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Ripples v1.10

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Ripples, version 1.10 [3/22/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup
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PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Develop your imagination.
You can use it to create in your mind
what you hope to create in your life.
Original Source: First Thinks First Every Day, by Stephen R. Covey, A.
Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
Submitted by: Lori Reed

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

To tack a boat,
To sail a zigzag course
is not to deny our destination or our destiny,
despite how it may appear to those who never dare
to take the tiller in their hand.

Just the opposite:
it is to recognize the obstacles that stand between ourselves
and where we want to go,
and then to maneuver with patience and fortitude,
making the most of each leg of our journey
until we reach our landfall.

Original Source: A Panel on the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Submitted by: Eric Tammes

PONDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Last Thursday was a double delight day in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin where I
spent an afternoon with (another) fine group of Public Safety
Telecommunicators and then bipped over to huddle with the crew from
Lutheran Social Services. Both of the workshops were on compassion fatigue
and combatting burnout, and we included a module on setting healthy
boundaries. The dictionary has this to say about boundaries: limit; an
extent beyond which an activity or function cannot or should not take
place. We helpers are not very good at saying NO because we want to please
EVERYONE. But if we extend ourselves too far, we are no good for ANYONE.
Do you need to set some limits this week? GO FOR IT!

Peace to you! -ptw

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Ripples v1.09

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Ripples, version 1.09 [3/15/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Know your limits and don’t limit your Nos.
Original Source: unknown
Submitted by Chris Hageman

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Some days are better than others,
and some days are best forgotten,
but as the fading light marks the days end,
think on the good things in life,
things innocent and true,
and fall asleep dreaming of the promise tomorrow brings.
Original Source: Expect Good Things by Lynne Gerard
Submitted by: Laura M. Bethke

PONDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

I spent Friday of this week helping a passionate group develop a staff
retreat that will take place in May. Of course we are planning plenty of
team building activities, and we have some goals about exploring customer
service and getting the whole team involved. We were also trying to figure
out how to classify the “fun” parts of the retreat. Should it go under the
“team building part,” because effective teams have fun together? Or should
it go in the “customer service” part because employees give better service
when they are having fun. Someone who had been fairly quiet for most of
the day asked, “What about fun just for the sake of having fun?” And we
knew she hit on something awesome! Fun is important because, well, because
Fun is important! YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Have some fun this week, not because
it will make you a better person or more effective in your work. Have some
fun just to have some fun!

Peace to you! -ptw

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Ripples v1.08

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Ripples, version 1.08 [3/8/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup
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A PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Worry is the misuse of imagination.
original source unknown; submitted by Katie Scarlett

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

I am only one,
but I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
Because I cannot do everything,
Does not mean I should not try
To do all that I can
Being what I am.
original source unknown; submitted by Matthew Crespin

PONDERING ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

This week has been exciting: emceeing a black tie AIDS fund raiser,
keynoting a diversity conference for Wisconsin Education Association
Conference, and an exhilarating and SUNNY day with students and staff at
the University of Central Florida. I also gave a talk for the University
of Wisconsin’s Student Personnel Association entitled: “Too Much & Not
Enough: Communication Tools to Preserve Humanity and Your Sanity.” We
pulled out our business cards and brainstormed all the modes of
communication we could find on the card. We came up with all kinds of ways
to connect with other, yet we missed the most important one of all: they
physical act of handing your business card to someone. I dare you to spend
a few minutes this week connecting with someone LIVE instead of through
email, snail mail, fax, phone, voice mail, cell phone, etc.

