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Ripples v5.46: Ripples of HEROISM!

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Ripples v5.46: Paul’s Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration for 10,422 Members

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

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, submitted by Mike M., Portland, Oregon

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True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
-Arthur Ashe, submitted by Karen F., New Milford, Connecticut

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A huge THANK YOU to the people who responded to our challenge of
supporting The Ripples Project through a purchase from our online
store. We raised over $1,000 that will help us do some REALLY cool
stuff in the new year!

We need a few more “shopping heroes” to visit our online store and
consider making a small purchase that will allow us to maintain our
FREE weekly splash of inspiration and add a few goodies for next
year. Peek here: http://www.TheRipplesProject.org/store/browse.cfm

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v5.07: Ripples of MISSING DROPS!

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

If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.
-Horace Traubel, submitted by Monica M., Waverly, IA

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We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But if that drop was not in the ocean,
I think the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
-Mother Teresa, submitted by Andrea D., Superior, Wisconsin

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

What a crazy week it was for me! I began in Las Vegas with a team
from Novartis Animal Health and then bipped over to Indianapolis to
spend a day with Duke Realty’s Diversity Council. My last stop was
Buffalo State College in New York. Whew! The most challenging
presentation of the week was on Friday evening to a group of students
who arrived at a mandatory meeting clearly dreading the idea of
sitting in a giant auditorium with a “motivational speaker.” They
were tired, I was tired, even the sound equipment was tired (it
stopped working half way through the talk!). We all made it through,
but I wondered if it had been a complete waste of time.

On Saturday after a few more talks I returned to the Buffalo airport,
excited to be heading home and feeling mostly good about the
presentations. Well, except for that one. While standing in line to
grab some fast food before heading to the gate, I decided to “let it
go” and realize that I don’t always get to have that “WOW!” feeling
after every presentation.

As I was ordering my food, one of the employees came up and said,
“Lunch is on us!” I looked at him to see if he was joking, and he
smiled and said “You were at my school giving a presentation last
night, right?” It turns out that at least one person in the group
thought it was a great use of his time. All I can say is that the
rest of my trip home was filled with that “WOW!” feeling!

I dare you this week to remember that you are a valuable drop of
water and we need your ripples!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v4.37: Ripples of LEADERS!

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I suppose leadership at one time meant muscle;
but today it means getting along with people.
-Indira Ghandi, submitted by Mike C., Austin Texas

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If your actions create a legacy
that inspires others to dream more,
learn more,
do more, and
become more,
then you are an excellent leader.
-Dolly Parton, submitted by Grace H., Binghamton, NY

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

The Ripples Project has incredible leadership: YOU!

All of us who are a part of The Ripples Project are leaders! Each of
the 7,000+ members is capable of demonstrating the magnificent power
in small kind acts. If you believe that the news is filled with
blech and that peace is more powerful than fighting, do something
revolutionary: unleash unexpected kindness this week! Let someone
with a few items get in front of you in the grocery store line;
report good customer service to a manager; or simply smile and nod at
someone you pass who seems to be having a bad day. Not only will you
make the world a better place to live, your day will be instantly
improved!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v4.25: Ripples of ENRICHING THE WORLD!

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Our lives no longer belong to us alone;
they belong to all who need us desperately.
-Elie Wiesel, submitted by Jodie

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You are not here merely to make a living.
You are here in order to enable the world to live…
with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world, and
impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
-Woodrow Wilson, submitted by Cheri

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

Last week, while travelling to spend a few days with the Missouri
School Food Service Association (a really fun group of people, by the
way!), I came across a newspaper article about a man from Tennesee
who decided to enrich the world in a rather unique way. He created
the website http://www.ModestNeeds.org and he takes requests from
people who have been getting by just fine, but then have a crisis or
unexpected need that creates a temporary shortage of money.

The man is not wealthy (he’s a university professor!), but he manages
to give away hundreds of his own dollars each month. Some people
have sent money, but far more people email him to say “nice job” than
actually pitch in with a donation. He mentioned on his website
recently that if everyone who sent an email had sent in $5, he would
be able to give away much more money.

