Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Classic Pamela Positive: Philanthropy – Start Loving Others Now

 

 

While it is commonly accepted, I’m not sure I agree that philanthropy means giving away “money.”

 

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Instead, philanthropy is the love of humanity, of people. And what I cherish about this definition is that it is accessible to anyone, at any time. 

We can all be philanthropists. Whether you are getting the dry cleaning, having a conversation with your boss or coworker, or saying a kind hello to a homeless person, you are a philanthropist.

 

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Philanthropy should be, and is, accessible to all.  I love that we can start loving others now!

 


 

The Definition of Philanthropy, in Merriam-Webster: 1: goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially : active effort to promote human welfare 2: an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.” —Hugo de Groot

“Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.” –Hugo de Groot

Ignorance is Good.

Ignorance of gossip. Ignorance of unnecessary negative thoughts.  Ignorance of self-doubting thoughts, and ignorance of unhelpful suggestions which come to our thought.  A lot of these thoughts are just not true…. and don’t find yourself accepting them as part of your normal experience.

 

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We all go through a tough day.  Yet we need to defend our thoughts, and therefore our life. Our life is based upon our thought. What you think will come through to fruition… It does not mean we ignore life lessons, a candid talk with ourselves; and at times, gently with others; it does not mean everything is perfect.

 

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But in general, we pursue being, doing and recognizing good. 

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Hugo de Groot (1583-1645), also called Hugo Grotius, was a philosopher and a theologian, and worked as a jurist in the Dutch Republic.  He was extremely influential in the creation of international law.  He wrote a number of books, including On the Law of War and Peace, addressing subjects such as just wars and rules to govern conflict.  His overall purpose was to urge restraint in rushing to war, and to urge reasonable conduct once war was engaged.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness, have few desires.” —Lao Tzu

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness, have few desires.”
—Lao Tzu

 

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Lao Tzus counsel helps us to keep life pure.  If we are running from one activity to the next, we are missing serenity in our daily lives. If we are accumulating things, our lives are crowded by materialism.  It can prevent us from being clear and free to receive new ideas.

 

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Simplicity allows us to not be distracted.  We focus on living a life well lived. We focus on spiritual qualities such as kindness and consideration, which allow our lives to serve others, and ourselves, with the highest good in mind.

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The specific birthdate of Lao Tzu is unknown. Legends vary, but scholars place his birth between 600 and 300 B.C.E. Lao Tzu is attributed with the writing of the Tao-Te Ching,(taomeaning the way of all life, temeaning the fit use of life by men, and chingmeaning text or classic). Lao Tzu was not his real name, but an honorific given the sage, meaning Old Master.”  Lao Tzus wise counsel attracted followers, but he refused to set his ideas down in writing. He believed that written words might solidify into formal dogma. Lao Tzu wanted his philosophy to remain a natural way to live life with goodness, serenity and respect. Lao Tzu laid down no rigid code of behavior. He believed a persons conduct should be governed by instinct and conscience.

“Until you can’t do it no more” —ex-Warrior Stephen Jackson, 40, still ballin’ — Keep Doing What You Love to Do

What a lesson to us all! Stephen Jackson, “Stack Jack,” is a former NBA star for the Warriors, and he continues to play the game. He’s 40 years old and “still ballin’.”

It doesn’t matter that he’s not in the NBA.

It doesn’t matter that he’s not getting paid to be on a team.  

He loves to play ball.

That means he’s having fun, staying engaged and — He Keeps Doing What He Loves to Do!

We should all continue to do what we love to do. That’s why we are here… Jackson says:

“I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing.  I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

Read on for a great sports San Francisco Chronicle article on this inspiring player who continues to follow his passion. So should we!   

Follow It,

Pamela

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‘Until you can’t do it no more’ —ex-Warrior Jackson, 40, still ballin’
San Francisco Chronicle, 5 July 2018

By Scott Ostler

“If you really love something, you gonna do it until you can’t do it no more,” he said. “And that’s how I feel about basketball. I’m good at it, so I play with a passion, and I’m gonna continue to play it. I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing. I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

If Bob Myers is looking for a 6-foot-8 swing-man who can run the point, shoot the three, play high-level defense, and give the Warriors some Draymond Green-level grit and leadership, he might want to wander over to Oracle Arena on Friday night. The Big3 — the upstart three-on-three professional basketball league — is in town. One of the teams, the Killer 3s, has this intense kid they call Stack Jack.

Stephen Jackson. Actually, Myers knows his team history and surely remembers that Jackson was the heartbeat of the “We Believe” Warriors who upset the top-seeded Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.

 

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That was a crazy, couldn’t-happen situation, so who can blame Jackson for still believing?

“You know what would be a great situation?” Jackson said in a phone interview. “I come out there (to Oakland), we have a good game and we win, and the Warriors sign me to a one year deal. Wouldn’t that be great?”

