Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Pamela Positive: “We Need Each Other” – Sue Monk Kidd

“When a suffering is shared, its weight is divided; and when a joy is shared, the delight is multiplied.  We need each other.”

– Sue Monk Kidd, First Light, Chapter: Availability.

Sue Monk Kidd is a writer, novelist, and memoirist. She grew up in the Southern United States and her hometown of Sylvester, Georgia influenced her first and best-known book The Secret Life of Bees. As a worldwide acclaimed author, her fictional works are concentrated on the oppositions and successes of women. Kidd is inspired by Henry David Thoreau, Kate Chopin, Thomas Merton, Martha Burke, and Carl Jung as role models.

The Pamela Positive: “The Best Way Out is Always Through” – Robert Frost

“The best way out is always through.”
– Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a highly-regarded poet known for his depiction of rural life.  He published his first poem in high school.  He attended Harvard but did not graduate due to illness; he received an honorary degree from Harvard posthumously, as well as more than 40 other honorary degrees.  Though Frost grew up in the city, he lived on farms later in his life.  He was a professor at Amherst College, and at Middlebury College for 42 years.  Some of his best-known poems include “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

This particular quote is from the poem “A Servant to Servants” (1914). Many of Frost’s poems explore the splendor of the outdoors. However, “A Servant to Servants” is a contrast to the typical Frostian nature poem. Its speaker is the wife of a hard-working farmer who feels trapped in her life that seems meaningless. She explains her monotonous daily routine. The poem is written in iambic pentameter, although it varies in meter with no apparent rhyme scheme. A constant symbol in this poem is nature representing freedom, but it is a freedom that the speaker cannot attain.

 

Even if Your Country is Being Bombed, You Can Become World Famous, and Make a Difference

Novak Djokovic has been the World’s #1 Tennis player.  He’s won 5 Grand Slam Singles Tennis Titles.   An honor to his homeland of Serbia, he is the first male tennis champion to win a Major Singles Title.

Yet it wasn’t always that way.  In the late 90s, his Serbian homeland was being incessantly bombed. He had every right to cower, and simply survive. To not think of anything else but the next day.

And he did think of the next day:  The day he would win Wimbledon.   He dreamed of Wimbledon, and Winning It.

School was out.
Instead of goofing off…
He practiced.

and he dreamed…
Again and Again…
of Wimbledon.

Winning IT.

So days were on the court and nights in the basement, a bomb shelter.
With time … the bombing stopped.
His skills increased.

He won in Europe, then abroad, then became the #1 Tennis Player in the World.

If something seems to stop you, figure out what you should pay attention to.  Should it be noise, the bombing?  Or should it be something you can devote yourself to?  It can be writing, being kind, learning chess, reading literature, appreciating all the good around us.

And if you want to take it a step further… then you can also bring joy to people’s lives by making them laugh!  Check out his hilarious impersonations of two of his fellow tennis colleagues, Sharapova and Nadal:

Novak Djokovic (born May 22, 1987) is a former World No.1 Serbian professional tennis player who is ranked World No. 2. He has won 5 Grand Slam singles titles, is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Major singles title, and is the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events, separately and consecutively. He won the bronze medal in singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Several tennis critics and former and current players consider Djokovic to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Djokovic started playing tennis at the age of four. A self-described fan of languages, Djokovic can speak his native Serbian, English, German and Italian. He has been dating Jelena Ristic since 2005, is a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and is a keen fan of the Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade. He is known for his humorous off-court impersonations of fellow players, many of whom are his friends. Owing to his extroverted personality, Djokovic became a fixture on entertainment-based TV talk shows around the globe immediately upon achieving a measure of prominence via results on the tennis court.

Why Certain People Are In Your Life

These words have been inspiring to me, and I am glad to share them with you.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.  They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.  They may seem like a godsend, and they are.  They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they walk away.  Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand.  What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.  The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.  They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have never done.  They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.  Believe it!  It is real!  But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.  Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person (any way); and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.  It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.

