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Ripples #921: Dr. King.

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Ripples #921: Dr. King.
Jan 16, 2017

PEBBLE
There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PONDER
Our country honors Dr. King’s every third Monday in January, and we’ve developed a tradition of embracing this opportunity to highlight the wisdom of Dr. King.

I’m not certain what Dr. King would have to say about recent events, but I feel certain he’d want us to be strong and be persistent and be civil.

If possible, find a way to be of service to others today. It is a great way to honor the contributions of a great man.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
We keep a copy of all the wisdom of Dr. King that we’ve unleashed in Ripples over the last 18 years in Team Ripples, our official Facebook Group. Please join us there if you’d like!… Read More!

Ripples #869: Network of Mutuality.

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Ripples #869: Network of Mutuality.
Jan 18, 2016

PEBBLE
We may have all come on different ships,
but we’re in the same boat now.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER
All of us are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PONDER

Today we recognize and celebrate Dr. King as one of our culture’s great heroes; a courageous soul who consistently sought peaceful resolutions to conflict while steadfastly refusing to surrender the rights and dignity of those who still didn’t have access to all that it means to be an American. He remains one of my personal heroes as someone who believed you could cultivate passion for your cause without sacrificing compassion for your foes.

Conflict is an inevitable part of our shared humanity: within the workplace and within your friendship circles; around the neighborhood and around the house; on Facebook and on TV. There always has been and there always will be a certain degree of discord among human beings. Some folks try their best to just avoid conflict, others view it as an invitation to a fight-to-the-finish battle with only two possible outcomes: claiming absolute victory or submitting to utter defeat. When handled effectively, conflict can be a divine opportunity to deepen our connectedness, advance our understanding of the world, and appreciate perspectives other than our own.

As the 2016 campaign shifts into high gear, those of us here in the USA will soon begin using our voices and our votes to determine who will be the next president. And just like every other election year, there is already plenty of conflict. I’m hoping we can all passionately share our views in a way allows us to listen, learn, and speak our truth. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it because we really are all in the same boat, and we’ve got some choppy waters ahead.

Peace,

Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Thanks for the outpouring of warmth last week. I wasn’t able to personally respond to so many messages, but I read each one and stored them in my heart AND in a special folder to re-visit when the time is right.… Read More!

Ripples #817: Network of Mutuality.

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Ripples #817: Network of Mutuality.
Jan 19, 2015

PEBBLE
We must come to see that the end we seek is
a society at peace with itself,
a society that can live with its conscience.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared by Isaac in Sedona, AZ

BOULDER
It really boils down to this:
that all life is interrelated.
We are all caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality,
tied into a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared by Mary in Birmingham, AL

PONDER
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day which is the 3rd Monday each January: right around Dr. King’s birthday AND the anniversary of Ripples (16 years with a total of 817 Ripples— WOOHOO!). I’ve recently read several articles speculating how Dr. King might assess the state of our world if he were alive today. I find this to be a difficult hypothesis to explore, because it frequently causes me to wonder how things might be different if his life hadn’t been cut short.

My own assessment: we have accomplishments to be proud of, setbacks to be concerned about, and plenty of progress to continue making. I’m grateful that we have a national holiday for Dr. King that has evolved into a Day of Service, and I’m grateful for the ways in which we continue to educate ourselves about the vital contributions of Dr. King and many other African Americans that have helped shape the world in which we live. I think it is vital that we continue to educate ourselves about where we’ve been, the current state of things, and where we are headed.

Join me in honoring Dr. King’s legacy with some reflection, and perhaps a humble act of service.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. You’re welcome to review and share our compilation of Dr. King’s wisdom that we’ve rippled over the past 16 years:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-wesselmann-the-ripples-guy/infinite-hope-selected-wisdom-from-dr-king/10150488952761662… Read More!

Ripples #765: Peaceful Communication!

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Ripples #765:  Peaceful Communication!
For our tribe of busy people who believe in
unleashing Ripples of compassion & kindness: uRock!
20 Jan 2014

PEBBLE:
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER:
People fail to get along
because they fear each other;
they fear each other
because they don’t know each other;
they don’t know each other
because they have not
communicated with each other.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Gwen in Coeur d’Alene, ID

PONDER:

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Fifteen years ago this week we sent out our very first issue of Ripples to 75 people who agreed to help me pilot this quick splash of inspiration.  The following year, with over 1,000 subscribers and growing steadily, we began a tradition of sharing quotes from Dr. King each third Monday in January.  (The entire archive of Dr. King quotes we’ve unleashed in Ripples is available on our Facebook Page.)

Most weeks I still cannot grasp that Ripples continues to zoom out weekly, with nearly 30,000 subscribers joining us each Monday for a quick splash of inspiration.  I’m honored and humbled that so many of you come along for the ride, sharing quotes and kindness along the way.  Dr. King remains a significant inspiration for me, and I hope you’ll spend some time in service today, even if it as brief as direct eye contact, a warm smile, or a quick favor for someone who needs to know they matter.

BIG NEWS: we’ve updated our nifty “39 Ripples” iPhone app! As you share more quotes with others via Facebook, Twitter, text, or email, more quotes are unleashed for YOU to enjoy.  To celebrate our 15 year anniversary, we’ve priced it at .99 for the next 15 days (and then it will still be a ripply value at $1.99)  Check it out here:  (Android version may be coming soon!)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/39-ripples/id416327377?mt=8

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #713: Illumination!

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Ripples #713: Illumination!
For our tribe of 31,491 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
01/22/2013

PEBBLE:
Everything that we see is a shadow
cast by that which we do not see.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER:
Hatred and bitterness
can never cure the disease of fear;
only love can do that.
Hatred paralyzes life;
love releases it.
Hatred confuses life;
love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life;
love illuminates it.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., shared by Myke in New Orleans, LA

PONDER:
As our nation pauses to reflect on the contributions of Dr. King AND to recognize President Obama’s second inauguration, I pray that we can all aspire to find the courage for compassionate engagement in the challenging policy discussions around guns, budgets, civil rights, and other issues of the day. Sometimes there is so much that divides us that we seem to forget how much we have in common. It takes patience, humility, and LOTS of courage to focus first on how another person sees things; the result can often open hearts and minds, making it easier to then illuminate your own perspective.

Please, I urge you to commit to some action this week that will help illuminate our community and diminish the shadows. Think it, feel it, and DO IT!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #660: Dr. King!

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Ripples #660: Dr. King
For our tribe of 29,772 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
01/16/2012

PEBBLE:
I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

BOULDER:
When we take a look at modern man,
we are forced to face the fact
that modern man suffers
from a poverty of the spirit
that stands in glaring contrast
to his scientific and technological abundance.
We’ve learned to fly the air like birds,
we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish
and yet we haven’t learned
to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Tess in Davis, CA

PONDER:
Dr. King’s dream is alive and his legacy endures, thanks to the efforts of many people who continually renew their commitment to ideals Dr. King valued: hope, love, justice, and peace.

While I was in Washington D.C. last week to fire up folks at Georgetown and George Mason Universities, I savored a visit to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial that stands across the basin from the Jefferson Memorial. The majestic statue and wall of wisdom will forever remind us of his significant contributions to a movement that continues to improve our country and our world.

Whether or not you have time off of school/work today, I urge you to consider how our world might improve if each of us unleashed more of our passion and compassion. Dream, then do!

Peace!
Paul,
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Ripples #608: Dr. King!

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Ripples #608: Dr. King!
For our tribe of 27,031 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
Jan 17, 2011

PEBBLE:
In the end we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

BOULDER:
On some positions,
Cowardice asks the question
“Is it safe?”
Expediency asks the question
“Is it politic?”
And Vanity comes along
and asks the question
“Is it popular?”
But Conscience asks the question
“Is it right?”
And there comes a time
when one must take a position
that is neither safe,
nor politic, nor popular,
but he must do it because
Conscience tells him
it is right.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Cathy, Richmond IN

PONDER:

Dear Dr. King,

Our country continues to break down barriers for all people and there are
many brave people working to keep your dream alive. There are some
significant challenges too, and in the wake of the recent tragedy some of us
worry that, despite wise words from our president (he referenced your last
speech even!), our national mourning has been tainted with bitterness.

Peace is neither a simple nor easy pursuit; I promise we will keep working
hard to address our own fears, to maintain empathy for those who resist
progress, and to seek the right combination of talking, listening, and
acting that will promote peace in our communities, our country, and our
planet.

We miss you,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #556: Dr. King!

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Ripples #556: Dr. King!
Monday, Jan 18, 2010
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 23,950
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities

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PEBBLE
We must accept finite dissapointment,
but we must never lose infinite hope.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Samantha Z., Oklahoma

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BOULDER
I believe that unarmed truth
and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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PONDER
Each year in the U.S.A. we set aside the third Monday in January to honor
the magnificent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who believed passionately in the
powerful and unending ripples of peace and justice. He was a primary
influence in the creation of this newsletter.

I ask Ripplers everywhere to honor Dr. King by donating $10 to a charity
already on the ground in Haiti [http://CharityWatch.org has compiled an
excellent list] and another $10 to a local charity that might be receiving
fewer donations because of the economy and/or the recent focus on Haiti. If
you are comfortable, share which organizations you donated to on our
facebook wall:

http://Facebook.com/TheRipplesGuy

I know that for some Ripples $20 is a substantial sum of money; I suspect
you know that $10 can make a real difference in a country as poor as Haiti,
and $10 to a local charity will help them know they are not forgotten in
these difficult times. It takes only a moment, so please do what you can!

Peace,
Paul
p.s. If you would like a remarkable list of Dr. King quotes from the past
12 years of Ripples, please send a blank email to the following address:
MLK [at] TheRipplesGuy.com and please note you will need to replace [at]with @.… Read More!

Ripples v11.03: Dr. King!

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Ripples v11.03: Dr. King!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 21,691
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
1999-2009: Happy MLK Day!

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PEBBLE
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., Sarah B., Burlington WI

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BOULDER
Without faith
we are orphans
cast into the terrifying
immensities of space
in a universe that is without
purpose or intelligence.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Florence W., St. Louis, Mo

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PONDER
Dear Dr. King,
Happy MLK Day to you!
In the forty years since your too early departure, many people have worked creatively and tirelessly to ensure your dream is not deferred or denied. We still have a ways to go, of course (you know how long these journeys take); still, this week our country achieves a most remarkable step when we become the first “majority white” country with a non-white head of state in world history. Ever! We are celebrating with a nationwide day of service to honor you and the many others who have helped us recognize, resist, and resolve injustice.

Even as we face significant challenges, I believe there is a renewed confidence in the possibilities of our country and indeed our planet. We’ll keep your Dream in our hearts as we strengthen our faith in ourselves, each other, and a higher power that seems certain to exist.

With a humble heart, I extend to you and everyone: Peace!

Paul
p.s. Everyone can participate in today’s Day of Service, even if it means keeping your eye out for a tiny act of generosity to a stranger or acquaintance.… Read More!

Ripples v10.14: Community Greatness!

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Ripples v10.14: Community Greatness!
Apr 7, 2008: a free weekly splash to 18,386 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project

____________________PEBBLE ____________________

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by
the compassionate actions of its members,a heart of grace, and
a soul generated by love.
-Coretta Scott King, submitted by Kirsten M., Hawley PA

____________________BOULDER ____________________

When evil men plot, good men plan.
When evil men bomb and burn,
good men must build and bind.
When evil men shout words of hatred,
good men must commit themselves
to the glory of love.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Terry L., from Franklin WI

____________________PONDER ____________________

This week included a beautiful drive over to Fond du Lac for a leadership conference at Marian College. We bonded over Facebook, time & stress management, and lots of leadership strategies to help build strong communities.

The night before the conference, I watched several television programs that marked the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s murder and was reminded of how passionately and tirelessly he worked to build a community where we all could prosper.

I wonder if you could take some action this week to build community? Get involved in a neighborhood group, take some time to expand your relationships at work or school, or just take a minute to seek out someone you think makes your community better and say THANKS!

Peace,
Paul
p.s. Dr. King, we have not forgotten about your dream; we are still working on it!… Read More!

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