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Ripples #897: The Hero Within.

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Ripples #897: The Hero Within.
Aug 1, 2016

PEBBLE
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
-Maya Angelou, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ

BOULDER
We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. -Fred Rogers, shared by Jamie in Michigan

PONDER

I spent some time with two of my heroes this weekend: Jason Bourne and Harry Potter. I realize that they are both fictional characters of course, but having the new Bourne thriller open in movie theaters on the same weekend as the book release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was an exceptional coincidence and made for a magnificent weekend.

Besides lots of chase scenes and fight scenes, Jason Bourne’s adventures focus on the challenges of recovering traumatic memories and deciding how much the darkness in your past defines you and determines your future. Of course Harry Potter had to face his own troubled past as well, and summon the courage to face demons even when others didn’t believe in him.

The plot twists they each face mirror challenges in my own life, and both Jason and Harry have helped me remember how large our internal reserves of courage and strength can be. On our worst days, we tend to forget how powerful we are; on our best days, we forget that unleashing our strengths often inspires others to rise up as well.

I’m going to jump back into reading Harry Potter (don’t worry, I promise to #KeepTheSecrets); meanwhile, I hope you can spend a few minutes this week noticing how much in common you have with your heroes.

Peace,

Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I dedicate this issue to a couple of people I’ve been in contact with recently who are struggling mightily. I hope they remember that the level of difficulty they’re facing is a sign of just how tough life can be and not a sign of their weakness; I also hope they recognize that the tougher life has been, the more amazing it proves they are since: they made it to today. #uRock… Read More!

Ripples #888: Considering Others.

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Ripples #888: Considering Others.
May 30, 2016

PEBBLE
The value of self is not lost when considering others; it grows.
-unknown, shared by Kerry

BOULDER
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
—Cesar Chavez, shared by a happy Rippler

PONDER
Here in the U.S. we kick off our summer with the Memorial Day holiday weekend which includes picnics and parades and all kinds of barbecue deliciousness. Most of us also remember to carve out a few minutes to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who died serving our country.

Whether they were drafted into service or not, their success and in many cases their very lives depended on their ability to consider and count on each other.

I’m still working on the right way to help us all improve at considering the perspectives and concerns of each other as we approach a most cantankerous election season. I’m hopeful that I’ll soon have some useful words and suggestions to share. Until then, I invite you to notice the ways in which you are doing a great job of considering the needs of others you encounter AND I dare you to spend some time wondering how your own life might improve if you were able to extend that consideration to those who are currently outside your circle of concern.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
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Ripples #887: The Challenge of Compassion.

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Ripples #887: The Challenge of Compassion.
May 23, 2016

PEBBLE
There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.
―James Baldwin, shared by David in Cincinnati, OH

BOULDER
Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
—Henri Nouwen, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ

PONDER
Compassion is *not* for beginners since it moves beyond mere passion (feeling strongly), polite sympathy (feeling sorry), or even deep empathy (attempting to understand the feelings of another). We need those as a human relations starter kit of course, but in order to fully move into the realm of compassion, we need to advance towards actually *feeling* what another soul is feeling. Fully actualized compassion also includes cultivating a desire to help someone, and daring to act on that desire. Compassion requires a deeper sense of personal, spiritual, and/or metaphysical connection to another being.

As we advance further into yet another presidential election cycle, my sense is that there are more and more people who hold less and less regard for the “other side.” I’m concerned that we have nearly depleted any remaining reserves of trust and respect for people who hold opposing opinions on important issues, as well as those who care significantly MORE or LESS than we do about a particular topic.

While many of us claim to value compassion as a virtue, we also tend to be much more generous in sharing compassion among our friends and family than we are towards strangers and those we perceive as foes. On one level, it seems logical to prioritize those we already know and care about. On a deeper level, I’m concerned we are reducing the overall amount of safety and comfort available in the world; it seems we may have inadvertently slipped into the habit of reserving compassion for those within our closer circles and offering only contempt and maybe a dollop of pity to others.

This week, let’s keep our eyes open for signs of authentic humanity that surely exists within those we are in conflict with. See if you can recognize and acknowledge any goodness you identify. It might not feel right for every situation, and you can always resume a more protective or aggressive mode if that feels necessary. I’m only hoping we will generate a small, measurable increase in the amount of compassion we collectively unleash–then we can observe what ripply magic expands outward from there.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
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Ripples #878: The Right Place.

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Ripples #878: The Right Place.
Mar 21, 2016

PEBBLE
The secret to being in the right place at the right time, is knowing you always are. Like Today. Like Now.
-The Universe, (Mike Dooley), shared by a random Rippler

BOULDER
‎I want to say I lived each day until I died;
to know that I had something in somebody’s life
The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave;
That I made a difference, and this world will see
I was here… I lived, I loved.
I was here…I did, I’ve done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be.
I will leave my mark so everyone will know:
I was here.
-Beyonce, shared by Ryan in Ashland, WI (7/7/11)

PONDER
Right here (or somewhere really close), right now (or really soon), someONE or someTHING is waiting for you to do your thing, to unleash the particular magic that only you can bring to the situation. If you believe that things happen for a reason, it might be useful to consider how _____ (God, gods, Higher Power, Universe, etc.) has arranged things in a way for your gifts to match up divinely with a currently unmet need.