Peace to you! -ptw

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Ripples v1.07

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Ripples, version 1.07 [3/1/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup
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A PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Friends are angels who lift our feet
when our wings are having trouble
remembering how to fly.
Original Source: unknown, Submitted by: Andrea Baird

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Life is like a 30,000 piece puzzle – one for each day. If you try to judge the puzzle by each individual piece you will never figure it out. That’s why we need to picture the complete puzzle in our minds and just add each piece as it fits. The special thing about this puzzle, is it can be any picture we want, but the sooner we decide what that picture is going to be, the easier it will be to put it together. There is no picture on the box cover to guide us.  At this time in our lives, all the edge pieces have been put together… now comes the hard part…
Original Source: [removed by request of source], Submitted by: Chris Ahlers

PONDERING ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

ARE YOU CONGRUENT? I spent some time this week with a group of Public
Safety Telecommunicators….the amazing professionals who are on the other
end when you dial 911. The workshop was on preventing burnout and I spent
countless hours preparing for the presentation by reading books and
articles; I developed top notch activities and materials. It occurred to
me, though, that the most effective way to teach self care skills is to
make sure I am PRACTICING self care skills. No one is interested in
untested advice, and we can all smell FAKES a million miles away. So, my
question for you this week: what advice have YOU given recently that you
should be following?

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Ripples v1.06

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Ripples, version 1.06 [2/22/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars
Current Number of Subscribers: 542

A PEBBLE ###########################

What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.
Original Source: “Living with Joy” by Sanaya Roman
Submitted by: Amy Uecke, Lawrence University

REFLECTIONS ##########################

(This is a little longer than usual….BUT WORTH IT! -ptw)

KEEP YOUR FORK. There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal
illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her
things in order, she contacted her pastor to discuss certain aspects of her
final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what
scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
The woman also requested to be buried with a fork in my right hand. The
pastor did not know quite how to respond.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I
am puzzled by your request,” said the pastor.

“In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always
remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared,
someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.” It was my
favorite part because I knew that something better was coming, like velvety
chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with
substance!

“So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my
hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ and I want you to
tell them, ‘Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.'”

At the funeral, people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the
fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question
“What’s with the fork?” During his message, the pastor told the people of
the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. The pastor
admitted that he could not stop thinking about the fork and suggested that
they should try to remember it as well.

So, the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you that the
best is yet to come….

Original Source: unknown (this version adapted by Paul Wesselmann)
Submitted by: Diana Rahn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

SNIPPET ##################################

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? In two workshops different workshops this week on
networking and small talk, we spent some time reflecting on the power of
EYE CONTACT when initiating contact with people. It is a simple idea. And
a powerful one. Here’s looking at YOU (and hopefully you looking at some
new faces this week!)

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Ripples v1.05

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Ripples, version 1.05 [2/15/99]An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars
Current Number of Subscribers: 298

This issue celebrates Valentine’s Day with LOVE.

A PEBBLE ###########################

We all become more beautiful when we are loved,
and if you have self-love
then you are always beautiful.
Original Source: Alice Walker

REFLECTIONS ##########################

Love Quiz

1. Is anyone a little happier because we came along today?
2. Did we leave someone with any concrete evidence of our kindness, any
sign of our love?
3. Did we try to think of someone in a more positive light?
4. Did we help someone to feel joy?
5. Did we make someone laugh, or at least smile?
6. Have we attempted to remove a little of the rust that is corroding our
relationships?
7. Have we gone through the day without fretting over what we don’t have
and celebrating the things we do have?
8. Have we forgiven others for being less than perfect?
9. Have we forgiven ourselves?
10. Have we learned something new about life, living or love?
Submitted by: secret admirer of all Ripples subscribers
Original Source: Leo Buscaglia

SNIPPET ##################################

It is hard for me to believe that 13 years have passed since my friend
Steve took his life during our senior year in high school. Last fall I
visited a quiet spot in my hometown where Steve often slipped away to
contemplate life. His mother had placed a plaque there and I offer its
inscription to you this week with my love:

Come to this special place
In the crisp morn, in the full midday, in the deepening eve;
Rest here to contemplate your world and the universe around you.
Look inward with love and know your own goodness and wisdom.
Look outward with love, and share it with the world.
We need you.
[This plaque celebrates Steven C. Wikel, 10/23/66 – 2/12/85, who touched
more hearts in life than he believed.]

