“The greatest opportunity you will ever be given is the one to serve.
Do what you can when you can whenever you can”.
Jacqueline Mary Phillips
A ripple is created when a stone is cast into a body of water and the waves it creates spread outwards from the point of impact. This concept also applies in our actions, thoughts and deeds.
I was fortunate to hear about a very powerful and positive impact of someone whose ripple effect was so profound that the ripple created a far reaching change in the career of the person receiving the ripple. This was due to the integrity and the clarity of purpose of the original person who threw the ‘stone’.
Similarly I came to be acutely aware of the negative ripple effect when I chastised 2 students who came into class late. This was rather shocking and as I reflect it had far reaching effects on both of them, their families and also on the rest of the class and the environment we were in. One time I caught myself complaining about students ‘not listening to me’. After I applied the SEJ process I realised in fact it was I who was NOT listening and so missed the opportunity to act upon an important correspondence.
Recently I had an opportunity to share how I came to study in this country with some international students. I shared some of my challenges as well as successes as we were chatting informally. I shared study tips as well as how I learnt to cook rice in a saucepan instead of a rice cooker! Afterwards I received an email from one of them saying how the chat in the corridor helped them to see that I was after all just another person who lived to tell the tale as it were, and how it motivated them to do the same for themselves. It didn't occur to me that what I shared from my past experience as a student could touch someone, that simply sharing what I knew could be so significant to another.
The first step of the SEJ process is self-awareness and I encourage you all to be aware of your thoughts, actions and deeds for they have far reaching consequences. You never know where their waves may reach. It would be a wise educator indeed who is forever vigilant and aware of where their thoughts may travel.
Dr M Howard-Kishi