Written by: Louise Keramaris www.infiniteinspiration.com.au
30th January 2017
Once upon a time in a far far far (oh so far!) away place there lived a magical glistening bold black flat sided rock that settled comfortably amongst the sand for millennia upon millennia…
One sacred and profound day along came a ruthless but humble human named Julia
Julia focused in and zoomed down on that glistening rock, at first sizing it up for whether it would be just right
Then seizing it and finally clenching it firmly in her hand oh so tight!
She suddenly got hold of a phenomenal momentum in her stride true and fast
And as she positioned her posture she flicked across a mighty cast
It skidded swiftly with a forceful energy creating water whiskers in the ocean
A sea gull swooped down shedding a few sheer feathers in its flight of motion
“Wowser!!” Julia expelled as she felt so mighty proud
The surface of the water heaved up in volume to meet its crowd
And then this waterfall of rising water shards came tumbling down
This culminating force of water transformed into a whirlpool effect of a crashing sound
Rings of waves caressed in interlocking ebbs and flows that heaved and pushed
Then came another trough of water, a crest and then a trough that wooshed
The phenomenal cascading force started to rise up with a force of the earth behind it
A torrent of the most magnificent wave so unique in its being that delighted
Off in the distance Julia looked out into the horizon
Not realising the force that was upon the ocean at large a soaring siphon
She heard a ferocious wind whirling in the distance calling out to her
It was as if the wind whispered in her ear and hollered out to stir
She had read somewhere that waves were made from the product of the wind
As she reflected on the ripples that she created with the skid of her rock just skinned
Julia’s attention was now focused on the most colossal wave of water emerging
She felt the strong caress of the wind across her face that swept and flicked her hair now surging
She felt the chill of the extraordinary interaction of the wind on the ocean
Julia became entranced with the rumbling wave that was coming to her with a motion
The strength of the Greek God Poseidon
She had a flashback to this god creating violent sea storms that sure frightened
Julia’s imagination took her on a ripple of a dream state
In an instant she saw the fierce Poseidon rising up to her fate
Warning mere mortals of the destruction that lay ahead…
Julia was struck with such awe that she lost her own tread..
In the second that lapsed, Julia was suddenly enveloped and sprayed with a cascade of water
It gushed and drenched her core crushing the sand in her being of mortar
She was stunned by the salt water in her eyes
A stinging that forced her to shout out her cries
The salt water soaked up her dress and stuck to her body essence..
She felt a sharp edge in her rib like a familiar presence
Julia tore into her rib and with a gasp and a cry
She couldn’t believe what she saw - you bet - this was no lie
A glistening black flat sided rock she was no way mistaken
It was the same magical rock she had found and had taken
The same rock that had created the ripple on the ocean’s surface
The same rock that connected to propel the strength of the wind’s precipice
Which in turn channelled the towering wave to manifest
The forces of nature creating a ripple effect in a soaring crest
Julia was mesmerised by this awe
She understood that this was nature’s law..
A ripple effect that lasted forever more…
Written by: Louise Keramaris www.infiniteinspiration.com.au
17 January 2017
As each person makes plans, goals and ponders about the year ahead it is worthwhile remembering that what each of you does will surely make a difference. The extent of the difference is up to you and how far your vision will take you including the lives of those you touch!
I’ve taken time out to reflect on the ripple effect of significant inventions throughout history and thinking about what would have happened or not happened if the outstanding creators and contributions of these inventions did not seize and realise their vision of what was possible. Where would we be without these extraordinary feats of humanity?
I draw to your attention to specific inventions that have as a result created phenomenal ripple effects that continue to impact on all of our lives today:
The wheel: Just think about where we would be, or wouldn’t be for that matter if it wasn’t for the wheel! How far do you think we could have travelled if it wasn’t for the trusty wheel on each of our vehicles, trucks, buses, bicycles, trams, aeroplanes and trains? Our capacity to transport each other from place to place to access diverse food sources, goods and products would have been vastly limited if it were not for the invention of the wheel. If you take a few minutes now to think about everything that you know that has a wheel including our time measurement tools such as our watches and clocks, where would we be without this invention?
The nail: This ingenious metal structure that has helped us to build and construct everything and anything from a handle, door, chair and table through to each of our homes, multi-level buildings, and the list goes on and on. This small item has been the backbone of our society’s construction process. Without it’s invention the cascading effect and our capacity to build our infrastructure would have been vastly limited. It dates back more than 2,000 years and continues to serve us extremely well.
The compass: Imagine not having this instrument? Our capacity to navigate safely taking on a long voyage by sea would have been impossible. Although in ancient times mariners could navigate by reading the stars in the night sky (subject to there being no clouds!) but were vastly limited when the sun came up across the horizon.
What would have been the ripple effect of this not being invented? We would have had little or no capacity to trade by sea and perhaps on a positive note from the perspective of our Traditional Owners there would have been no invasion of this country.
The invention of the compass was heralded by the Chinese between the 9th and 11th century. It was made of lodestone, having a natural form of magnetised iron ore.
The printing press: Now here’s a massive invention in communication established around 1440. Our ability to convey to each other our thoughts, ideas, stories, facts, fiction, visuals through newspapers, books and other printed material literally transformed our capacity to transmit knowledge and essentially educate and transform human minds and lives! Picture the ripple effect in our world without this invention. Perhaps we would still be chiselling away between a rock and a hard place!
The telephone: With the invention of the electric phone in 1876 by Alexader Bell (although there was pioneering work done much earlier) I don’t think many people today would disagree that this device alone has revolutionised human communication, relations and business on a massive global scale. The ripple effect of this can be seen today with the subsequent invention of the mobile phone and perhaps whether we like it or not there are both the positives (improved communication and awareness) and negatives (addiction to, detrimental impact on mental health and wellbeing) that come with such devices on the impact of humanity.
The light bulb: Without this, our level of productivity would have been limited to the time allotted to each of us governed by our natural source of sunlight during the day! Take time out to really let this sink in! Bless the two dozen or so people that dabbled in inventing incandescent lamps in the 1800s and then Thomas Edison who was credited with producing a completely functional light system with a generator and a carbon-filament bulb in 1879. The ripple effect here is again outstanding – this initiated the introduction of electricity into people’s homes and shifted our sleep patterns and extended our capacity to be “productive”! Hmmmmm…
The Internet: The ripple effect here is one of the instantaneous connection between billions of people worldwide! I liken this to an effect of a “billion effect multiplied by a billion on a daily basis”! We are now all connected via one click of our computer. We switch it on and then you and I can talk, exchange ideas, virtually see each other, have a meeting, run a training session, host a forum - the possibilities are endless. Well let’s just say you would not be able to read this right now if it wasn’t for the internet!
There are numerous people that contributed to its invention but primary credit was given to the US Defence Department back in the 1960’s that developed a form of data transmission to link computers within an agency.
This is not an exhaustive list but serves to illustrate the impact that one invention had to transform our lives and how we undertake our lives.
I invite you to think about and jot down any ideas that come to mind as you never know you may be holding the next “key” to unlock the new wave of rippling transformation across our planet as we know it!
Here’s to your ripple effect!
I am going to blog and document the journey of creating 1000 Ripple Effects across the world.