First came across a version of this, going back to the early days, in Marshfield, WI. Was doing the sound and electrical at John Muir high school in Wausau, WI. So here I am, at the top of a ten foot step-ladder, head and shoulders above the ceiling grid, doing my thing. Up in that area, I spot some graffiti like, blackmarker scribbling. So I crawl up and in, to get closer to read what’s there. The words were some thing like this “words and actions, are like a stone thrown into a lake, causing ripples to spread out in all directions, and you never know,whose life you touched..
“So fifty years later , I find a probable source , but no author as yet..
Ah yes , that slip of a remark, said in anger!
Ah yes, that careless tid-bit!
Dont let them come back to haunt you.
Sioux Indian Story
“My grandfather took me to the fish pond on the farm when I was about seven, and he told me to throw a stone into the water. He told me to watch the circles created by the stone. Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone person.”You may create lots of splashes in your life but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb the peace of all your fellow creatures,” he said.”Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle and that circle will also touch many other circles. You will need to live in a way that allows the good that comes from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others. The splash that comes from anger or jealousy will send those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both.”That was the first time I realized each person creates the inner peace or discord that flows out into the world. We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with inner conflict, hatred, doubt, or anger. We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside, whether we speak them or not. Whatever is splashing around inside of us is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord with all other circles of life.