Some say life is like an echo. What we say, think and feel will always come back to us at some point. I like to think of it as ripples in a pond.
Imagine it’s summer time and there is a plastic wading pool in the back yard, and after supper the kids run outside to play. For some reason you feel compelled to walk over and drop a small rock in the pool before they jump in and start splashing around again. You watch the ripples move to the edge and back to the center, and it mesmerizes you as the tiny waves work their way back and forth from the center to the edge.
Life has an interesting way of treating us that way all the time. The incredible thing is that you can control the echo if you are aware of it. We all want to feel loved, appreciated and respected, and you can if you are generous with those qualities.
What Links Us Together
Another way of looking at this analogy is to imagine a chain that represent the people in your life. You directly affect those closest to you and the way you treat them determines how they feel towards you. In turn someone who is raised in a loving generous home will probably be kind to their friends, and those friends may pass good feelings on to another. The same is true in reverse. Treat someone poorly and watch how that emotion is transferred, sometimes with negative results.
Happiness is Contagious
There is an old saying by Stanley Gordon West “Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone” Try smiling and pay attention to how many people return that smile. How we influence each other and control how we act determines our universal feed back. Plant positive seeds and observe. You will come to realize that your life has changed because you did something to change it.
There is a subtlety, a secret. We think that if everything is fine, then we will be happy. Nope … this is not how it works. First, we became happy and that’s when everything becomes lovely!