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On 27 February 2015 - 5:05pm

skydiving-603639_640“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

- Ambrose Redmoon

What’s more important than fear?

Giving.

And that is what my grandmother Oma taught me, about the gift of Giving of Yourself, while on stage.  Let’s not be fearful about what the audience thinks; instead, we should focus on giving to our audience.

Oma was an amazing flute performer and teacher, one of the first women flutists at Julliard School.  She always told me: “It’s ok to have the butterflies. Just make them fly in formation.”  (More about Oma in my past entry  ...more

On 26 February 2015 - 5:05pm

dutch-615649_640“…The things people really want are love, connection, and purpose.”
-Mallika Chopra

That is indeed true wealth. It’s our family, our faith in Life, and our driving motivation — what makes us want to be here on earth.

First, love means we are all created to do something for others.   Whether it is our daughter, our dog, or the doorman — everyone needs kindness and love.

Then, we must dedicate ourselves to something positive and contributive, where our soul makes a difference.  That can be an organization, a person, or simply our commitment to a way of being.

Love and Purpose.  A fine way to live, and, enough to work ...more

On 25 February 2015 - 5:05pm

cross-66700_640“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” – Fulton Oursler

What can you let go of today?

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Charles Fulton Oursler (January 22, 1893 – May 24, 1952) was an American journalist, playwright, editor, and author of mysteries and detective fiction. He was raised in a devout Baptist family. His childhood passions of reading and stage magic led to crafting stories that combined magic and magicians. Notable works include “The Magician Detective,” Father Flanagan of Boy’s Town (later adapted into the 1938 movie Boys Town), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (adapted as the 1965 movie of ...more

On 23 February 2015 - 5:09pm

Frank_Sinatra2,_Pal_Joey“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
- Frank Sinatra

Many of us wish we could say that. :)  If we are trusting and calm in our thoughts, then we truly cannot be scared of anyone, or anything.

 

Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found unprecedented success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943 and released his first album The Voice of Frank Sinatra in ...more

On 20 February 2015 - 5:05pm

poppies-15923_640“And the Day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

-Anais Nin

There is certainly a time to “stay in your bud,” to hibernate. There are times when it is important to be quiet, reflective. In this space, one can hear the truth, and we can ask questions which gear us towards wise actions:

What shall I do for the next step to help further my business today?

What shall I do to help enhance my relationship with my husband?

What shall I do to help bring peace into a colleague’s day?

Perhaps…. it is slowing down.  It is ...more

On 19 February 2015 - 5:05pm

clasped-hands-541849_640“…It is to One’s Glory to Overlook an Offense.”
-Proverbs 19:11 (New International Version)

Live in that Glory. It’s an honor, a reverence for oneself and for others, to look up and over the offense. Let’s not stare at it, contemplate it, look down at  it in dismay.  Can you look forward rather than rehearse the past?

It is a tough call, especially if we are hurt.   But it’s a good principle at work and home.  A beautiful standard to which we can aspire in life.

Let’s move forward to what’s next: There is another Act opening soon. Let’s embrace it with positive expectation!

Proverbs 19:11 ...more

On 18 February 2015 - 5:05pm

mountaineer-56693_640I’ve often spoken about my journey in finding my calling. I am so fortunate to love what I do, every day.  And with that gift, I want to vigorously help others.   I am passionate about serving UniversalGiving every day, helping people connect with quality ways to give and volunteer all across the world.

I am equally passionate about helping others find something they love to do.  It lights your life up. You become the best, most sincere, intelligent, fun and delightful person, if you can engage with your calling.

People hear me speak with joy and clarity about my calling. Yet they think my ...more

On 17 February 2015 - 5:05pm

summer-69761_640“Successful couples are savvy. They read books, attend seminars, browse Web articles and observe other successful couples. However, successful couples will tell you that they also learn by experience – trial and error.

Here are ten principles of success I have learned from working with and observing hundreds of couples:

1. Happiness is not the most important thing. Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away.

2. Couples discover the value in just showing up. When things get tough and couples don’t know what to do, they need to hang in there ...more

On 13 February 2015 - 5:00pm

jump-628431_640“We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”

- Daniel Todd Gilbert, psychologist

Let’s be grateful for all the happiness in our lives today. To truly cherish family, call a long-lost friend, or spend less time on work — and more time on someone.  

All the ‘someones’ in our lives are what give us joy.   Appreciate!

Love, Pamela

 

Daniel Todd Gilbert (born November 5, 1957) is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research ( ...more

On 12 February 2015 - 5:05pm

family-eating-at-the-table-619142_640“…they’ve done studies on children who are required to sit down at the family table and those who are not.  And the ones who are score higher academically; they’re more well adjusted.”

- Paula Deen, Food Network Star

Sit down, be present, share.   It’s not just about community, about family… but also about being the best we can be.  Sitting down at the table with your loved ones for a mealtime shares love, and, helps you reach your goals!

Deen was born Paula Hiers in Albany, Georgia, the daughter of Corrie A. (née Paul) and Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr.  ...more