It’s easy to obsess about the impact of our efforts. It’s easy to wonder if it matters. It’s easy to get stuck in the cul-de-sac of frustrated idealism.
That extra effort, that thoughtful gesture, that unplanned conversation, that slice of empathy, that pause to bite your tongue, that project you worked so hard on?
Did anyone notice? Does anyone care?
(Note to self: Stop)
You don’t control the ripples. The ripples are none of your business.
The stone is your business. Your job is to throw it.
After that? Pick up another one.
Stone, water, throw.
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.