We all know this quote, and likely not many of us think of it as being inspirational or motivational, but indulge me for a moment.
Back in May my office was offering a free session with a life coach, and I immediately signed up. As you’ve seen on the blog, Tiffany and I both love anything, and mostly everything, related to self help and self care. We are advocates for resources and ideas that help you gain self-awareness, and in fact, Tiffany wrote this post giving tools to help you do just that. So, meeting with a life coach was something I had yet to try but was entirely open to.
Sometime during the initial session I talked about getting published on The Huffington Post. My life coach mentioned that he also had been trying, and this is where the quote comes in. I realized that someone was telling me something that they needed help with, and I actually had a solution. This initial meeting wasn’t about me helping him, but I couldn’t not help! So, I allowed the conversation to take a detour and assist. I saw something, and I said something. I told him how to do it, and a week later I got an email from him saying that he too was now a contributor on HuffPost.
Months later, during another session he mentioned that he had another client who also wanted to be published, and he told her what I had told him. She is also now a contributor. He saw something, and he said something. He reminded me that I started this ripple by telling him. And in fact, someone before me actually started it by telling me. Tiffany shared this article with me and told me I needed to submit something. She saw something, and she said something.
There are moments during our days where we can assist and guide those around us. We can stop and say something. We can help pick something up that someone has dropped. We can offer advice when someone is sharing a struggle. We can bring home flowers to someone having a bad day. We can be the small pebble in the lake that creates a big ripple.
If you see something today where you can start a ripple, do it. Say something.