It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chapter 4, Page 13, Book 13

Pebble In The Water

Drop a pebble in the water,
just a splash, and it’s gone;
But there's half a hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water;
in a minute you will forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing
and there's ripples circling yet,

And those little waves a-flowing
to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river
just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind or careless word:
in a minute it is gone;
But there's half a hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,

They keep spreading, spreading,
spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them,
once you've started the flow.

Drop an unkind or careless word:
in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing,
and there's ripples circling yet.

And perhaps in some sad heart
a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life that was happy
where you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there is half a hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,

Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave,
Till you wouldn't believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
in a minute you will forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling,
and there's joy circling yet.

And you've rolled a wave of comfort
whose sweet music can be heard,
Over miles and miles of water
just by dropping one kind word.

James W. Foley



The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Research has shown that acts of kindness does not only benefit receivers of the kind act, but also the giver. What we give away always comes back to us.  

In my mind, being kind means going out of your way to treat others in the way that you want to be treated.  It takes a little time and effort, but it is all so incredibly worth it. We all want friends that are kind, giving and considerate.  We want and need people in our lives that support us and that will be there for us when we need them.  The old saying, Be a friend to have a friend,  really holds true.

 Analysts warn that real kindness changes people in the doing of it, often in unpredictable ways.   Doing kind acts and being nice builds one’s confidence and optimism.  It just makes us feel good about ourselves when we do things for others.  Giving of ourselves to others builds up our positive self image.  It also gives us a sense of hope.  We feel more powerful and in control when we make a positive difference in the life of another. 

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.  

Jesse Jackson


jack69 said...

I love the poem by Foley. I have never read it, but it is so very true about the 'unkind' word.
Your blog is always filled with kindness!!!


I LOVE the poem too. So much wisdom in the story about the pebble.

Chatty Crone said...

I read a book that talked all about that! How one random act can either make or break a situation! I liked that poem. sandie