One of my favorite picture books as a little kid was “Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo.” If I remember the story right, it went a little something like this: a little beetle sneezes and the force of the sneeze makes a seed from a nearby plant pop off a branch. The falling seed boinks a worm on the head. So the worm gets mad and kicks a tree which continues a chain reaction of unpleasantness involving all sorts of animals and then humans in ever-increasing groups, culminating in a ship sinking. Finally, everyone involved, including the original bug, dances into a big city searching for help, and they collide with a parade! Sounds far-fetched? Well, all this seemed very reasonable and fun to a 6-year old.
How amazing that this tiny little bug could set off such a ripple effect! Every day we start ripple effects too.
As the folks who interact with many other professionals either in-person, on the phone, or through written words, like the bug, we also set off chain reactions. When we help members feel happy, a bit of that cheerfulness carries into the rest of their lives. When we help members feel accomplished, safe, strong, knowledgable, or innovative, this positiveness also carries on and may even touch other people with whom they come into contact.
Want to make some gleeful waves with me?