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Finding Purpose, Finding Inspiration — An Interview with Inspired to Give

Finding Purpose, Finding Inspiration — An Interview with Inspired to Give
We hope you find inspiration in your life… when times are tough, it’s important to be creative. Find out in this interview how to think differently and make a difference. And check out InspiredtoGive.org!
We hope you enjoy!
Warmly,
Pamela and team
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You do not have to accept a drab and dreary day, a ho-hum outcome or a less than stellar experience. – Evan Melhenbacher

“You do not have to accept a drab and dreary day, a ho-hum outcome or a less than stellar experience” – Evan Melhenbacher
What a great quote from a strong thinker. He continues:
“You have all…. goodness to lean on and express to the fullest.  The so-called material world is not in control of how successfully you live this day.”  
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That really takes on new meaning. Do you feel like you are having a bad day?  Does your life seem 1/2 full, 1/4 full, or just that something missing?
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Well, you don’t have to accept it… a physical world is not dictating your day. Your heart, your devotion to good, your positive outlook, is gearing your next step. Believe the best and see the best, and you will soon experience the best.
Thinking of you,
Pamela

Love: Vulnerability Balanced with Courage

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 “I have learned about love. Love should be easy, free in connection; work, wonderfully so, as in investment; vulnerability balanced with courage, and always undergirded with trust. It should be grace, graced and grateful. It should uplift you.”

Love – we feel it, we know it, we believe in it. And I think it truly is indispensable.. we can’t live without it. As we peel away the layers of love… one I’d like to cover today is:

Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.

Love isn’t always easy for we must be open.  Are you willing to love even if you are hurt?

Because a relationship didn’t work the way you’d prefer… or a church committee member spoke harshly to you… your idea got shot down at work or a precious pet ascended to heaven…

I know… it hurts… of course it does…

So be gentle with yourself, first.

But dear leader – we have to have the courage to soften our hearts, stay receptive, and be open to love at all times.  And yes, that is at home and work.

This allows us to give the most to the world, and to ourselves.

Yes, at all times.

I know that might be hard to hear… Hang in there…

So there may be something that shut you down recently. Well, it’s time to unshutter the door and open back up. Take your heart out of the basement, or release your self-imposed sequestration in the attic. 🙂

Let’s be those loving, beautiful individuals, who deserve to receive and give love. And other people need it too!

Remember, to receive the benefit of love, we have to have courage.

“Love is Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.”

–Sunday, November 29th, 1998. 10:20pm.

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Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, 100% of all donations go directly to the cause.

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service) and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.

Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer, and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.

How Artificial Intelligence – and People – Can Change Your Life

Meet someone at an event?
Don’t take it too lightly.
It can change your life. It changed mine!
I was privileged to meet Marc and Jenni, two Dukies, at a Duke event which was celebrating people going back to school.  We struck up a conversation as I was leaving.  We stayed in touch, and they moved my life!
Read below:
“Here seemed to be two roads in front of us, but in fact, there was only one road that stays true to our life calling. We do not have a choice. We embrace it with all our hearts and souls. ….through Universal Giving, we are humbly called to make a difference in others’ lives.”
 
As you know, I am a lifelong believer of not only finding — but also fighting to find your calling. It’s not always so easy!
Marc and Jenni are doing it.  They are using their love of Artificial Intelligence to help bring comfort, solace and healing. Rather than use it for  straight commercial purposes, they want to devote their lives to using Artificial Intelligence for good. For healing. For help. For comfort when there is no one to turn to — or even if there is.
Read on for our series on “Compassionate AI”: Learn how Artificial Intelligence — and People — Can Change Your Life.
It did mine, and I am happy to share their story on Living and Giving.
Love, Pamela

 

Good Changes, and Changes that Pretend: “Jacob Zuma Wants to Protect Indigenous Leaders”? 

