• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • GoodReads
  • BookBub
 Newsletter Sign-Up

Be the Pebble

Going along with all my goal talk and organizing speeches, you are probably starting to wonder if I’ve been snatched by aliens and replaced by a goal striving, neaten up freak. Believe me, I’ll be better by February. But in the meantime, and since I have to speak tonight, I wanted to share something I read on Tuesday in an email and have been thinking about ever since. It all sort of rolled into listening to President Obama’s inauguration speech and his call to all of us to do more and a conversation I overhead.

(See it is me. The eavesdropping writer who listens to other peoples’ conversations. I haven’t been snatched. Aren’t you so relieved?)

You see there I was in waiting around before school let out and two moms were talking and one of them said, “Well, I hardly see what I can do. One person. I don’t know what he is thinking, that an individual can change the world.”  Then she made that huffy, harrumph noise I love using in my books. Now her cynicism stopped me, for I was in a sort of euphoric haze all day, believing that our world could be a better place. And yet there it was, stark and cold. It was like being dashed with a bucket of cold water. What can one person do? That is until I got these words from Lou Tice, of the Pacific Institute later the same day:

Each of us needs to look for solutions to the challenges around us, no
matter how small. If you walk past the small things, you will never be in a
position to make a bigger difference.  We also deny the opportunity for the
“ripple effect” to go to work. You know the ripple effect: drop a pebble in
a pond and watch the ripples moving out from where you dropped the pebble.
Eventually these ripples touch every part of the pond.

Don’ t you want to touch the entire pond? Apparently you can. You just have to try. Now if I can just find that woman and drop her in the lake . . .

2 comments to “Be the Pebble”

  1. therese
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 pm · Link

    Wow, a real live harrumph! We love them in books (because we’ll see them proved wrong) but in real life, we know they will spread their opinion like a ripple in the pond.

    Which makes it more important for the rest of us to OWN the words of Lou Tice. Our ripples of KNOWING one individual can change the world have to be bigger than harrumphs.

    Three cheers for HOPE. HOORAY!!

  2. Amy
    January 23rd, 2009 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Knew you were lurking in there somewhere…

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram GoodReads BookBub

Search Site

Where to now?

Privacy Policy Cookie Policy

Elizabeth Boyle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com.
If you purchase a book listed on the site from Amazon.com, she’ll earn a small commission. Thank you!