Even the Tiniest Ripple

You may have been wondering what Even the Tiniest Ripple is all about … let me explain.

I’m a busy mom, wife, employee, person. And I’m tired of being so “busy” all the time.

Lately, I’ve been wondering if we’re all sooo busy for all the wrong reasons. We don’t just run the rat race; we live it 24/7. I’ve been thinking about this a lot in terms of how we prioritize all the many pieces that make up our busy days.

And I get really, really overwhelmed thinking about all of this.

In fact, I get so overwhelmed by everything that I never really end up doing anything to change our pace – not the pace within my own family, much less the pace of the world around me. It’s a daunting task to shake things up, move out of our comfort zones, away from the familiar. It makes me uneasy.

What if I throw a ton of effort behind making the wrong changes? Or by making changes the wrong way? What if I totally mess everything up? Or what if all of my efforts amount to nothing?

I read recently that all we can do is to try to make the tiniest ripple. If each of us makes a tiny ripple on our own, the total effect can ultimately change the world.

I don’t know if I’m trying to change the world, but I am trying to change me, my own perspectives, and the way things work in my own family. And I’m hoping that writing about it from time to time will keep me honest, because I do have a tendency to become so overwhelmed that I do nothing. It’s time to stop doing nothing.

The areas where I want to focus some of this attention include:

-FAITH. Finding a balance between our American dreams/ways and the way God truly wants us to exist.

-FOOD. Navigating healthy/real/clean/organic food vs. the convenience/ease of the way we’ve always handled groceries, cooking, entertaining, etc.

-BALANCE. I’m looking for balance everywhere ... faith v. society, work v. life, long term goals v. in-the-moment joy. Which brings me to ….

-JOY. I also read recently that the Bible only mentions the word ‘happy’ a couple of times, but that the bigger point is to have joy. And I have a sneaky suspicion that I’m going to be learning a lot more in the weeks to come about how joy is more often found when we take the focus off of ourselves.

I am so NOT an expert on any of these issues. Writing about these topics is just my way to focus, to prioritize, and to learn. I promise you that I will fumble. I’m a hot mess on a good day, and I tend to turn to writing on the hardest days. It won’t always be pretty or poetic. But it will be honest. And I hope you’ll be a part of it with me. Share the ripples you’re making …

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