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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The Benefits of Integrity

The Courage of Integrity Framed Motivational Print

The Courage of Integrity Framed Motivational Print

Motivational Quote:
The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity…these are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

The Benefits of Integrity

Merriam-Webster defines integrity as a firm adherence to a code of moral values, or the quality or state of being complete or undivided.

When you follow your own moral compass and do what you think is right, you achieve a sense of completeness. If you disobey your own value system, you become divided, unbalanced and uneasy.

If asked if we wanted to feel complete and whole, very few of us would say no (and if we did, um, Houston, we’ve got a problem). Yet when confronted with a choice our gut tells us is wrong, but our mind rationalizes into a “That’s really not so bad, in fact it’s OK because of such and such…” we can fold more easily than we might think.

The answer is repetition of good behavior. Practicing integrity on a daily basis may take courage, but it’s ultimately satisfying, and over time will be our first choice.

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