During quarantine, I taught my daughter how to skip rocks. She loved it! She was so proud when she finally got it. Have you ever thrown a pebble into a pond, or watched someone skip rocks across a lake?
I’ve always loved to skip rocks, although it took me longer to learn how to do it then it took my daughter. I’ve always loved watching the ripples that continued on, well after the pebble was out of sight. The impact of that small stone against the top of the water, influenced the creek at such a large scale
Every time, without fail, when I see rippling effects in water, I can’t help but think of the powerful rippling effects that each of us has the power to make in this world.
Have you ever basked in the rippling effect?
I was speaking with a former coaching client the other day, and, yet again, I found myself reminded of the power that rippling effects have among us humans. She was explaining how she was able to find her inner calm during these chaotic times, even after having finished her coaching program with me several months ago. She went on to say how she:
- Went from planning to leave teaching to falling back in love with it
- Been able to use her strengths of leadership and humor to change and enhance the landscape of her workplace (which had previously drained her and caused her great anxiety)
- Regularly sticks with her own self-care routine and nourishing her body, leaving her feeling energized and motivated (after years of off again, on again diets and work out regimen that just weren’t working out)
- Finds that there seems to always be time to prioritize what she wants and needs to do, without the overwhelm (or dread she used to experience every Sunday night) before bed…
As the conversation came to an end, she said that if I had shown her the difference between now and this time last year, she never would have believed that it would have been possible!
If you struggle with feeling stuck, stressed, worn out, constantly busy or chronically stretched- THIS different kind of experience is what I want for YOU… but that’s not what matters most here, is it?
What matters most here, is that you not only want to get control of your ripping effect, like my former client did, but you BELIVE it is possible for you too.
The truth is, you can’t control everything or everyone that surrounds you, even when things seem out of control.
You CAN, however, determine how you show up. You CAN decide what intentions you desire to set forth as a pebble with the power to impact a surface much greater than it’s own.
I think now, more than ever, we all need to be aware of the rippling effect that we can have in this world. We all need to get clear on if we are spending our time and our energy, focused on making the kind of ripple we truly want to make.
How are you currently spending your time and energy? Are you satisfied with it, or would you like to get more intentional about it?
Asking yourself these questions is important. Whatever the answer, it gives you rich information to make the next best decision, to take the next step towards orienting your time and energy differently- and that, my fellow human, is where your power lies.
Want to learn more about how the rippling effect can impact your life and the lives of others? I talk about it in this quick video.
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Dr. Toni Warner, LCSW, MSW, MeD, is a mother of three, a transformational life & wellness coach for the busy ambitious who’re ready to crush overwhelm, tame the anxiety, effectively manage stress and delete burnout. She helps her clients to create meaningful balance in their lives without sacrificing productivity at work or quality time with loved ones.
Dr. Toni is the founder of Dr. Toni Coaches, LLC, a coaching, educating and consulting business. It’s mission is to inspire and enact meaningful change in the world by helping heart-centered impact makers create work, life & relationship balance, allowing them to more deeply and meaningfully live, love, connect and share their gifts, enhancing their lives and the lives of others.
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