Dropping little pebbles

A poem by my friend Dennis Manning:

Dropping Little Pebbles

© 2011 Dennis Manning

Dropping pebbles in the ocean,
causes endless waves of motion.

From the drop of a hand,
effects cross the water’s span.

And the great results yet to be,
may never be seen by you or me.

But we must never stop,
letting little pebbles drop.


My favourite line in his poem is: “And the great results yet to be, may never be seen by you or me.”

Who are the people in your life who did something meaningful for you? Do they know how powerful an effect they had on you? Are they aware of the ripple effects of the pebble they dropped for you?

Or do you ever do something and wonder to yourself, “What good is this anyway?” If we can’t see the direct benefits of our actions, sometimes we cannot believe that any good comes of it. But Dennis encourages us to keep dropping little pebbles, to keep rippling out positively into the world, even if the results may never be seen.

And the pebbles can be little. No need for big rocky splashes. But we must never stop letting little pebbles drop.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on March 15, 2011, in good faith, outreach. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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