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Ripples #743: The Heaviness of Things.

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Ripples #743: The Heaviness of Things.
For our tribe of busy people who believe in
unleashing Ripples of compassion & kindness: uRock!
19 Aug 2013

PEBBLE:
If you weren’t so afraid of letting go,
you wouldn’t feel so free when you do it.
-source unknown, shared by Nikki in Oxford, UK

BOULDER:
You will find
that it is necessary
to let things go;
simply for the reason
that they are heavy.
So let them go,
let go of them.
-C. JoyBell C.

PONDER:
Has something been weighing you down lately?  Perhaps it was a missed opportunity, or someone you were counting on let you down, or maybe an inconvenient and frustrating turn of events has left you anxious or depressed.

Regardless of the size of the “thing” that you’re dealing with right now, it might be useful to acknowledge its impact on you, grieve the loss of how you thought it would turn on, and then you can finally lighten your load: take a few breaths and say goodbye.  Let. It. Go.

Peace!
Paul,
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Ripples #566: Be That Light!

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Ripples #566: Be That Light!
Monday, Mar 29, 2010
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 25,296
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities

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PEBBLE
Believe that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Believe that you might be that light for someone else.
-Kobi Yamada, submitted by Michael, Compendium Inc.

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BOULDER
There is a light that shines
beyond all things on earth,
beyond us all,
beyond the heavens.
This is the light that
shines in our hearts.
-Chandogya Upanishad, submitted by Cris D. Madison WI

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PONDER
If you are having a bad day,
keep your eyes open for someone else’s light.
If you are having a good day,
keep your eyes open for an opportunity
to be the light for someone else.
If you want to have the best day ever,
keep your eyes open for both.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v11.32: One Grain!

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Ripples v11.32: One Grain!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 22,820
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
Monday, August 17, 2009

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PEBBLE
Anybody can make a difference in people’s lives.
All it takes is a little bit of effort and some creativity.
-David Mortlock, (founder of a group that collects leftover subway fare cards for veterans) submitted by Bob S., Rockaway NJ

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BOULDER
I wonder if we might pledge ourselves
to remember what life is really all about-
not to be afraid that we’re less flashy than the next,
not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado,
but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster!
Do we have that kind of patience?
-Fred Rogers, submitted by Toni W., McHenry, IL

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PONDER
You matter a great deal to the people around you. You impact them even when you aren’t noticing. Even when they aren’t noticing. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect; you don’t even have to be amazing all the time. You just need to be aware; aware that you make a difference.

A special hello to the remarkable Leadership Safari Guides at Central Michigan University. I hope your journey is as fun as our awesome day last week!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v10.41: Face It!

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Ripples v10.41: Face It!
October 13, 2008: a free weekly splash to 21,410 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project

__PEBBLE _________________________________

Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.
-Joseph Conrad, submitted by Lin H., Bloomington IL

__BOULDER _________________________________

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
-Frank Herbert, submitted by Stephanie W., West Des Moines IA

__PONDER _________________________________

If you are feeling scared or bewildered or frustrated by the crazy events recently, you need to remember a few things:

1. You are not the only one.
2. Things will get better.
3. You can handle this.

Yes, you can. You can FACE IT just like you have dealt with other challenges in your life. And I have a sneaking suspicion that not only will you come out of this okay, you might even be stronger, smarter, and braver. So put your game face on, and FACE IT!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v7.23: Ripples of COMMUNITY!

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Ripples v7.23: Ripples of COMMUNITY!
Monday, June 6, 2005
a FREE weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.
-The Midrash, submitted by Cris D., Madison WI

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= BOULDER =o=o=o=o=o=o=o

How does one keep from “growing old” inside?
Surely the only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people.
…Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need,
it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.
-Robert McAfee Brown, submitted by Katie M., Cedarville IL

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PONDER =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

Crazy, fun week I had (I saw Yoda and the latest Star Wars movie–can you tell?)! I began with a fun adventure at California Polytechnic State Univ. to wrap up their volunteer training of 550 orientation leaders who pledged to assist new students as they arrive next fall. Then it was off to Michigan for a weekend with several of my grad school buddies (and their spouses and kids!). I ended my week bonding with a new friend who gave me a ride back to Madison when a storm diverted our flight to Milwaukee.

The journey provided powerful lessons about the importance of community. During the first part, I encountered hundreds of remarkable students who donate precious amounts of their time, energy and passion to help strangers with one of the most difficult transitions of their lives. On the second part, I reconnected with dear friends who helped each other through the challenges of graduate studies and have stayed in touch through a decade of developing careers, expanding families, and living busy-crazy lives. My final leg was a fantastic reminder that complete strangers can quickly become neighbors when you seize the right opportunity.

Community sometimes exists as a geographic area occupied by a group of people who develop varying degrees of interaction. More often, however, community evolves from individuals coming together by chance who then choose to carve out interdependent relationships that allow them to serve others while achieving their own goals. I hope you can spend a moment this week to appreciate and acknowledge the communities to which you belong: it could be a campus, a workplace, a neighborhood, or even a collection of old friends who need to be brought together for a reunion.

I feel blessed to include the Ripples community as one of my great sources of energy and mutual benefit….and as always I send you

Peace,
Paul

p.s. If your last name begins with F, G, H, I, J or K, can you take a moment this week to tell me what you like about Ripples and anything we could do to make it better? THANKS!… Read More!

Ripples v5.48: Ripples of TOMORROWS!

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Ripples v5.48: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration
for over 10,000 Members (and their friends!)

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o==o=o

Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does.
-Epictetus, submitted by Tracy G.

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= BOULDER =o=o=o=o=o=o=o

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your own nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, submitted by Jacquie M., Hazel Park, MI

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PONDER =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

As we sail through these last few days of 2003, I dare you
to practice these simple (yet not so easy) tasks:

1. honor your yesterdays without regret,
3. enjoy your todays without worry
2. anticipate your tomorrows without fear.

And may peace gently cover your little spot of the world.

Ponderously,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.48: Ripples of AUTHENTICITY

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eRipples: a weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.48 [Monday, November 27, 2000]

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

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
-J.K. Rowling, submitted by Gina Matkin

BOULDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Your actions
speak
so loudly
that I
cannot hear
your words.
-Hindu Proverb, submitted by Jeff Sinna

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

I believe that one of the greatest sources of stress in our lives
erupts from the shadows between who we WANT to be (who we SAY we are)
and who we REALLY are. Our insecurity that we are not quite what
people want/need us to be sometimes lead us to create “characters” to
meet the expectations of our colleagues, friends, family and
ourselves.

If those characters do not feel REAL to us, though, we start to
suspect we are fraudulent which then deepens our insecurity and leads
us to hide even more of our true selves! The cycle continues and
creates disharmony and stress in our souls and in our everyday lives.

Your challenge this week is to BREAK THE CYCLE in one of two ways:

1. If there is a behavior, attitude, or skill that you WANT to have
that you do NOT have, do something concrete this week to add it to
your tools for living.

2. If you (or others in your life) have created an unrealistic ideal
for your behavior, attitude or skillset, spend a few moments this
week adjusting those expectations and accepting for now that where
you are at is 100% okay!

Ultimately, it is the combination of these two actions that will
allow you to accomplish amazing feats while enjoying your present.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

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