Monthly Archives: October 2012

“We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

– Vladimir Kovalyonok

Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a Major General in the Air Force.

The Days of Linear Giving Are Over

The days of “linear giving” are over — what I mean is, it’s not “I give you this, you give me that.”   That’s Linear Giving and it doesn’t always happen.


First, you can’t truly give with the expectation that you are going to get something in return.  It’s just not the right motivation.  And it will upset the balance of giving, turning it into something it’s not…

We need to give because we sincerely want to. Because it’s the right thing to do. It’s helpful, kind, nourishing to the world. And ultimately it does help ourselves… we feel nourished and uplifted by the mere act of being generous.

And it won’t stop there. More good will continue to come to you, in ways you never expected.  From different places, different sources, and in unique ways!  It’s truly quite exciting…to see good unfold, when we let it go.

So let’s not give and expect back. It’s not A gives to B, and B to gives to A.

It’s A gives to B.  And then A gives to C and D.  Then X, M, Q and V give back to A at different times and ways in the future.

It’s circular, spherical, timeless, unbound, everconnected giving… which is taking place, and always has been.

The Pamela Positive: “When You Learn Something From People…” – Yo-Yo Ma

“When you learn something from people or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve that gift and to build on that gift.”
– Yo-Yo Ma

Appreciate the gifts people offer you…and thank them by passing on their gift to others, whether through appreciation, gratitude, love, recognition, sincerity.  Life and music are about giving.

Yo-Yo Ma is one of the world’s most famous cellists, and has won multiple Grammy awards.  Ma was born in Paris, though the family moved to New York when he was five.  He comes from a musical family.  His mother was a singer and his father was a violinist; his older sister is also a violinist.  A child prodigy, Ma began playing the cello at age four, and performed for John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower at the age of seven.  He attended Julliard at age nine, and went on to study at Harvard.  He has performed with orchestras around the world, and has put out 75 albums.  Ma currently plays with the Silk Road Ensemble; their goal is to bring together musicians from the countries which are historically linked by the Silk Road, an ancient trade route linking southeast Asia through the Middle East to northern Africa and the Mediterranean coast of Europe.

“What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is very true.

Often I hear people say,”Oh! I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.”

Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But just because you aren’t a social worker, teacher, or philanthropist doesn’t mean you aren’t living a meaningful life of service.

Follow what your deepest inner voice tells you – not what society says. You are created for a purpose.

It may be that you have a passion and talent for design. Help make peoples’ homes a special haven. We all need a haven, and a place to welcome others, and ourself.

Perhaps you love numbers. Become an accountant or work at a bank. Help provide order and semblance to the operations and reports.

What would I do without my bank? Where would I put the deposits of donations for UniversalGiving? We need you, and we need a good banker.

You love sports. Play that game with integrity and enthusiasm! With the greatest sportsmanship. You will be a model for everyone watching, your colleagues, the audience, the referees, and any children present. Modeling positive energy and ethics, you can’t lose.


So much of life is simply how we live each moment. It’s how we govern each activity.

You serve by being kind. You serve by following your passion. You serve by being true to yourself. Don’t do what you think you should do; do what you are created to do. You will find all types of wonderful people needing your inspiration and services, in ways you’ve never imagined.

And remember, the most important is “who you be.” Did you live kindly, with integrity, with joy today?

That’s the greatest service to our world, and open to all.

Take the time,