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The Classic Pamela Positive: A Happy Woman…or a Cheerful Woman

“A happy woman is one who has no
cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who
has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”

Beverly Sills

Operatic Soprano

We all go through troubles. That doesn’t mean it wrecks our day. It doesn’t color every moment!  Beverly Sills, one of our most prolific singers in the world, maintained a positive attitude dispite the challenges.

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Be cheery and filled with good wishes for all, including yourself.

The world is so tough, but you can be a flower spreading light and joy. Let your cheer spread….the world needs you.

No matter how tough Beverly Sills’s life was, she continued to deliver cheer. She was one of our most prolific singers, and she just sang with cheer and excellence again and again.

We all can use some cheer. Start with you. See the good, emphasize the good and we go forward on that plane of cheer. No matter the challenges, cheer will buy you higher.

Beverly Sills was a world-class musician and vocal artist. She supported the arts and helped bring some of the musical institutions back to financial viability, such as City Opera. It faced extreme financial troubles and was the hardest hit during the AIDS crisis. They lost dozens of valuable conductors, musicians, singers and operations people. They were hit hard financially, and heart-wise.

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But Beverly Sills used her influence, financial power, personality and knowledge of music to turn around their future. It looked hopeless – and she made it full of hope! She brought cheer back through her cheery personality and expectation of good.

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The sun still shines, even when covered by a cloud. It’s still there. So is your happiness. So is your joy. Sometimes it seems covered a bit, and then, we rediscover it in a more resplendent, beautiful way.

I’m Going Forward with Cheerfulness for You and Me,


Beverly Sills was a singer and opera star. She was born Belle Miriam Silverman on May 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. A gifted soprano, Sills was one of America’s most famous opera performers. At the age of three, she won a radio contest and soon began singing on the radio regularly as Bubbles Silverman. Sills studied opera with a voice coach as a child, and made her operatic debut in 1947 at the Philadelphia Civic Opera. After years of trying, Beverly Sills achieved her dream of singing with the New York City Opera in 1955. She played the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, earning strong reviews. After taking some time away from the stage to handle family matters, she returned stronger than ever in the 1966 New York City Opera production of Handel’s Julius Caesar.

During her long career, Beverly Sills received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. She has written books about her life, including 1987’s Beverly: An Autobiography. She was married to journalist Peter B. Greenough from 1956 until his death in 2006. The couple had two children together. In her retirement, Beverly Sills continued a life of charitable work, notably as a longtime chairwoman of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Soul Is The Core Of Your Being.” – Deepak Chopra

“The soul is the core of your being. Your body is in your soul. Your mind is in your soul. The whole universe is in your soul, and your soul is part of the universal consciousness.”

Deepak Chopra

Author and Lecturer

We get caught up in Silicon Valley. Caught up in the highrises of Hong Kong, our most expensive real estate in the world. Caught up in fashion, fancy dinners and high living.

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But Deepak Chopra tells us we need to be caught up in the soul. In fact, everything relates to it. Our goodness, ethics, love, ability to help, care and do is essential to our soul. It’s essential that this expression of soul also helps others in the most meaningful and permanent way possible.

We can’t escape matters of the heart, and we can’t escape matters of the soul. It’s what populates our true being, and the true being of the world. 

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Be Invested In Soul Living,


Deepak Chopra is an India-born, American author and lecturer, focusing on spirituality and mind-body health. He began his career as a doctor, before moving into alternative medicine. He focuses on meditation and spiritual practices, and the effect of one’s thoughts and emotions on one’s physical health. He is a prominent figure in the New Age movement, and the author of more than 65 books, including 19 New York Times bestsellers. He has sold more than 20 million copies. His books include The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, and Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment. Deepak and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 30 years, and they have two children.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “You’ll See Spirit Operating Everywhere” – Dan Millman

“Like the flower, trusting Spirit working according to a higher will beyond the reach of your mind, you’ll see Spirit operating everywhere, in everyone and everything… To trust the process of your life. The more you trust Spirit in this way, the more you will work with it directly as a living force in your life… unfolding, like a flower, toward the Light.” 

