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Ripple Effect


water droplet and waves over green

By: Cherie Harrington

My Ripple Effect…and Your Ripple Effect

When you read those words what comes to mind? Prior to this past year, I would think of water in a pond or lake. How the water ripples from me throwing a rock in or “trying” to skip a rock across the water.  But, that’s NOT the first thing that comes to mind anymore!

As a daughter, mom, aunt, sister, friend, colleague, trainer, and any other role I find myself in, I have the pleasure of meeting many people!  In the school setting there are administrators, teachers, students, para-educators, custodians and everyone in between those roles.  Many times I see, hear and feel the ripple effect they have in their classrooms, offices and hallways in their building, AND within their district.  Not only do I experience the ripple effect in a school environment, but also in airports, stores and coffee shops.

What is this ripple effect I am referring to? It is the seen and unseen effect of a person’s words (accidental or intentional), facial expressions (accidental or intentional), body language (accidental or intentional), and any additional behaviors (accidental or intentional).

Do you think about the ripple effect of your words which are spoken to family members, colleagues, students, or store clerks?  Do you think about the ripple effect of your facial expressions, body language and behaviors to those who are watching from far away or right next to you?

At a recent training in Wisconsin, a very nice lady brought me a gift on our second day.  Please see the picture for the very thoughtful action from her.

ripple rock

I would like to challenge you to think about what ripple effect has occurred within you from another’s words, expression or actions?  Let’s all help every person – no matter their age or status – feel appreciated.  Think about your ripple effect, please.


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