Category Archives: Positivity, Goodness and Thoughts

The Classic Pamela Positive: “I Am Here for a Purpose and That Purpose Is to Grow into a Mountain.” – Og Mandino

 

 

“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”

– Og Mandino

 

 

aerial view photography of mountains under cloudy sky

 

 


Og Mandino (1923-1996) is a well-known author.  His bestselling book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, sold more than 50 million copies.  His book was translated into 25 different languages. In addition, he served as the president of Success Unlimited Magazine, and was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall Of Fame.

He was married to Bette Mandino for nearly forty years, and he described her as having “a lot more faith in me than I had in myself.”

Biosource: Wikipedia, ogmandino.com


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The Classic Pamela Positive: See The Latest On How Are We Connect

 

In an interesting book called Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari reminds us that as human beings we are always connected.

 

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What is so profound is his discovery of the connections that have happened in our past.

Community was in the form of groups, religion, churches, community leagues, philosophies, salons, discussions and in-person gatherings. As someone who loves volunteering, I love community. Community means spending time together.

 

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Yet a shift is happening. Machine-learning and AI are starting to assume the wisdom of how we should group. The wisdom of how we should communicate and the wisdom of our actions. “Group data” is dictating how our communities should act, how we should act, and what we are going to do.

I love community — and I also love technology. I believe it can be used for good. Many companies can use AI and these behavioral predictions to help people in health, business predictions, and operations, reducing costs. This kind of AI is all good.

 

markus-spiske-507983-unsplash (1) (1) (1).jpg

 

But how discomforting that AI transcends into our personal sphere. Now, more than ever, many of us long for a true, heartfelt connection. Long for caring about the world, long for caring about each other. And machine learning is supposed to be our glue? Machine learning is going to tell us how are going to connect and when and how?

 

franck-v-517860-unsplash (1) (1) (1)

 

I’m not sure we want to be categorized by group behaviors, by computer algorithms that say when we should talk, when we need to meet, or predict how we’re going to behave.

 

alexis-brown-85793-unsplash.jpg

 

However, this may well help companies and their sales teams. It will help companies create and deliver products that may appeal to us. But the line has to stop when it starts to dictate how we act, feel, or how we will act or feel.

 

element5-digital-538880-unsplash (3) (1).jpg

 

There’s a part of life that shouldn’t be categorized. There’s a part of human connection that should be considered priceless, unquantifiable. There is a part of us that all long for the literary salon,

 

nathan-dumlao-704161-unsplash

 

the community group with a potluck,

 

gabriel-garcia-marengo-68299-unsplash.jpg

 

the book club where we are all nurturing and listening to each other

 

nicole-honeywill-703542-unsplash

 

and the warm church or synagogue or temple gathering.

 

josh-applegate-141465-unsplash

 

We’re not asking to be quantified.

Let’s go find and nurture community the old-fashioned, connected way. It will create deep relationships and help us be our best. We can be grateful for advancement in technology, but keep community personal. If we listen to our hearts, we will know when we need to meet, with whom and where. We must be sure to

listen to our hearts.

Let’s Go Out And Find Some Community,

Pamela

 


Yuval Noah Harari was born in Kiryat Ata, Israel, in 1976 and grew up in a secular Jewish family with Lebanese and Eastern European roots in Haifa, Israel. Harari is gay and in 2002 met his husband Itzik Yahav, whom he calls “my internet of all things”. Yahav is also Harari’s personal manager. They married in a civil ceremony in Toronto in Canada. The couple lives in a moshav (a type of cooperative agricultural community of individual farms), Mesilat Zion, near Jerusalem.

Harari received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions. As of the end of 2018, his books have sold 19 million copies worldwide.

Harari lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books and articles, and has written for publications such as The Guardian, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist and Nature magazine. He also offers his knowledge and time to various organizations and audiences on a voluntary basis.

Biosource: Yuval Noah Harari Official Website, Wikipedia


Citations:  Yuval Noah Harari Official Website, https://www.ynharari.com/
Yuval Noah Harari Twitter,
                    https://twitter.com/harari_yuvalref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Serenity, Courage and Wisdom

 

 

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.”

– Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

 

 

Dr. Niebuhr’s quote is one of the most world renowned, for he paints to the fact that “everything you need is already inside,” and the importance of believing in oneself, balanced with a practical sense of what can be done.  We should encourage ourselves in areas in which we can truly make a change.  Of course the process of trying, especially if we love it, is important to our growth at times. At other times, we need to let go and focus on the positive mountain which is beckoning us to climb it.

