That’s not really what I’m thinking about, though. We’re just going through our lives, making decisions, going to work, getting through the day in the best way we can. I’m thinking of the hidden effect that we rarely see – what happens after we leave the room.
My friend and music colleague Don sent me a note recently. Don is a fellow violist; he’s up in Boston, but we get to work together a few times a year. He is also a recent convert to running. Over the last year or so, he’s been asking me questions about running, getting motivated, and running. When I saw him last year, he was metamorphosed!
I write and talk about what I’m doing in the hope that maybe I might help to motivate someone else. Don was just doing what he was because it seemed like a good decision for his life. On Don’s birthday, a friend of his sent him a note (excerpted):
On your birthday, I want to share with you how much good you spread in the world, sometimes without even realizing it. About a year ago you began running and when I saw you thereafter, you were transformed. I was so inspired and wished I could ever do such a daring and bold thing in my life. I have now been going to the gym for 6 weeks and can report that as of last Tuesday I was able to RUN for the first time since my 15 yr old was born. Even my 2 minute intervals are such a huge accomplishment for me, but you gave me hope. This is a big deal because I have recently discovered that my daughter has been feeling overwhelmed by my weaknesses…. This is a wake-up call for me and helping my body get strong is part of my standing up on my own two feet…. My mother always said that we never know where the ripples in the pond go out to, which are caused by our actions. Your ripples have touched my life and will help to improve my daughter’s life as well. Have a wonderful birthday and thank you for the gift of You!
Our choices – good or bad – have an effect on those around us. We may not mean to, but the ripples that we create can change people. Thank you, Don, you inspired me this last week.