If your philosophy of life is more “things just happen”–you can still choose to find meaning in the randomness of time and space. It is quite possible that you could dramatically improve your effectiveness and enjoyment of life if you keep your eyes open for someone right around you who needs a favor, a smile or some other assistance.

Don’t believe me? Try it. Just, try and see. Notice, then act.

Peace,
Paul
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Ripples #872: Love Blooms!

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Ripples #872: Love Blooms!
Feb 8, 2016

PEBBLE
Love is misunderstood to be an emotion.
Actually, it is a state of awareness,
a way of being in the world,
a way of seeing oneself & others.
-David Hawkins, shared by Isaac in Sedona, AZ

BOULDER
Love is the real power. It’s the energy that cherishes. The more you work with that energy, the more you will see how people respond naturally to it, and the more you will want to use it. It brings out your creativity, and helps everyone around you flower. Your children, the people you work with – everyone blooms.
-Marion Woodman, shared by Leslie in Madison, WI

PONDER
Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I like to explore the theme of love. I’ve always taken great care to avoid focusing solely on (or even primarily on) romantic love. And I understand that plenty of people aren’t fans of V-day either because it over-glorifies coupling and/or because it over-commercializes what is supposed to be an intimate, personal connection.

I get that, and I’ve always tried to help us think of “big picture” love; over the years, we’ve taken turns pondering self-love, friend-love, work-love, and even pet-love. Of course you are welcome to completely ignore the day if that feels right for you, but I would truly love it if you’d consider the challenge of this week’s quotes and embrace the opportunity to unleash love in a meaningful way: toward yourself, toward those around you or toward the world. #LoveBlooms

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. If you’d like to explore a compendium of quotes we’ve featured in Love-themed Ripples over the past 16 years, I recently updated the Love Note on my Facebook Page.
http://ow.ly/Y1N3Q
http://Facebook.com/TheRipplesGuy… Read More!

Ripples #869: Network of Mutuality.

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Ripples #869: Network of Mutuality.
Jan 18, 2016

PEBBLE
We may have all come on different ships,
but we’re in the same boat now.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER
All of us are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PONDER

Today we recognize and celebrate Dr. King as one of our culture’s great heroes; a courageous soul who consistently sought peaceful resolutions to conflict while steadfastly refusing to surrender the rights and dignity of those who still didn’t have access to all that it means to be an American. He remains one of my personal heroes as someone who believed you could cultivate passion for your cause without sacrificing compassion for your foes.

Conflict is an inevitable part of our shared humanity: within the workplace and within your friendship circles; around the neighborhood and around the house; on Facebook and on TV. There always has been and there always will be a certain degree of discord among human beings. Some folks try their best to just avoid conflict, others view it as an invitation to a fight-to-the-finish battle with only two possible outcomes: claiming absolute victory or submitting to utter defeat. When handled effectively, conflict can be a divine opportunity to deepen our connectedness, advance our understanding of the world, and appreciate perspectives other than our own.

As the 2016 campaign shifts into high gear, those of us here in the USA will soon begin using our voices and our votes to determine who will be the next president. And just like every other election year, there is already plenty of conflict. I’m hoping we can all passionately share our views in a way allows us to listen, learn, and speak our truth. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it because we really are all in the same boat, and we’ve got some choppy waters ahead.

Peace,

Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Thanks for the outpouring of warmth last week. I wasn’t able to personally respond to so many messages, but I read each one and stored them in my heart AND in a special folder to re-visit when the time is right.… Read More!

Ripples #860: Keepers of Hope.

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Ripples #860: Keepers of Hope.
Nov 16, 2015

PEBBLE
Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom,
but we hope it, we know it.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, shared by Beth in Sleepy Hollow, IL

BOULDER
Sometimes we are called upon
to be the keeper of hope:
hope for a better tomorrow;
hope for a client, colleague, or loved one in despair;
hope that neither they nor we will stumble alone and in the dark.

For all those with whom we connect,
the best way we can nurture them
is to listen with an open heart,
and offer hope:
hope that nourishes and sustains,
hope that inspires and comforts and heals.

So hold onto hope today,
and if it is too hard for you to hold onto,
ask someone, please, someone, to hold it for you.
-adapted from the wisdom of Nancy Moreau Battaglia,
shared by her friend Darcy in San Diego, CA

PONDER
Besides the anguish and loss in Paris and Beirut in recent days (you likely know about the former, be sure not to ignore the latter), there are so many other spots around our country and around the globe where people are being denied their basic human rights, being kept from living as their full and best selves. If you spend too much time scanning headlines or your social media feeds, you may be feeling frustrated, depleted, hopeless.

