Ripples v9.13: Dragons!
3/26/07: a free splash from Paul & The Ripples Project
When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.
-source unknown, submitted by Steve R., Madison WI
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
-John Lubbock, submitted by Brett B., Madison WI
I made another trip to Cincinnati this week, so we have
a few more ripplers from P&G and HP to wave to, so: HELLO!
How could we be capable
of forgetting the old myths
that stand at the threshold of all mankind,
myths of dragons transforming themselves
at the last moment into princesses?
Perhaps all dragons in our lives
are really princesses just waiting
to see us just once
being beautiful and courageous.
-Rainer Maria Rilke, submitted by: Marybeth G.
I dare you to tame a dragon this week.
Chose one person in your life who is a fierce, fire-breathing, frustrating colleague, neighbor, etc. Treat them with the kindness and respect that you wish they were showing you. Rise above the battle by laying down your sword, and maybe, just maybe, their dangerous exterior will fade enough for you to see the princess (or prince) that lives in each person.
Remember that I am not telling you to put up with abuse, nor am I suggesting you should release someone from accountability for their actions. I just believe strongly in your ability to affect others, and I believe strongly in Plato’s advice that we should “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
I hope you can accept for yourself, and bring to someone else, a little….