Ripples v5.47: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration for over
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In the path of our happiness shall we find
the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime.
-Donald Shimoda submitted by Kimberly D., Indiana
(Isnt’ Donald Shimoda a Richard Bach character? -ed. note)
Any path is only a path.
There is no affront to yourself or others in dropping it
if that is what your heart tells you to do.
But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it
must be free of fear and ambition.
I warn you: Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary.
Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question.
It is this: Does the path have a heart?
Does the path have a heart is the only question.
If it does, then the path is good.
If it doesn’t, it is of no use.
-Carlos Castaneda, submitted by Elizabeth R. Portland, OR
If you are feeling stressed out right now as the end of your
(semester, fiscal year, etc.) approaches, you are not the only one.
It seems every person I have spoken to lately has a path filled with
the craziness of deadlines, tasks, chores, and plans. I urge you to
take a moment today to let the above quotes sink in and then let some
of your stress drain out.
Two-minutes to tranquility: for the first minute, close your eyes,
take a few deep breaths and recall a peaceful walk you’ve taken in
nature recently; in the second minute, open your eyes and send a
quick postcard, email, or voicemail to someone who deserves a “thank
you” from you. Then jump back on your path, hopefully finding it a
little more manageable and a little less crazy.