Creating Ripples: A reflection

Can you think of a person, a conversation, or an interaction, no matter how big or small that’s impacted you in a really positive way? Did that interaction cause you to go out and share that positivity with others? If you’ve had an experience like that, you know it.. And my guess is you also felt compelled to pass that on with someone else. This can be described as a ripple effect, or a situation in which one event produces effects which spread and produce further effects. I was recently featured on a podcast called Creating Ripples hosted by Alexandra Zauner, where the overall takeaway is that there is power in sharing our experiences and knowledge with others, and when we do, we can create ripples of impact around us. The podcast finished with a challenge. I was told I had to determine one person that has impacted me, that doesn’t truly know the way they’ve impacted my life, and reach out to them and tell them.

Throughout that process I was able to think back on a number of people, conversations and interactions that impacted me in such a positive way. I found that the ones that had the biggest impact came during the times I was struggling the most. I remember the things said to me after a major injury, after a major surgery, after a loss, and in the dog days of dealing with chronic pain where I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. These interactions consisted of compassion, empathy, positivity, and encouragement. Not only did they give me something to hold onto during times of adversity, but they shed light and enhanced my perspective on just how powerful one interaction can be. Whether that was one sentence, one piece of advice, or one meaningful conversation; I learned that that encouragement and positivity can go a long way.

Now that I’m working with more and more people in a clinical setting, I find myself being able to offer not only health advice, but also offer continuous bouts of encouragement. I’ve realized that often times the patien