Ripples v1.01

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


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


[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
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


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!]

[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


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