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Ripples v1.04

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Ripples, version 1.04 [February 8, 1999]An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars
Current Number of Subscribers: 220

A PEBBLE ###########################

Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit.
Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.
Original Source: Norman Vincent Peale
Submitted by Cindy Bartz, Oil Equipment Company

REFLECTIONS ##########################
[shared from subscribers]

NOBODY’S PERFECT
When you catch the little things
But overlook the big mistakes,
When everything takes longer
Than what it usually takes,
When nothing goes according to
The best-laid plans you make,
Just remember no one’s perfect-
So give yourself a break.

When the stress of your success
Makes your head and stomach ache,
When everything you touch falls though,
Fouls up, goes bad, or breaks,
Please remember that you’re human
For your sanity’s sake,
And relax—nobody’s perfect,
So give yourself a break.
Submitted by Louis Maccarone II, University of Rhode Island,
Original Source: Jill Wolf

[note from Louis: Paul, my mother gave me this little poem on a bookmark
when I was very young after my father passed away. I was an over achieving
little boy; when I did not perform well on whatever task I was given I
would become vary angry with myself to the point of temper tantrums. This
poem has been a calming influence in my life for over half of my life, and
I hope that you share it with all of the Ripples subscribers. Thank you]

RECOMMENDATION #########################
[explore these resources]

Jason Punzel, who works at Action Mortgage in Lake Mills, Wisconsin treated
me to a fabulous lunch in Cambridge last week. He also treated me to a
great book suggestion: “Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to be Free”
by Wayne Dyer. I am just getting into the meat of the book and already it
is simultaneously stirring up my mind and calming my soul.

SNIPPET ##################################
[from a recent Stone Soup Seminar]

YOU DECIDE. On Saturday, I presented two similar workshops: one to a
group of Girl Scout volunteers and another at a leadership conference for
Pharmacy students. I was reminded that no matter how different our lives
may be, we often face the same challenges. The perspectives and life
experiences of the two groups were divergent, but their reaction to the
concept of TAKING CARE OF YOU was identical: “I KNOW it, I just don’t DO
it!” It is easy to slip into the mode of giving to others and putting
ourselves last. When you take care of YOU first, you prevent BURNOUT
which translates into no help for anyone!

ACTION: Stop right now, and do something nice for you. Massage your face,
buy a pop, call a friend, or just think about some happy memory for 60
seconds………….Okay, back to life!

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Ripples v1.03

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Ripples, version 1.03 [February 1, 1999]An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

A PEBBLE ###########################

Work like you don’t need money,
love like you’ve never been hurt, and
dance like no one’s watching.
Submitted by Debra Paulson, American Family Insurance,
Original Source: Unknown

REFLECTIONS ##########################

Your world is as big as you make it.
I know, for I used to abide
In the narrowest nest in a corner,
My wings pressing close to my side.
I battered the cordons around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze,
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
With rapture, with power, with ease!
Submitted by Shannon S. Vairo, Michigan Technological University,
Original Source: Georgia Douglass Johnson

RECOMMENDATION #########################

I recently had the opportunity to observe a colleague presenting a workshop
on leadership. Her primary reference: the fine writing of Dr. Seuss. It
reminded me of my favorite: Oh, the Places You’ll Go (1990, Random House).
It makes a great gift for anyone who is anticipating or struggling with
change: “And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just
go right along. YOU’LL start happening too.” It also makes a great treat
for yourself!

SNIPPET ##################################

This week, I presented a new workshop called “Unit of One: Entrepreneurial
Actions for Creating Your Own Profit Centers” to a group of trainers in
Madison and we spent some time exploring the qualities of successful
entrepreneurs. Two of the qualities were creating vision and being
disciplined. While creating vision is the process of widening your view
and seeing the big picture, discipline is about narrowing your focus and
concentrating on specific objectives. On the way home I found myself
pondering the challenge of finding the right balance between the two.
Which are you better at right now? Which could use some of your energy and
time? Good luck finding that balance!

