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Ripples v5.45: Ripples of CREATING HOPE!

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Ripples v5.45: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration for 10,529 Members

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Hope is like a road in the country; there wasn’t ever a road,
but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
– Lin Yutang, submitted by Judy A.

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Hope is an orientation of the spirit,
an orientation of the heart.
It is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
-Vaclav Havel, submitted by Kirsti D., Sonora, CA

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Between visits with the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association and
the Evergreen Everwell Conference in Seattle, I spent time wrapping
up our “1,000 Ripples” contest. A panel of reviewers has selected a
winner from the finalists who will choose a charity to receive a
$1,000 donation! We will share the winning story next week, but in
the mean time take a peek at the finalists:
http://www.PaulWesselmann.com/h/Finalists.html.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v5.38: Ripples of FEATHERS IN YOUR SOUL!

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Ripples v5.38: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
-Emily Dickinson, submitted by Michelle S., Green Bay, WI

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But hope isn’t a choice, it’s a moral obligation,
a human obligation, an obligation to the cells in your body.
Hope is a function of those cells, it’s a bodily function
the same as breathing and eating and sleeping.
Hope is not naive, hope grapples endlessly with despair.
Real, vivid, powerful, thunderclap hope, like the soul,
is at home in darkness, is divided;
but lose your hope and you lose your soul,
and you don’t want to do that, trust me,
even if you haven’t got a soul, and who knows,
you shouldn’t be careless about it.
-Tony Kushner, submitted by Lin H., Normal, IL

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You know what hope is! It is that magical feeling that allows you
to survive all kinds of difficulties because somehow you just KNOW
that tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, things will get better.
The secret to finding hope? It is to CREATE hope for someone else!
Think of someone you know who is having a difficult time. Better yet,
keep your eyes open for an acquaintance or a complete stranger who
appears to be having a difficult day. Step in to help them in some
small way and that will remind them there is good in the world, which
will give them hope, which will in turn give YOU hope. Try it.
I dare you.

Oh, one more thing: keep your eyes and ears open for someone who
does something nice for you. One Ripple reader is going to win a
thousand bucks next month for reporting a ripple they received.
Details to follow….

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v5.04: Ripples of TOGETHER!

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Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.
-Maya Angelou, submitted by Lin H., Normal, IL

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We need each other,
whether we realize it or not,
whether we are willing to acknowledge it or not.

Another set of hands pulled you from your mother’s womb at birth;
another set of hands changed your diapers, fed you, nourished you;
another set of hands taught you how to read and write.
Now another set of hands grows your food, delivers your mail,
collects your garbage, protects your city, defends your nation;
another set of hands will comfort and care for you when you become
sick and old;
in the end, another set of hands will lower you into the ground when you die.
-James C. Hunter, submitted by Jean S., Milwaukee, WI

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If your soul is finding it difficult to grasp yet another tragedy in
these crazy times, I propose you focus on something that can create
hope. Take some time this week to strengthen your connections to
other people. Whether it is a seldom-seen family member, an
estranged friend (or a friend who is strange?), or a co-worker you
barely know, you can invigorate your heart by reminding yourself and
people around you that we are not alone. Coming together is one of
the most effective healing remedies for grief and you will find it
impacts you AND the people you reach out to!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v5.01: Ripples of HOPE!

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Until you do what you believe in,
you don’t know whether you believe it or not.
-Leo Tolstoy, submitted by Charlene G., Pennsylvania

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The real struggle in the world may not be between good and evil but
rather between hope and evil. Hope seems more active and creative
than the somewhat nebulous good. Hope aspires; good has arrived.
Good, like God lives outside time; hope keeps people alive, moving
forward, inside time. As long as hope remains healthy, it is a match
for evil; about good, no one can be so sure.
-Lance Morrow, submitted by Tess B., Salt Lake City, Utah

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It looks like the U.S. has a gigantic decision to make in the next
few weeks about whether to go to war with Iraq. While I have strong
feelings about promoting peace and avoiding war, I respect that some
folks may have different perspectives. My greatest fear is not that
we will have another war. My greatest fear is that individuals who
have given up hope will not voice their opinions. This forces our
leaders to make decisions without the input of the people they are
leading and that is DANGEROUS!

The White House has an opinion line open during business hours:
202-456-1111. After a few automated steps, a live operator will
thank you for saying “I oppose” or “I approve.” You can also
contact your congressional representatives to let them know what you
think. Here is a website that searches your reps by state or zip
code: http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

Whatever your opinions about this conflict and any other issue, I
urge you to retain your HOPE by acting on what you think/feel!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v3.51: Ripples of LESS FEAR!

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eRipples v3.51: Ripples of LESS FEAR!
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We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
-John F. Kennedy, submitted by Jennifer Yale

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Our doubts are traitors
and make us lose the good
we oft might win
by fearing to attempt
-William Shakespeare, submitted by Ami

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[This is a “guest ponder” from my friend Sissy who is a long-time
ripples subscriber….I liked her addition to the formula for passion
we’ve been exploring the past few weeks.]

