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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 v2.50: Ripples of DE-STRESSING

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eRipples: a free weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.50 [Monday, December 11, 2000]

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

Stress is good and bad.
Good stress creates poets, keeps deadlines and motivates.
Bad stress is that which you endure when you cannot turn challenging
events and other frustrations into good stress.
-adapted from a submission by Michael C. Copeland Jr.

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

An Everyday Survival Kit

1. Toothpick – to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others.
2. Rubber band – to remind you to be flexible.
3. Band Aid – to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s.
4. Pencil – To remind you to list your blessings everyday.
5, Eraser – to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay.
6. Chewing gum – to remind you to stick with it and you can
accomplish anything.
7. Mint – to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family and friends.
8. Candy Kiss – to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday.
9. Tea Bag – to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of
your blessings.
-unknown, submitted by several eRipples subscribers

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

Many of us are facing STRESS this time of year and whether it comes
from final exams or end-of-year reports or holiday hosting it can be
ICKY! Remember that the right kind of stress in the right amounts
can be stimulating. Do yourself a favor and spend some time this
week thinking about your stress levels and plan some activities to
prevent or manage burnout. Take care of YOU!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.35: Ripples of Challenging Interactions

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.35 [Monday, August 28, 2000]

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

To hold a grudge is to maintain an intense connection with someone you
might not want to have a relationship with in the first place.
-Francine Prose, submitted by Lin Hinds

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

Life is like a journey taken on a train
with a pair of passengers at each window pane.
I may sit beside you all the journey through,
or I may sit elsewhere, never knowing you.
But if fate should match us and sit us side-by-side–
let’s be pleasant passengers, it’s a nicer ride.
-original source unknown, submitted by: Lisa Sinclair

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

In addition to hanging out with some awesome teams in California and
Michigan this week, I also helped kick off the new academic year with a
crew of school food service workers by leading a workshop on working with
difficult people. We discovered that there is another word for “difficult”
people: “different!” Sometimes, these folks are a challenge to us because
they think differently or have a different personality or perspective.
When you take the judgment out of your assessment and just assess them as
“different” than you and not difficult or mean, it might be easier to
listen to their viewpoint and not take their undesirable behavior
personally.

And as 4-year-old Kevin said to me one summer at the beach after hearing me
complain about a fellow lifeguard who was a complete jerk: “Paul, I think
you should be nice to Dan. I bet he doesn’t have very many friends.”

P.S. Make more ripples! Please forward an issue to your friends with a
personal note today!… Read More!

eRipples v2.34: Ripples of REFRAMING

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.34 [Monday, August 21, 2000]

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

“Stressed” spelled backwards is “Desserts!”
-original source unknown, submitted by Pam Su

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

Jack, bad things happen to good people for a reason.
This could be a defining moment in your life
and you have the chance to become one
of two types of people in this world:
A person who uses this as a crutch
or a person who grows stronger in spite of this.
-Karen L. Marsh, submitted by her son, Jack Marsh

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

This weekend brought the opportunity to spend some time in Sarasota,
Florida with the staff and volunteers who help make the “USA Tennis
Pathways Programs” a success in Florida. Among other topics, we explored
the value of seeing the positive sides of the “yucky stuff” that inevitably
happens in our lives.

At the end of the presentation I was rushing out to catch a flight and of
course the only draw bridge I had to cross had to be “up” as I approached.
I was so frustrated to be stuck on a gorgeous waterway on the Gulf of
Mexico in the middle of a beautiful sunny day; I mean REALLY could things
get any more inconvenient? This delay was going to mean less time sitting
in the airport before departing for a 6 hour journey to California in the
cramped quarters of an airplane that was made for 100 people and seats 200.
Get it? I did too, luckily, and transformed the moment into a last chance
to marvel at the white sand and sparkling blue water.

So tell me friend, what draw bridge is helping YOU see the sunshine?

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.32: Ripples of RICHES

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.32 [Monday, August 7, 2000]

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

We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give.
-Winston Churchill, submitted by Lin Hinds

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

How loudly we lament deprivations,
and how silent we stand
in the midst of riches
which no money could buy.
-found in the journal of Irving Vitse, a sewer worker from Mequon,
Wisconsin; submitted by his granddaughter, Bethany Kopp

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

I have been enjoying this fabulous summer by transforming my indoor
aerobics sessions into outdoor jogging excursions. The far end of my
usual loop takes me through some of the nicer neighborhoods in Madison with
gigantic homes and magnificent lawns that sit right on a our cozy downtown
lake. Every time I jog through, I find myself longing for the wealth that
these homeowners have acquired to maintain such opulent abodes.

