Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear, But Rather the Judgment That Something Else Is More Important Than Fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

“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 “Go on now and get out there immediately.”)

Courage is beautiful:  It overcomes our focus on us. Instead, we are thinking about giving of ourselves, rather than what people think of ourselves. Let’s ensure courage takes over and rules in our thoughts today.

Make Your Butterflies Fly Together!

Butterflies

Ambrose Redmoon (born James Neil Hollingworth, 1933–1996) was a beatnik, hippie, writer, and former manager of the psychedelic folk rock bands Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ace of Cups.  Not much is known about Redmoon but what is known is he was among the authors for the 1991 issue of the now-defunct magazine Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions.  Redmoon contributed his article “No Peaceful Warriors!” (featuring his famous quote on courage) to that magazine and corresponded to the magazine publishers Jay Kinney and his wife Dixie Tracy-Kinney only by mail.  Redmoon also wrote poetry, plays, and was occult editor of the original staff of Rolling Stone magazine.  He has a daughter, Alexandra Carnacchi.

Bio sources: Wikipedia: Ambrose Redmoon and The mysterious Ambrose Redmoon’s healing words

Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings

The Classic Pamela Positive: “…The Things People Really Want Are Love, Connection, And Purpose.” – Mallika Chopra

“…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 on for every moment!

Lovingly, Pamela

 

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Mallika Chopra is the Founder & CEO of Intent.com, an online community where members can share their dreams and aspirations, and receive support from others.  She stated that “My intent is to connect with others by sharing and listening to each other’s stories.”  Mallika learned about the power of intention at a young age from her father, Deepak Chopra, who taught her and her family to ask for love, hope, purpose, passion, inspiration and so many other positive qualities in their lives every day. Mallika is mom to Tara and Leela and has written two books inspired by them — 100 Promises To My Baby and 100 Questions From My Child. Her prior experience includes launching MTV in India, Michael Jackson’s Heal The World Foundation, and working with various internet companies. Mallika holds a B.A. from Brown and an M.B.A. from Kellogg University. (Bio source: Intent.com: About Us)

“Many of Us Crucify Ourselves Between Two Thieves – Regret For the Past and Fear Of the Future.” – Fulton Oursler

“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 the same name). Although he was raised in a devout Baptist family, Charlies declared himself an agnostic at age 15. He, his second wife Grace Perkins, and their family would eventually convert to Catholicism following a trip to the Holy Land. (Bio source: Wikipedia: Fulton Oursler, Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings)

Kellogg’s Company Values at the Heart of Its Brand: Two Values I Love

Here are two values I love from Kellogg Company’s official values:

• “Speak positively and supportively about team members when apart.”

 
“Display openness and curiosity to learn from anyone, anywhere.”

Learn, and care, about each person we meet. This can be very hard to do. Sometimes, we feel we just don’t have time to get to know and value others as much as we’d like.

Yet you can build it into your culture. Here are ideas where you can implement Kelloggs’ values:

1- Make Learning About Your Team a Part of your Management Meetings. 

Have the team leader of the meeting share a Fun Fact every week.  It’s helped UniversalGiving team members bond in new ways.  You will learn things you never imagined.

2- Give Your Team a Creative Voice.  

Allow team members to post on your company blog, even if it is not the exact topic you would normally choose. For example, we have an astute young woman on our team who is very talented. She’s publishing her own book, a young adult fantasy novel. Not a part of UniversalGiving‘s mission directly?  You will find a way: For us, she is posting her book, with links to how you can “Share the Love of Reading” on UniversalGiving or give to the Gift of Literacy.  Now, you are being creative and related!

3- Watch Your Management Meetings.

Sometimes, you and your COO or Management Team need to work on some really key team building of a member who might not be reaching your values or execution.  Sometimes, you have to encourage them to a different or better career path.  Will you speak positively? Just as you must be constructive and compassionate with them in person, so you should in private conversations.  Let’s remember that, if we can. It’s kind, understanding, compassionate, just as we would want to be treated.

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John A. Bryant (born 1966 in Brisbane, Australia) is the US-based President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kellogg Company since 2011.  He first joined the company in 1998, taking up positions from Executive Vice President to Chief Operating Officer.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Marketing Institute and Catalyst.  He currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife Alison and their six children.

