Written by: Kayleen Greagen-Castle
1. the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.
We've all heard of 'The Ripple Effect', sometimes called 'The Butterfly Effect', where one small action can create an incredible sequence of events which tends to 'ripple' continuously creating a positive effect on all who's paths the ripple may touch.
There's an incredible video which shows the effects of one kind act can make, sometimes looping back to the person who acted kind in the first place, they may not even be aware of the 'circle' their random act of kindness has created.
How I came to find 1000 Ripples
A few months ago, I saw a call out on Facebook to Bloggers, Authors and Writers to join a collaborative project called '1000 Ripple Effects'. This immediately caught my attention and I responded to the post saying I was interested in some more information. Stacey promptly got in contact with me and within the next hour or two I was on a phone call with her to discuss this project and learn more about it.
Standing on the front lawn of a friends house I was about to visit, my body was covered in Goosebumps as I listened to Stacey talk from her heart about this project and what her goals were, I was completely blown away. Goosebumps covered me from head to toe and my scalp tingled, not the type of freaky shivers you get but the type you get when something is so closely aligned with your heart you feel it through your whole body, this is what was happening. What Stacey was explaining to me was connected to my deepest hearts desire. "I'M IN!" I exclaimed excitedly as tears welled up in my eyes. (I'm a sook) but this cause is so beautiful, even if I wasn't to be involved, it would still tug on my heart strings.
I was and am so utterly excited to be involved with 1000 Ripple Effects and I cannot wait to watch it all unfold!
What is 1000 Ripple Effects?
The project will be the creation of 4 books consisting of 250 stories each, totaling 1000 stories with the intention of sharing a pearl of wisdom with a child who does not have a Mum or Dad. These stories will not just be read by children but will create ripple effects for people reading it.
'Every person who contributes a story to the book will be part of a child's life. You will be the Mum or the Dad that they never had.
Your story will touch the hearts of many people, helping to restore faith in the world, letting people know that there are some really truly beautiful people who extend kindness and love and care and compassion to those around them.'
An excerpt from www. 1000rippleeffects.com
This books will be created from people all over the world and already has authors from several countries around the world.
Ever heard the saying 'It takes a Village to Raise a Child'?
One of the thing I love most about this, is the thought and consideration which has gone into a single child (of which there are many) who will not gain what so many others do and will often take advantage from, the Motherly, Fatherly or life advice and encouragement. There are so many children in the world who unfortunately will not grow up with the general household banter about life and those late night talks explaining about how life goes sometimes. This is giving children the opportunity to learn some of those lesson you yourself might have grown up with, that pearl of wisdom your Mother gave you as an early teen, the Fatherly advice given to you about becoming a man, the advice your Grandmother gave you about life and the things to remember as you make your way through life. Stories and advice like those are what countless children will possibly never receive, well now they just might, with the hope packaged up inside this precious book, taking the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' and giving children who don't have the normal village an opportunity to receive priceless advice, or read stories about life which will give them confidence and hope for their futures. How beautiful is that!!!
What happens with the books once they're complete?
The books will be distributed around the world and gifted to children in need. Each book will also be available for purchase via hard cover or audio-book.
What happens with the proceeds from the books?
This was one of the most beautiful things which caught my attention when I first spoke to Stacey about this project.
'The proceeds raised from the sale of this book will then be used to create ripple effects for many projects. Build Self sustainable communities, build certified organic farms, provide employment opportunities, finish building the hospital, provide parenting skills training.'
An excerpt from www.1000ripples.com
Want to get involved?
The '1000 Ripple Effects' project is still on the quest for people to get involved. 'But I'm not a writer!' you might say, guess what, you don't need to be. Are you a Mum, Aunt, Grandma or just someone who feels they have a piece of advice to offer a child in need? YOU can be a part of this, isn't that amazing!! You don't need a special qualification, or to have specifically achieved something in life. We ALL have something inside of us which will help someone else, why not share it to help a child feel loved and cared for.
Imagine a loved child in your family, imagine there will come a day you'll want to teach or tell them something important, what is it? Why not share it with a child or children who may never hear your words?
I grew up with a very broken childhood, and looking back now, I wish I had someone to sit me down and tell me about life, to make me feel understood or to take the time to show they cared enough to listen to my problems and give me advice.
This project isn't just an amazing idea in my eyes and there is a great deal more under the surface for why I'm personally getting involved. Yes, I want to write a book, and I am, yes, I want to write blogs and share my stories, but more than that, I want to help children who need us, you and me. I was one of those children and I can personally attest to what it would have meant to me to have this book and these types of stories which will undoubtedly change the lives of children and people around the world.
One small act, one story, one piece of advice has the potential to not only change a life, but to create one small ripple effect which can and will, be felt over and over throughout the world.
YOU can make a difference. I can make a difference, together, we can ALL change the world.
Want to know more?
Head on over to www.1000rippleeffects.com to learn more about the project and how to get involved.
Follow the progress of this amazing project, hear more stories of how this project is affecting others around the world and show your support via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/1000RippleEffects
Stacey and the 1000 Ripple Effects project has featured in newspapers and several interviews all around the world, you can see, read and hear about them via both the website and Facebook page.
I am going to blog and document the journey of creating 1000 Ripple Effects across the world.