E is for Each Time A Person Stands Up…

Welcome to your daily dose of inspiration:
In Darkness Be Light.

Since social media and news in recent times has been filled with so much hate and negativity, these simple reminders aim at promoting positivity and lightening up your day.

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert F. Kennedy


Would you like to be a part of spreading positivity? Check out the We Are The World Blogfest, which aims at promoting positive news. Here’s the shortened version:


  • Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  • All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  • Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news.
    For more information, go HERE 

Sharing stories of acts of courage and belief – “ripples” – is a powerful way to inspire ourselves and others in the midst of challenges, and to help generate more acts of courage and belief. What are your thoughts on the “ripple effect”?


  1. susan scott on April 6, 2017 at 8:09 am

    It’s up to each of us individually to stand up and be counted – I’m marching tomorrow as a SA citizen, no affiliation to any political party, just to protest against all that is happening in our beloved country.

  2. Nilanjana Bose on April 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I think each encounter, each experience is a learning, each little thing can make a difference. If one can stand up, that’s great, if one can’t, (because not every one is free to express themselves politically as they would like) then raise a hand or speak or write. Just take some step. Everything is a ‘ripple’ – and as the Hindu scriptures say, ‘nothing in the universe is wasted.’ I do believe that.


  3. Hilary Melton-Butcher on April 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Hi Michelle – I’d seen Susan is going to march tomorrow – so many countries are in various states of questioning or disaster … life is in a quandary. I hope SA pulls through … thanks for the WATWB reminder I’m in on it .. cheers Hilary


  4. Tyrean A Martinson on April 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I think the ripple effect is powerful. It’s so important for each of us, at minimum, to encourage one another and use positive words to lighten the world around us. Even when I was at my worst moments in surgery recovery this last month, I tried to keep that in the forefront of my mind. And, if I can thank my nurses profusely after puking up repetively from the after-effects of surgery, then I think that it’s possible for me to do that any time, under any circumstances. I get crabby sometimes and I struggle with that, but I try to pray my way through it.
    We need to remember that each person we meet is a gift.

  5. Jacqui on April 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    A hard thing to do–stand up when everyone else is sitting down. But worthy.

  6. Lynn on April 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I truly believe in the ripple effect – if we toss a proverbial stone in the water it will ripple. So if we toss positive ones will it ripple just as fast as negative ones? I say that remains to be seen as we continue the #WATWB efforts of showing positive news, events, and the people who made them happen. ~ fellow #WATWB member

  7. Donna McNicol on April 7, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Best quote ever!

    E: Ecuador & Epcot
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

  8. Gail M Baugniet (@GailMBaugniet) on April 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

    The show of hands says it all for me when the question is asked, “Did you vote?” Not just in elections, but in all of life. Did you stand up and get counted when something really mattered to you?

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