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Ripples v9.27: Free (not Free!)

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Ripples v9.27: Free (not Free!)
7/2/07: a free weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

____________________PEBBLE ____________________

To be truly free, you must first be disciplined.
-source unknown, submitted by Jules G., Eau Claire WI

____________________BOULDER ____________________

Freedom is not merely
the opportunity to do as one pleases;
neither is it merely
the opportunity to choose between set alternatives.
Freedom is, first of all,
the chance to formulate the available choices,
to argue over them–and then,
the opportunity to choose.
-C. Wright Mills

____________________PONDER ____________________

As those of us here in the U.S prepare to celebrate our Independence Day, I want to remind us all that the word FREE has two different connotations. We sometimes use FREE to mean “no cost” and other times it refers to the concept described above: the opportunity to create and make choices. I am sure I am not the only one who worries that we tend to take our FREEdoms for granted, and we sometimes slip into thinking that they should not cost anything (cost = money, time, effort, etc.). Free isn’t Free!

In between the picnics and the sparklers and the fireworks, I dare you to spend a few minutes asking your companions what being FREE means to them. What choices are they most glad they have, and what responsibility do we have for paying to be FREE. Some might think of paying in terms of taxes to a government who protects and provides, others might view community service as a way to give back (and perhaps helping others become FREE).

Enjoy the many choices you have!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v9.11: Eggs & Ham!

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Ripples v9.11: Eggs & Ham!
3/12/07: a free splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

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

The power of commitment is wondrous
and can transcend all other forces.
-Shihan Tak Kubota, submitted by Marc L., Madison WI

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

The difference between involvement and commitment
is like eggs and ham for breakfast;
the chicken was involved,
the pig was committed.
-source unknown, submitted by Julie S., Greendale WI

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

What projects are you involved with right now that could benefit from a 100% commitment? Is there a relationship or a class or a committee or recent life change that you’re putting time into, but not really investing your heart and soul in?

You might need to get “uninvolved” with a few other things that are on your plate in order to have the time, energy, and passion to commit more fully; perhaps you will get motivated if you take some time right now to imagine the possibilities if you unleash a laser focus of commitment on one thing.

On the other hand, if you consider this and decide you do not WANT or NEED a full commitment, it is perfectly acceptable to continue your current level of commitment while recognizing that you only get out what you put in.

For each item on your plate, ask yourself “Should I be a chicken, or should I be a pig?”

Have a good breakfast, and have a good week!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v9.09: Good Work!

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Ripples v9.09: Good Work!
2/26/07: a free splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

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

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know
whether what you are doing is work or play.
-Warrren Beatty, submitted by Sarah B., Burlington WI

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= WAVE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

A “bold new” wave to our new friends from
Kohler Credit Union who joined us this week!

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

Work is not something we have to do.
It is something we have the opportunity to do
that adds depth and texture to our lives.
-source unknown, submitted by Mary H., OH

It’s not so much how busy you are,
but why you are busy.
The bee is praised.
The mosquito is swatted.
-Mary O’Connor, submitted by Henry S, Neenah WI

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

As I get ready to hunker down and watch the Oscars tonight, I am hoping that each of you has been recognized for your GOOD WORK!

For some of us, our GOOD WORK is actually at our job. Others shine at school, community service, a hobby, or raising a family. Wherever you do your thing, I hope you find it deeply rewarding. That will always be better than a little gold statue on the mantle, and as (Oscar winner) Warren Beatty suggests in this week’s pebble, it will make life much more fun!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v8.30: Ripples of THE BEST WE CAN!

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Ripples v8.30: Ripples of THE BEST WE CAN!
7/24/06: a FREE splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

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

The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation
with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.
-Barbara Pletcher, submitted by Joycelyn F., Reedsburg WI

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

Some days, doing
THE BEST WE CAN
may still fall short of what
we would like to be able to do,
but life isn’t perfect–on any front–
and doing what we can with what we have
is the most we should expect
of ourselves
or anyone else.
-Mr. Rogers, submitted by Cindy S., West Bend WI

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

Thanks to several hundred new Ripplers who joined us this week after attending time and stress management workshops on at S.P. Richards’ fantastic Las Vegas extravaganza, we are back over 15,000 subscribers! Woohoo!