Then some new friends treated me to an evening walk through Olbrich
Gardens, a beautiful public space here in Madison that our community
maintains with donations of time and money. As we strolled through a half
dozen awesome gardens, each with a distinctive array of plants from around
the world, I remembered that for just a few minutes of my time and an
occasional donation I can enjoy a wealth of beauty without buying an
expensive tract of land and spending a ton of money on taxes, upkeep, etc.
I can be rich right now! Woohoo!

I hope you can notice the nice stuff that is all around you this week! -ptw… Read More!

eRipples v2.31: Ripples of PERSPECTIVE

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.31 [Monday, July 31, 2000]

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

Two men look out through the same bars;
one sees mud, and one the stars.
-original source: Frederick Langbridge, submitted by Andrea

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

Three people were at work on a construction site.
All three were doing the same job,
but when asked what his job was, the answers varied:
“Breaking rocks,” the first replied
“Earning my living” the second said.
“Helping build a cathedral,” the third responded.
-original source: Peter Schultz, submitted by Lucia Patritto

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

I had a wonderful treat when I visited my good friends in Minnesota this
weekend. In honor of favorite son Charles Schulz, the creator of
“Peanuts,” the city of St. Paul commissioned 89 Snoopy statuettes and
invited artists to decorate them.

It was fascinating to drive around the neighborhoods and business districts
and enjoy the many titles and interpretations that evolved from the same
basic fiberglass structure. “Comic Relief” had hundreds of comic strips
pasted over the figurine, “Love Snoopy” was covered in hearts, while “Joy
to the World” included Snoopy holding a string of figures representing
people from around the world. My personal favorite, “Snoopy-Reflecting Us
All” used hundreds of mirror chips to create a dazzling “glitter dog.”

It was gazing into this statue that I recognized the immense power of
perspective. The spirit of Snoopy had a distinctive impact on all these
artists, compounded by the fact that each of these interpretations was
received differently by the thousands of locals and guests who are visiting
the display this summer. Same lovable dog, a zillion different reactions.

I hope you can spend a minute this week considering the immense power of
your perspective.

p.s. Long Live Snoopy!… Read More!

eRipples v2.19: Ripples of GUARDIANS

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eRipples: version 2.19 [Monday, May 8, 2000]

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

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it
and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
original source: The Talmud
submitted by: Jodi Cohen

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

Take this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

If this was easier, ponder this: The people who make a difference in your
life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the
most awards. They are the ones that care.
original source unknown
submitted by: Jeff Kuepper

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

Last week I shared with you my trip to the middle of Nowhere. Well, I
simply must tell you about the Somewhere I visited this weekend. After a
fabulous Thursday with 600 high school students and an invigorating Friday
with the northwest regional conference of the Association for Work site
Health Promotion, I spent the weekend exploring the magnificent natural
wonders and unique urban fabric of Portland, Oregon. A leisurely drive up
the Columbia River allowed me to enjoy a series of breathtaking waterfalls,
all of them causing an adrenaline rush, and one with a drop of over 700
feet! I also spent a few hours in a tranquil Japanese Garden and a lively
afternoon enjoying the sites, sounds and tastes (oh, the tastes) of
Portland.

The city seems to have done a remarkable job of creating a dense population
center (complete with skyscrapers, shopping centers, suburbs and a
fantastic mass transit system) that blends harmoniously with the unique
natural surroundings (dense temperate forests, snow-covered mountains, and
majestic waterways), In a particularly stunning view of the city from a
park that sits above this city, the tall buildings crop up beyond the
towering Pines as though they were working together to keep this community
in balance with the planet.

The scene sparked some curiosity in me: Could the things in life that
often appear to CONFLICT with each other actually work TOGETHER to make
things more peaceful? I hope you can spend some time this week exploring
ways to encourage harmony and balance in your everyday life.

