My grandfather took me out to a fish pond when
I was about seven,
and he told me to throw a stone into the water. He told me to watch
the circles created by the stone. Then he asked me to think of myself as
that stone. He said, "You may create lots of splashes in your life
but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb
the peace of all your fellow creatures."
"Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle,
and that circle will also touch many other circles. You will
need to live in a way that allows the good that comes from your
circle to send the peace of that goodness
to others. The splash that comes from anger or jealousy
will send those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both."
That was the first time I realized each person
creates the inner peace
or discord that flows out into the world. We cannot create world
peace if we are riddled with inner conflict,hatred, doubt, or anger.
We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside, whether we
speak them or not. Whatever is splashing around inside of us is
spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord with all
other circles of life