After exploring many practical techniques, the major hurdle they face is returning home and IMPLEMENTING the strategies they were most excited about. I want this to be a reminder that ANY attempt at experimenting with one small improvement this week could have a big impact on their life and/or work.

I think all 15,000 of us should take a moment right now to close our eyes, take a deep breath, and promise ourselves to do THE BEST WE CAN this week and be proud of our best efforts!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v6.02: Ripples of DECISIONS!

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Ripples v6.02: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration for 10,000+

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

When you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, submitted by Emily K.

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

Really believe in your heart of hearts
that your fundamental purpose,
the reason for being,
is to enlarge the lives of others.
Your life will be enlarged also.

And all of the other things
we have been taught to concentrate on
will take care of themselves.
– Pete Thigpen, submitted by Julie B., West Bend, Wisconsin

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

This is the week and today is the day that you DECIDE. You will move
from considering the idea, pondering the options, or sitting on the
fence to choosing a path and taking it. If you are still in doubt,
take these powerful steps: Select an area in your life where a
Decision is needed; identify the available options and then as an
experiment FIRMLY COMMIT to a path for 24 hours. Immediately send an
email to someone telling her/him about your decision and for the rest
of the day let every thought, feeling, and action evolve as though
the Decision was the absolute best choice you have ever made.
Tomorrow morning when you wake up your head and your heart will
either affirm your Decision (and you can then celebrate!), OR you may
sense strong regret and you can then proceed down another path
knowing your first choice was not the best for now!

C’mon, I really want you to try this one!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v5.34: Ripples of WORTHY LABOR!

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

Those who remove mountains begin by carrying away small stones.
-Chinese Proverb, submitted by Mary R.

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

The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is
protected from the storm and hidden from the sun.
It’s the one that stands in the open where it is
compelled to struggle for existence
against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
-Napoleon Hill, submitted by Catharine S., Greensboro, NC

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

I hope you are well-rested from a relaxing Labor Day weekend, and I
hope even more that you are ready to tackle some good work! As some
of you prepare to begin your fall semester of classes, others of us
have moved from summer mode into more serious work mode. This is a
great time of year to commit your time and energy to a worthwhile
task. Take some time this week to ponder your goals, choose a
specific objective to concentrate on, and then jump right in and GO!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v4.35: Ripples of HARVEST!

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

With every deed you are sowing a seed,
though the harvest you may not see.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, submitted by Patty H., Holmen, WI

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

I wish you sunshine on your path
and storms to season your journey.
I wish you peace in the world in which you live
and in the smallest corner of the heart where truth is kept.
More I cannot wish you, except perhaps love…
to make all of the rest worthwhile.
~Robert A. Ward, submitted by Kristen C.

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

Where did summer go? It seems as though last weekend was Memorial
Day, and then suddenly Labor Day arrived! I hope your summer was a
good one, and I hope you enter fall ready to harvest the incredible
opportunities that await you! Do yourself a favor and email a friend
a list of goals you hope to accomplish this fall….and ask her/him
to check in with you next month about your progress!

HARVEST YOUR QUOTES! We need to refresh our supply of AWESOME
quotes….can you choose ONE quote you really like and send it to me
at Submissions@TheRipplesProject.org? THANKS!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v4.18: Ripples of GETTING STARTED!

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

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
-Sally Berger, submitted by Nancy

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

Can anything
be sadder
than work
left unfinished?

Yes;
work
never
begun.
-Christina Rossetti submitted by Donna

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

Have you been putting something off? Something that might make your
life easier, better, more fun? This could be the week to get
started! If we all start something now, we will create a wave of
momentum that will impact ALL of us. We need your ripple to help get
it started! Take some action this week on a project or goal you have
been procrastinating…..and after you’ve taken your first step be
sure to encourage someone else to get started on THEIR something!… Read More!

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