One of my favorite illustrations of the ripple effect is grocery shopping (and the reason for the name). I have two kids and have to plan very carefully when I go shopping because it takes enough snacks to keep them going but not stuff them, toys that are able to be held onto while sitting in a grocery cart, train respectful public behavior, and I’m supposed to be gathering food for my family while doing all of this. Anyway, almost every week, I pull into the parking lot and have to go and find a different spot because some kind soul left their shopping cart in the middle of the space. Depending on how bad of a week it is, I only have to move once. If it is a bad week, no matter where I go, I am haunted by these maliciously placed carts.
At best, the person who left the cart is careless and lazy. At worst, they are selfish and arrogant. Either way, they have now messed up my day by not walking the extra 10 feet to the nearest cart return.
So this page is a challenge. A challenge to walk those 10 extra steps and return the shopping cart. If we can do that small action, what other things are we ignoring that we could easily be doing to help our neighbors?
Maybe you could use reusable shopping bags? Recycle instead of throwing away? Bring in your neighbors trash cans from the curb when you do your own?
None of those suggestions add material time to your life. They are an extension of your normal behavior that will help another human being in ways that you cannot even imagine.
What ideas do you have? Will you join our shopping cart initiative?