During the hot summer months of my childhood, my family would often go to my uncle’s house to swim in his pool. One of the things we kids loved to do, was a cannonball from the deck into the cool water. A cannonball is when you tuck your knees into your chest and wrap your arms around your folded legs.
When jumping into a pool in this fashion there is a huge splash and big waves of water flowing across the pool effecting everyone in the pool. Most people in the pool didn’t like it when we jumped in this way, but as kids we thought it was hilarious. My uncle would have much preferred if we entered the pool quietly causing as few ripples as possible, to maintain the peace and tranquility of the soothing water.
As I look back over the course of my life, I can see times when I was going through life like a cannonball into calm waters, I was not caring enough to notice who got effected by the energy I was radiating. It may be hard to admit but, at the time I didn’t realized how my behavior impacted those around me.
The great thing about life, are the lessons we learn along the way. It wasn’t until I was an adult I realized the energy I carried within my being, effected everything around me. What was even more powerful, was the understanding that I didn’t even have to say a word for my energy to be felt by others.
When we come upon a challenging situation needing our attention, we have a few choices, we can enter like a cannonball, or a pebble. One will disrupt the situation, causing much turbulence, while the other, has a chance of blending in and helping smooth things out for a positive resolution.
If we were to think of our thoughts, and beliefs as energy, then this energy will radiate out from our being wherever we go. No matter who we come in contact with, our energy will ripple out to them, and at some level of consciousness, they will feel this energy. Positive or not, our energy creates the experiences we have with others.
One way to think of this on a smaller scale, would be to imagine that we are the pebble tossed into a pond. Our energy ripples out to all those who inhabit the pond. Now let’s expand this awareness to consider the world we share with billions of other people. Yes, we may think our behavior cannot possibly impact the lives of every single person on Earth, but is that really true?
When I walk down the street I often say a kind greeting to those with whom I make eye contact. My belief is my kind words may lift someone out of an emotional funk. They may then share a kind word to someone else, knowing how beneficial it was to them. Now our positive energy has started a ripple effect radiating to others who may share this positive energy with those they meet, and on and on it may go. Who knows how far this positive energy will travel.
If our intention is to create a positive shift in global consciousness, then this shift must first begin within ourselves. It is here where the energy we radiate begins to change the way the world reacts to us. When we are true to ourselves, we end up being loving and kind as well. This love then emanates out from us to others.
Even if we are alone in the middle of nowhere, we can have a positive impact on the world. We may not be able to see the positive influence we have on others, but our energy goes on forever, just like the ripples in a pond.
Thinking back to my childhood, jumping into the pool in the form of a cannonball is meant to be disruptive, yet is that how we want to go through life, forcing our energy on others? Or, do we want to share peace, and love with those around us?
Once we realize that what is going on within us emotionally has an effect on the world, we may begin the process of healing that which limits our ability to love without condition. This way we release the need to cannonball our way through life.
Are we courageous enough to examine our behavior to see how we go through life?
Let me know what you think, I’m always open to exploring the subject further. Leave a comment below, or email me at email@example.com. I’d enjoy hearing from you.
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