Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Classic Pamela Positive: “God Is Awake” – Victor Hugo

“When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

– Victor Hugo

 

Mr. Hugo points to our American culture for sure: We work and work and work. We are a productive country, a do-er people. Even though lately we have so many inefficiencies in government and programs, as individuals, we ‘do.’

And so we must pause. We must reflect. We realize when we lay our heads gently down for rest, that God is watching.

 

 

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She is caring and loving. He is standing guard. This loving Principle may even be shaping our thoughts so that we awake refreshed. We can start the day with greater clarity and positive purpose than the day before.

Work…Rest…Trust God…

 

 

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And so we live Life fully.

 

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Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is considered as one of the most well-known French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry. Among many volumes, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).  Les Miserables focused on social issues of the time, and helped bring these to wider attention.  Hugo was married to a childhood friend, Adele Foucher, and they had five children.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Should Our Work Make Us Happy?

 

I find that so much of what is true ‘happiness’ in one’s job is how we conduct ourselves and our thinking.

 

For example, even if your job isn’t your exact ideal, there are elements that can bring full happiness. Being of service is not relegated to any one sector. Being professional, kind, courteous, and with a high “client service” attitude to external parties as well as to the internal team, can bring high “happiness” value.

 

 

 

 

 

Ideally, it should be coupled with sincere appreciation in return.  Regardless, it makes us feel happy to deliver sincere value. We hold a “high happiness quotient” in our own esteem for ourselves and how we are serving.

 

 

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On the larger scale of trying to find something you love to do—I do think each person has a wonderful contribution in life and is here for a reason. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to search for it. Part of the searching makes us who we are; hones our goals; and positively affects others along the way… Life is not just an end game of finding the one job which makes you happy. You are evolving, and your happiness, and therefore growth, is also evolving.

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: Don’t Just Stop and Smell the Flowers

 

“Stop and smell the flowers” is a good starting point.  But why not stay with the flower?

 

Have you ever really looked at what makes up the flower? Its petals, the stamen, the actual layout and folding over of different petals… it’s quite remarkable.

 

Appreciate the wisdom behind its creation.

Its unfolding process as it blooms…

 

 

 

And its journey of growth.

 

 

 

 

It’s simple and complex in its beauty and expression.

 

And so are you. Appreciate the beautiful simplicity and complexity of you and of each of our fellow men, women and children. Be open and beautiful; endure through your growth.

The Classic Pamela Positive: From an Olympian: “… All I could do was lean on my faith.” – Gabby Douglas

 

“Things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped. The apartment where we were supposed to stay fell through. Jobs were hard to come by, and the money ran out.

We had to live in our van and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone except me. Even though Mom fed me constantly, I couldn’t keep anything down and kept losing weight. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

“We didn’t have health insurance. Or money to take you to the doctor.” Mom told me later. “Baby, all I could do was lean on my faith.”She sat on the floor of our van, held me in her arms and prayed words from Isaiah over and over. She asked God to heal me, and he came through. By the time my parents could afford a doctor, the disease had gone away. I was still on the small side but I was as healthy as could be.”

-Gabby Douglas

 

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Gabby Douglas went on to win a gold in the Olympics. She was the first to win one for African Americans in the individual all- around event. Gabrielle means “God’s able- bodied one.”

 

No matter what the human scene is telling us, you are always more than able through God. But you need to believe it now. And again, and again and again.  You are able for whatever you need to face in front of you!

 

 

Gabby Douglas, 16,from Virginia Beach VA-original

 

 

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Gabrielle Douglas (born December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, VA) began formal gymnastics training at 6-years-old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with world-renowned Olympic coach Liang Chow and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, the first gold medal for the American women’s gymnastics team since 1996.

Source bio: Biography.com

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This Is The Age Of A Human’s Right Series, Part Two

 

We’ve just read about the importance of injustice overturned from Series One on “This Is The Age Of A Human’s Right.”

 

So here we continue our conversation of a human, having their rights arighted. This is the age of a human’s right. A human’s right to speak, a human’s right to voice their opinion, a human’s right to be heard, and a human’s right to have things arighted. In so many cases, this is wonderful, just, and long-time coming. People have been abused and silent; their perpetrators have gotten away with it. Women have been beaten and neglected; children have been sold into slavery… They have never been able to look back, look forward, or get out.

While we take a stand in the present, we must also take a stand for the past. We have to acknowledge what happened under the Nazi era in Germany, we have to support Jewish people and their future heritage for something that happened seventy years ago. We have to help South Sudanese people, who have had fourteen- and fifteen-year old’s fleeing their lands for a decade, carrying their sisters on their backs, acting like mothers, because no one has them. According to News24, even more than 60% of South Sudan refugees don’t have parents. 1 They come to a new country, perhaps one not of their choosing, without family or support.

