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Ripples #588: Lose to Win!

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Ripples #588: Lose to Win!
For our tribe of 25,801 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
8/30/2010

PEBBLE:
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-Lao Tzu, submitted by Linn W., Milwaukee WI

BOULDER:
There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss;
and there is no loss without pain. Every change involves a loss of some
kind: You must let go of old ways in order to experience the new. We fear
these losses, even if our old ways were self-defeating, because, like a worn
out pair of shoes, they were at least comfortable and familiar.
-Rick Warren, submitted by Rachel K., LaBelle FL

PONDER:
It is holding you back more than you realize. It might be a belief, a
routine, a perspective, a pattern. That was the way it has always been,
that was the way you were taught by your elders. It may have been the right
way AND it might be time for a new way. If the idea of letting it go is
really scary, then perhaps dare yourself just to set it aside for a few
months to see what new possibilities might open up when you clear out the
spaces in your heart, your mind, and/or your schedule which currently hold
“the old way.” Gently remind yourself that you can always go back and
retrieve it if “the new way” doesn’t produce the results you desire.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #584: Keep On Moving!

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Ripples #584: Keep On Moving! [2 Aug 2010]The Ripples Project: 25,847 busy people who make time for kindness.

PEBBLE:
You will never reach your destination if you
stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
-Winston Churchill, submitted by Nick P., NJ

BOULDER:
Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough
to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the
pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.
-Jesse Jackson, submitted by Kalea A., Chico CA

PONDER:
Life for me has been crazy and loud lately. Lots of stuff going on, lots
of background noise, lots of “dogs barking” (not Grendel, of course). Some
of you know I’m not shy about extroverting one of my favorite mantras, “Let
It Go!” or “L.I.G.” for short.

I’ve been pondering and loving the Churchill quote in this week’s Pebble
for several weeks because it reminds me that being RIGHT about something
doesn’t necessarily I should let someone or something linger in my soul if
it is frustrating me. Life is full, life is crazy full, right? So let’s
strive this week to move past the barking dogs and focus on the fun stuff.

I’m in. Are you?

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v11.43: Seeking Revenge!

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Ripples v11.43: Seeking Revenge!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 24,058
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
Monday, November 2, 2009

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PEBBLE
The only people with whom
you should try to get even
are those who have helped you.
-May Maloo, submitted by Noel R., Milwaukee WI
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BOULDER
My grandfather took me to the fish pond on the farm when I was about seven, and he told me to throw a stone into the water. He told me to watch the circles created by the stone. Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone person. You may create lots of splashes in your life but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb the peace of all your fellow creatures, he said. Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle and that circle will also touch many other circles. You will need to live in a way that allows the good that comes from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others. The splash that comes from anger or jealousy will send those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both. That was the first time I realized each person creates the inner peace or discord that flows out into the world. We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with inner conflict, hatred, doubt, or anger. We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside, whether we speak them or not. Whatever is splashing around inside of us is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord with all other circles of life. Remember the eternal wisdom: Whatever You Focus On Expands.
-source unknown, submitted by Barbara R., Saint Paul MN

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PONDER
The boulder is awesome and longer; since I strive to make each issue a one minute read, this leaves me just enough time to write: create some Ripples this week by seeking revenge for some kindness done to you recently. Pay it back, pay it forward, or pay it sideways. Just keep the kindness flowing!
Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v11.28: Packing for Today!

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Ripples v11.28: Packing for Today!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 22,458
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
Monday, July 20, 2009

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PEBBLE
What do you pack to pursue a dream,
and what do you leave behind?
-Sandra Sharpe

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BOULDER
Every morning, every day, we leave our houses, not knowing if it will be for the last time, and we decide what we’ll take with us, what we’ll carry: how much integrity, how much truth-telling, how much compassion (in case somebody along the way may need some), how much arrogance, how much anger, how much humor, how much willingness to change or be changed, to grow and to be grown. How much faith and hope, how much love and gratitude; you pack these with your lunch and medications, your date book and your papers. Every day, we gather what we think we’ll need, pick up what we love and all that we so far believe, put on our history, shoulder our experience and memory, take inventory of our blessings, and we start walking toward morning.
-Victoria Safford, submitted by Terry H., Franklin WI

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PONDER
I can tell from the large volume of “out of office auto-replies” I’ve been receiving over the past several weeks that many members of our Ripples tribe have embarked on vacation adventures. I thought this week’s theme might be an especially fresh metaphor to consider, and I hope you can spend time this week pondering what you carry around with you on a daily basis. Just like your last trip, you may find that you consistently pack way too much of some things that aren’t particularly helpful (e.g. jealously, anger, fear) and perhaps forgetting to include some of the really useful treasures that could help make your journey a more exciting adventure (hope, patience, presence).

