Throwing a stone into the stream, in the cool of the evening at the park, was a delightsome experience for me. I found myself throwing stone after stone into the water and watch until the waves ebb gradually. The ripple created by a single drop of stone widens and reaches a point well beyond where the stone dropped before fading away. Isn't it interesting that a small object forms a wave far larger than its size?
I troubled the otherwise calm water. However, the disturbance is not similar to those created by a Crocodile attacking its prey. What happens when I dropped the stone was that a beautiful pattern was displayed which rippled away until it faded. As long as I continued to throw stone after stone the pattern kept forming, and expanding before fading to bring the water to its original state again.
Then the thought flashed through my mind: how beautifully pleasant it would be if we consciously throw small stones of kindness that we know our loved ones would appreciate. Little acts of kindness, like the stones I threw, would cause a rippling effect far greater than the gesture itself.
Is there someone in your life you need to show some acts of kindness? Liken your partner to this little stream. Throwing stones continuously created beautiful patterns on the stream. Your actions should continuously add beauty to those you love and cherish. The stones we should be throwing should not be the ones that will hurt them. It shouldn't cause a disturbance akin to the disruption when a Croc is devouring its prey. We mustn't throw the stone of criticism, the stone of hatred, the stone of anger, or the stone of bickering. Certainly it should not be the nagging stone that we hurl at our partner or spouse. Rather, the smooth stones we select should include the stone of joy, the stone of thoughtfulness, the stone of affection, the stone of peace and most importantly, the stone which clearly conveys our love. These should be the ones we choose to use.
And like I experienced, the oftener I threw the stones, the oftener it created beautiful patterns.
Our spouses or friends may be moody. Maybe they were stressed up when caught in the heavy traffic. Or just had a difficult day at work. They may have received a bad news. A kind word could be the stone to ripple through their murky water such that by the time the waves fades, the stress would have gone with it.
When she's had a long day of cooking, ironing, and cleaning the house, and taking care of the kids, a stone of thoughfulness that says 'hey, relax while I do the dishes and take out the trash' may be all that is required to make her happy.
And just like I had the delightsome experience of watching beautiful patterns formed as a result of throwing stones into the stream, you will also have a rich experience by making someone smile. You will be glad just observing that a little thoughtfulness on your part makes them happy. You will realise that a sweet word spoken performed the magic of easing off the pressure. This will cause ripples of joy to erupt from your insides blessing you as well. This is what love - genuine love can do.
So the next time your spouse, partner or friend shows up whether they are stressed or happy just think stones, ripples and love and go ahead with acts that shows how much you love them.
Do have a beautiful valentine.