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Best Dribbler in Soccer History: How Garrincha Became One of the Top Players with a Deformed Spine and Curved, Uneven Legs

It doesn’t sound so great.  Brazilian Manuel Francisco dos Santos, “Garrincha,” was born with one leg pointed outward, the other pointed awkwardly inside, one leg 6 centimeters shorter, and a deformed spine.   Soccer anyone?

How could you even try hit the ball well, manage it, and dribble with acuity?

Yet he was considered the best soccer dribbler in history.

He scored 20 goals in 26 games for Campeonato Carioca, the football league of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.    He played on the 1959 World Cup team for Brazil.  He returned and played 12 years on the Brazilian Botafogo team, helping them with Campeonato Carioca three times.   He scored more than 200 goals in total.

Next time you think you don’t have a natural body form, or what it takes to succeed, see yourself differently.  Let’s go do what we’re supposed to do…..  Don’t hold yourself back, and others won’t either. 🙂

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Manuel Francisco dos Santos (1933-1983) was an association football right winger and forward who assisted Brazil to win the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. He primarily played for the Brazilian Club Botafogo. ‘Garrincha’ was born with multiple birth defects but none of these hindered his skills in football. He is considered to be one of the best dribblers in football history.

How Chobani Became One of the Top Three Selling Yogurts in America: SUPERENTREPRENEUR

Chobani is now one of the top three most popular yogurts in the United States.   While Dannon used to dominate, it’s now at 25.5%, with Yoplait at 26.5% and Chobani rising at 15.7%.  Chobani leads in the Greek yogurt subcategory.  It arrived on store shelves only five years ago.

Check out this Wall Street Journal interview with entrepreneur Hamdi Ulukaya.  He’s crazy and a great businessman.  Check out his “business plan” paving his way to success:

  1. Paint wall.
  2. Turn off electricity.
  3. Learn for the first time about yogurts.
  4. Create recipe that isn’t boring.
  5. Listen to people, his customers.
  6. Eliminate nonexistent marketing budget.
  7. Viral it out.
  8. Grow to 15.7% marketshare and make Chobani one of the top 3-selling yogurts in America.

A great, simple, but hardworking entrepreneur achieves his deserved success.  Be creative, take things step by step. Have a simple idea, and do it better.  You can be a SuperEntrepreneur like Hamdi Ulukaya, in whatever you do.

Read on for an excerpt from The Wall Street Journal:

“The Wall Street Journal: Snap Decision Spawns a Yogurt Craze”

WSJ: What did you do first?

Mr. Ulukaya: I hired five people who had worked at the plant and the first thing I said was that we were going to paint the walls, because the paint was horrible and I had no other ideas. And I said turn the lights off because I had looked at the electricity bill. Then I started doing some homework on specialty yogurts.

WSJ: What was your strategy for getting into major retail stores?

Mr. Ulukaya: We came from the angle that this is a boring category that we will change, and wherever we went we had people sample the product.

WSJ: How did you market Chobani initially?

Mr. Ulukaya: I didn’t have a budget to spend on traditional marketing. I used to answer the phones and I would hear people say ‘I love this yogurt. I’m going to tell my friends and family about it.’ That gave me the idea to reach out to bloggers, and to use Facebook and Twitter to have direct communication with consumers. We also had our own sampling truck that went all over the country to festivals and parades.

Hamdi Ulukaya is an immigrant to America.  Born in Turkey, he came to the United States in 1997 to study.  He saw a lack of quality products in the American dairy industry, and went on to found two companies to fill this gap.  Euphrates Inc. makes feta cheese, while Chobani makes Greek-style yogurt.  The name of his yogurt, which means “shepherd” in Turkish and Greek, honors the traditional origins of the yogurt, as well as Ulukaya’s family history of sheep herding in Turkey.

Chobani is a Greek-style yogurt produced by Chobani Inc., which has brought Greek yogurt into popularity.  Greek-style yogurts have roots in the ancient world, and are made by straining yogurt, producing a thicker, richer texture.  Chobani Inc. was founded in 2005, and yogurt first arrived on store shelves in 2007.  In 2012, the company became an official sponsor of the Olympic Games.

Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal.