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Ripples #1016: Whole Heart Service!

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Ripples #1016: Whole Heart Service!
Nov 12, 2018

PEBBLE
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind. -Pearl Buck, shared by Danny in Brookings, SD

BOULDER
The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: he or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.
-Gordon B. Hinckley, shared by Joan in South Bend, IN via values.com

PONDER

Today is a holiday for many of us since yesterday was the 100th anniversary of what was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. Now referred to as Remembrance Day in Canada and many other countries, and Veteran’s Day in the U.S., it remains an important day to recognize the sacrifices involved by those who have served their country.

One way of honoring the service of our veterans is to renew our own commitment to service. Let’s make this an opportunity to think about the individuals and groups we give our time, attention, and/or money to; noticing if there is anyone who has inadvertently fallen off our radar, and also identifying people/groups we haven’t previously served that could use our help. And it doesn’t work to just think about it: once you find a whole heart yes to service, follow through with concrete action!

I dedicate this issue of Ripples to veterans for their whole heart service, and to others who are inspired to give back as a way of paying it forward.

Peace,

Paul
The Ripples Guy
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Ripples #985: Helper’s High!

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Ripples #985: Helper’s High!
April 9, 2018

PEBBLE
Shine your light so life is brighter;
get a helper’s high…you’ll feel lighter.
-Marie Toole, written and shared by Marie in Delray Beach, FL

BOULDER
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
-Jane Goodall, shared by Scott in Madison, WI

PONDER

I’m quite confident that most of our regular Ripplers are already well aware of the benefits of unleashing ripples of compassion and kindness. We are the type of folks who figured out a long time ago that doing good for others not only makes karmic sense, it feels good!

Still, it is inevitable that life sometimes gets so full and so stressful that we occasionally drift away from our good intentions of helping others and we forget about the hidden treasures to be found while serving: the perspective shift that comes from seeing the challenges that others are facing; gratitude for the many good things in our own lives that we sometimes take for granted; the renewed sense of community that grows when we recognize that we’re all in this together and we all sometimes need a helping hand.

If it has been a while, keep your eyes open for someone who needs a little extra help. If you’ve been doing a good job of helping others lately, perhaps you can keep your eyes open for someone doing a kind deed and taking a moment to thank them for their efforts. It will compound the helper’s high!

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Of course, it is important to remember that there is such a thing as TOO MUCH when it comes to helping others, and we have to keep in mind that without building boundaries and recognizing limits, we put ourselves at risk of compassion fatigue and/or caregiver burnout. Help others in the right amount so your Helper’s High doesn’t cause a crash and burn!… Read More!

Ripples #959: Giving of Ourselves.

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Ripples #959: Giving of Ourselves.
Oct 9, 2017

PEBBLE
The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give…The reaction is greater than the action.
-Orison Swett Marden, shared by Heather in Onalaska, WI (who posted this in her work space as a daily reminder to be mindful of giving to others)

BOULDER
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving….
-Albert Einstein, shared by Janice in South Lyon, MI

PONDER
Many moons ago when I lived in Madison and was just embarking on my adventures as a leadership trainer and keynote speaker, I did some work for a couple of organizations that serve credit unions (CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group). Two decades later, I still get to spend quite a bit of time with credit unions on certain holidays (MLK Days, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, etc.). Today (Columbus Day for some, Indiginous Day for others) is another of those, and as you read this I’ll be making some new friends at Class Act Federal Credit Union in Kentucky.

I decided to pair these quotes and unleash them today as a tribute to credit union teams and others whose work is about GIVING OF OURSELVES. as a really cool bonus, both of these quotes were submitted by credit union employees: yay for synchronicity!

So, to all who spend their days giving to others: thank you. I hope you recognize the significant difference your contributions make in the lives of others, and I hope that at least occasionally you get a peek at how your gifts are valued by the people you serve.

Peace,

Paul
The Ripples Guy… Read More!

Ripples #918: Doing The Dance!

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Ripples #918: Doing The Dance!
Dec 26, 2016

PEBBLE
Life can not give me joy and peace,
it is up to me to will it.
Life just gives me time and space,
it is up to me to fill it.
-William James, shared by Ann (Gulf Shores, AL)

BOULDER
I serve. I do the dance I must. I plant trees, but I am not the doer of this work. I am the facilitator, the instrument—I am one part of the symphony. I know there is an overall scheme to this symphony that I cannot understand. In some way, we are each playing our own part. It is not for me to judge or criticize the life or work of another. All I know is that this is my dance. I would plant trees today even if I knew for certain that the world would end tomorrow. -Balbir Matbur Source: Heron Dance interview (Issue 11), shared by Mandy, Columbus, OH perry1833@yahoo.com

PONDER
It is natural to seek joy and peace and love during the holidays; I just happen to think that we too often and too easily forget they can be tricky to find while looking for them. Joy and peace are much easier to experience when we are busy cultivating them and giving them away.

What could you do this week to facilitate joy, peace, and love this week? The gifts you’re able to give freely will come back as among the most precious and satisfying gifts you’ll ever receive: a bounty of joy, peace, and love that will replenish even the most weary and broken of hearts.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy

P.S. Can you believe this is the last Monday of 2016? I’ll be back next year with 52 more splashes of inspiration and I’d be most honored if you renewed your commitment to share a few issues with your friends AND to keep your eye out for powerful quotes to submit for future rippling. Thanks, team!… Read More!

Ripples #841: Living In Community!

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Ripples #841: Living In Community!
July 6, 2015

PEBBLE
Community is not just where you live,
it’s how you live with other people.
-Tommy Rueff, Happen INC.
seen on a 4th of July Parade Float in Northside community, Cincinnati, OH

BOULDER
Don’t overlook the significance of your smallest opportunities for civilized behavior throughout each day. The future has no bigger moments than we experience right now. The world changes for the better with every act of kindness, and for the worse with every act of cruelty. The future is nothing grander than the very next moment, and it arrives solely from the present.
-Bo Lozoff, shared by Brett in Madison, WI

PONDER
There are some really BIG challenges facing us in this world: climate change, global economics, religious and political conflicts, poverty, etc. These can tempt us to throw our hands in the air and give up because, well, “What can I do?”

A lot, it turns out. Our most significant challenges are borne out of countless smaller actions that combine into bigger consequences. And every single time you’re able to extend compassion, kindness, patience, and/or support to those around you in need, you create tiny solutions that can merge into solid reasons for hope.

This week as you move through the communities in which you work, live, and play, keep an eye out for examples of individuals and groups who are making things better. Perhaps you can take a moment to thank them, or maybe even let their example inspire you to take some specific actions to be part of things getting better.

Peace,
Paul
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I received significantly more feedback last week than usual; most people enjoyed the issue and some folks had concerns. I’ll continue to ask patience from all parties as our society continues a relatively rapid culture shift, and gently remind us all that change is a process that includes stages similar to grief. Some of the indignation, frustration, and devastation you’re observing may be expressions of denial, anger, and sadness that, once acknowledged, might help individuals and organizations move towards acceptance if not approval. Namaste… Read More!

Ripples #759: Ripples for Madiba.

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Ripples #759:  Ripples for Madiba.

For our tribe of busy people who believe in
unleashing Ripples of compassion & kindness: uRock!
9 Dec 2013

PEBBLES:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains,
but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
-Nelson Mandela

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
-Nelson Mandela

BOULDERS:
Mr. Mandela was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge.
-Muhammad Ali

He transcended race and class in his personal actions, through his warmth and through his willingness to listen and to empathize with others. He taught us that to respect those with whom we are politically or socially or culturally at odds is not a sign of weakness, but a mark of self-respect.
-Desmond Tutu

PONDER:
Nelson Mandela chose to leave behind 27 years of bitterness when he regained his freedom after almost three decades of imprisonment; a choice that revealed remarkable courage and determination.  South Africa was transformed because of his leadership and because he inspired others to collaborate instead of compete with their adversaries.  People around the world revere this Nobel Peace Prize winner, and I’m confident he will endure as one of the most respected political leaders of our time.  I think unfortunately there have been many missed opportunities to follow his remarkable example. Our reactions to social crises (terrorism, crime, poverty, political unrest, natural disasters, etc.) both at home and abroad might all improve significantly if we more stridently commit to the difficult work of focusing on our shared humanity.

I believe Nelson Mandela would be much less interested in our veneration of him and much more interested in our renewed commitment to magnify our empathy, compassion and the persistent pursuit of peace in both our personal and public lives.  I challenge us all to seek concrete ways to honor his passing, whether that be making peace with someone nearby (colleague, neighbor, etc.), working harder to understand the perspective of those who disagree with you, or renewing your determination to accomplish something for the greater good.

Don’t just mourn Nelson Mandela;
decide to honor him with change.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples #727: Leading by Serving.