 

 

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For the most part, it does come down to motives, too. If it is our past, you cannot change it.  Therefore his wisdom guides us.  Focus on the present, right now, right now, right now…in order to live fully and effect change as we speak…

 

 


Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr was a theologian and orator.  He was an outspoken critic of poor industry conditions in factories.  He supported unions by letting organizers use his pulpit to advocate for workers rights.  He edited the magazine Christianity and Crisis for more than twenty years, and published a number of books and essays, including The Nature and Destiny of Man.  He was married to Ursula Keppel-Compton, a leading figure at Barnard College, who worked with Niebuhr on his writing.

“Jimmy Iovine Isn’t Blind” – Anjula Acharia, Partner at Trinity Ventures

 

Anjula Acharia can’t say enough about Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy works with Apple on Apple Music, founder of Interscope Records, and a Silicon Valley icon. And of course, as a partner of Trinity Ventures, Anjula is a beautiful, extremely intelligent Silicon Valley icon in her own right.

 

 

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(Jimmy Iovine and Anjula Acharia on the right)

 

 

What she writes is how Jimmy maintains his professionalism as well as appreciation at the same time.

 

For example, he will say, “That’s a great dress.”

 

He is able to appreciate style, sophistication, beauty, and expression of one’s unique and lovely identity. But as Anjula explains, he never takes it to an awkward or inappropriate level such as, “Wow, you look hot.”

 

That just never happens. Once at a party, someone prompted Jimmy saying, “Isn’t Anjula so pretty.”

 

And at that point in time, she related that Jimmy Iovine got very, very serious and stated, even amidst a party and club situation:

 

“I don’t look at Anjula that way. I’m on her board and an investor in her company. She’s an incredibly talented businesswoman.”1

 

 

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For Anjula,

her heart soared.

 

She knew that her investor appreciated her for who she was and for her business. She knew that Jimmy was expressing his confirmation, belief, and faith in her as an excellent businesswoman. It did not have to do with looks — and he was not going to mix it up with looks.

 

Jimmy seems to be a model for someone who can “appreciate a beautiful dress and state it beautifully.”

 

He also appreciates the business acumen of one of our top Silicon Valley leaders.

 

Thank you Anjula Acharia for sharing this story and thank you to Jimmy Iovine for being a great example to men worldwide.

 

We are Grateful for Your Models,

Pamela Hawley

 


 

Anjula Acharia-Bath  Anjula Acharia-Bath served as a Partner at Trinity Ventures. Ms. Acharia-Bath served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the firm. She serves as an Advisor India Internet Fund. She sits on the advisory board of the United Nation Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign which funds U.N. programs promoting the health, safety, education and leadership of girls in developing countries. She has received global press, radio and television recognition for her achievements. She has also featured on Billboard’s International Power Players 2014 list. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts from Middlesex University.

Bio Source: Bloomberg

 

James Iovine   (born March 11, 1953) is an American record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records. In 2006, Iovine and rapper-producer Dr. Dre founded Beats Electronics. The company was purchased by Apple Inc.

James Iovine was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Italian working-class family. His mother was a secretary and his father, Vincent “Jimmy” Iovine, worked in the docks as a longshoreman. His father’s passing and his love for Christmas inspired Jimmy to record A Very Special Christmas in 1985.  Since the start of his career, Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums

Bio Source: Wikipedia

 


 

 

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Mr Rogers’ Impact On the World

 

Mr. Rogers was an icon. He had a purity of heart that made people believe.

 

It made people believe in purity, in goodness, in kindness, in love and in allowing everyone to feel valued. He looked in their eyes and made them feel that way.

 

 

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I know it, because when I worked in broadcast at KTLA in Los Angeles, I had the honor of meeting this man.

 

 

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My job was to take care of all the on-screen talent. He was indeed authentic and caring, not only with children, but also with every adult as well. He took the time to truly look them in the eyes, to slow down, and to really care.

 

 

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If you haven’t seen the documentary, then I recommend that you go see it. It doesn’t just talk about a man and his values, it’s not about a man and children, it’s about a man who has a vision.

 

A vision that people should be loved everywhere and that people should be cherished. And he let them know it.

 

 

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That doesn’t mean his life was easy.

 

At times, he had to take a stance. At times, he had to be very strong regarding

 the state of television. 

 

He was shocked at the negativity– how all the cartoons have violence. It was so uncomfortable for such a wonderful man to see that all the goodness that he had put forth on his show every day was being eclipsed by tech warriors, video figures, bullies and negative characters. He saw that television was hurting a generation of young children and it broke his heart.

 

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So this loving man took a stance against negativity — in all forms. He used his show as a platform:

  • In 1968 Mister Rogers Neighborhood shared antiwar sentiments and messages of peace,  right in the middle of the Vietnam War — and the first year of his show. That takes courage.
  • He showcased Make-Believe episodes against arms races, and focused on purity.
  • He made food and hunger issues a prominent issue on his show.

 

We are grateful for icons such as Mr. Rogers who never gave up and fought to see positive justice for kids and their education and their learning. Watch here to see how he impacted people’s lives. You can do this too!