Dear Living and Giving Readers, it so important we distinguish between good changes, and changes that pretend.  Please read this below — how indigenous leaders are being “protected” In Bantustan– but actually forced there to be quiet and to stem the tide of their voices.
Indigenous people have long been trampled upon, forced out, removed, or killed from their homeland. Here, Bantustans are supposed to be areas of land run by the tribal leader.  Since they have leadership in place that is one of their own, they don’t need a voice. They have a leader who is of their tribe. So they don’t need the vote, they don’t need the right to speak, to voice change, to speak up for better lives.
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Interestingly these new laws are available — but only in English. How many of the indigenous tribal people speak English…..
I share this with you so that all of us can raise the curtain.  When people announce something positive — such as strengthening local leaders — find the there there.  Find out what’s really going on.  Today I share this with you that every person, especially indigenous, must have their important voice.  Spread the word so we can support them to take a stand, and that leaders such as Zuma must be firmly led to change their ways. If enough of us speak, if the world speaks, he can change!   And how important this is, when indigenous people really are the founders of their country…
Keep believing and helping,
Pamela
Jacob Zuma wants to strengthen traditional leaders
Critics say this will let them abuse their people
IN A community hall at the edge of the Kalahari desert, hundreds of Khoisan (also known as Bushmen) have gathered for a hearing on a new bill that could decide who rules them. Several are dressed in animal skins, with quivers of arrows slung across their backs. But despite their obvious interest, they are struggling to learn the details of the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill. Few have seen a copy. It is available only online, and in English.
Even expressing their views is a problem: the parliamentary committee that travelled to the remote Northern Cape province for public hearings late last year arranged no translators for Khoi or San languages, or even for Afrikaans, the local lingua franca. Constance Mogale, the national co-ordinator for the Alliance for Rural Democracy, an activist group, watched the public hearing in Upington and shook her head in dismay. “They’re already trampling on our right to information,” she said.
Critics say the bill re-entrenches the tribal boundaries and leadership structures created by the apartheid regime, which dumped many black people in “Bantustans”, semi-autonomous homelands created to maintain the fiction that blacks did not need the vote because they were governed by a tribal chief, even if they barely knew him. The 17m people now in these areas would have no choice but to live under a traditional authority, which would have powers over land use and could be appointed by the government.
There is no shortage of examples of chiefs putting their own interests before those of their people. South Africa’s anti-corruption ombudsman recently found that in one place, Bapo ba Mogale, in the platinum belt north-west of Johannesburg, at least 600m rand ($45m) has gone missing from mining revenues meant for the community. In Limpopo province, a traditional council has been criticised for letting communal land be used by a mining firm that had given payments to the council. The new bill would give even more power to traditional leaders to make deals on behalf of their people.
For the Khoisan, the earliest surviving inhabitants of South Africa, the bill presents a different set of issues. Pushed off their land by colonists and oppressed under apartheid, their post-1994 appeals for land rights and cultural protection have largely been ignored by the ruling African National Congress. Although the new bill purports to address Khoisan gripes, it ignores the thorny issue of land (one group of Khoisan, in a recently filed court case, claims ownership of the whole of South Africa). And though traditional leaders in the former Bantustans would gain power over land, Khoisan leaders (who currently have no official recognition) would gain jurisdiction only over people. Joseph van Wyk, an organiser with Indigenous First Nation Advocacy South Africa, a non-profit, told the public hearing in Upington that his group objects to the bill because it fails to recognise the Khoisan as the first people of South Africa. But for Jacob Zuma, the president (pictured), the bill is a handy way to empower the rural bigwigs whose electoral support he craves.
This article appeared in the Middle East and Africa section of the print edition under the headline “Hail to the chiefs”

“What is my life if I am no longer useful to others” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you have ever lacked purpose, or feel out of alignment, know your life has purpose.  You don’t have to wait to find it.

The whole purpose of Life, and your life, is to bring some sort of goodness to the world.

Yes, it’s that simple. You might get a Ph.D. and profoundly change how renewable energy powers our communities. But you might also simply smile peacefully and joyously to all that come your way.

Both change the world.  One is immediate, one is long-term.  

The point is your life can and must be useful to others.

Stop the boredom, the frustration, the hurt.  Your life is needed now.  Give your smile and devote your life to doing good. Goethe got it right!  


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Bio of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the rare giants of world literature. Throughout a long and full life, he demonstrated his prolific genius in many different areas. Goethe was born August 28, 1749, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, to a wealthy, middle-class family. He was educated at home by his father and tutors until he went to Leipzig to study law. Following his university graduation, Goethe returned to Frankfurt. His mind was filled with many exciting ideas, and he devoted himself to philosophical studies. It was here that he wrote his first important metrical drama and then the superb short novel. These aroused widespread interest and admiration.
On his return to Germany Goethe lived in a state of semi-retirement and concentrated on his studies, writing and cultivate his wide interests. In 1806 Goethe married a woman who was his mistress for many years, and had a son in 1789. As the years passed he became acquainted with many of the most prominent men of his time and was highly regarded by all. Napoleon Bonaparte was among his most famous admirers and remarked when they first met, “Vous êtes un homme,” (You are a man). By the time of his death, Goethe had attained a position of unprecedented esteem in the literary and intellectual circles. Because of the breadth of his thought, his comprehension of human nature and optimistic faith in the human spirit, and his intuitive grasp of universal truths, Goethe is regarded by many as the outstanding poet of the modern world. He died March 22, 1832, but his work lives in its meaning and value for modern day readers.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Promise Yourself – To talk health… (Part 2 of 10)

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Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your second one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

Promise yourself

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

 

Christian D. Larson (1874 – 1962) was a New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. He is credited by Horatio Dresser as being a founder in the New Thought movement.  Many of Larson’s books remain in print today, nearly 100 years after they were first published, and his writings influenced notable New Thought authors and leaders, including Religious Science founder, Ernest Holmes.

Larson, of Norwegian origin, was born in Iowa and attended Iowa State College and a Unitarian theological school in Meadville, PA.  While little is known about his personal life and what led to his studies in mental science, what is known is its logical teachings appealed to Larson’s analytical mind and led him to discover that combining theology and science could provide a practical and systematic philosophy of life.  During his time he was honorary president of the International New Thought Alliance and lectured extensively during the 1920s and 1930s. He was a colleague of such notables as William Walker Atkinson, Charles Brodie Patterson, and Home of Truth founder Annie Rix Militz. He developed the Optimist Creed in use today by Optimist International, better known as the Optimist Clubs.

Bio Source: Wikipedia and Christian D. Larson Home Page