Category Archives: Giving

The Easiest Way to Change Your Life

Want a easy way to change your life? Follow Paul Mark Sutherland’s advice from his New Year’s Resolution.

A New Year Note From Me To Myself

Change a Life In 3 Minutes: “Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell

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“Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell

That’s how my Oma signed a letter to me, right before I came home from Duke for the holidays. Finals were wrapping up, and she had sent me a note of encouragement. It’s attached with a beautiful cursive unique to my Oma! Since you probably can’t read it, here are some excerpts:
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1897: How 8-year-old Virginia PROVED There Is a Santa Claus.

rsz_childhood-wallpaper-1280x800_copyThere will be debate about this post. Some people don’t believe in Christmas. Some people don’t like the commercialism of Christmas. And some feel we are lying by saying we believe in Santa.

But I believe Editor Francis Pharcellus Church gave one of the most profound truths available to us: That the most worthy, laudable, beautiful, meaningful things in life, are those we cannot see. It is love, generosity, goodness, and, Santa.

Read below and tell me what you think.

I believe the most important things are invisible,

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The Classic Pamela Positive: The Days of Linear Giving Are Over

hands-462297_640The days of “linear giving” are over — what I mean is, it’s not “I give you this, you give me that.”   That’s Linear Giving and it doesn’t always happen. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: “I want the whole person.” – D. J. DePree, founder of Herman Miller

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“Henry Ford said, “bring us your hands, and you can leave everything else at home.”  D.J. rejected that idea and said completely the opposite: “I want all of you here.  I want the whole person.” – J. Kermit Campbell, Former CEO of Herman Miller

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Words of Wisdom

I am always searching for ways to grow as an individual.  Great authors I love are Bill George & Stephen Covey; great leaders I love are Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa.  I came across this inspiring brief film by Andrew Zuckerman, cataloguing what many of our leaders across different sectors, thought about wisdom. I hope you enjoy: http://www.wisdombook.org/.

Stay inspired and true.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her”

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“When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her”  – Deborah Santana

I am not someone who cancels meetings or dinners very often, simply because it’s something to reschedule and I like to stay committed.  And yet the main reason I will cancel — as would one of my cherished friends, Deborah Santana — is for family.

Deborah emailed me that she needed to move our dinner, because her daughter invited her to a weekend together in Seattle.  I love what she said, and it warmed my heart… “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her.”  A mother should go to her child first.

There is no more important reason in the world.