That’s the type of interesting people and accomplished ballplayers the Big3 is trotting around the country in its second season. At its first two stops this year, the one-day tournament drew an average of 15,000 fans. It’s playground style three-on-three, first team to 50 wins. There is a 14-second shot clock, and there are four-point-shot zones from 30 feet out.

 

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The league is stocked with players and coaches with Oakland background: Baron Davis (player), Gary Payton (coach) and Rick Barry (coach). Amy Trask, Al Davis’ longtime right-hand person, is the league’s chairwoman. They’ll play four games Friday at Oracle. Rapper and actor Ice Cube is the league’s co-creator.

Jackson, who is 40 and last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season, has fond memories of the “We Believe” days. Don Nelson, then the Warriors’ head coach not only welcome​d Jackson, he appointed him captain. Jackson responded by teaming with Davis, Monta Ellis, and Jason Richardson to lead the Warriors into the playoffs and over the stunned Mavericks.

“It’s easy to go out there and fight and scratch and play and sweat and bleed for guys that you consider your friends, your brothers,” Jackson said of the We Believers. “I been knowin’ Baron since I was 16, I been knowin’ Al since I was 19.”

“If you ask the fans in the Bay Area, they love winnin’ these championships right now, but they’ll tell you they got a special place in their hearts for us. It’s gonna feel good to come back to Oracle and play — I can’t wait to get that feeling back again.”

Jackson hasn’t lost an ounce of passion for the game. He plays in various leagues, in pickup games, works out daily, [and] says he’s in NBA condition.

“If you really love something, you gonna do it until you can’t do it no more,” he said. “And that’s how I feel about basketball. I’m good at it, so I play with a passion, and I’m gonna continue to play it. I don’t understand how people who retire automatically stop playing. I’m gonna keep playing ’til God takes my blessing from me.”

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Stephen Jesse Jackson (born April 5, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA). Jackson won an NBA championship in 2003 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

Jackson was born in Port Arthur, Texas and spent his childhood there. Growing up, Jackson was raised by his mother, Judyette, a single parent who worked two jobs. As a teenager, Jackson worked in his grandfather’s soul food restaurant in Port Arthur, where he would wash dishes and bus tables. At the age of 16, Jackson’s half-brother Donald Buckner died at 25 years old from head injuries after being jumped. Following the violent tragedy, Jackson said that he wished he could have been there to assist and protect a member of his family. “You can’t tell me seeing his brother die that way hasn’t had an effect,” recalls Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh. “To me, it’s why he is always coming to the help of his teammates.” On July 22, 2015, Jackson announced his retirement. In 2017, Jackson joined the BIG3 basketball league.

The above is an excerpt. Read more of his biography here.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.” —Michael J. Fox

“Be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.”
—Michael J. Fox

This is true for every relationship. Whether it is your husband, partner, friend, calling in life, your labrador, or the beautiful sun we greet each day, be prepared… to fall in love again.

 

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Appreciating all we have is the most wonderful, nurturing gift we can wrap for ourselves, others and the world.  It envelops everything in the gift of love.

 

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Michael J. Fox is an actor and activist.  He has appeared in iconic roles including Marty McFly in Back to the Future and Alex P. Keaton in the TV show Family Ties.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, revealing his condition publicly in 1998.  Since then he has been a powerful activist promoting research for a cure.  He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, and they have four children.  Fox is also the author of three books, including the memoir, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Do All the Good You Can” —John Wesley

“Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.”
—John Wesley

 

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John Wesley (1703-1791) was the founder of the Methodist movement, along with his brother Charles. Wesley went to Christ Church College, Oxford, and taught at Oxford’s Lincoln College.  He preached in Georgia, and throughout England, giving over 40,000 sermons in his lifetime.  One of Wesley’s best-known doctrines is that of “salvation by faith.”  He also emphasized striving for “Christian Perfection,” where the believer lived by the love of God.  He was engaged with social issues such as prison reform and the abolitionist movement.  Methodism is now considered a separate denomination of Christianity, although in Wesley’s lifetime it was within the Anglican church.  At the time of Wesley’s death, there were 135,000 Methodists; today, they number some 70 million.

The Classic Pamela Positive: The Most Positive Things You Can Say

Here are the top things you can say to make a relationship work, from All There Is:

You look great!

Can I help?

Let’s eat out.

I was wrong.

I am sorry.

I love you.

 

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All There Is by Dave Isay grew from the StoryCorps initiative, a project to record the oral histories of individuals.  StoryCorps has collected stories from more than 75,000 people, in an attempt to record the history of people who rarely appear in history books.  In 2010, Isay published another book from StoryCorps stories, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps.  All There Is celebrates love, with heartwarming stories from real couples.  Leroy A. Morgan contributed the list quoted above.