Ripples v11.17: Life Long Learning!

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Ripples v11.17: Life Long Learning!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 22,283
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
1999-2009: 10 years of Ripples!
Monday, April 29, 2009

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
-Helen Keller, submitted by Nikki B., Madison WI

Success is not about perfection:
but, it is about commitment
and life-long learning.
If you stray from the path,
you get to choose to come back to it.
You get to discover what got in the way,
who you are, and what’s important to you;
and, best of all, you get to feel the fulfillment
that comes from creating your life
based on your highest values.
-source unknown, submitted by Carla L., Greencastle IN


What lessons will you learn this week?

What could happen if you took a few deep breaths and reminded yourself that you are a student in life, in work, in school, in each relationship you have–in every aspect of your life. Might you approach the tasks, projects, or people differently?

Why not try it and see? What have you got to learn?

Oh, and I’m attaching a smile from our collection; check out the rest at http://uROCKroadtrip.com and donate a smile if you have time this week.

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v10.37: Sharing Ideas!

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Ripples v10.37: Sharing Ideas!
September 15, 2008: a free weekly splash to 20,633 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project

__PEBBLE _________________________________

All big things in this world are done by people who are naive
and have an idea that is obviously impossible.
-Dr. Frank Richards, submitted by Linn W., Milwaukee WI

__BOULDER _________________________________

If you have an apple and I have an apple
and we exchange these apples
then you and I will still each have one apple.

But if you have an idea and I have an idea
and we exchange these ideas,
then each of us will have two ideas.
-George Bernard Shaw, submitted by Laurie S., La Grange IL

__PONDER _________________________________

Seek out a creative soul and invite them to snack with you or chat on the phone to brainstorm exciting possibilities for a tiny or humongous challenge you are facing. Spend 5 minutes being outrageously, courageously creative, and then offer them another 5 minutes to seek a fresh idea for her/him.

I assure you it can be delicious and nutritious!

p.s. Thanks to some awesome Ripplers, we raised an additional $1,000 for the Central Asia Institute…I sent donors a postcard but forgot to mention that we’ll be matching that $1,000 which means that together we raised over $8,000 for CAI! Way to share, Ripplers!… Read More!

Ripples v10.23: Knowledge vs. Wisdom!

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Ripples v10.23: Knowledge vs. Wisdom!
June 9, 2008: a free weekly splash to 19,817 subscribers from Paul & The
Ripples Project

__PEBBLE _________________________________

Wisdom is not the amassing of knowledge. Wisdom is truth lived.
-by Matthew Kelly, submitted by Desiree S, Centralia, Washington

__BOULDER _________________________________

To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
-Marilyn vos Savant, submitted by Lin H., Bloomington IL

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living,
the other helps you make a life.
-Sandra Carey, submitted by Bobbie H., Hanoi, Vietnam

__PONDER _________________________________

Wisdom is the digestion of knowledge and experiences into new perspectives
and new ways of moving through the world. This week’s quotes remind us that
we do not receive wisdom the same way we receive information. We must
process all of our acquired knowledge and experiences that cross our path.
and then we must decide what to do with all of it and how it might transform
the next chapter in ouf life. I hope you can enjoy a few moments of
reflection this week to notice what wisdom you have gained from your crazy


P.S. All that anticipation last week paid off: I had a magnificent
visit to San Luis Obispo and my old and new friends at Cal Poly. I
even accepted an invitation from the universe to spend an extra day
there, so I came home with many happy experiences that will hopefully
transform into long lasting memories.… Read More!

Ripples v7.43: Ripples of LIFE LEARNING!

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Ripples v7.43: Ripples of LIFE LEARNING!
11/14/05: your FREE weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

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

In the solitude of your mind
are the answers to all your questions about life.
You must take the time to ask and listen.
-Mahaiyaddeen, submitted by Pat J., Waukesha WI

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

You should always learn:
with life comes wisdom and
with wisdom comes the courage to live life selflessly.

The more you learn about yourself and
the experiences surrounding your life
the more opportunities you have
to make your life better and more fulfilling.
-Amy Candy, submitted by Heather K., North Carolina

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

Many of our “ponders” include a call to action: challenging you not just to think about what you read here but to DO something with it. Well, this week I dare you to do the opposite! Instead of setting a goal or completing a task or accepting a challenge, I hope you can sit back and ponder your life. What have you learned about yourself in the past few months? How are you different than you were a year ago? Who are you compared to the person you thought you would become? Resist the temptation to judge any observations as GOOD or BAD, instead just notice what comes up. Perhaps you can acknowledge some learning that has taken place, and maybe you will dream about what your next lessons could be.

Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.25: Ripples of IMPERFECTION

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.25 [Monday, June 19, 2000]

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

Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
original source unknown, submitted by Maureen Colburn

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

We are all imperfect.

What we need to achieve is the courage to accept imperfection. This is
one of the most encouraging concepts, and yet one of the hardest to achieve
in our society. There isn’t a perfect human being in the world, yet
everyone is demanding it of themselves and others. We set ourselves up for
disappointment and frustrations because of this impossible ideal of
perfection. Improvement, yes. Perfection, no.

In our society we are taught to be ashamed of mistakes. We should instead
learn to be excited about mistakes as opportunities to learn. It is much
easier to recognize and take responsibility for a mistake when it is seen
as a learning opportunity rather than something bad. If we see mistakes as
bad we tend to feel inadequate and discouraged and to become defensive,
evasive, judgmental, and critical. On the other hand, when mistakes are
seen as opportunities to learn, recognizing them will be seem like an
exciting venture. “What can I learn from this mistake”.
-submitted by: Margaret Sweeney, original source:
one of Margaret’s co-workers

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

In addition to spending three days with an awesome group of adult educators
in Bozeman, Montana, I also spent a couple of days this week with a very
fun bunch of school administrators from Racine, Wisconsin. Both groups
spent a bit of time discussing role models, and upon my return home from
the hectic week I plopped down in front of the TV and clicked upon a
documentary about one of my role models, John Denver. It was exciting to
learn about his path from the son of an Air Force pilot to a hit singer.
It was also quite disturbing to hear about his shadow side and I went to
bed thoroughly frustrated with his actions toward his wife and children as
well as the inconsistencies between his idealized songs and his imperfect

I woke up the next morning remembering a definition that I had shared both
in Bozeman and Racine: a role model is somone who has SOMETHING you
admire, not necessarily EVERYTHING! I suppose it would be grand to believe
in these flawless heros who have affected our society. The danger is that
those pedestals make them seem so much removed from us “regular” folks.
Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor
Roosevelt all had something in common besides being heroes of mine. They
were HUMAN! They made errors of judgment at times and that does not have
to detract from their incredible achievements!

Spend some time this week being more patient with your imperfection. You
are in good company!

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.49: Ripples of HOLIDAYS, part 1

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RIPPLES: a free weekly dose of inspiration
version 1.49 [Monday, December 20, 1999] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

no pebble, no boulder, no ponder this week……just one big….

MOUNTAIN ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you
the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage
and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and
understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of
your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember
the sunshine when the storm seems unending. Teach love to those who know
hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may
call upon them. Remember, those lives you have touched and who have
touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less
than you would have wanted. It is the context of the encounter that is
more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place
immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time in the world
around you. Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of
us is different in our own way. What you feel you may lack in one regard
may be more than compensated for in another! What you feel you lack in the
present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn
to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent on another of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.
-original source unknown, submitted by Kristen Salemi… Read More!

Ripples v1.02

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Ripples, version 1.02 [January 25, 1999]An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

A PEBBLE ###########################
[for a drop of inspiration]

We who would learn to fly must first learn to walk and run and climb and
dance; we cannot fly into flying. – Nietzsche

REFLECTIONS ##########################
[shared from subscribers]

Fire can burn
But cannot move

Wind can move
but cannot burn

Till fire joins wind
it cannot take a step.

Do men know it’s like that
with knowing and doing?

Submitted by Marcin Jakubowski, UW-Madison mailto:mjakubow@s…
Original Source: Vedic poetry, India

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
Submitted by: Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Original Source: Margaret Bonnano

RECOMMENDATION #########################
[explore these resources]

The folks at U.S. News & World Report have created a new magazine. FAST
COMPANY is only a year old and is already becoming required reading in
organizations ranging from Fed Ex to Planned Parenthood to college courses
around the country. I recommend it to anyone seeking to keep current in
this FAST world! Due to a special arrangement with the publisher, Ripples
subscribers are eligible for a discount: $12.50 for 10 issues. If you are
interested, email me your name AND MAILING ADDRESS and I will submit all
names collected by Friday. Don’t Delay!

SNIPPET ##################################

SHAKE IT! I was part of some incredible leadership training in River
Falls, Wisconsin this weekend (we didn’t get to bed until 4 am.–how is
that for late night leadership!) and in one of the sessions we explored the
value of HANDSHAKES. A firm shake is like a “hand hug” and leaves a
memorable impression while maintaining appropriate boundaries. So reach
out and shake someone today!

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