And whether your travels are literal or metaphorical, I hope yours are filled with joy and learning. Oh, and something else too:

PEACE!

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v9.53: Release the Familiar!

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Ripples v9.53: Release the Familiar!
12/31/07: a free weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

____________________PEBBLE ____________________

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-Lao Tzu, submitted by Linn W., Milwaukee WI

____________________BOULDER ____________________

We must be willing
to get rid of
the life we planned
so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.
-Joseph Campbell, submitted by Tracy D., Billings MT

____________________PONDER ____________________

For many of us, this is a time to take stock of the past 12 months and ponder what the new year might hold. If you are planning to create some resolutions, I hope you will choose at least one that will surprise yourself and your close friends. If you aren’t into the resolution thing, no worries of course! You can still spend some time this week examining the expectations that you and others have created for your life. Perhaps there are a few that need a little tweaking and maybe one or two need to be thrown out all together. RELEASE THE FAMILIAR and get ready for something new in 2008!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v9.33: Pulling Apart!

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Ripples v9.33: Pulling Apart!
8/13/07: a free weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project

____________________PEBBLE ____________________

It’s never easy to leave your family to attend college or take a new job.
However, the rest of the world benefits because
a little of piece of that town and all of its inhabitants are carried with you.
-unknown blogger, submitted by Heather S., Beaumont TX

____________________BOULDER ____________________

Letting go is seldom easy-
whether it’s letting go of our children,
our parents, or our childhood feelings.
But just as the root systems of plants
often have to be divided
for healthy growth to continue,
the different generations within a family
may have to pull apart for a while
for each to find its own healthy identity.
-Fred Rogers, submitted by Toni W., McHenry IL

____________________PONDER ____________________

Many of us are in “back to school” mode and if you (or a family member or friend) are a student, educator or school administrator, the fall semester can be a difficult time. This is especially true when it creates a new chapter in your life: new school, new job, etc. Change is usually challenging because we are grieving the loss of “the way things were” and we just aren’t sure what things are going like. I hope you remember that ever since the day you were born you have been constantly adapting and growing and changing. You are better at it than you realize!

So if you or someone you know is about to start a new chapter, remember to pack a little piece of the past and accept this truth: the journey make temporarily pull you apart from loved ones AND it may also help you find new people to love!

Get ready, get set, PULL!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v7.38: Ripples of LETTING GO!

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Ripples v7.38: Ripples of LETTING GO!
October 10, 2005
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=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

There is an important difference between giving up and letting go.
-Jessica Hatchigan, submitted by Mia W., Greensboro NC

=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= BOULDERS =o=o=o=o=o=o=o

Letting go is like releasing a tight spring at the core of yourself,
one you’ve spent your whole life winding and maintaining.
When you let go, you grow still and quiet.
You learn to sit among the cornstalks and wait with God.
-Sue Monk Kidd, submitted by Ruth M., Janseville WI

To live in this world you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, let it go.
-Mary Oliver, submitted by Terry D., Appleton WI

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

If you are like me, the simple act of reading the above quotes could cause you to exhale, drop your shoulders, and lift your spirits. Sometimes I treat my brain like an attic and my heart becomes a spare bedroom closet. Each in their own way become storage areas for past hurts that I was not ready to part with when I placed them there. Deep wounds, shallow slights, and losses both significant and tiny have found their way into my psyche like the cardboard packaging from old purchases. It may be smart to store them for a while just in case we need to re-use them. At some point, though, if we don’t clean out our storage areas, we are unable to find room for new things!

I challenge you to spend some time this week cleaning out your psychic storage. You may choose to purge some past pain or anger, and remember that you don’t necessarily have to throw them all away. Perhaps you have been storing a past relationship in a “this was a horrible time in my life” container when it may be time to wrap it in tissue and move it into a box labeled “some good times and valuable lessons stored here.” You may discover a stack of “to worry about” that can be completely tossed out or at least whittled down to a smaller pile. Whether you’re eliminating, paring down, or simply rearranging, I hope you ponder the difference between GIVING UP and LETTING GO!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v7.11: Ripples of SLOWING DOWN!

