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eRipples v2.06: Your Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration

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eRipples: a free weekly splash of inspiration
version 3.06: Ripples of TRUST!
Monday, February 5, 2001

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

Trust your crazy ideas.
Dan Zadra, submitted by Bethany Kopp

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

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that
comes when you discover that
someone else believes in you and
is willing to trust you with friendship.
– adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson, submitted by Mary K. Gurney

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

Yesterday I shared a plane ride with a fabulous woman from Fargo,
North Dakota. At first we were simply exchanging the usual small
talk: I had just spent the weekend visiting friends in Minneapolis
and was returning home, she was on her way to a one-day training in
Madison. By the time the plane took off, however, we were deeply
involved (and deeply excited) about how to make the world a nicer
place. I told her about Ripples, and we brainstormed groups of
people who needed a little lift in their lives and who might be able
to help create more ripples of good stuff. At 4:30 we met as
complete strangers, and at 6:00 we were hugging each other as old
friends. Crazy, I know. We couldn’t possibly be “old friends” after
just 90 minutes. Yet something inside tells me our paths were meant
to cross and I’m sure we’ll meet again. That something inside is
called TRUST, and I dare you to trust your insides this week about
following through on a hunch…there is something in it for you, I’m
sure of it!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.47: Ripples of CONNECTING

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Ripples: a free weekly dose of inspiration from Stone Soup Seminars
version 1.47 [Monday, December 6, 1999] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

If you want to lift yourself up,
lift up someone else.
Original Source: Booker T. Washington, submitted by Barbara Slagle

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

If you feel something, let people know that you feel it.
Don’t you get tired of those stoic faces that don’t show anything?
If you feel like laughing, laugh.
If you like what somebody says, go up and give them a hug.
Spontaneity again, living again, knowing what it is like to tingle.
Original Source: Leo Buscaglia, submitted by Becca Rodamsky

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

Here we are, heading right into the holiday season when everything is
supposed to be fun and relaxing but it often ends up being stressful and
irritating.

As you move through your week, notice that you are not the only one on
“high speed” as we try to wrap up the year, get ready for the holidays, and
deciding what the heck we are going to on December 31.

If you can slow down and try to connect, even briefly, with the people
around you (those you know and those you don’t!), you might find the
quality of your week vastly improving!… Read More!

Ripples v1.36: Wedding Ripples

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Ripples, version 1.36 [9/20/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars
This issue is dedicated to my dear friends Dave & Heather: may you find as
much joy in your marriage as we did at your wedding! -ptw

PEBBLES ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

If we let ourselves be truly seen, then we can be truly loved.
Original source: Sark, submitted by Jamie Treutel

A good marriage is the union of two forgivers.
Original source unknown, submitted by Terry Willson

BOULDERS ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Now we will feel no rain,
For each of us will be
Shelter for the other.
Now we will feel no cold,
For each of us will be
Warmth to the other.
Now we are two persons,
But there is only one life before us.
Let us go now to enter into
The days of our life together.”
-Original source: Apache Wedding Blessing, submitted by Terry Willson

Love bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Love never fails
Original source unknown, submitted by Nicole

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

I took some time off this weekend to attend a grand wedding between my good
friends Heather & Dave. Everything about the event was magnificent: the
peaceful location a few yards from the swirling Wolf River in northern
Wisconsin under a blue sky and a hint of fall foliage; the charming
ceremony that was informal yet profound; and the unique mixture of guests
that provided as much entertainment at the reception as the food and music.

Despite what we may be tempted to deduce recent headlines, I remain
convinced that Love is still more more plentiful than Evil. This Hope, by
the way, is a powerful antidote to Evil.

I hope you’l take a moment this week to strengthen a relationship in your
life with some kindness, communication, and caring!

Peace to you,

Paul

p.s. Thank you for the deluge of “relationship” ripples submissions! So
many people found valuable nuggets….I’ll share more in future Ripples!… Read More!