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Ripples v1.02

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Ripples, version 1.02 [January 25, 1999]An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

A PEBBLE ###########################
[for a drop of inspiration]

We who would learn to fly must first learn to walk and run and climb and
dance; we cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche

REFLECTIONS ##########################
[shared from subscribers]

Fire can burn
But cannot move

Wind can move
but cannot burn

Till fire joins wind
it cannot take a step.

Do men know it’s like that
with knowing and doing?

Submitted by Marcin Jakubowski, UW-Madison mailto:mjakubow@s…
Original Source: Vedic poetry, India

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
Submitted by: Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Original Source: Margaret Bonnano

RECOMMENDATION #########################
[explore these resources]

The folks at U.S. News & World Report have created a new magazine. FAST
COMPANY is only a year old and is already becoming required reading in
organizations ranging from Fed Ex to Planned Parenthood to college courses
around the country. I recommend it to anyone seeking to keep current in
this FAST world! Due to a special arrangement with the publisher, Ripples
subscribers are eligible for a discount: $12.50 for 10 issues. If you are
interested, email me your name AND MAILING ADDRESS and I will submit all
names collected by Friday. Don’t Delay!

SNIPPET ##################################

SHAKE IT! I was part of some incredible leadership training in River
Falls, Wisconsin this weekend (we didn’t get to bed until 4 am.–how is
that for late night leadership!) and in one of the sessions we explored the
value of HANDSHAKES. A firm shake is like a “hand hug” and leaves a
memorable impression while maintaining appropriate boundaries. So reach
out and shake someone today!

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Ripples v1.01

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PREMIER ISSUE!
Thank you to the 75 “guinea pigs” who agreed to subscribe
for a few weeks to see how this goes!

Ripples: An electronic postcard sent out by Stone Soup Seminars
version 1.01 [January 12, 1999]copyright 1999 Stone Soup Seminars

A PEBBLE ###########################

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.
-Benjamin Disraeli

REFLECTION ##########################
[shared from a subscriber]

The 12 Warnings Signs of Health
1. The persistent presence of a support network
2. Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a
constructive light.
3. Episodic peak experiences.
4. Sense of spiritual involvement.
5. Increased sensitivity
6. Tendency to adapt to changing conditions.
7. Rapid response and recovery of adrenaline system due to repeated
challenges.
8. Increased appetite for physical activity.
9. Tendency to identify and communicate feelings.
10. Repeated episodes of gratitude, generosity, and related emotions.
11. Compulsion to contribute to society.
12. Persistent use of humor.
*If five or more of these indicators are present in your life,
you may be at risk of full-blown health.
submitted by Kristen Hintz, Michigan State University [original source
unknown]

RECOMMENDATION #########################

Imagine my surprise when, at the end of a long but incredibly adventurous
day with the dynamic residence life staff at Central Michigan University, a
student approached me and said, “Paul, this is my favorite book and I
want you to have it.” Well, Cory has a great favorite book: “If You’re Afraid
of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow” by Cooper Edens (Aladdin
Paperbacks, 1979). It is a tiny book, with 20 delightful illustrations and
about that many statements like this: “If you have butterflies in your
stomach, ask them into your heart. Thank you, Cory! [If anyone else has a
book to recommend, let me know!]

SNIPPET ##################################
[from a recent Stone Soup Seminar]

While I was in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with the CMU staff over the weekend
(see above), I had a discussion with a few staff members about not getting
paid what we are worth. I was reminded that our system does not always
provide for adequate financial compensation for the value our work has to
society. If it did, nurses and teachers (and residence life staff members!)
and scores of others would make much more $$$, and drug dealers
would make far less. While I support people making every effort to
increase their salary, I encourage them to assess other forms of
compensation! Have you met anyone in your job that you are glad to call
“friend?” Have you learned anything about life or about yourself that they
did not teach us in school? Is your current position developing some
valuable skills that will help you out in the future? How many smiles,
laughs, or other good times did you get paid this month because you were at
work?

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
Peace,
Paul… Read More!

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