New Castle News

News Bloggers

October 10, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: You already ARE changing the world — but be careful how

NEW CASTLE — The ripple effect.

Chances are, you know exactly what that means. I’m guessing you can even see a vivid image of it in your mind.

Toss a rock into a pond and a tiny splash crawls to the shore in a huge circle. Or knock the first domino over and thousands follow suit.

What if our everyday lives acted upon those same patterns?

What if, instead of daydreaming about how we are going to “change the world,” we would take a good, hard look into the mirror and realize we already do.

Maybe hundreds of times a day.

For better.

Or for worse.

“Small actions can have amazing results.” — Ken McArthur

Everything we do has an impact.

I think we all get that. We don’t live in a bubble. We interact on a daily basis with real people tackling real issues.

We text.

We meet for lunch.

We introduce a friend to another friend.

We may even begin working together on a project or a business.

Action + response = outcome.

Our circle widens, just like the pond.

The ripple effect.

In this case, for better.

“Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.” — Edith Hamilton

Everything we don’t do has an impact.

I don’t think we get this. I know I struggle with this mightily.

Though we interact on a daily basis with real people tackling real issues, somehow we forget these are REAL PEOPLE we’re dealing with.

See that kid sitting by himself in the cafeteria? “I’ll just stay here with my buddies. I don’t want to join him and be an outcast with my crew.”

How about the older couple stuck on the side of the road? “Surely, they have a cell phone. They’ll just call AAA.”

That woman, still waiting to exit the parking lot as a line of cars processes by. “Sorry, lady, I’ve got places to go, too.”

And then there’s the dad who splits from home and leaves the family behind. He’s impacting his wife and kids — and who knows how many people they’ll interact with through the years — because he is NOT in the home.

Maybe you’ve felt the pain of passivity, too.

You intended to go to the gym but chose TV. Instead.

You intended to “eat clean” last night but hit the drive-through. Instead.

You meant to make the call.

Send the resume.


But you did nothing.


Maybe we don’t realize it today, but inaction is often the worst action we will ever take.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
News Bloggers
  • Church.jpg Gary Church: I tried to keep my cool, but if anyone didn't like my contribution to the party, I might have a meltdown
    Sometimes you get invited to an employee only luncheon. I recently went to one of these at the News office. There is only one rule, everyone must bring something. This is a little difficult for me, because I don't know how to cook anything.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Question-mark-scratch-head.jpg Tim Kolodziej: We’re swimming in information — and uncertainty

    “Who can you believe anymore?” I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me that question. Let’s face it, there are no longer two sides to every story. In some cases, there are hundreds, if not thousands.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: "The Bachelorette" semi-live blog

    Here we go folks: “The Bachelorette” finale is under way and of course we’re being inundated with sweeping helicopter shots of beaches and exotic locations while Chris Harrison is telling us how dramatic this upcoming episode will be. Classic opening for “The Bachelorette,” as always.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Readers (a few anyway) respond on Alvarez

    Last week I asked readers to share their thoughts on what the Pirates should do with the struggling Pedro Alvarez and we’ll get to that in a minute. For some background, Alvarez has two years left on his deal and makes a modest salary of 4.25 million this season (modest in terms of baseball salaries as paying me 4.25 million dollars for anything would be gladly accepted). His salary will likely increase the next two seasons through arbitration. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: As you may have noticed, I'm not Lisa
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! The big cheese called me, and asked if I would mind if my blogs appeared on Monday, instead of on Tuesday. I had no problem with that.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drespling.jpg Josh Drespling: Time flies when you're growing up

    Where does the time go? Just a moment ago, it was Monday, and now here we sit at the opposite end of another week. Seems like a matter of seconds and this month has slipped off into oblivion. I swear I only blinked and spring had been stripped from our hands. I don't dare close my eyes for another moment’s rest or my whole life may disappear.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: Grab your sisters and your mothers, it's an ice cream 'convent'-ion
    To keep my nice figure, I like to go to Forbush's at least once a week. This is also my entertainment for the night.  We sit there for an hour or so, watching people. Last week, a group arrived that I had never seen before.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • johnnyswim.jpg Tim Kolodziej: What is your definition of The Dream?

    Johnnyswim. I know, I know. Me neither. I had no idea what that word meant until a couple of months ago, when a friend of mine on Twitter was absolutely gushing about a great concert he had just seen.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Potato.jpg The Couch Potato: Does "House of Cards" crumble or stand?

    The old Couch Potato has been methodically working my way through the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards,” over the past few weeks and let me just say, it’s pretty good. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church.jpg Gary Church: It was an uphill climb, but this driver was a real trooper

    It's always a tragedy when I have to cover a drowning for The News. I hope I never have to go to Kennedy Mills again for this purpose. It is located at the bottom of a twisty, turning hill on Frew Mill Road.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority with the way he's handled Obamacare. Good call?

Yes. Obama's been overstepping his authority since day one in office. It's time he pay the piper.
No. The allegations are ridiculous and the law suit is a waste of time and tax payer money.
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Obama, but the suit seems a little extreme.
     View Results