Ripples v1.33

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Ripples, version 1.33 [8/30/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Should you find yourself the victim
of other people’s bitterness,
ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse:
You could be them!!!
Original source unknown, Submitted by: Carol Satchell

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

walking along a wooded path early one morning shadowed by the twisted and
towering timbers i feared that my way would be lost. as my brow began to
sweat and my countenance fail, i remembered that it was not in seeing the
path, but in taking the next step that ours journeys are made real.
i’m not sure if the path miraculously became clear or my spirit simply
changed focus, but the trees no longer appeared ominous and daybreak came.
Written and submitted by: Toby Causby

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

My journeys this week have included a few new student orientations where I
have the challenge of helping college freshmen tackle their extreme
nervousness and transform it into extreme connections (connections to
people, to their surroundings, to the new ideas they will encounter, etc.).
I spent lots of time convincing them how important it is to make new
friends. It wasn’t until I sat down to create this week’s Ripples that I
realize I also need to tell them to remember the value of their old
friends.

I have had quite an adventure making new friends at University of Southern
Indiana and Indiana University this week. But it was equally fabulous to
connect with many old friends at Cardinal Stritch University and University
of Wisconsin – River Falls. I am remembering a song my sister used to sing
in Girl Scouts: “Make new friends, but keep the old ones…One is Silver
and the other Gold.”

Do us ALL a favor today and spend a moment connecting with an old friend,
and creating a new connection too!

Paul

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Ripples v1.26: Rockies Ripples II

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Ripples, version 1.26 [7/12/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

When we tug at a single thing in nature,
we find it attached to the rest of the world.
Original Source: John Muir (slightly adapted by ptw), submitted by Bev
Petska

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

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Colorado

These are a few thoughts I had after spending another week on my retreat
into the Rockies:

THINGS CHANGE. One minute I was basking in the sunshine with a bright blue
sky and it was 90 degrees; 30 minutes later a dark mass of clouds moved
quietly in and soon it was hailing pea-sized ice chunks and the temperature
dropped to 50 degrees. This helped me to enjoy every minute of sunshine
because I never knew how long it would last. I also didn’t get so bummed
out about the yucky weather because it would only be around for a little
while.

THERE ARE UPS AND DOWNS. Of course when you go into the mountains there
are ups, and the other side is just as steep going down. What I always
forget is that even on the way up there are times when you can coast, and
sometimes the way down is more uphill than expected. In the long run, you
can can’t on some ups, some downs, and a few stretches of flat.

GO WITH THE FLOW. During a two-hour float on an innertube down the Yampa
River in Steamboat Springs, this control freak spent much of his time
trying to be in just the right place. After tiring out, I began to let the
river decide where I should be. Imagine my surprise: it was much more fun
and much less exhausting!

TRUST IS IMPORTANT. My new friends Kenny & Billy took me on a hike to see
an amazing waterfall. We wanted to get up close and that meant a bit of
rock climbing. More than once I found myself stuck and Kenny would say
something like “put your left foot in that crevice and your right hand up
on that root and you’ll be fine.” Each time it didn’t look possible but
when I did what he said, it worked!

YOU CAN’T SWITCH FEAR OFF. Before I headed into the mountains, my good
friend Robin and I had a long talk about how fear often seems to rule our
thinking. We acknwoledged that fear is not the most productive thing
because most of the time our fears are never realized. Even when they do
come true, the events are rarely as catastrophic as we imagined them to be.
The rest of the trip found me discovering how often fear creeps up on me.
I tried so hard to just TURN IT OFF and that proved fruitless. Then, I
tried a DIMMER SWITCH. Instead of turning it off completely, I just turned
down the volume and moved it into the background. Frequently that was
enough to calm me down and something usually then distracted … Read More!

Ripples v1.13

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Ripples, version 1.13 [4/12/99] An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

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

Attitude is contagious.
Is yours worth catching?
Original Source: Chris Clarke-Epstein’s workshop “Perspectives: You Can’t
Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.” Submitted by Kathleen Callaway

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

No one will ever
love you
for your work
or accomplishments.

People will
love you
for the way
you make them feel.
–something my mom taught me
Submitted by Jamie Treutel <treutel@s…>

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

This week I had the honor of delivering a keynote address to the National
Conference on Student Services in Orlando, Florida. It was an honor to be
asked to keynote, and it was fabulous to be in Orlando! As we struggled to
identify the ideal outcomes of our leadership experiences, a common word
surfaced: RESPECT. We hope in our leading and managing and moving through
life to gain the RESPECT of those around us. And just how do you earn
respect? I suspect the best way to start acquiring respect is to GIVE
respect in ample amounts. Is there someone in your life from whom you want
more respect? What can you do this week to GIVE them some respect they
deserve (or perhaps will someday deserve?).

Enjoy today, and send me Ripples!

-Paul

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