Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

walking-349991_640I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. Continue reading

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

couple-437987_640“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 Classic Pamela Positive: Audrey Hepburn’s Tips for Beauty…It’s All Inside

Audrey_Hepburn_Tiffany's_3I love these beauty tips by Audrey Hepburn because they are accessible to us all.  How could Beauty be constrained?  We don’t have to wait for it, prepare for it or create it.  So much of beauty is how we are, each moment.   I look forward to hearing about your beautiful moments today! Continue reading

We’re Going in Different Directions: No, We’re Not

indications-101879_640One morning as I was leaving for work, my mom and I had a very special interchange.

We live in Menlo Park, and I was headed north to San Francisco.  My parents were headed south to Carmel for a bit of rest.  “Have a great day, Mom!  Thank you for having me… and now we’re going in different directions!”

“No, we’re not,” she said immediately. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

fantasy-220092_640“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

And the point here is not be tough… but to persevere.  To last through the valley.  To endure, cultivate patience, and live humility.  With that, we develop our character which allows us to serve our world and neighbors more effectively. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Were Born to Succeed, Not to Fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

mountain-298999_640“We were born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

That is our life purpose.  To follow our calling in our own specially designed way. And so we will succeed, because the measurement is solely on how you uniquely pursue your talents, goals and qualities.  Everyone has a different picture of success, his or her own beautiful expression.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an author, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and naturalist.  He is the author of Walden, which is a philosophical argument for simple living and preservation of natural environment.  He also had other important writings on natural history, environmentalism and civil disobedience.