Are you open to catching a subtle but powerful message if it comes your way? You know the one; the random event that can change everything.
Most of the best efforts in the world have a great back-story that includes an “Ah-ha Moment”.
If you’ve had a look around Ever Widening Circles (EWC), you may have seen the following photo many places.
It’s a picture that my co-founder, Liesl, took from the bank of our pond in late fall of 2013; the bluest sky reflecting the cattails and fallen leaves.
That image, a poem and a random event combined to inspire me to create EWC in January 2014.
The image reminds me of the ripples that go outward from even a small act of kindness or insight.
When we listen more carefully, or find the potential in a disappointing moment; when we do something good, let someone know their life has meaning, or share the things that inspire us, I suspect we set into motion a whole new series of events that change the world in some way. In the scope of history, even the tiniest things add up, as surely as the ripples falling on distant shores.
This is how we envision every article we post on EWC. And we (you can share this journey) will change the world by changing the focus to possibility, instead of nurturing the downward spiral.
So without further adieu, here’s the poem I stumbled upon just a few days after that beautiful photo was taken – I Live My Life in Widening Circles – by the famous German poet from the late 1800’s, Rainer Maria Rilke:
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one,
but I give myself to it.
I circle around [the universe], around the primordial tower.
I have been circling for thousands of years,
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?” 1
Lovely and thought-provoking, isn’t it?
The EWC team and community is growing and guest-writers from all over the world are contacting us, offering to help. As I updated this article, we are a staff of 5 and a community of 177,000 facebook fans from all around the world. (Tens of thousands from places like India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Algeria, etc.)
And that reminds us of the relevance of that poem. In the formative years of this project, it will take the insights of many to get this vision to take flight around the world. We’ll need people like the falcon, the storm and the song.
Sometimes it’s good to ask ourselves which one we will be today and remember that it will take all kinds to make the world a better place. We hope Ever Widening Circles will take the newsworld by storm and inspire the mass media to start celebrating real progress (which is what we do best here!)
“It’s the storm that makes the most ripples… and the most flowers.” – Dr. Lynda
Bonus! Dr. Lynda Reads I Live My Life in Widening Circles by Rainer Maria Rilke!
Stay open, curious and hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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- Rilke, Rainer Maria. “I Live My Life in Widening Circles.” Poetry Chaikhana Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. <http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/2014/02/03/rainer-maria-rilke-i-live-my-life-in-widening-circles/>. ↩
- “Instrumental Music – Fantastic Wind.” YouTube. Native Artificial, 28 May 2010. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUYtS4OGK88>. ↩