Now more than ever the world needs all hands on deck to work towards positive change. The Ripple Revolution is a movement to change the way we think about making a difference and the legacy we leave.
It’s a shift away from “ego legacy” thinking (will they remember me?) to Ripple Legacy thinking. (Ripple Legacy TM = The cumulative impact, both immediate and rippling out, of the choices you make and the actions you take.)
Maximizing the Ripple Legacy you leave isn’t just about doing more do-gooder things. It recognizes that any positive impact you have on the world starts with you. Internal and external – it’s an integrated system.
The Ripple Revolution model offers a way of thinking about how to live your life that acknowledges that system, weaving together the answers to three questions that are key to living a vibrant, meaningful life:
• How do I live from the heart?
• How do I live an energized life?
• How do I make a difference?
Creating a positive Ripple Legacy starts at the heart, radiates out via an energized life, and gets set into motion externally with the choices you make and actions you take.
There are three main layers to the Ripple Revolution model. Starting from the center, they are:
- Heart Base: This is where it starts. The love and compassion developed here – both for yourself and for the rest of the world – provides the foundation for everything else.
- Living an energized life: This is about living a life that leaves you feeling energized and engaged.
- Making a difference: This layer explores making a difference in the world through the day-to-day choices you make and actions you take.
At the core of the Ripple Revolution model, your Heart Base is all about love and compassion, both for yourself and for people and the natural world. When you have those two things as your foundation, it filters out into every corner of your life.
Love and compassion for yourself is every bit as important as the externally-directed variety. You could even make a case that self-love and self-compassion is the heart of the Heart Base. You can’t give what you don’t have, and at some point, if you don’t have those for yourself, your well will run dry and you won’t have them to offer the rest of the world.
You are the instrument through which the good you do in the world happens. So it stands to reason that the more energized you feel, the more good you have the potential to set in motion. The energy flows from your life into the world through the choices you make and actions you take.
When you think in terms of “energy management,” you can see that your Ripple Legacy doesn’t come just from taking action to make a positive impact. It starts with the questions: What energizes me? What inspires me? What engages me? It follows those questions up with another question: Now what can I do with that energy?
It’s a virtuous cycle. Living an energized life means that the person driving all the ripple creation (you!) is showing up in a bigger and more energized way. That means you have more energy to put into creating positive ripples, which in turn can have an energizing effect on you.
Integrating the energized life and the action, seeing them as interdependent parts of a whole, is the path to maximizing your Ripple Legacy.
It’s about creating a life you love while working to make the world a better place. And the beauty of The Ripple Revolution is that opportunities to engage in it come at all levels.
The opportunities to create positive ripples range from a fleeting action (for example, a smile, or a simple kindness) to something that that requires a deep commitment (the career you choose, for example).
Think of the Ripple Revolution model as a map that offers one way of looking at how we make a difference in the world. It breaks it down into eight main categories:
Your work: This can be either working directly on making a difference or working in support of an organization that is making a difference.
Service: This can be either formal (volunteering) or informal (e.g., helping a neighbor in need).
Your money: How you put your money to use (e.g., donating to charity, microcredit lending, socially responsible investing)
Material giving: This is giving in material form, like a meal, or supplies to create something.
Consumption & conservation: What impact are your choices about how you consume and how you conserve having on the people around you? Your community? The environment?
Interactions with others: From the brief and fleeting (e.g., a smile or a compliment) to the deep and long lasting (e.g., the way you raise your kids and the values you instill). It could extend beyond people to include animals.
Energy: The energy you send out into the world, the positive intentions you direct, and the prayers you send (note: If this doesn’t fit your world view, you have plenty to keep you busy with the first five).
Serendipity: The positive ripples you create without intending to. This is the sum total of how you show up in your life.
Taken together, the first seven proactive ways of making the world a better place offer a template to explore:
- How am I making a difference in each of these areas?
- How could I make a difference in each of these areas?
- How do I want to make a difference in each of these areas?
We each leave SO much potential to make a positive impact on the table. Not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t notice the possibilities.
The Ripple Revolution model offers a way to evaluate the difference you’re currently making, explore different ways you could make a difference, and act from a more conscious and aware place.