Times like this require us to dig deep and find the light that can help us and those around us remember that we’ve made it through past difficulties that have helped us grow stronger and wiser. And even when it seems like we’re all alone, there are often sources of support patiently waiting to be called forth.

Keep your eyes open this week for beacons of light that can help you out,
and keep your heart open for those who are seeking light. And if you’re waiting for God to show up and lend a hand, just remember that God might be waiting for Us to show up and lend a hand.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. My sincere apologies that last week’s Ripples initially zoomed out without the Ponder in it. You likely saw the “PonderText.” placeholder instead. About 20 minutes later I sent a corrected issue which caused some people to think they were receiving duplicates. A flub all around–please forgive me!… Read More!

Ripples #849: Gratitude For Wayne Dyer (1940-2015)

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Ripples #849: Gratitude For Wayne Dyer (1940-2015)
Aug 31, 2015

PEBBLE
How people treat you is their karma;
how you react is yours.
-Wayne Dyer
originally shared in Ripples #645, Oct 3, 2011

BOULDER
The nature of gratitude
helps dispel the idea
that we do not have enough
or that we ourselves are not enough.
When your heart is filled with gratitude
it is grateful for everything
and cannot focus on what is missing.
-Wayne Dyer
originally shared in Ripples #809, Nov 24, 2014

PONDER
I learned early this morning that one of my greatest sources of inspiration, Dr. Wayne Dyer, passed away over the weekend; I’ll save the Ripples issue I had originally queued up for another week and instead share with you a sample of Dr. Dyer’s wisdom that we’ve shared in Ripples over the past 16 years. Rest in Peace, Dr. Dyer, with the gratitude of so many of us who dared to embrace our possibilities more fully thanks to your encouragement.

Keep uppermost in your mind that there is a place within you
where there is perfect peace and where nothing is impossible.
-Wayne Dyer, originally shared in Ripples v6.27, July 19, 2004

We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
-Wayne Dyer, originally shared in Ripples #819, Feb 2, 2015

If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours, send them love and move along.
-Wayne Dyer, originally shared via @UnleashRipples on Nov 5, 2013

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
-Wayne Dyer, originally shared via @UnleashRipples on Dec 14, 2012

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy

P.S. I will post a few more of my favorite Wayne Dyer Quotes later today on my Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/TheRipplesGuy) .… Read More!

Ripples #841: Living In Community!

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Ripples #841: Living In Community!
July 6, 2015

PEBBLE
Community is not just where you live,
it’s how you live with other people.
-Tommy Rueff, Happen INC.
seen on a 4th of July Parade Float in Northside community, Cincinnati, OH

BOULDER
Don’t overlook the significance of your smallest opportunities for civilized behavior throughout each day. The future has no bigger moments than we experience right now. The world changes for the better with every act of kindness, and for the worse with every act of cruelty. The future is nothing grander than the very next moment, and it arrives solely from the present.
-Bo Lozoff, shared by Brett in Madison, WI

PONDER
There are some really BIG challenges facing us in this world: climate change, global economics, religious and political conflicts, poverty, etc. These can tempt us to throw our hands in the air and give up because, well, “What can I do?”

A lot, it turns out. Our most significant challenges are borne out of countless smaller actions that combine into bigger consequences. And every single time you’re able to extend compassion, kindness, patience, and/or support to those around you in need, you create tiny solutions that can merge into solid reasons for hope.

This week as you move through the communities in which you work, live, and play, keep an eye out for examples of individuals and groups who are making things better. Perhaps you can take a moment to thank them, or maybe even let their example inspire you to take some specific actions to be part of things getting better.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I received significantly more feedback last week than usual; most people enjoyed the issue and some folks had concerns. I’ll continue to ask patience from all parties as our society continues a relatively rapid culture shift, and gently remind us all that change is a process that includes stages similar to grief. Some of the indignation, frustration, and devastation you’re observing may be expressions of denial, anger, and sadness that, once acknowledged, might help individuals and organizations move towards acceptance if not approval. Namaste… Read More!

Ripples #836: A Perfect Rhythm.

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Ripples #836: A Perfect Rhythm.
June 1, 2015

PEBBLE
At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.
-George Leonard, shared by Rachel in California

BOULDER
Life’s solutions lie in the minute particulars,
involving more and more individual people
daring to create their own life and art,
daring to listen to the voice in their deepest original nature,
and deeper still, the voice within the Earth.
-Stephen Nachmanovitch, shared by Mark in Madison, WI

PONDER
The combination of this week’s quotes attempt to capture the wonderful symphony that is constantly and simultaneously being composed and performed as each of us add our unique contributions to the world. I especially appreciate that they hint at a paradox: Each of us doing our own thing leads us to a connected yet interdependent society; we need each other and we feed each other, even when it seems like we’re a bunch of soloists.

I invite you to keep your ears and your soul open this week so you can detect the rhythms all around you; also notice how your actions are interconnected to those of the people you encounter this week even if they aren’t in perfect harmony.

Peace,
Paul
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