Ripple the Pond

Attitude Drop Motivational Poster

Attitude Drop Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Ripple the Pond

What if Rosa Parks thought, “Oh, I’m just one little person, what could I do to change anything?” She would never have held her ground on that famous bus ride that set into motion desegregation on buses and added power to the Civil Rights Movement.

What if Mother Teresa thought, “What can a young woman like myself really do to help the poor? What difference could I possibly make?” She would never have begun “The Missionaries of Charity” whose primary task is to love and care for the poorest of the poor.

What if Dr. Richard Pimentel didn’t fight for the rights of his friend with cerebral palsy (who was arrested at a pancake house for being too ugly)? The Americans with Disabilities Act might never have been passed.

These people made their “drop in the pond” really count by simply following their inner conscience. They had no idea that one little thing would lead to another and another until the world changed for the better.

Each person has an effect on another person. It can’t be helped. Your small kindness could have huge repercussions, rippling out into the unknown. In the book The Richest Man in Town, one man’s small kindness radiates out to effect thousands of people, perhaps hundreds of thousands.

I’m not suggesting radical change here. I’m suggesting that you follow your gut when it’s telling you to do something you know is right. Take litter for instance. If everyone in America were to pick up one piece of litter today, there would be at least 303,824,640 less bits of trash lying around. That’s quite a lot when you think about it.

So start rippling your pond in the way that’s right for you. Your actions might just go down in history.

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Be a Crocus

Never Give Up Framed Motivational Poster

Never Give Up Framed Motivational Poster

Quote:

Go over, go under, go around, or go through. But never give up.

Be a Crocus

Did you know one of the most expensive spices per weight in the world comes from a crocus? The tiny, thin threads – or stigmas – inside the blossom of the saffron crocus are collected and used in the cooking of many ethnic cuisines around the world. There are only three threads per crocus, and you can image how many it takes to make an ounce, which is why it’s so costly.

Crocuses are one of the first flowers to come up in the spring. They are considered hardy because they will grow in harsh climates with very cold winters. Crocus will thrive in environments that routinely have winter temperatures averaging -40 to -30 Fahrenheit. That’s pretty cold! These flowers are no strangers to places like Alaska, Canada and Russia.

Many people think crocuses grow from bulbs, but actually, they are corms. A corm is a swollen, underground stem that does not have the fleshy leaves you would find on a bulb. The corm stores all the food it needs until spring in that tiny stem.

Planted in the fall, a crocus will lie dormant until a weather trigger sets it off. Then it grows quickly, its pointed bud pushing its way through layers of earth, sometimes snaking around rocks or other substances too hard to pierce. Once it reaches the surface, it pushes up further, ballooning up into a puffy bud. On a sunny day it pops open bringing delight to all those who behold it.

The petals are soft and silky to the touch – a surprise because it seems like it would have to be tough and waxy to push through all of the obstacles in its path, even snow!

The narrow leaves, graced with a single silvery white stripe, appear later when the crocus is still in bloom, and grow longer and longer as the flower fades and turns to a papery transparent film. These leaves need to grow, yellow and wither for the plant to gain enough energy and store adequate food for the next year.

Why not try being like a crocus? You’ll be worth your weight in gold, strong but flexible, and willing to go through or around obstacles that hinder you. Not only will you feel better; others will delight in experiencing the new you.

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A Meaningful World

Change Waterfall Framed Motivational Print

Change Waterfall Framed Motivational Print

Motivational Quote:

Learn to embrace change, and you’ll begin to recognize that life is in constant motion, and every change happens for a reason. When you see boundaries as opportunities, the world becomes a limitless place, and your life becomes a journey of change that always finds its way.

A Meaningful World

There are two camps: life has meaning; life is meaningless. If you believe the latter, I applaud you for the courage to continue the journey and make the most of what exists now. However, this blog will address the former.

When one perceives a connectedness between all things, purpose lurks around every corner. Choices matter. Coincidences are few. Signs and symbols are saturated with meaning. Life’s curveballs become winding paths. Catastrophes emerge as stepping stones to fresh ways of thinking and new purposes.

Very few people know with certainty what the future holds for them. But breaking free of limitations, pushing past conventional modes of thinking and embracing change can add a touch of excitement to the journey at hand.

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Overcoming the Fear of Change

Embrace Change Seasons Framed Motivational Print

Embrace Change Seasons Framed Motivational Print

Motivational Quote:

Temperatures will rise and fall. Winds will shift. Leaves will drop and buds will form. And with every transition new beginnings will be revealed.

Overcoming the Fear of Change

Change is inevitable. It’s a part of life. But it can also be scary. Why? Because most people prefer predictable, known results over the unpredictable unknown.

How many times have you ordered the same entree at a particular restaurant? I do it all the time. Why? Because I know I relish that dish, and that I’ll feel happy and satisfied every time I eat it.

If I branch out to something else on the menu, I wonder: what if I don’t like the food and have a negative experience? Why risk that when I know I can have a guaranteed positive experience?

What I’m conveniently ignoring is the possibility of truly wonderful experience beyond my rather high expectations. If I don’t try something else, I’m robbing myself of potential ambrosia.

If we take the stance of embracing change, of welcoming it into our lives – it can become an exciting adventure. If we can look past the fear into a place of heightened expectation, we can ready ourselves for the next bend in the road where a beautiful vista might unfold, or where honey-glazed, pistachio-encrusted plantains might be our next favorite food.

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Incorporating Your Passion into Your Life

Passion Tree Framed Motivational Print

Passion Tree Framed Motivational Print

Motivational Quote:

There are many things in life that will capture your eye, but very few will capture your heart. These are the ones to pursue. These are the ones worth keeping.

Incorporating Your Passion into Your Life:

What are you passionate about? It can be something little (I’m passionate about reading) or something big (I’m passionate about making a difference in the world).

Once you’ve discovered your passion, try to incorporate it into your life by dividing it into small, manageable portions that you can add to your weekly agenda. For example, instead of thinking you have to sit down for hours to read a book, carve out a portion of your lunch time on, say, Tuesdays, to read.

If you want to make a difference in the world without feeling overwhelmed, try following a guide book like Every Monday Matters that gives you an activity to do each week.

When you begin to exercise your passion on a regular basis, you’ll find yourself happier because even though many of your exterior circumstances may not have changed, you truly are doing something you really want to do.

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