#10: Ripple Effect

Every action creates a ripple effect … a gentle circle reaching across something smooth and safe. Something that seemed small changes things. It shapes what was into something else.

I shot the photo above at a special place. It’s the reflection of the trees on a tiny lake, one that I visited during my writing retreat last weekend. The cabin was secluded, warm, perfect. Each moment by the water revealed how beautiful it is when it moves, even poetic. Birds, fish, insects – everything was part of the ripple effect. Widening circles spread across the surface.

Finishing my novel feels overwhelming at times. You might have a project like that, too. Putting it off won’t change that feeling. So let’s keep moving.  

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -Michelangelo

  • Exercise: Do you have a goal that feels far away? Maybe you are trying to get out of debt or quit your day job or finish a book. Today, spend 15 minutes creating a ripple effect. You might research ways to cut expenses or start a blog or write. Just sit down and write. Keep moving.

What’s the biggest project in your life right now?

Simply Beautiful Things is where I share moments of wonder from the world around me. The photos are my own. You can check out the archives here.

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1 Jen September 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My biggest project right now is saving for a down payment on my first home. Every time I go to buy another fast food lunch I remind myself how much I want to buy a house and it helps cut out those trips! I just keep reminding myself that slow and steady is the way to go and I won’t reach my goal overnight. Every little bit that goes into that savings account makes me feel so much better though!

2 Melissa September 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

Awesome goal, Jen! I’m rooting for you. Sounds like you have a good handle on your spending, too. That home will be yours sooner than you imagined.
All the best,
Melissa

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