Ripples #1018: Finding & Unfurling Joy!

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Ripples #1018: Finding & Unfurling Joy!
Nov 26, 2018

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.
-Brené Brown, shared by Rachel in Rochester, MI

Happiness is a form of power–it’s carbonated consciousness that wants to spill out and be articulated. So if we downplay our joy we confuse our nervous system. Our brain is trying to fire happy neurons but our cool or too quiet behavior is short dousing the positive chemicals. Repeated happiness-muffling numbs our senses. And if you keep your joy under the surface too long, it might stay there. If you’re happy and you know it…show it.
-Danielle LaPorte, via her website
shared by one of our original Ripplers!

There are two aspects of joy I’ve been pondering lately: its availability, and its source.

I love the big delightful versions of joy that show up around the holidays and other special occasions: monumental moments of spectacular awe that can light up a room and light up our lives. Since those big joys can be relatively few and far between, it’s good to keep in mind that joy can also be found in the ordinary days that make up most of our existence. Small delights like a string of traffic lights turning green, an unexpected discount on one of our favorite grocery items, or finding a crumpled up $5 bill while doing laundry (ok, so that just happened to me a few days ago and it was joyous, indeed!).

The other thing I like about joy is that I don’t have to wait for it to show up in order for me to experience it. I’ve come to rely on the premise that there are tiny pockets of joy stored in my consciousness waiting to be noticed and unleashed. At times they get activated by an external trigger: a friend will call or a song will pop up on Pandora and Joy starts dancing. But it’s also been my experience that I can consciously elicit joy when the need arises. Maybe that means picking up the phone instead of waiting for it to ring, pressing play on some of the playlists I’ve purposely curated as joyful, or playing a game of “set the timer for 20 minutes to earn 20 minutes of game time.”

Assembling this issue of Ripples has me eager to experiment with finding and unfurling joy…perhaps you’ll join me in this experiment?

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Ripples #771: Only Joy.

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Ripples #771: Only Joy.
For our tribe of busy people who believe in
unleashing Ripples of compassion & kindness: uRock!
3 Mar 2014

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
-Helen Keller, shared by Sara in New Virginia, IA

When you have survived ambition and learned to live simply, when you have surrendered to the inevitability of diminishment and loss, and when you have become impervious to regret and the sting of other people’s opinions, what is left?  I took my question to the river, and the reply I received was beyond expectation.  “Joy”, the river whispered to me.  “Only joy.”
-Carol Orsborn, Editor-in-Chief of Fierce with Age, shared by Deb in Whitewater, WI

Last week’s Ripples, “Embracing Change,” was about moving ever upward and onward.  I thought I’d balance that with some thoughts about stillness and presence because sometimes I think we get really caught up in MOVING FAST and FINDING WHAT’S NEXT.  If we forget to be careful and conscious, we might miss out on the astonishing joy available to us even in the midst of our hustle bustle lives that are crammed with chaos.

Whatever bumpiness and grumpiness you encounter this week, strive to keep a smile in your soul along with a persistent awareness that HERE matters more than THERE, and NOW matters more than THEN.  I’m hoping you’ll discover more joy than you’ve previously noticed.

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Ripples #726: Sorrow & Joy.

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Ripples #726: Sorrow & Joy.
For our tribe of 30,740 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
April 22, 2013

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.
-Kahlil Gibran, shared by Hannah in Madison

Know that joy
is rare,
more difficult,
and more beautiful
than sadness.
Once you make this
all-important discovery,
you must embrace joy
as a moral obligation.
-Andre Gide, shared by Terry in Oak Creek, WI

There are good days, and there are bad days. If you’re like most people, you’ve had plenty of both. If life is joyful for you right now, I hope you can take action to both SAVOR and SHARE the joy with those around you. If sorrow is visiting right now, may I gently encourage you to honor the sadness, make peace with it to seek the lessons it has to offer, and keep both your eyes and your heart open, ready to receive the joy that often makes an appearance as you move past a difficult period.

Oh, and a grateful nod to my friends at Marian University, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and UW-La Crosse who welcomed me to their events this week. Even though I now live in Ohio, it always feels good to return to Wisconsin.

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Ripples #587: Choose Joy!

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Ripples #587: Choose Joy!
For our tribe of 25,813 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.