Peace to you,
Paul
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Ripples v1.33

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Ripples, version 1.33 [8/30/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

Should you find yourself the victim
of other people’s bitterness,
ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse:
You could be them!!!
Original source unknown, Submitted by: Carol Satchell

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

walking along a wooded path early one morning shadowed by the twisted and
towering timbers i feared that my way would be lost. as my brow began to
sweat and my countenance fail, i remembered that it was not in seeing the
path, but in taking the next step that ours journeys are made real.
i’m not sure if the path miraculously became clear or my spirit simply
changed focus, but the trees no longer appeared ominous and daybreak came.
Written and submitted by: Toby Causby

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

My journeys this week have included a few new student orientations where I
have the challenge of helping college freshmen tackle their extreme
nervousness and transform it into extreme connections (connections to
people, to their surroundings, to the new ideas they will encounter, etc.).
I spent lots of time convincing them how important it is to make new
friends. It wasn’t until I sat down to create this week’s Ripples that I
realize I also need to tell them to remember the value of their old
friends.

I have had quite an adventure making new friends at University of Southern
Indiana and Indiana University this week. But it was equally fabulous to
connect with many old friends at Cardinal Stritch University and University
of Wisconsin – River Falls. I am remembering a song my sister used to sing
in Girl Scouts: “Make new friends, but keep the old ones…One is Silver
and the other Gold.”

Do us ALL a favor today and spend a moment connecting with an old friend,
and creating a new connection too!

Paul

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Ripples v1.32

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Ripples, version 1.32 [8/23/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

Total Number of Current Subscribers: 1474
Welcome to new subscribers from:
Indiana University – Bloomington, Recreational Sports
Indiana University – Kokomo
Central Missouri State University

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

Sucess has a price tag on it, and the tag reads:
‘Courage, determination, discipline, risk taking, perserance, and
consistency – doing the right things for the right reasons and not just
when we feel like it.’
Original Source: James M. Meston
Submitted by: Jeanne Ludjack

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

Value of a Smile
It costs nothing, but creates much.
It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash, and the memory of it sometimes last forever.
None are so rich that they can get along without it,
and none are so poor but are richer for a smile.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business,
and is the mark of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, Sunshine to the sad
and natures antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody until it is
given away.
And if it ever happens that some people should be too tired to give
you a smile, why not leave one of your own?
For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.

Original Source: unknown
Submitted by: John M McCulley

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

I’ve had a several challenges this week with my travels…..plenty of
flight delays and messed up reservations and inconsiderate service folks.
ARG! My sanity has been maintained by remembering Chutes and Ladders. Do
you remember playing that? Sometimes you landed on a ladder and you’d
could climb ahead. Eventually, though, there would be a chute that would
send you down a few pegs. In the long run, you move forward more than you
move back.

Enjoy today, whether you’ve landed on a chute or a ladder!

Paul
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Ripples v1.27

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Ripples, version 1.27 [7/19/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

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

If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your
heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart
is always full, and you can give things out of that.
Original Source: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Submitted by Kyle Erickson

BOULDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ <a bit long, but READ THIS!>

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on
Spreading – spreading from the centre, flowing on out to the sea
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading, from the centre as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you’ve started them to flow.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.
Original source unknown (Taken from a Camp Tawingo Publication entitled Spread
a Little Sunshine from Huntsville, Ontario, 1987), submitted by Laura Dicke

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

This week I returned from my mountain adventures via Duluth, Minnesota so I
could attend a conference of the National Coalition for Sex Equity in
Education. This annual meeting is filled with passionate people from
around the country who are committed to creating a positive learning
environment for ALL students. I was discouraged to learn that federal and
state laws are being passed every day that reduce funding and make it
harder to do this important work. At the same time, I was inspired to hear
details about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on peer harrassment
that will support efforts to build safe spaces for students.

I heard many people attempting to assess the current climate: is it
helpful or harmful? The conclusion some of us reached: it just IS the
current climate. There are some good things which serve to empower us, and
there are some bad things which can serve to challenge us to dig in our
heels and work even harder!

Is this a good time in YOUR life? Is this a bad time in YOUR life? Well,
perhaps it just IS a time in your life and YOU need to decide whether it is
empowering you or challenging you.

Whichever it is, I wish you success and happiness this week as I return to
Madison so I can sleep in my OWN bed with my OWN pillows!

-Paul… Read More!

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