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eRipples v2.42: Ripples of POTENTIAL

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.42 [Monday, October 16, 2000]

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

We know what we are,
but know not what we may be.
-William Shakespeare, submitted by Andrea Wiebe

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

Listen
to your heart;
finding out who you are
is not simple.

It takes time
for the chatter to quiet down.

In the silence of “not doing,”
we begin to know
what we feel.

If we listen and hear
what is being offered,
then everything in life
can be our guide.

Listen.
-Sue Bender, “Plain and Simple” submitted to Ripples by Su… Read More!

eRipples v2.25: Ripples of IMPERFECTION

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eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.25 [Monday, June 19, 2000]

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

Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
original source unknown, submitted by Maureen Colburn

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

We are all imperfect.

What we need to achieve is the courage to accept imperfection. This is
one of the most encouraging concepts, and yet one of the hardest to achieve
in our society. There isn’t a perfect human being in the world, yet
everyone is demanding it of themselves and others. We set ourselves up for
disappointment and frustrations because of this impossible ideal of
perfection. Improvement, yes. Perfection, no.

In our society we are taught to be ashamed of mistakes. We should instead
learn to be excited about mistakes as opportunities to learn. It is much
easier to recognize and take responsibility for a mistake when it is seen
as a learning opportunity rather than something bad. If we see mistakes as
bad we tend to feel inadequate and discouraged and to become defensive,
evasive, judgmental, and critical. On the other hand, when mistakes are
seen as opportunities to learn, recognizing them will be seem like an
exciting venture. “What can I learn from this mistake”.
-submitted by: Margaret Sweeney, original source:
one of Margaret’s co-workers

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

In addition to spending three days with an awesome group of adult educators
in Bozeman, Montana, I also spent a couple of days this week with a very
fun bunch of school administrators from Racine, Wisconsin. Both groups
spent a bit of time discussing role models, and upon my return home from
the hectic week I plopped down in front of the TV and clicked upon a
documentary about one of my role models, John Denver. It was exciting to
learn about his path from the son of an Air Force pilot to a hit singer.
It was also quite disturbing to hear about his shadow side and I went to
bed thoroughly frustrated with his actions toward his wife and children as
well as the inconsistencies between his idealized songs and his imperfect
life.

I woke up the next morning remembering a definition that I had shared both
in Bozeman and Racine: a role model is somone who has SOMETHING you
admire, not necessarily EVERYTHING! I suppose it would be grand to believe
in these flawless heros who have affected our society. The danger is that
those pedestals make them seem so much removed from us “regular” folks.
Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor
Roosevelt all had something in common besides being heroes of mine. They
were HUMAN! They made errors of judgment at times and that does not have
to detract from their incredible achievements!

Spend some time this week being more patient with your imperfection. You
are in good company!

Paul… Read More!

eRipples v2.17: Ripples of LIMITS

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eRipples: version 2.17 [Monday, April 24, 2000]

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

We teach best what we most need to learn.
-Richard Bach

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

I found my limit!

In all the joy and adventures of my recent travels and with all of the fun
and excitement of being around some truly remarkable souls, I was spending
a bit more time telling OTHERS about the importance of self care skills
than I was UTILIZING self care skills. It caught up with me as I was
“invited” to spend a week in bed feeling YUCKY.

Thankfully I am back on the mend, beginning to feel like my old self again.

HOWEVER, I have been reminded that we each have LIMITS and no matter how
valiantly the effort, my body, mind, and spirit will do what they must to
ensure that I occasionally spend some time taking care of myself.

Do yourself a favor and spend the time on YOU before your body steps in to
slow you down!

Happy Easter!

-Paul

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Ripples v1.10

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Ripples, version 1.10 [3/22/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup
Seminars

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

Develop your imagination.
You can use it to create in your mind
what you hope to create in your life.
Original Source: First Thinks First Every Day, by Stephen R. Covey, A.
Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
Submitted by: Lori Reed

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

To tack a boat,
To sail a zigzag course
is not to deny our destination or our destiny,
despite how it may appear to those who never dare
to take the tiller in their hand.

Just the opposite:
it is to recognize the obstacles that stand between ourselves
and where we want to go,
and then to maneuver with patience and fortitude,
making the most of each leg of our journey
until we reach our landfall.

Original Source: A Panel on the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Submitted by: Eric Tammes

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

Last Thursday was a double delight day in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin where I
spent an afternoon with (another) fine group of Public Safety
Telecommunicators and then bipped over to huddle with the crew from
Lutheran Social Services. Both of the workshops were on compassion fatigue
and combatting burnout, and we included a module on setting healthy
boundaries. The dictionary has this to say about boundaries: limit; an
extent beyond which an activity or function cannot or should not take
place. We helpers are not very good at saying NO because we want to please
EVERYONE. But if we extend ourselves too far, we are no good for ANYONE.
Do you need to set some limits this week? GO FOR IT!

Peace to you! -ptw

Copyright 1999 Stone Soup Seminars
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Ripples v1.09

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Ripples, version 1.09 [3/15/99]: An electronic postcard from Stone Soup Seminars

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

Know your limits and don’t limit your Nos.
Original Source: unknown
Submitted by Chris Hageman

REFLECTION ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Some days are better than others,
and some days are best forgotten,
but as the fading light marks the days end,
think on the good things in life,
things innocent and true,
and fall asleep dreaming of the promise tomorrow brings.
Original Source: Expect Good Things by Lynne Gerard
Submitted by: Laura M. Bethke

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

I spent Friday of this week helping a passionate group develop a staff
retreat that will take place in May. Of course we are planning plenty of
team building activities, and we have some goals about exploring customer
service and getting the whole team involved. We were also trying to figure
out how to classify the “fun” parts of the retreat. Should it go under the
“team building part,” because effective teams have fun together? Or should
it go in the “customer service” part because employees give better service
when they are having fun. Someone who had been fairly quiet for most of
the day asked, “What about fun just for the sake of having fun?” And we
knew she hit on something awesome! Fun is important because, well, because
Fun is important! YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Have some fun this week, not because
it will make you a better person or more effective in your work. Have some
fun just to have some fun!

Peace to you! -ptw

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