Do I have a voice. I didn’t really think so, especially here on Spark. I’m one in a ... however many members there are. I’m a small fish in a big pond. Currently, SparkPeople has nearly 16,000,000 registered members! I am a very small fish!
This week I’ve been hearing about the ripple effect. We don’t always know what effect we have, or who hears us, but the effect is real, and it is out there.
I took a course last year and my takeaways were, “Speak your truth,” and “Be authentic.” I think I do that, more so now. Not that I didn’t before, but I certainly withheld. If I can’t speak my truth now, when will I ever?
I’ve been a Spark member since 2009, and much of that was “on and off, up and down, here and there.” In April 2020, I committed, for real: I joined teams, took on challenges, added SparkFriends, and told my truth. I felt like Horton on the dust speck. Who would listen? Who would care? Well, according to my Spark page, I’ve had 11,114 visits! Some little ripple brought them there.
I’m a retired teacher and sometimes hear about my effect on former students; it warms my heart. The ripples are still going. I think our Spark updates, photos, blogs, challenges, goodies, and other sharing activities are also ripples that reach further than we could ever imagine. This is not unique to me. All of us at Spark have a voice, which makes a ripple.
Do you have a voice? YES! Let’s make waves!