This first blog is dedicated to my four friends who gave me a challenge to share my self with the world through writing and move away from my comfort zone by facing my own fears. Mercy Musisi a colleague who read my first Facebook notes and encouraged me to pursue creative writing . Jane Njoroge an author of teen books who reminded me each year that I was sitting on talent. Santina Nyagah a blogger, event planer and a nutritionist; an angel sent to softly nudge me towards realizing this dream by mentoring me. Lastly my dear friend Agnes Kariuki who we would always talk of how we should start blogging..dear my journey has just began I will be waiting for you when you are ready. They are some of the vines that caused this particular ripple …..girls here I go keep watching out for me.
Lets talk about ‘RIPPLES‘ and where the idea originated from. Am a big fun of animations and for today my lesson comes from Pocahontas. In distress she sought grandmother willow for direction… and I still remember her wise words and actions.
Ripples have to be triggered .
Grandmother Willow: Now then, there’s something I want to show you. Look.
[dips her vine in the water in which glowing ripples begin to form]
Pocahontas: The ripples.
John Smith: What about them?
So why ripples ? Even John smith was clueless of grandmother willow’s action; which was very deliberate she stirred the water causing ripples, “a ripple doesn’t form on it’s own..something has to stir the water”. Ripples of life is all about how people and situations affect us ; as a result how we react to this stimuli is highly dependent on our personal eye view and attitude towards the situation. If we chose to spread a ripple we chose to live a life of impact. How is this? Well …follow grandmother willow’s conversation with two lovers and see how she threw the ball back at them. She reminded them that the power was within them. That it was up to them to reconcile the two parties. They were significant in the whole equitation of change they wanted. Be the change you want. remember that grandmother willow was very intentional in causing the ripples. We have to be deliberate in causing the change we want.
Note when they got stuck they sought help from grandmother willow. Sometimes we might need the help of others such as a Mentor, a Spiritual figure, a friend, a family member,a Doctor, a Therapist, or a total stranger to walk with us and inspire us towards gaining insights of which ripple need to be stirred and which vine would be effective for the job. Who is your grandmother willow?
Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.
This step is a small one, I hope it shall stir up several ripples with time. That the write ups shall cause symbiotic interaction which will stir up personal growth and healing. We are all teachers and students in this walk of life . No one is superior or inferior of the other. We all have something to contribute to this world. Our attitudes towards our experiences will determine what kind of ripples we will spread. No one is insignificant we are all a force to recon with. I hope to spread ripples of love , healing inspiration and hope. As the saying goes a journey of 1000 miles starts with one step.Which small steps do you need to make today?
John Smith: They’re not gonna listen to us.
I do share similar fears with John Smith. Will I communicate effectively? Will people get my reflections? There is only one way of knowing this! By facing my fear and daring to write my reflections which means, someone else will know my insights and I will no longer be standing alone with them. What is you self talk when fear knocks at your door?
Grandmother Willow: Young man, sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. Don’t you see? Only when the fighting stops, can you be together.
John Smith: Alright, let’s go talk to your father.
The right path is never easy however its all worth it, every time we overcome our fears we gain courage and experience love. My challenge for all today is …what ripple do you need to stir in your life?
Be the change you want! If you need a grandmother willow to help you go to her. Start some ripples and see how far they spread. See how alive you will feel as you spread and influence others as they in-turn enrich your life with more ripples . Dr. Phil says we choose how we are to experience life …Attitudinal healing states that our attitude towards life determines the quality of the life we live. Cognitive behavioral theory states that healing comes with the realization that we do have choices. Person centered theory states everyone has solutions to their life. As for the Bible it states that each one of us was made for a purpose. This means our PURPOSE is our INFLUENCE and this INFLUENCE is what am referring to as the RIPPLES. Whats holding you back?
Life is an adventure, fear is the obstacle we have to overcome in order to appreciate life.