Sticks and Ripples
This morning someone shared with me a story about a man who made a mistake, a poor choice that has wrecked his life. Because of his decision he’s lost most of what gave meaning to his existence. What he did had major negative consequences for him, his family, friends and community.
Now he’s lost. He’s been repentant, admitted his wrongs and has taken full responsibility for everything. Unfortunately this hasn’t fixed the myriad of problems, healed much of the hurt and his and other’s wounded hearts seem unable to recover.
“When you pick up one end of the stick you pick up the other.”
In life there are decisions we make that have far reaching implications for us, those we love and things we treasure. These ramifications can be positive or negative and we bear the responsibility whatever they may be.
Wisdom teaches us the importance of thinking things through, being wary of impulsiveness and never forgetting our thoughts, words and actions are like throwing stones into a still pond. Once the stone is released we cannot get it back, control the size of the splash, number of ripples nor how far they reach.