SO, here is my idea: let’s all send him $5! I will collect all the
envelopes (without opening them) and match the donations (for each
envelope sent in, I’ll donate $5 too!). For each 100 people who
contribute, we’ll raise $1,000 for his foundation!, If even ten
percent of our members participated that would amount to $7,000!
Imagine how cool it will be for him to receive a giant box full of
money to fuel his passion!

C’mon, I dare you! Send just $5 and I’ll mention soon after how much
money we raised for him!
If you’re writing a check, make it payable to: Modest Needs Foundation
Send to: Ripples for Modest Needs, 1213 N Sherman #342, Madison WI 53704

I PROMISE it will enrich your world!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v3.41: Ripples of PLANTING!

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eRipples v3.41: Ripples of PLANTING!

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

You will not be known for the fruit you pick
but by the trees you plant.
-Proverb, submitted by Mary

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The way you see people
is the way you treat them,
and the way you treat them
is what they become.
-Goethe, submitted by Jim

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

I am enjoying a little sunshine and a big ocean here in San Diego at
the 42nd National Conference on Student Services. In a workshop on
the art of interpersonal interactions, we explored the notion of
building relationships by creating deposits with people. Sometimes
there are people in the group (at work, at school, in the
neighborhood, wherever) that we don’t particularly like so we spend
as little time with them as possible. Then, when we have a conflict
with them, we don’t know them very well and thus are likely to think
even LESS of them afterwards! Perhaps we need to create some
deposits in the relationship before our next conflict so we can get
to know them and perhaps <gasp> even LIKE them!

Do us all a favor this week by choosing someone in your life that you
occasionally spend time with but don’t know very well and make an
effort to get to know them.

And let me know how it goes!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v3.39: Ripples of WE!

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eRipples v3.39: Ripples of WE!

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

We are being hurt by the myth that leadership is something reserved for a
few charismatic men and women.
 In fact, leadership is everyone’s business.
-Tom Peters, submitted by Ron in Madison, WI

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Our lives, at times, seem a study in contrasts…
love and hate, birth and death, right and wrong…
everything seen in the absolutes of black and white.
Too often we are not aware that it is
the shades of grey
that add depth and meaning
to the starkness of those extremes.
-Ansel Adams, submitted by Ashlee

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

I spent time this week at both Centralia College (near Seattle,
Washington) and Western Illinois University (near, er, not really near
anything!) at leadership conferences. During lunch at WIU, I was eating
with a group of participants who were posed this question: “How do you
define a leader?” As I listened to their diverse and thoughtful responses I
found myself struggling to compose a definition myself. I decided in the
moment that a leader’s role is to bring together a group of people to
achieve a common goal.

It seems the U.S. has come together in a strong way over the past few
weeks to form a team. A growing concern is that our country has become
a “We” only because we are united against a “They.” While I have certainly
been impressed with our ability to unite in the face of crisis, it concerns
me that we have demonized a “They” which is escalating the same kind of
dangerous hatred that culminated in the events of September 11. Here is
a challenge for our leaders: please help us find a way to come together
as a “We” without creating a “They!”

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.48: Ripples of AUTHENTICITY

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eRipples: a weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.48 [Monday, November 27, 2000]

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

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
-J.K. Rowling, submitted by Gina Matkin

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

Your actions
speak
so loudly
that I
cannot hear
your words.
-Hindu Proverb, submitted by Jeff Sinna

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

I believe that one of the greatest sources of stress in our lives
erupts from the shadows between who we WANT to be (who we SAY we are)
and who we REALLY are. Our insecurity that we are not quite what
people want/need us to be sometimes lead us to create “characters” to
meet the expectations of our colleagues, friends, family and
ourselves.

If those characters do not feel REAL to us, though, we start to
suspect we are fraudulent which then deepens our insecurity and leads
us to hide even more of our true selves! The cycle continues and
creates disharmony and stress in our souls and in our everyday lives.

