Ripples #792: The Ecstasy of Today!
A splash of inspiration
from The Ripples Guy
28 July 2014
Gup in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. -Abraham Joshua Heschel
This is the gift— to have the wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy. -Abraham Maslow
While you are kicking off what I sincerely hope will be a day/week filled with ecstasy, I would like to share some news with you about the future of Ripples. Since 1999 we have steadily grown from our original 75 readers (some of whom are still with us!) to our current batch of over 27,000. Over the last 12 months we have hit a major roadbump as we are increasingly labeled as spam. We’ve lost over 4,000 subscribers that didn’t CHOOSE to unsubscribe, and many new subscribers are consistently finding Ripples in their spam/junk folder. We considered moving away from email delivery and just posting Ripples via social media and blogging platforms, but ultimately determined that enough people still prefer to find Ripples in their email inbox on Monday mornings. So, in a few weeks we will transition to a new platform that is significantly more expensive (a few hundred dollars a MONTH vs. a few hundred dollars a YEAR), but will ultimately provide a reliable way to continue our legacy of inspirational splashes. And let’s face it: you’re worth it. Your patience and persistence will be kindly requested as transitions such as this invariably encounter road bumps. Or perhaps “dams” or “rapids” if we’re sticking with the water metaphor? I’ll share more information soon. Peace, Paul ((( The Ripples Guy )))