We’re All Trying To Be Loving,

Pamela

 


 

Fred Rogers was an American television personality, most known for his television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He was also trained as a Presbyterian minister and his trainings caused him to dislike the type of media aimed at children. This led him to create his television series, which quickly became an icon for children’s media and education. Rogers promoted racial equality, pacifism during the Gulf War, and women’s equality throughout his episodes and characters. He was also a vegetarian, an avid swimmer, and did not drink or smoke. He attended Dartmouth College before moving on to Rollins College to study music composition. There he met and married his wife, Sarah Joanne Byrd. They had a lifelong marriage and they had two sons together.

Law Enforcement Or Trust

 

“Law enforcement is the ‘last resort’ 

 

–       Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf

 

What’s the most important thing in law enforcement?

Trust.

Truly what has to happen first is a very strong commitment by any law enforcement agency in building trust. It’s trust first, then, the Law as last resort.

 

 

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How can you build trust?

Well, one of the first objectives is to have law enforcement or community training.  In this way, law enforcement officers that are tasked with enforcing the law, often police officers, and are trained to think about peace, stability and positive measures to prevent violence.

Good News! In Oakland, each police officer has been required to have 8-hour training about why and how people in the community distrust Oakland police. For example, this shows community awareness and it shows an effort to understand the other person’s side.

 

 

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There are programs such as Ceasefire Intervention, which has helped homicides to go down by more than 30% last year.1 Essentially the program treats gangs by helping refer them to social services, encouraging talks and positive communications from law officials.1

 

 

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Therefore, both police officials and community members can undergo community building activities and peace training. In this way, both sides commit to a long-term solution of expecting the best, working for the best, and achieving peace.

 

 

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Does this take work?

 

 

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It sure does. Most anything in life takes hard earned work to achieve hard earned results. And what could be a better result than peace?

May Our Communities Heal,

Pamela

P.S. Perhaps you’d like to support peace today, click here if so!

 


 

 

Citations:
Hernández, Lauren, “With gun killings down in Oakland, police credit Ceasefire program”, San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2018,https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Gun-homicides-down-in-Oakland-police-credit-13173249.php
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The Classic Pamela Positive: See The Latest On How Are We Connect

In an interesting book called Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari reminds us that as human beings we are always connected.

 

 

rawpixel-797112-unsplash (1) (1) (1).jpg

 

 

What is so profound is his discovery of the connections that have happened in our past.

Community was in the form of groups, religion, churches, community leagues, philosophies, salons, discussions and in-person gatherings. As someone who loves volunteering, I love community. Community means spending time together.

 

 

robert-bye-141864-unsplash.jpg

 

 

Yet a shift is happening. Machine-learning and AI are starting to assume the wisdom of how we should group. The wisdom of how we should communicate and the wisdom of our actions. “Group data” is dictating how our communities should act, how we should act, and what we are going to do.

I love community — and I also love technology. I believe it can be used for good. Many companies can use AI and these behavioral predictions to help people in health, business predictions, and operations, reducing costs. This kind of AI is all good.

 

 

markus-spiske-507983-unsplash (1) (1) (1).jpg

 

 

But how discomforting that AI transcends into our personal sphere. Now, more than ever, many of us long for a true, heartfelt connection. Long for caring about the world, long for caring about each other. And machine learning is supposed to be our glue? Machine learning is going to tell us how are going to connect and when and how?

 

 

franck-v-517860-unsplash (1) (1) (1)

 

 

I’m not sure we want to be categorized by group behaviors, by computer algorithms that say when we should talk, when we need to meet, or predict how we’re going to behave.

 

 

alexis-brown-85793-unsplash.jpg

 

 

However, this may well help companies and their sales teams. It will help companies create and deliver products that may appeal to us. But the line has to stop when it starts to dictate how we act, feel, or how we will act or feel.

 

 

element5-digital-538880-unsplash (3) (1).jpg

 

 

There’s a part of life that shouldn’t be categorized. There’s a part of human connection that should be considered priceless, unquantifiable. There is a part of us that all long for the literary salon,

 

 

nathan-dumlao-704161-unsplash

 

 

the community group with a potluck,

 

 

gabriel-garcia-marengo-68299-unsplash.jpg

 

 

the book club where we are all nurturing and listening to each other

 

 

nicole-honeywill-703542-unsplash

 

 

and the warm church or synagogue or temple gathering.

 

 

josh-applegate-141465-unsplash

 

 

We’re not asking to be quantified.

 

 

Let’s go find and nurture community the old-fashioned, connected way. It will create deep relationships and help us be our best. We can be grateful for advancement in technology, but keep community personal. If we listen to our hearts, we will know when we need to meet, with whom and where. We must be sure to

listen to our hearts.

 

Let’s Go Out And Find Some Community,

Pamela

 

 


 

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