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Ripples #727: Leading by Serving.
For our tribe of 30,767 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
April 29, 2013

PEBBLE:
You can’t lead people
if you don’t love people.
You can’t save people
if you don’t serve people.
-Congresswoman Julia Carson, shared by Karla in Indianapolis, IN

BOULDER:
We must be silent before we can listen.
We must listen before we can learn.
We must learn before we can prepare.
We must prepare before we can serve.
We must serve before we can lead.
-William Arthur Ward, shared by Bruce in Milwaukee, WI

PONDER:
It can be tempting to view leadership simply as being in charge or in control. From my earliest leadership roles in scouting to my current work as a leadership trainer, I have learned from countless role models that effective leaders usually earn the respect and trust of their teams by demonstrating authenticity, compassion, and a willingness to work as hard or harder than they expect others to. Is there anything you could do this week to extend your leadership capacity through compassionate service to others?

Peace,
Paul
P.S. Speaking of scouting: I am proud to be a gay Eagle Scout who believes our world is improved whenever we bring our FULL and BEST selves to work, school, and life. Some of my fellow Eagle Scouts and I have teamed up to raise awareness and funds to end discrimination in scouting. Please watch this video (especially if you’re a Zach Wahls fan) and consider pitching in to create more ripples of leadership. Let me know if you donate because Zach and I intend to match it! http://youtu.be/pMmKNYjBlUc… Read More!

Ripples #679: Heroes.

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Ripples #679: Heroes.
For our tribe of 30,891 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
05/29/2012

PEBBLE:
Heroes are people who rise to the occasion
and then slip quietly away.
-Tom Brokaw, submitted by Brian in Evansville, IN

BOULDERS:
The primordial soup that creates heroes
never tastes of rainbows–
it’s a lumpy gumbo of suffering and evil.
Heroes are born from darkness,
because we desperately need
someone to light the way.
-Dave Kosak, submitted by Nick in New Jersey

PONDER:
If you’re still savoring the holiday weekend, please find a moment to remember that Memorial Day, in addition to our “kick off the summer” here in the U.S., is also a chance to honor fallen soldiers who gave their lives so that we may continue to enjoy our many freedoms. If you’re back to school/work/life after the holiday weekend, there is still time to recognize soldiers and other heroes who have improved our lives.

And while you’re at it, keep your eyes open this week for an opportunity to be there for someone else. Whether it is a quick favor or a significant sacrifice, and with my apologies to Tina Turner, we are always in need of more heroes1

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v11.15: Paying the Rent!

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Ripples v11.15: Paying the Rent!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 22,208
who believe tiny actions create big possibilities
1999-2009: 10 years of Ripples!

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PEBBLE
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time.
-Marian Wright Edelman, submitted by Mary G., Peoria AZ

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BOULDER
When you serve others
you really serve yourself.
It isn’t so much
the reaction you will see,
but the reaction
you will feel within yourself.
-source unknown, submitted by anonymous Ripples subscriber

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PONDER

Service comes in all shapes and sizes.

It can be the traditional philanthropy where we choose a person or organization in need and give time or money. It can also be part of our job to help customers, employees, co-workers, or others. Service can even be the way we choose to interact with each person we encounter. When you put on your “community service” or “work” hats on, I suspect it is fairly easy for you to be kind, generous, warm, and giving. What about the other opportunities in your daily life to serve others? Standing in line, driving, shopping, or just walking along: if you stay present and make eye contact with those around you, it is possible you will identify someone who needs a quick favor, a kind word, or just a warm smile. Please take extra care this week to notice opportunities to serve!

Please send some good energy my way as I make my first “beta stop” on the uROCK! Roadtrip. I’ll visit Milwaukee this Wednesday to present a workshop for a business networking group AND stopping at a coffee shop afterwards for a “Ripples MeetUp” (contact me if you’re in the Milwaukee area and interested in more info!). I’ll be sharing my experiences with photos, texts, and blogs so tune in to http://uROCKroadtrip.com or make sure you’re connected to me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter.

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

Ripples v10.03: Dr. King!

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Ripples v10.03: Dr. King!
Jan 21, 2008: a free weekly splash to 17,921 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project

____________________PEBBLE ____________________

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Judy A., Carbondale IL.

____________________BOULDER ____________________

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve.
You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You don’t have to know about Aristotle and Plato to serve …
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., submitted by Allison T., San Luis Obispo CA

____________________PONDER ____________________

Some of us have the day off as the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King day, and I hope EVERYONE can take a few minutes to notice how many great things are happening, in part because Dr. King’s words and actions are still echoing throughout our society.

We are not where we should be in terms of nurturing a diverse society AND we are so much farther along because of powerful voices like Dr. King’s.

Celebrate this important day by speaking up for someone else and/or listening carefully to someone who is doing the same!

Peace,
Paul… Read More!

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