I am enjoying your formula for passion: ( p + a ) * e2
[purpose and action combined in an enriching environment]

Can I suggest that we include a conscious effort to “extract” fear of
failure? Let me explain: We had a curious 11-year-old house guest
for Thanksgiving. Nicole asked my husband Tom, “If you both have
doctorates, who is smarter?”

I was surprised when Tom jumped in and said, “I am book smart and
have a scientific analytical approach, but Sissy can step into a new
situation with no experience and make it work. Sissy is confident
enough to figure things out.” I was pleased with the compliment but
it didn’t seem exactly right. Later that weekend I decided that it
isn’t “confidence” but rather that I am not afraid of failure.
I’ve learned something new every time that I’ve “failed.” And it
doesn’t hurt!
-written and submitted by Sissy… Read More!

eRipples v3.45: Ripples of HOPE!

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There’s no place like hope. -Kobi Yamada

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Those whose hope is weak
settle down for comfort or for violence;
those whose hope is strong
see and cherish all signs of new life
and are ready every moment
to help the birth of that
which is ready to be born.
-Eric Fromm, submitted by Reggie

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This week I was honored to be a part of a special event honoring the
support staff for Lutheran Social Services from around Wisconsin (and
Michigan’s U.P.!). As our time together drew to a close, we spent a
few minutes thinking about hope for our future.

One of the casualties of the recent terrorism is Hope. People around
the country and around the world are beginning to settle for a world
in which terrorism is expected and tolerated. Collectively we unite
to “fight evil,” while individually some quietly wonder about
alternatives to violence.

Hope allows us to dream about a world beyond political boundaries,
beyond religious differences, a world where we truly value diversity
over the comfort of “sameness.” I dare you to seek the place in your
heart that holds Hope, and to let it grow!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v3.09: Ripples of TIDES!

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version 3.09: Ripples of TIDES!
Monday, February 26, 2001

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

…Remember that the sun will rise tomorrow,
and remind yourself to breathe…
because you never know what the tide may bring in.
-closing lines from the movie “Cast Away,” submitted by Lisa Carlson

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

When you get into a tight place and
everything goes against you ’til
it seems as though you could not
hold on a minute longer,
never give up,
for that is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe, submitted by Maryann Rapposelli

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

I had a quick trip to New York this weekend to a leadership conference
at Colgate University, and we spent part of our day exploring the
balance between reaching IN to take care of ourselves and reaching OUT
to connect with (and care for) others. As I read the above quotes, I
wondered: if it takes an external object like the moon to help the
earth seek the delicate balance between bringing the ocean tides in and
out, perhaps we also need to find something outside of ourselves to
help us maintain our equalibrium.

So many of the leaders and helpers I encounter in my travels seem to
forget that while we naturally let our ripples flow out and nourish
others, it is ESSENTIAL that our ripples sometimes flow inward to
nourish and heal our spirit. Check your tides: if you’re at low tide,
do something really nice for yourself this week. When you find
yourself at high tide, remember to reach out to someone else and be
their “moon” to help their tide come in!

And by the way, if you think librarians are a stuffy crowd, you
obviously have never spent a day with the crew from the Appleton
(Wisconsin) Public Library. They are a bold bunch of people–they even
paint blue skies and big puffy clouds in their library!

Peace to you all,

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v2.08: Ripples of HOPE!

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version 2.08 [Monday, February 21, 2000]©2000 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist.
It is the trust that they will not last forever,
that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome.
It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within,
to lead us through the dark into sunshine.
written by: Elizabeth A. Chase
submitted by: Meshelle Johns

RIPPLES IN ACTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

written & submitted by: Kathryn Johnson
My daughter grew up seeing her parents and others in our neighborhood doing
acts of kindness for each other. She is grown and married now and has
experienced her own ripple. Last summer she was awakened by sirens and
realized they were stopping across the street at her neighbor’s house. My
daughter and her husband went over to see what was needed. It turned out
that the neighbor’s husband was having a heart attack. My kids went with
her to the hospital, stayed with her as her husband died, and took special
care with her in the days and weeks ahead. They have invited her over many
times since then. My daughter is now expecting a baby and found out that
she has to return to work six weeks after the baby is born to keep her
health insurance. Her neighbor Irene has her own business so is her own
boss. She has offered to take off time for work this spring, for the 4-5
weeks that my daughter needs to return to work as a part time teacher until
summer vacation. The ripple of love between these two families is
wonderful to see.

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

Ripples are Real! Two weeks ago, I asked Ripples subscribers to invite
some friends to join our project and received over 100 new requests to
subscribe. Last week’s request for examples of real-life ripples resulted
in a handful of AMAZING stories of good deeds that rippled back to the
originator when needed.

As we continue to build The Ripples Project, we need to develop the notion
that anytime you create kindness in the world, it finds a way to come back
to you just when you need it. So keep passing these Ripples on, and take a
moment to tell me about a some Ripple of kindness that came back to you
when you needed it.

Peace to you,

Paul… Read More!

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