Dan Millman

American Author and Lecturer

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Yes, as hard as life gets… I do think that there is a Spirit, Nature, a Power, aiding you right now! It is not up to you alone.

You are not alone.

So, it is time to Trust this Spirit, this governing power. Then you need to know it, believe it. Get that down deep in your heart!

The flower is tightly closed right now. It’s just a bud. That’s you. Soon, it will burst forth with its glory, spreading its petals and beauty. It will open.

So will you. You are that bud, and you will be that flower. Keep trusting that Spirit Power to come into your aid to help you be the best you can be!

I’m Watching For a Spirit Power In Your Life to Help You Open,


Dan Millman began his career in the athletic arena. He competed in gymnastics and trampoline in high school and college, winning international acclaim. He became gymnastics director at Stanford University in 1968, and in 1972 moved to Oberlin College. He began writing in the 1980s, on diverse topics including fitness and philosophy. His writing and motivational speaking tend to focus on achieving one’s potential. In 2006, his book Way of the Peaceful Warrior was adapted into a film, Peaceful Warrior. He is married to Joy Millman, and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: How to Get People To Follow You in the Deepest Valleys – Sun Tzu

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”

Sun Tzu

Chinese General, Chinese Military Strategist,

Writer and Chinese Philosopher

How important this is.

“Whoever is following you into battle, you should love them as your own.”   

It could be a team at work; a sports team; a political-action group trying to pass a new law or an actual battle.

Love these “soldiers” as your own and their loyalty will be with your forever.

That’s because you have shown your loyalty to them. You will succeed in anything you do! 

Being Loyal is a Beautiful Way to Live, 


Sun Tzu (l. c. 500 BCE) was a Chinese military strategist and general best known as the author of the work The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy (also known as The Thirteen Chapters). He was associated (formally or as an inspiration) with The School of the Military, one of the philosophical systems of the Hundred Schools of Thought of the Spring and Autumn Period (c. 772-476 BCE), which advocated military preparedness in maintaining peace and social order.

Sun Tzu’s historicity is uncertain. The Han dynasty historian Sima Qian and other traditional Chinese historians placed him as a minister to King Helü of Wu and dated his lifetime to 544–496 BC. Modern scholars accepting his historicity place the extant text of The Art of War in the later Warring States period based on its style of composition and its descriptions of warfare. Traditional accounts state that the general’s descendant Sun Bin wrote a treatise on military tactics, also titled The Art of War. Since Sun Wu and Sun Bin were referred to as Sun Tzu in classical Chinese texts, some historians believed them identical, prior to the rediscovery of Sun Bin’s treatise in 1972.

Sun Tzu’s work has been praised and employed in East Asian warfare since its composition. During the twentieth century, The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society as well. It continues to influence many competitive endeavours in the world, including culture, politics, business and sports, as well as modern warfare.

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Classic Pamela Positive When You Care, People Care More Too.

When You Care, People Care More, Too.

When you care, everything in life becomes amped up.  You’ll find legions of people rallying to your side to help you with your cause whether that’s cleaning up your backyard, or starting an organisation, or becoming a part of a political campaign.  When you put forth your positive effort, more positive effort will surround you.

I like to say when you “Take two steps towards life, life takes two steps towards you.”  You don’t have to operate in a vacuum.

Care rallies people around you.

People get excited.

There’s an incredible sense of momentum, passion, enthusiasm around whatever you decide to do…..

 so get in there and care.  

Get in there and put forth your effort.  Your effort won’t just be about you.  Soon you could have 1, 2, 10, a dozen or hundreds of other supporters.  See how much good you can do in the world by caring.  

When You Care, People Care More Too.  

Thank you for Living and Giving,

Pamela Hawley's Signature with an Orange Heart

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