It is no measure of mental health
           to be well adjusted
          to a profoundly
  sick
society.
1

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash,
and it is gone;

But there's half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on
and on,

        Spreading,
        spreading from the center,
        flowing on out to the sea.
        And there is no way of telling
                where the end is going to be.

                Drop a pebble in the water:
                in a minute you forget,
                But there's little waves a-flowing,
                and there's ripples circling yet,

                And those little waves a-flowing
                to a great big wave have grown;
                        You've disturbed a mighty river
                        just by dropping in a stone.

                My religion is kindness. 2

Drop an unkind word,
or careless:
in a minute it is gone;

But there's half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on.

They keep spreading,
spreading,
        spreading from the center as they go,
        And there is no way to stop them,
                once you've started them to flow.

                Drop an unkind word,
                or careless:
                in a minute you forget;

                But there's little waves a-flowing,
                and there's ripples circling yet,

Three things in human life are important.
                  The first is to be kind.
                The second is to be kind.
          And the third is to be kind.
3

                And perhaps in some sad heart
                a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
                And disturbed a life was happy
                        ere you dropped that unkind word.

                        Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
                        just a flash and it is gone;
                        But there's half-a-hundred ripples
                                circling on and on and on,

                                Bearing hope and joy and comfort
                                on each splashing, dashing wave
                                        Till you wouldn't believe the volume
                                        of the one kind word you gave.

                                If you are kind,
        people may accuse you of selfish,
                                ulterior motives,
                         or that you are weak;
                              be kind anyway.
4

                                        Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
                                in a minute you forget;
                        But there's gladness still a-swelling,
                and there's joy circling yet,

                     If you are considerate,
                                people will think
                    you have a hidden agenda,
                                    or are a wimp;
                    be considerate anyway.
5

And you've rolled a wave of comfort
whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water
just by dropping one kind word.
6
Treat everyone with politeness,
even those who are rude to you
- not because they are nice,
but because you are. 7


~And then there are such things
as divine love,

Bright and immaculate,
unmixed and pure,
Such as the angels think so very fine.~
                                How far you go in life
                        depends on your being
                tender with the young,
                compassionate with the aged,
        sympathetic with the striving
        and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life
you will have been all of these.
8

                        Wherever there is a human being,
                   there is an opportunity for a kindness.
9
_________________________________
Credits:
[1] ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
[2] ~Dalai Lama
[3]
~Henry James
[4] ~Mother Teresa
[5] ~Sensei Yoda
[6] -A Pebble  ~James W. Foley
[7] ~Author Unknown
[8] ~George Washington Carver
[9] ~Seneca
________________________________________________
MorningStar Inspirations from
Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life
- Dedicated to helping people return (and maintain) sanity and decency to life -
_______________________________________________________
From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017

Questions and comments welcomed.
________________________________________________
Pebbles and Ripples:
                    the ripple effect of our actions and words
This story is from the
"Good Reads" section of
the Library