Category Archives: Living Right

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


“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.

Take the Trash Out: Joel Osteen’s Declaration

“I declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what he has done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities and the favor that he has blessed me with. I will thank him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of his goodness. This is my declaration.”

– Joel Osteen
I Declare, “Day Five”


We’ve talked about all the goodness we receive in our lives.  We need to value all the people, opportunities, and joys of life.  Please don’t take a moment for granted.

Joel Osteen encourages us to go beyond. Realize that not only opportunities, but also great love has been bestowed on you by someone. Perhaps a family member, a special friend, or a colleague at work. Take this love given to you and be grateful. If they gave you an opportunity, they are expressing love. 

So receive the love, and give it back in gratitude.   There’s not a moment to be wasted… 

Yet some of us go the other direction when we complain. When we get discouraged. When we don’t think positively. We just filled up our minds, our hearts, our lives and our influence on others with something we should quite frankly throw away.  See complaining for what it is —trash.


If you have been given an opportunity, and we all have been given some gift at some point, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday is precious.


Take the trash out.  Nullify any complaining.     It’s time to Glorify all the good!

If you are favored, and we all are, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday Precious.

Take the trash out. Glorify all the good.


Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church. Born in Houston, Texas, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church where Osteen is the current senior pastor.  For many years, John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. But, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year.  Osteen married Victoria in 1987, two years after Osteen met her when he stopped by the jewelry store her father owned. Their two young children, Alexandra and Jonathan, also take an active role in Sunday services.

In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies.  Osteen’s popularity led to him being featured as one of ABC News’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006”, and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by The Church Report.

How Abraham Lincoln’s “Point to Point” Leadership Resolved Our Country’s Greatest Issues


Abraham Lincoln faced so many, many challenges. And yet he related to James G. Blaine, a United States Representative and later Senator and Secretary of State, that he listened in the moment.   Continue reading

“Una Sonrisa Significa Mucho” – A Smile Means A Lot


“Una sonrisa significa mucho. Enriquece a quien la recibe; sin empobrecer a quien la ofrece. Dura un segundo pero su recuerdo, a veces, nunca se borra.” -Anónimo


This means:

A smile means a lot. It enriches whoever receives it without impoverishing whoever offers it. It lasts a second, but the memory of it sometimes is never erased. 

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Studies have shown that simply smiling can reduce the intensity of our body’s response to stress.

We are so accustomed to smiling only when we are happy that it is actually possible to gain some psychological relief by holding a smile for just a few moments!

Being the recipient of a friendly smile – even from a stranger – can have the same effect.

Smiling is often “contagious” and is one of the easiest ways to spread positivity as you walk down the street, or to change the mood in a meeting.



She Didn’t Need to Ask Him For Anything

I have a group called my “Spiritual Friends.”  These are people with great hearts!  So we love to share inspiration.

Last night I read a prolific mini-biography on Catherine of Genoa, from the 15th century.


Her life was so different from the lives we live today.  She lived a very tough life, but, in the last part of her life — See how happy! How fulfilled!  How complete she is!   She is living and serving in Love. Her life is so complete, because she is fully loving.

So let’s learn from her and from her life… Here’s her brief story.

Catherine came from the prominent Italian Fieschi family. She originally wanted to join the convent.  Upon the death of her father at age 16, Catherine married a wealthy trader. He was also from prestige, having been connected to two Popes in his family.

It was not a happy union. He treated her most unkindly with a violent temper and relentless spending.  At times, she was distracted from her original spiritual devotion to God.


At one point in a church, she became so humbled and had a vision of conversion.  She became in constant union with God.  It was back to her original vision of wanting to be in a convent, in a way; she was tireless, obedient, loving. She became a mystic and saint, ministering to the poor with utmost servitude.

It was said about her: “Her love for God was matched only by her love for others.”

As you see below, she was so close to God — she didn’t need to ask him for anything. 

“May this be our prayer: “I do not want to turn my eyes from you O God.   There I want them to stay and not move no matter what happens to me, within or without.”

For those who trust in God need not worry about themselves. As I think about you, my spiritual children, I see that God’s pure love is attentive to all your needs. It is because of his tender love I need not ask anything of God for you.”  -Catherine of Genoa

Catherine of Genoa

Life’s and Teachings
“Her love for God was matched only by her love for others”
Bio: Catherine of Genoa was born in Genoa in 1447. Following an unhappy and abusive marriage, she was converted to Catholicism during a confession. Catherine of Genoa became a saint recognized for her work among the sick and the poor.

Watch South Africa – Renewable Energy Up 68%!

Want to hear an incredible success story with renewable energies? Then watch South Africa!

In a remarkable 4 years, they have become a model for renewable energy all across the world. What is most critical about renewable energy is not just producing it — but to making it cost-effective.

Solar panels are effective. With over 195,000 installations in 2014, nearly 645,000 U.S. homes and businesses have now gone solar and a new solar project was installed every 2.5 minutes. 450 individual school districts could each save more than $1,000,000 over 30 years by installing a solar PV system. But if they are expensive it prohibits many people (and companies) from buying them. Even if you can point to a greater long-term investment, it’s hard for the short-term pocketbook.


So let’s watch South Africa: Prices for wind energy are down 42%; prices for solar energy are down 68%.

Further, their economic council is on board with this program. They realize how impactful it can be… for not just the cities to benefit, but for the rural communities. Many of them have never had access to any type of energy.   And now their first energy source is renewable and natural!

renewable energy
How exciting that our world is leapfrogging pollutant energy such as coal. We’re getting people at the bottom of our pyramid the cleanest energy on Earth. Wonderful!!!

Source: Solar Energy Data


More background:

South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, and it is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area. South Africa have 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world. South Africa’s motto is “Unity in Diversity”, which reflects on all the different kind of ethnic groups that live in the country.

Source: South Africa

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is energy that is derived from natural processes (e.g. sunlight and wind) that are replenished at a higher rate than they are consumed. Solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, bioenergy and ocean power are sources of renewable energy.

Source: Renewable Energy

How Armenians Sprinkle Love, and Protect It – We Should Do the Same


Continuing our theme on Armenian Culture, the Transfiguration features several active and protective gods.

“According to legend, the goddess Astghik spread love through the Armenian land by sprinkling rosy water and presenting roses. The god Vahagn kept and protected that love, constantly fighting against evil. This feast was performed after the adoption of Christianity.”

May we all think about how we can Sprinkle Roses and Refreshing Water, and Protect that Love in our daily lives.


More Background:
The Transfiguration (Vardavar: The Feast of Water)
Religious Holiday
Observed on July 19

In the traditional Armenian range of holidays, the Transfiguration is the major summer holiday and is celebrated 14 weeks after Easter. In pre-Christian Armenia this holiday was associated with the pagan goddess Anahit, to whose heathen temple the young and the old went on pilgrimage. The word Vardavar has two meanings: “the flaming of the rose and “to sprinkle with water.  On Vardavar in modern times, everybody pours water on one another, starting in the early morning; no one is allowed to feel offended or displeased by mischief on that day.

Source: Armenia Information