Ripples v8.48: Ripples of ORDINARY DAYS!
11/27/06: a FREE splash from Paul & The Ripples Project
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No man needs a vacation so much
as the person who has just had one.
-Elbert Hubbard, submitted by Kathy L., Mendota Heights MN
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So many mornings I’d say, “Mom, I don’t want to go to school today.”
And she’d push me out the door with my brother and sister and say,
“Don’t you kids know
that life is made up of ordinary days
when there’s no one to pat you on the back?
When there’s no one to praise you?
When there’s no one to honor you?
When there’s no one to see how brave and noble you are?
Almost all of life is made up of ordinary days.
And it’s how you live your ordinary days
that determines whether or not you have big moments.
Get out there and make something of your ordinary days.
-Ann Kiemel, submitted by Beth L., Baltimore MD
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Welcome back from Thanksgiving! Many of our fellow Ripplers are students and instructors who are heading into their last stretch of the fall semester. Others may be wrapping up end-of-year reports and budgets at work. Almost everyone has some degree of stress over the holidays. I hope you can use these last few weeks of the year to make something of these ORDINARY DAYS at the end of the year! It might mean building in some time to close the door and play some of your favorite music (calming? energizing? whatever you need!). Or maybe you dive in and spend one solid hour with a big pile of STUFF–no phone calls or emails or distractions–just FOCUS!. Do what you have to do to hang in there: you can do it!!