PEBBLE: We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
-Kahlil Gibran, submitted by Rebecca W., Chicago IL

BOULDER: It’s a choice you can make: to have joy, to find joy and to
spread joy. -Natalie Portman, submitted by Maureen O., Shawano WI

PONDER: Friday found me in one of my favorite Madison spots: the UW
Arboretum where the UW Medical Foundation Clinic Managers held their annual
retreat. It really was a joy to spend the day with them, and we spent part
of our time together discussing the choices we have in our work and lives.

We don’t always get to choose what happens in our day, we don’t always get
to choose the people we are around. We can always choose how we respond to
these events and people, and we can choose joy even when that isn’t our
first reaction. Anger is the right choice sometimes and so is sadness, and
all the other emotions as well. Just remember that joy is also available to
you, waiting for you to choose her. She can transform any ordinary moment
into a miracle.

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Ripples v7.02: Ripples of CREATING JOY!

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Ripples v7.02: Ripples of CREATING JOY!
Monday, January 10, 2005
Your FREE Weekly Splash of Inspiration from Paul & The Ripples Project

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

I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world.
My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better than when I got here.
-Jim Henson, submitted by Kate V., Cedar Rapids, IA

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

It’s not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
-Leo F. Buscaglia, submitted by Cris D.

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

On Thursday I enjoyed a magnificent day in California with the Student Life staff at the University of the Pacific (they apologized for the 50-degree cloudy weather while I rented a convertible and drove with the top down because this Wisconsin guy thought it was grand!).

We joked about the salary discrepancy between celebrity entertainers and those who pursue “helping professions” (e.g. student affairs, social work, teaching, etc.) and of course it is frustrating that our society values entertainment over serving others. I reminded them that if the only thing they get from work is MONEY they will always be underpaid, regardless of salary.

Part of the value in their work lies in the ability to create joy for others, a noble effort that splashes back and provides the immeasurable benefit of knowing they made a positive difference in someone’s life. I hope your work and your life provide that value….I dare you to create some extra joy in someone else’s life this week and notice how you get a raise from it!


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Ripples v6.23: Ripples of SAVORING!

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Ripples v6.23: Ripples of SAVORING!
Paul’s FREE Weekly Splash of Inspiration for 11,000+

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

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment
will spread beyond all boundaries.
-Sister Corita Kent, submitted by Nancy B.

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

The faster I go, the more I miss.
Savor every morsel, moment, and mile
on this journey of life.
-original quote, submitted by Lisa D, Eliot, ME

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

I had grand adventures last week visiting Plymouth State University (NH) and the Wisconsin Leadership Conference in Milwaukee. Despite the crazy travel schedule, I squeezed in some ME time too! During a run in the mountains I saw a moose and a bald eagle; on a long bike ride I was entertained by several deer, a hawk, two herons, and enough bunny rabbits to crave Cadbury Creme Eggs!!

They were tiny moments filled with gigantic power in part because an ordinary, routine task (exercising) intersected with unexpected joy. The most exciting part of these events was the fact that I had promised myself to strive this week to enjoy each moment. It is possible I enjoyed these moments
because of my encounters with nature, AND I find myself wondering if these encounters were made
possible because I was enjoying the moment!

Whether your schedule this week is filled with regular tasks or exciting new adventures, I hope you can
choose one day to “Savor every morsel!”

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eRipples v2.38: Ripples of PLAYFULNESS

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.38 [Monday, September 18, 2000]

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

When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious.
Try playfulness.
-Edward Abbey, Leslie Stephany

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

Playfulness is a kind of mood or attitude that you bring to your daily life.
It’s a predisposition to be spontaneous, and have fun at whatever you’re
doing. When you’re playful, you find your attention being more fully engaged in
what you’re doing. You’re better able to “be here now.”

A playful attitude infuses you with a sense of joy and positive emotions.
It creates a frame of mind in which you naturally and automatically find
more funny things going on around you.
I am convinced that cultivating your sense of playfulness is the key to
learning to lighten up in the midst of stress.
-Paul McGhee, submitted by Justine R. Hollingshead

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

Well, I made it to the end of the early fall “crunchtime” which included
adventures on both coasts and over a dozen spots in between. I have an
empty calendar for the next three weeks, and I am going to follow these
Ripples and fill each day with PLAYFULNESS!

Long walks, spontaneous lunches, catching up on movies, and nap time everyday!

I hope you’ll build in your own recess this week. You deserve it!

Peace to you,
ptw… Read More!

eRipples v2.26: Ripples of FUN

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.26 [Monday, June 26, 2000]

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

I never did a day’s work in my life.
It was all fun.
-Thomas Edison, submitted by Karyn Sneath

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

[before you read this week’s ponder, I need you to ponder this: submit a
quote today for eRipples!]

Another week of travels found me hanging out for a few days at the
Wisconsin 4H & Youth Leadership Conference and then bipping down to help
kick off a high school leadership summit hosted by University of Central
Florida. Both events were extremely successful by combining a healthy dose
of educational opportunities with ample amounts of FUN! It isn’t the same
as having recess in between the lectures…….the truth is that we learn
some of our most valuable lessons while we are on the playground!

I continued MY education this week by spending a few extra days in Florida
having some fun of my own: I played among the dolphins along the
intercoastal waterway and experienced a magnificent performance of Cirque
de Soleil. The dolphins reminded me of the pure joy in simply splashing
around in the water. Watching hundreds of people ranging from around the
world squeal with delight at the phenomenal music, athletic prowess and
incredible artistry of the Cirque de Soleil performers reinforced the
notion that sharing common joys is much more powerful than all the
differences we have.

I recommend that everyone pursue an advanced degree in FUN this week!

-Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.09: Ripples of LEAPING!

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eRipples: a free weekly dose of inspiration
version 2.09 [Monday, February 28, 2000]©2000 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Calling all children hiding out in grown-up bodies
who long to be joyful, funful, freeful.
Come out, come out, wherever you are
and play in the now-sun of your life.
original source: Rusty Berkus
submitted by: Bridget Kesner

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

I went to Applebee’s today with a friend. After ordering, one of the
waitresses came up to me and asked if I went to Wal-Mart earlier this week.
I thought about saying that I am there more often than some of the

She reminded me that on Sunday, she was in front of me in line at Wal-Mart.
As she counted the amount of money for the total, she was fifteen cents
short. She told the cashier that she would have to run out to her car. I
offered her the change. She thanked me generously and went on her way.

The waitress handed me the fifteen cents and proceeded to tell me thank you
again. It made my heart skip a beat that someone would find it important to
repay the small amount. As we chatted, it turns out she new where I
worked. It IS a small world! It only took a dime and a nickel to make her
day on Sunday, and it created a spark in mine on Wednesday.
submitted by: Maryah Miller [edited for length]

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

Our development of The Ripples Project creates some confusion with folks
who know this newsletter as “Ripples,” so starting this week we are going
to call this “eRipples” which will help us distinguish these electronic
splashes of inspiration from the other ideas we’re developing.

More examples of “Ripples” keep trickling in-I hope that keeps up. We
are hoping to assemble a fabulous collection of simple but powerful
anecdotes of how goodness put out into the world often comes back in
unexpected ways. We need YOUR story too!

Happy Leaping!

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.18: RIPPLES OF JOY

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Ripples, version 1.18 [5/17/99] An electronic postcard from Stone Soup

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

Walk slowly, speak sweetly, and hug tightly.
These three things are what makes life amazing.
Written and Submitted by: Meg Dilworth

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

JOY is what we are,
not what we must get.
JOY is the realization that all we want
or need in life has been etched into our souls.
JOY helps us see not what we are “going through,”
but what we are “growing to” —
a greater sense of understanding, accomplishment,
and enlightenment.
JOY reveals to us the calm
at the end of the storm,
the peace that surpasses
the momentary happiness of pleasure.
If we keep our mind centered on joy,
JOY becomes a state of mind.
Original Source: Iyanla VanSant, Submitted by: Kimberly Rovansek

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

When my sister, Mia, graduated from college in 1990, we took a trip from
Washington D.C. to Daytona Beach. Our plan was to drive all night, sleep
all day in the sun at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and then drive all night
again to arrive in Daytona on the second day. Well, we never made it past
South Carolina because when we arrived in Myrtle Beach the sun was rising
out of a dark green sea into a perfect blue sky. The salty smell sealed
our fate… we ended up spending several nights in a cheap hotel (sand in
the bed and everything) and camping in the state park right on the ocean.

Mia then went on a search for her ideal career path that over several years
took her from Massachusetts to the Dominican Republic to Alaska doing whale
research. Somewhere on that journey, she made the same realization that we
had on our 1990 adventure: The journey WAS her career path.

Well, I’m headed to Florida to be with my sister again. I think we are
going to make it this time, because she is graduating to become Dr. Mia
Wesselmann, Veterinarian! As I spend some time celebrating this milestone
in her path, I hope you will spend a moment congratulating yourself for
being on your Path.

And congrats to all those Ripples readers who are graduating! [May I
suggest a trip to Myrtle Beach?]-ptw

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