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Then we have Venezuela, where mangoes and avocados were plenty. People had strong rights to property and talent flew into the country from Italy, Portugal, Spain. So in the 1950s, did you know Venezuela was in 4th place for GDP per capita — worldwide? 2

And now if anyone brings up human rights, tries to adjust the constitution for better, they are bloodied, beaten, put in jail and killed. President Nicolás Maduro jails political activists, punishes and terrorizes those in jail, and keeps the opposition hushed.3 El Helocoide is a jail, owned by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, that hosts hundreds number of people and where prisoners’ bones and spirits are broken, with 22 people per cell. Crammed in bodies, but hearts filled with righteousness.

And it happens in Venezuela in 2016 – Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz admitted the government and security forces killed hundreds during “Operation Peoples’ Liberation” (OLP).  Dozens more have been killed since. The security forces says that there were confrontations but the families say there were not confrontations. People are just killed at the whim of the government.4

And this is happening in our current day. What can you do about it? Well, there are ways to help. Don’t get overwhelmed, because you can help

just one other person.

 

 

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That’s right, help just one other person. If we all just helped one other person, then the entire world would be helped. We would help others, we’d be helping ourselves. So give back Sudan, Venezuela, and El Salvador today.

Citations:
1 “South Sudan’s refugee flow is often a children’s crisis”, Associated Press, April 15, 2018, https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/south-sudans-refugee-flow-is-often-a-childrens-crisis-20180415
2 Niño, José, “Venezuela Before Chavez: A Prelude to Socialist Failure, Mises Wire, May 4, 2017, https://mises.org/wire/venezuela-chavez-prelude-socialist-failure
3 Delgado, Antonio Maria, “ ‘Welcome to hell.’ Former Venezuelan political prisoner says he was tortured in jail”, July 20, 2018, https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article215033815.html
4 “Venezuela: Events of 2016”, Human Rights Watch, https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/venezuela
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This Is The Age Of A Human’s Right Series, Part One

 

Today is a day where anyone can say whatever they want.

 

 

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You can speak rudely to your boss

You can write a negative review

You can tell someone off and not feel badly (is that really true?)

You can state your rights, expect them to be heard and be enfranchised in every view point you have.

 

 

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This is the age of a human’s right. A human’s right to speak, a human’s right to voice their opinion, a human’s right to be heard, and

a human’s right to have things arighted.   

In so many cases, this is wonderful, just, and long-time coming. People have been abused and silent; their perpetrators have gotten away with it. Women have been beaten and neglected; children have been sold into slavery… They have never been able to look back, look forward, or get out.

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Gay men have been discriminated against and disabled people have been quietly discriminated against, at times when they know it and at times when they don’t. Muslims, Christian Scientists, Sunnis, Muslim Uighurs, and Tibetan Buddhists have been vilified, shunned… In each country their injustices take place.

In the 1930s…the Salvadorian government took over the territory of thousands of native Indians. When the Indian populations revolted, the Salvadoran military killed thousands of the native population Now, only 10% indigenous people exist. 1

Tell me this isn’t revolting; it’s inexplicable how a human can do this to another human.

It cannot be. For these human rights, and every human’s right, we must take a stand.

 

 

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Practice kindness and doing the right thing.

 

You can start today!

Pamela

 

 


 

 

Citations:
1 Chapin, Mac, “The 500,000 Invisible Indians of El Salvador”, Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine, September 1989, https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/500000-invisible-indians-el-salvador
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The Classic Pamela Positive: Praise and Joy Should Be a Permanent Part of Our Soul – Inspired by G.K. Chesterton

 

A person is fully human

“when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.  Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.”

 

– G. K. Chesterton

 

 

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G.K. Chesteron certainly let us know what we need to focus on: joy.  And what a life force it is!  We don’t realize how much our thoughts impact us, our minds, our actions, our responses.  And therefore how it affects others’ minds, actions, and responses. He also points to the vapidness of negative thinking. What can it do, how can it build?  It only tears down. And so we should, as best as possible, obliterate it from thought.

 

 

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We can contribute so much in this world.  It starts with our thoughts; it starts right now; and that joy can carry us to an entirely different level of harmonious living.

 

Thank you to Gilbert Keith Chesterton for such wonderful advice.

 

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G.K. Chesterton was a profound English writer of the 20th century who contributed across philosophy and poetry, as well as fiction.  Two of his best known works are Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. He also wrote a weekly column in The London Illustrated News for thirty years.  He was known for his incredible intellect, desire to decrease political divisions, and strong reasoning skills.

Source quote and bio: Gilbert Keith Chesterton