I was sitting on some rocks on the edge of a lake recently. Taking some time for myself, not paying attention to anything in particular. My feet and the bottom half of my shins were in the water – it was very pleasant.
Suddenly I felt the water rise and my shorts got wet. I looked up and a series of waves were coming my way. Nothing too big, maybe 6-9 inches above the regular water level.
The funny thing was, I couldn’t tell what had caused them.
There was nothing to be seen on the lake. I had seen ferries crossing it the previous day so my best guess was that a ferry had passed by some minutes before and the waves caused by its movement were just reaching me now.
You see – all around you, near and far, there are people being wet by waves caused to rise by your movements and actions.
Like the ferry, you may well be out of their sight when the moment of contact happens, and neither of you may be aware of why or how it did.
It’s worth remembering that every one of your actions have a consequence for the wider world, in ways that you can see, and in other ways that you can’t.
Make them worthwhile.