Monthly Archives: November 2013

the Classic Pamela Positive: Peace on Earth in How Many Countries?

Peace on Earth is in every country, dear reader.  We’re coming up on Winter holidays, and that means we have a chance to do one very important thing. Give peace to ourselves, and to 7 billion people across the world.  How?

It’s not buying gifts.

It’s not putting up decorations.

And it’s definitely not stressing out!  🙂

Give the Gift of Peace to yourself today, and let’s celebrate globally!

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Be peaceful inside, and it will radiate outside.  That my dear friends, is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your friends for the Holidays.

Then find a friend who lives in another country, and wish them Peace in their own language.  That spreads the good spirit of love and joy in a way that is personal to them.

Peace to Each Precious Individual, All Over the Globe!

With a Peaceful Heart, Pamela

 

Here’s How You Can Wish Someone Peace 🙂

English: Peace on Earth

Serbian: Mira u zemlji

Arabic: سلام على أرض

Pashto (Afghanistan): دلته دم او قدم دواړه په سوله

Korean: 지구에 평화

Italian: Pace su terra

Russian: Мир на земле

French: Paix sur terre

Portuguese: Paz na terra

Hebrew: שלום עלי אדמות

Spanish: Paz en la tierra

The Classic Pamela Positive: Give A Gift Every Day

Give a gift every day.

Send your friend’s birthday gift early.

See a gift that would be meaningful for someone you care about, and just buy it. Give it to them now.

Take the time to cook a meal for your partner or your roommate.  Take the time to cook a meal for yourself.

Smile at a person walking down the street.

Smile at a homeless person and stop and learn their name. There is the gift of knowing someone. Of acknowledging you care.

Be kind to yourself.

Get in bed early.

Say three gratefuls before you fall asleep.

Say three gratefuls when you wake up.

Believe today is special.

Take time at lunch to be grateful for three more things.

Pay the phonebill for your roommate.

Drop off banana bread for your neighbor.

Give a lot. Expect little.

Smile at yourself in the mirror.

Work hard and attain the gift of devotion to something you believe in.

Work and leave early and give yourself a gentle night off, nurturing yourself.

Stop and look at nature. Any part of nature. The expanse of the sky; drifting clouds; a vibrant flower.

Give yourself the gift of awareness of how precious and beautiful life is every day.

“All the Other Things We Think Make Us Happy Are Actually Just Ways of Getting More Family and Friends.”

“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 (with Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia) on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases such as the impact bias. Gilbert authored Stumbling on Happiness, which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books, adding to his list of numerous awards for his teaching and research.  A high school dropout at age 19, he aspired to be a science fiction writer but when a creative writing class he wanted to take was full he took up psychology instead at University of Colorado Denver and Princeton University.  He also wrote essays that appeared in The New York Times and TIME, among others, and penned short stories that were published in Amazing Stories, Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and many other magazines and anthologies. He is the co-writer and host of the NOVA television series “This Emotional Life.”  He and his wife Marilynn Oliphant live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bio source: Wikipedia: Daniel Gilbert (psychologist)

The Classic Pamela Positive: Sit Down at the Table

“…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. Her parents died before she was 23, and an early marriage ended in divorce. In her 20s, Deen suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia. She then focused on cooking for her family as something she could do without leaving her house.

Her grandmother Irene Paul had taught her the hand-me-down art of Southern cooking; one of the only places she felt safe was at her own stove, making thousands of pots of chicken and dumplings.  She later moved to Savannah, Georgia, with her sons. In 1989, she divorced her husband, Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965.  She tried hanging wallpaper, working as a bank teller, selling real estate and insurance. She then started a catering service,  making sandwiches and meals, which her sons Jamie and Bobby delivered.

Bio Source: Wikipedia

The Classic Pamela Positive: Poverty Be Gone

Poverty be gone. It’s why I get up everyday.  Poverty be gone.  I want my grandchildren to ask me what poverty means.  That’s why we are here.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, That’s a TREE”

“Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, that’s a TREE. We can’t hurt the trees!”

A few years ago, my niece Lindsey gave me a great talking to. She was 5 or 6, and needed help in the restroom, so off we went. As we finished up, I pulled two paper towels to dry my hands.

“Shame on you, Aunt Pamela. That’s a tree! We can’t hurt the trees!”

I asked her where she learned that important lesson.

“In school. They teach us paper comes from trees, and we need to keep our trees.”

Anyone who doesn’t have hope for our future should rethink. What a wonderful opening our world is facing where we teach elementary kids the connection between paper and our living trees…to be conscious of conserving, so that Lindsey and others grow up with conservation being a natural part of their lives.

There is a new standard of living being created, and not only our youth, but our elementary school children, are leading the way.

Replacing Bikinis — A New Idea from Indonesia Helps Women Around the World

“Indonesia is designing for us a very beautiful one-piece beachwear, and I’m very happy with them… We like to work in the manner respectful to every country, and I cannot see why when you go to somebody’s country you should not behave respectfully.”

–Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World Organization

Julia Morley just helped women all over the world – at a beauty contest in Indonesia. She literally took out the parade of bikinis, a section which rates women on their beauty, bodies and presentation.  Instead, there will be respectful beachwear in the 2013 Miss World pageant in Jakarta.

Let’s continue this trend.  Can we celebrate women’s beauty from the inside?

The true beauty of a woman is joy, enthusiasm, strength, quietude, graciousness.  It includes her ability to bring a community together, whether it be a country or her own family.  It reflects her tender care, or her forthrightness gogetterism.  A woman is as soft as a flower’s petal or the gentle, warm light of the dawning sun. She is also a pillar, unmovable and trustworthy.

Women’s Beauty is Real. If I were to launch a contest, I’d like it to be the “The Most “Beautiful Inside” Woman of The World.” Except it’s not a competition.  We all have it, so everyone gets to participate.  We celebrate each other.

 

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Julia Morley is the current Chairman and Chief Executive of the Miss World Organization, which runs the annual Miss World competition.  She is also the first British woman to hold the title of President of Variety International, The Children’s Charity, the world’s most famous show-business charity. Born 1939, she was a model and later became the wife of Miss World founder Eric Morley, who first held the competition in 1951. She and Eric were married from 1960 until his passing in 2000, where she became Chairman.

In 1972, Julia introduced the theme “Beauty With a Purpose,” which raises hundreds of millions of dollars in supporting sick and disadvantaged children and many causes in over 100 countries.  During the opening of the Miss World Festival in 2009 she launched the Variety International Children’s Fund with a charity dinner and raised over $400,000 for nutritional, educational and medical projects in Haiti. Since the Variety’s debut it has collaborated with the Miss World Organization in supporting children throughout America.  In 2010, she was honored with the Humanitarian Award by Variety of Ireland.

(Quote source: Bikini ban for 2013 Miss World pageant may not be enough for some Muslim groups and Bio sources: Wikipedia: Julia Morley, The Telegraph – Obituary: Eric Morley,Message from Julia Morley at Beauty With a Purpose, and History of Beauty With a Purpose)