Every Monday since 1999, Paul has been sending out Ripples, an email containing two upbeat quotes submitted by readers (Pebble, Boulder) and something to think about for the week (Ponder). Enjoy recent issues below, and farther down you can use the keyword cloud or search bar to dive into our archive of over 1,100 issues. Have a quote that might make a good Pebble or Boulder? Submit it here!

Ripples #1306: Stubborn Gladness

I feel like if I were to get another tattoo, it would probably be “stubborn, stubborn, stubborn gladness.”
~Elizabeth Gilbert, shared by Leslie in Madison, WI


We must risk delight.…
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Ripples #1287: Our Silver Anniversary!

The kindness we extend to another ripples out into the universe endlessly.
-Calvin Malone, shared by Teresa in Cincinnati, OH


…Set kindness as your focus
in your little corner of the world
it makes ripples you see
ripples are contagious
they form into waves
and consistent
determined little waves
can move mountains
given time…
-Donna Ashworth, shared by Jane in Minneapolis via Wild Hope


It feels a little incongruent to focus too much on a big milestone in an email that is specifically about the ongoing impact of our smaller actions, but here’s the deal: it has now been TWENTY FIVE YEARS since we sent out the first Ripples email to 75 kind souls back in January 1999.…
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Ripples #1262: Kindness (A Spacious Reframe)

We are the actions…and maybe the most important word…the kindness…that we leave behind.
-Andrew Garfield, shared by Emily in Carlow, Ireland BOULDER
Maybe our choice to be kind isn’t meant to be about whether someone deserves it, but about creating the kind of world we want to live in and the way we want to show up in it.…
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