Bio sources: Wikipedia: John A. Bryant and The Canberra Times

The Kellogg Company (informally Kellogg’s or Kellogg) is a multinational food manufacturing company headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kellogg’s produces cereal and convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles, and vegetarian foods. The company’s brands include Corn Flakes, Keebler, Nutri-Grain and many more. Their products are manufactured in 35 countries and marketed in over 180 countries. Kellogg’s products reflect the company’s stated Vision, Purpose, and Heritage: “Our Vision is to enrich and delight the world, through foods and brands that matter.  Our Purpose is to nourish families so they can flourish and thrive.  Our Heritage drives the future of our company and keeps us excited about tomorrow.”

Company info sources: Kellogg’s – About Our Company and Wikipedia: Kellogg Company

“The Big Lesson In Life, Baby, Is Never Be Scared Of Anyone Or Anything.” – Frank Sinatra

“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.

 

Francis AlbertFrankSinatra (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 1946.  He later signed with Capitol Records in 1953 until he left Capitol in 1961 to find his own record label Reprise Records.  Among the albums he released are Come Fly with Me, Nice ‘n’ Easy, and Sinatra at the Sands.  His film credits include From Here to Eternity (won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), The Man with the Golden Arm (nominated for the Best Actor Oscar), The Manchurian Candidate, Guys and Dolls, and High Society.  Sinatra had three children, Nancy, Frank Jr., and Tina, all with his first wife, Nancy Sinatra (née Barbato) (m. 1939–1951). He was married three more times, to actresses Ava Gardner (m. 1951–1957), Mia Farrow (m. 1966–1968) and finally to Barbara Marx (m. 1976–1998; his death).

Bio source: Wikipedia: Frank Sinatra

Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings

Whole Foods Model: We Are Buying Agents For Our Customers and Not the Selling Agents For Our Manufacturers

Turn it around. Make an effort to see things from a different light.

Whole Foods makes a good stab at turning the traditional business view upside down.  Serve, don’t sell.   Remember there are always two sides to any marketplace, relationship or interaction. Above all, it is never a transaction. There is always so much more in any action we take which involves another.

Are you pushing something in your life, trying to get in the door? Instead, why don’t we think about serving first? I bet you’ll feel a greater sense of community and long-term commitment from employees, suppliers and everyone in your network.   Enjoy life by living with service!

 

 

John Mackey (born August 15, 1953 in Houston, TX) is the current co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics and one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food.  He was also Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market from 1978 to 2009, when he was succeeded by John Elstrott but remains a member of the Board of Directors.  Mackey has been married Deborah Morin since 1991 and they have no children.  His parents are Bill and Margaret Mackey, and John also has a sister and a brother.

Bio source: Wikipedia: John Mackey

Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. The founders were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people and with immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States. Whole Foods Market has grown by leaps and bounds since its first store opened by maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry, committing to sustainable agriculture and mission-driven values, and creating fun and excitement in shopping for groceries.

Company info sources: Whole Foods Market Company Info and Whole Foods Market History

“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

“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 identifying the top two companies we should speak with who would be good partners — rather than the top 10. Or sending positive stats on your husband’s favorite sports teams. Or buying a chocolate chip cookie for your colleague and leaving it on her desk with a kind note and a smile.  Anything we are impelled to do with love as our direction, is the right thing to do.

So if we listen…

and follow the footsteps of Truth in serving others…

That wisdom leads us to larger views….

and larger questions.

Perhaps there is a bigger step in our future… and it is a time to really blossom. Our bud must come forth.

Balboa_park_yellow_roses_garden-smallSo we keep listening… at some point, wisdom will make it so clear that we must take action in a revolutionary way. Perhaps it is something we had thought of, or perhaps a surprise. It could be a career change. It could be setting up an annual get-away with your husband or changing where you and your husband live.  It could be that we manage more coworkers, or move into another business unit.

But we will be listening.  We will be poised. We will be ready to blossom!

 

Anaïs Nin (born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She published journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. Nin was first married to Hugh Parker Guiler, and later to actor Rupert Pole.

Bio source: Wikipedia: Anais Nin

Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings