eRipples v3.32: Ripples of OPTIMISM!

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eRipples: Your Free Weekly Splash of Inspiration
from Paul & The Ripples Project
eRipples v3.32: Ripples of OPTIMISM!

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

Spare me the grim litany of the “realist,”
give me the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day.
-Colin Powell, submitted by Vicki Verhasselt

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

A pessimist
is one who makes
difficulties of opportunities
and an optimist
is one who makes
opportunities of difficulties.
-Harry Truman, submitted by Bev Petska

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

Here is my take on why pessimism is more popular and more prevalent
than optimism: in the short term it is EASIER to be pessimistic. There
are dozen of ways how something might NOT work out while there are
only a few ways that it WILL work. When pondering what could go wrong,
your mind swarms with possibilities…but then dries up when considering
what could go right. Ask a group why a certain option is a bad idea and
they can brainstorm for an hour, but ask them why it is a good idea and
often the ideas trickle only for a few minutes before complete silence sets

In the long term, however, optimism triumphs over pessimism. Over time,
people who develop the skill of seeing the extraordinary possibilities, who
believe in the wild notions of success, who dare to imagine overcoming
tremendous obstacles, eventually train their bodies, minds, and spirits to
accept the challenges. And they very often WIN! And even when they don’t
make it all the way, their journey is so much more adventurous and worth

I dare you to spend the extra effort this week seeing the positive side,
exploring the possibilities, and seeking the way it CAN work.

Paul… Read More!

eRipples v3.20: Ripples of WORRY FREE DAY!

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eRipples: your free weekly splash of inspiration
from Paul & The Ripples Project
version 3.20: Ripples of WORRY FREE DAY!
Monday, May 14, 2001

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

Worry gives small things a big shadow.
-Swedish Proverb, submitted by Lucia Patritto

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

Worry is the misuse of the imagination.
When you have done your best,
await the results in peace.
-Audrey Woodball, submitted by Misty Lee Smith

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

I woke up this morning, full of WORRY! In addition to a bunch of
deadlines for various projects, I had not worked on this week’s issue
of eRipples and I wanted it to be a good one! I don’t even have an
good excuse of a busy week! It was a no-travel, “hang out and spend
time with an amazing assortment of really cool people and not have
too big of an agenda” type of week. So I sat down to my computer and
started sifting through recent submissions and my worries grew as
nothing was jumping out and saying PICK ME, PICK ME!

And then I came across the above quotes and I knew what I had to do:
stop worrying! Look at the time right now, and make a commitment to
not worry for the next 24 hours. My clock says 9:30am right now so
until 9:31am tomorrow, every time I catch myself worrying I am going
to think of these quotes and put off worrying until later! Join me,

Paul Wesselmann… Read More!

eRipples v3.11: Ripples of YOUR TRUTH

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eRipples: your free weekly splash of inspiration
from Paul & The Ripples Project
version 3.11: Ripples of YOUR TRUTH
Monday, March 19, 2001

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

…We try…to discover our own personal truth.
This truth always causes much pain before giving us a new sphere of freedom.
-Alice Miller, The Drama of Being a Child, translated by Ruth Ward,
submitted by Sarah Schacht

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

I was born to catch dragons in their dens.
And pick flowers.
To tell tales and laugh away the morning.
To drift and dream like a lazy stream.
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.
-James Kavanough, submitted by Ben Wiedenfeld

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

This week found me hanging out in southeast Pennsylvania where I
spent a day with the staff and students at Millersville University.
In one presentation we discussed the value of being DELUSIONAL.
Those of us who use this treat frequently often use another word:
OPTIMISTIC. The two words are closer than you think! Studies have
shown that people who have a consistently optimistic view about how
events will turn out are frequently incorrect about their
assumptions. They are WRONG, but they are HAPPY!

Of course there are times when we need to be realistic and cautious.
But many times, creating our own delusional truth puts us in a better
mood to handle the challenges of the day!

I wish you peaceful delusions!

Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.23: Ripples of WORDS!

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.23 [Monday, June 5, 2000]see bottom for subscription information

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

When you speak a word, you are planting it.
Whether you speak words of life, love, peace, joy and blessings,
or words of profanity and cursing, you will reap what you sow.
-original source: Alfonzo King Surrett, Jr., submitted by Linda deVeer

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

Did is a word of achievement,
Won’t is a word of retreat,

Might is a word of bereavement,
Can’t is a word of defeat,

Ought is a word of duty,
Try is word of each hour,

Will is a word of beauty,
Can is a word of power.
-original source unknown, submitted by Natasha Sorias

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

“Keep Using My Name in Vain And I’ll Make Rush Hour Longer” – God

For a list of humorous billboards from God, see “The.God.Billboards” at:

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

What words have you been holding back? Is there is someone in your life
that needs to hear some praise (or criticism)? Perhaps this week you
should take some time to communicate those words.

And while you are at it, if there are some words YOU need to hear…..you
do not have to wait for someone ELSE to say them. Write yourself a card or
send yourself an email and say what YOU need to hear!

Peace to you,

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.35: Ripples of Choices

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Ripples, version 1.35 [9/13/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

People can change at any age.
Where there is life, there is possibility.
Even ancient beliefs can be overturned or replaced in a matter of moments.
We are the River!

Original source: “Happiness is a Choice” by Barry Neif, submitted by Carol

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

Isn’t life glorious! Isn’t it grand!
Here-take it- hold it tight in your hand;
Squeeze every drop of it into your soul,
Drink of the joy of it, sun-sweet and whole!
Laugh with the love of it, burst into song!
Scatter its richness as you stride along!
Isn’t life splendid and isn’t it great?
We can always start living – it’s never too late!

Original source: Helen Lowrie Marshall, submitted by Lucia Patritto

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

I just spent a truly awesome day with a dynamic group of individuals at
Lawrence University and while I confess to being exceptionally exhausted, I
was so fired up that I had to come home and crank out this issue of Ripples
before I fell into bed.

One of the many topics we covered was “Attitude Adjusting” and how often we
forget the CHOICES we have. Most of our lives have been filled with
challenges (the technical terms for these challenges are “crap” “yucky
stuff” or “poop”), and sometimes these things get us down.

Remember: How you feel right now is not a result of what has happened in
your life. How you feel right now is a result of how you INTERPRET what
has happened in your life. And it may be time to stop letting something
from your past continue to be a barrier. Instead, look at it as a
challenge, see what lessons it has to offer. Then take those lessons and
dump the rest of it out the window!

Peace to you,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v1.06

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Ripples, version 1.06 [2/22/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars
Current Number of Subscribers: 542

A PEBBLE ###########################

What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.
Original Source: “Living with Joy” by Sanaya Roman
Submitted by: Amy Uecke, Lawrence University

REFLECTIONS ##########################

(This is a little longer than usual….BUT WORTH IT! -ptw)

KEEP YOUR FORK. There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal
illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her
things in order, she contacted her pastor to discuss certain aspects of her
final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what
scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
The woman also requested to be buried with a fork in my right hand. The
pastor did not know quite how to respond.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I
am puzzled by your request,” said the pastor.

“In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always
remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared,
someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.” It was my
favorite part because I knew that something better was coming, like velvety
chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with

“So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my
hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ and I want you to
tell them, ‘Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.'”

At the funeral, people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the
fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question
“What’s with the fork?” During his message, the pastor told the people of
the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. The pastor
admitted that he could not stop thinking about the fork and suggested that
they should try to remember it as well.

So, the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you that the
best is yet to come….

Original Source: unknown (this version adapted by Paul Wesselmann)
Submitted by: Diana Rahn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

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

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? In two workshops different workshops this week on
networking and small talk, we spent some time reflecting on the power of
EYE CONTACT when initiating contact with people. It is a simple idea. And
a powerful one. Here’s looking at YOU (and hopefully you looking at some
new faces this week!)

Copyright 1999 Stone Soup Seminars… Read More!

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