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Shining the light in our own community

  • Posted on June 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

Rippling joy around the world

Have you ever thought of yourself as being small, unimportant, insignificant?

This is something that I have grappled with many times throughout my life, and occasionally crosses my mind even now.

I am prone to wishing that I was someone ‘greater’, more influential, more ‘important’. What I failed to acknowledge and sometimes still forget is that I make a huge impact in the lives of all those I directly come in contact with!

I have the power to create joyful experiences, and hence to add light to the world, … and so do you.

Last month, in fact, I ran our bi-annual school fair. It was a fantastic day of fun, friendship and fundraising, and was concluded with fantastic fireworks. The joy that my committee and I were able to create on this special day was embraced by all the families who attended, and rippled out to all the people they then interacted with in the days and weeks to follow.

Even now, many weeks later, people are still talking about the wonderful day that it was, and reliving the joy that they experienced.

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” This proverb illustrates how our small actions can actually have a huge impact. In chaos theory, the ‘butterfly effect’ states that a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world, through the ripple effect, can create a hurricane on the other side of the world.

With this is mind, I now realise that the smallest of things that I do, can have a huge influence on the world around me. By creating a joyful environment for my local community, my community members and I transmit the vibration of joy to a wide network of people whom we interact with, and they in turn then create a more joyful environment for the people they interact with. And on and on it goes!


Mohandas Ghandi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. Where better to start, than in your own family and local community? The more love and light you bring to your own environment, the more that ripples outwards to uplift the world as a whole.

This is the principle that I now live by. As Mother Teresa taught us “We can do no great things, only small things with great love”. So my question to you is, what small things can you do with great love, right now?