Your challenge this week is to BREAK THE CYCLE in one of two ways:

1. If there is a behavior, attitude, or skill that you WANT to have
that you do NOT have, do something concrete this week to add it to
your tools for living.

2. If you (or others in your life) have created an unrealistic ideal
for your behavior, attitude or skillset, spend a few moments this
week adjusting those expectations and accepting for now that where
you are at is 100% okay!

Ultimately, it is the combination of these two actions that will
allow you to accomplish amazing feats while enjoying your present.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.45: Ripples of YOUR VOICE

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.45 [Monday, November 6, 2000]

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

There is a voice inside of you
that whispers all day long
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend,
or wise man can decide,
Whats right for you, so listen to
The voice that speaks inside
-Shel Silverstien, submitted by: Scruff1

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

Throughout history, it has been
the  INACTION of those who could have acted;
the INDIFFERENCE of those who should have known better;
the SILENCE of the voice of justice when it mattered most;
that has made it possible for EVIL to triumph.
-Haile Selassie, submitted by Jim Cissell, Sr.

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

I know you are sick of all the commercials,
all the polls, all the media coverage,
the endless discussions and the mind numbing rhetoric.

But remember this: no vote = no whining!

Please use your head,
your heart, and
YOUR VOICE!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.41: Ripples of CHARACTER

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Ripples: a free weekly dose of inspiration
version 1.41 [Monday, October 25, 1999] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
original source: Thomas Paine
submitted by Cathie Marty

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

Others determine your reputation.
YOU determine your character.
Character is made by what you stand for,
Reputation by what you fall for.
Character is one of those qualities that takes time to develop.
It is easier to change your behavior in advance
than to change your reputation afterward.”
original source unknown
submitted by: Manny LapMan Woo

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

Stone Soup kept me busy this week with some leadership training in Green
Bay, Wisconsin (where EVERYTHING is Packer Green!) and Cincinnati, Ohio.
During both trips, I enjoyed meaty conversations with workshop participants
about the importance of strong character in leadership.

It is fairly easy (and common) for a leader to make decisions based on
“majority rule.” While democracies often use this decision making tool, we
often forget that while the majority may RULE, the majority is not always
RIGHT. It takes a combination of guts and confidence to hold firm to your
beliefs when they are not popular.

If you have checked the facts, checked your conscience, and checked your
values, then you have an obligation to yourself and the world to stand
strong until we see it YOUR way!

Stay strong! -ptw… Read More!

Ripples v1.24: Ripples of Leadership

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Ripples, version 1.24 [6/28/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Leadership is action, not position.
Original source unknown, submitted by: Luke Brady

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

To know why to do something is WISDOM.
To know how to do it is SKILL.
To know when to do it is JUDGEMENT.
To strive to do it best is DEDICATION.
To do it for the benefit of others is SERVICE.
To want to help others is COMPASSION.
To do this quietly is HUMILITY.
To get the job done is ACHIEVEMENT.
To inspire and motivate others to do all these things is LEADERSHIP.
Original Source Unknown, found on the University of New Hampshire website
and submitted by Sara Matthews

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

This week found me returning to hang out with the leaders of the Wisconsin
Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. They volunteered to give
up a gorgeous sunny Friday in June to explore the potential of their
leadership and I was honored to be a part of it. During our conversation,
we examined the role that self esteem plays in leadership. We all agreed
that the lower our self esteem is, the more difficult it is to delegate
tasks and say “no” to things that we don’t have interest or time for. This
leads to feeling overwhelmed, burned out, and even LOWER self esteem!

Do yourself a favor right NOW: jot down a list of accomplishments you’ve
achieved this year that you are proud of. They might be small things or
huge things or a bit of both. Take a moment to appreciate that you are
AWESOME and that your presence makes a difference on this planet. And by
the way, thanks for reading Ripples every week. I hope they are as good
for you as they are for me!
Peace to you!
-Paul… Read More!

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