The Classic Pamela Positive: Juliana Margulies – Smile at A Stranger, and The Important Reason Why

“Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.”  — Juliana Margulies

I love this quote. The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy.  Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being.  And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out:  It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness and loving kindness.  That’s reason enough. :)

Juliana Margulies is an American actress who achieved success as a regular character on ER, for which she received an Emmy.  More recently, she took the lead role in The Good Wife, and has received a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards.  She grew up in New York, the daughter of Jewish immigrants.  She is married to Keith Lieberthal, and they have one young son.

In Today’s Global Atmosphere of Highly Polarized Viewpoints, We Can’t Afford to Tolerate Divisiveness

“In today’s global atmosphere of highly polarized viewpoints, we can’t afford to tolerate divisiveness, even in small instances.”

This is a great quote that I ran across.

What are you entertaining in your heart right now?

The thought of a beautiful day…
or an unkind comment?

Gratitude you spoke with your mom
or overwhelmed by all your email?

Appreciation of the refreshing rain
or grumpy about a grey day?

Upset about a colleague’s comments
or compassion that perhaps they are troubled by something else, other than you?

Rankled by our government’s excesses
or grateful for a free country?

Appreciative of breathing and be alive
or just feeling down, for no reason?

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Don’t divide yourself from anyone — or anything — by thinking something divisive. Find the good!

The Classic Pamela Positive: Start by Listening

“My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story…   This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko

Master designer Jun Kaneko provides the design for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute…and what a powerful way he envisages how to create this vision for us all.  It’s synergistic, based on pulling all elements together and starting with one of the most important qualities…listening.

Jun Kaneko is a Japanese-American visual artist, with sculptures and other artwork in more than 50 museums.  He has previously worked on opera productions for Madama Butterfly and Fidelio.  He was the Production Designer for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, in June 2012.

OVERTURN YOUR LIFE Bouleversement

I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur.
-Grey T. Full

Are you praying for something specific?   It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.   

A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart….

If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn.

Pray on a higher level and transform the world!

                                                                     

The Classic Pamela Positive: Dag Hammarskjold Gives Hope to the World

Dag Hammarskjold was such a wonderful model of what the U.N. can be and do.  As Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961, Hammarskjold was known for his unrelenting energy given to fairness, peace and collaboration.  He represented hope and reconciliation throughout many corners of our world.

Hammarskjold supported countries whether or not there was an economic interest, as it should be.  Equitable involvement for all countries was his philosophy.

For example in the Suez Crisis, when Egypt nationalized the canal, Hammarskjold was able to broker French, British and Egyptian collaboration to keep it open.  Meanwhile, Israel attacked Egypt and the peace process was upset.  With Mr. Hammarskjold’s leadership, U.N. Forces were able to maintain a peaceful solution until a longer term solution was reached.

In endangered Laos, he was able to place UN representatives there, which provided watchful protection.  He also became part of a very long-term process against apartheid, meeting several times with the Union of South Africa, opening up attitudes of equality and fairness regarding race.

Hammarskjold’s last challenge was the crisis in the Congo where violent civil war was ensuing. Here he had brokered leaders meeting in neutral territory to resolve the conflict.   Unfortunately, his plane was shot down and he did not survive.

Dag Hammarskjold was mourned by the world. He was seen as an extremely strong leader led by principles; tireless and needing little sleep.

It was as if he were “on call” for the world.

“The world in which I grew up in was dominated by principles and ideals…I inherited a belief that no life was more satisfactory than one of selfless service to your country or humanity.  This sacrifice required a sacrifice of all personal interests, but likewise the courage to stand up unflinchingly for your convictions.”

Hammarskjold also created a meditation room or peace room in the U.N.  It is a place only for thoughts, no words, and embraces all types of prayers.  There is a stone in the middle of the room with nothing on it, and yet a shaft of light shines directly there.   It is dedicated as an altar to harmony and freedom that is worshipped in many forms, by different countries and peoples, in many varied ways all over the world.

Purpose in Life — I am Here to Establish Connections of Love

“I am here to establish connections of love. To celebrate all affection; to raise others up in a spiritual, boundless way.”

This was a sweet journal entry at a very young age.  It aspires to just give selflessly, overflowing with goodness.  I look back on it fondly, to think how I can:

Create a connection based on love, no matter who I meet today

Celebrate any way I see affection, kindness, compassion

Lift others up spiritually, encouraging them.

Please join me today living a life of love!

 

The Pamela Pensive: “Ignorance of Certain Subjects Is a Great Part of Wisdom.”

“Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.” –Hugo de Groot

Ignorance is Good.

Ignorance of gossip. Ignorance of unnecessary negative thoughts.  Ignorance of self-doubting thoughts, and ignorance of unhelpful suggestions which come to our thought.  A lot of these thoughts are just not true… and don’t find yourself accepting them as part of your normal experience.

We all go through a tough day.  Yet we need to defend our thoughts, and therefore our life. Our life is based upon our thought. What you think will come through to fruition… It does not mean we ignore life lessons, a candid talk with ourselves; and at times, gently with others; it does not mean everything is perfect.

But in general, we pursue being, doing and recognizing good.

Hugo de Groot (1583-1645), also called Hugo Grotius, was a philosopher and a theologian, and worked as a jurist in the Dutch Republic.  He was extremely influential in the creation of international law.  He wrote a number of books, including On the Law of War and Peace, addressing subjects such as just wars and rules to govern conflict.  His overall purpose was to urge restraint in rushing to war, and to urge reasonable conduct once war was engaged.