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Ripples v7.11: Ripples of SLOWING DOWN!
Monday, March 14, 2005
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=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

Slow down and everything you are chasing
will come around and catch you.
-John De Paola, submitted by Pat J., Wauwatosa WI

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

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
Simply put, take a few minutes daily
to ponder what is worthwhile about living.

Stop whirling about like a pinwheel
long enough to come to a rest
and consider your next action.

Just what is it you want to do?
What do you need for the sake of your soul?
-Luci Swindoll, submitted by Julie G., New Richmond WI

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

This week included a quick trip south to Orlando to help out with CUNA Mutual Group’s National Staff Summit. When I arrived at the hotel, I was delighted to bump into a good friend of mine who was also scheduled to present. The stars had aligned just right, as we were both presenting all morning and then had the afternoon off. After we wrapped up our presentations and stashed our stuff, we escaped the hotel for a mini-adventure and discovered a quiet spot for a relaxing lunch and chat. Then, after a leisurely drive, we spotted an ice cream stand that was shaped like, what else, an ice cream cone! The treat was a perfect way to end our outing.

The food was yummy, and of course the company was delightful. The magic, however, was not where we went or what we talked about; I believe the act of slowly meandering through the afternoon without a deadline or destination was among the most powerful relaxation exercises I’ve ever attempted!

We live in a world that values fast and furious, while our souls crave slow and steady. I urge you to take an hour (or perhaps even a WHOLE DAY!) this week to s-l-o-w—d-o-w-n and see what extraordinary things may happen. Get away from your phone, email, TV, etc., and just ahhhhhh.

And hey, I think we finally fixed our Community Website! Test it out by reacting to this week’s issue online:
http://TheRipplesProject.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=139

Peace,
Paul

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Ripples v7.10: Ripples of FORGIVENESS!

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Ripples v7.10: Ripples of FORGIVENESS!
Monday, March 7, 2005
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=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), submitted by Jen C., Madison WI

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

Here is a mental treatment guaranteed
to cure every ill that flesh is heir to:

sit for half an hour every night and
mentally forgive everyone against whom
you have any ill will or antipathy.
-Charles Fillmore, submitted by Pat J., Waukesha WI

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

This week included an opportunity to visit with my friends who serve on the Diversity Council at Duke Realty. In our efforts to understand why well-intentioned people sometimes make insensitive comments that can offend or hurt their co-workers, we explored the possibility that most people are doing the very best they can. It doesn’t mean we tolerate inappropriate language or actions. It does mean we may find more power in the perception that individuals are more often thoughtlessly unkind rather than intentionally mean.

Of course we are all guilty of thoughtless words/actions that have caused unintended pain, and I wonder if you could help me declare this week “Forgiveness Week!” Choose your goal: ask someone to forgive you for a mistake you made, or forgive someone who has wronged you. This may harder than you think, so perhaps start small and if it feels right then expand the forgiveness to someone else.

Peace,

Paul… Read More!

Ripples v6.37: Ripples of LETTING GO!

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Ripples v6.37: Ripples of LETTING GO!
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=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PEBBLE =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
-source unknown, submitted by Sharon S., Indianapolis, IN

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

Let Go of the Past
Let go…of guilt; it’s okay to make the same mistakes again.
Let go…of obsessions; they seldom turn out the way you planned.
Let go…of hate; it’s a waste of love.
Let go…of blaming others; you are responsible for your own destiny.
Let go…of fantasies; so reality can come true.
Let go…of self-pity; someone else may need you.
Let go…of wanting; cherish what you have.
Let go…of fear; it’s a waste of faith.
Let go…of despair; change comes from acceptance and forgiveness.
Let go…of the past; the future is here – right now.
-Kathleen O’Brien, submitted by Yvette K., Whitemater, WI

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

This week we welcome some folks who help keep the state of Washington up and running. At the
Executive Assistants Group Conference we spent some time exploring what tasks we needed to spend
less time on so we could have more time for the people and activities we would like more time for. I
was thinking about this today as I prepared to organize some of my storage closets that have become a
bit messy; a task that always starts out with throwing out old STUFF that I just don’t need to keep
anymore.

So, my ripply friend, I wonder if you might have some OLD STUFF in your head or your heart or your
soul that might need to be thrown away to make room for renewed energy and passion? I challenge
you this week to spend a few moments writing down a quick list of STUFF that has been weighing you
down, and then shred it or burn it or crumple it up and LET GO!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

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