, it sends out a tiny ripple of hope." That's a pretty encouraging message.