Category Archives: The Pamela Positive

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Do Not Fear to Be Eccentric…” – Bertrand Russell


“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
– Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician and mathematician.  He co-wrote “Prinicipia Mathematica” with A. N. Whitehead, attempting to ground math in logic, and he has had a profound influence on philosophy, mathematics and linguistics.  He was a staunch anti-war activist; he was jailed for pacifism in World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, and was against the Vietnam War.  He also acknowledged that war could at times be the lesser of two evils, and supported World War II, in the interest of defeating Hitler as the larger threat.  Russell received a Nobel Prize in Literature, for writing championing freedom and humanitarian ideals.

Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Why I Think CEOs Should Apologize…You’re Responsible for You…

CEOs should apologize.

Every CEO is in a position of leadership, and that means that every day, people are looking to your actions.

It’s not just about being strategic. It’s… are you clear in your direction, are you kind in your communication, and do you live your life according to principle.

It’s one of the greatest calls to living a life of excellence, because whether people mean to or not, they’re watching, absorbing, your every move.

CEOs also make mistakes. And that’s where the graciousness of your team, and the graciousness of you, come in. We need to apologize, and quickly.

I’d say that as a leader, some of my most painful times are when I am not able to be the person I want to be. Perhaps there is an unexpected pressure… a new partnership… a deadline that wasn’t known… or a team member who needs extra help. Perhaps you weren’t able to get accomplished what you’d hoped that day.

Yet we can’t lose our presence as CEOs.

You’re Responsible for You.

Get the sleep that you need; build in the space in your day. If you don’t, you’re going to face pressure that might encourage you to react in ways that are not the true you. And whether we succeed or not, CEOs want to be their best selves at all times. We don’t always succeed… I know I don’t always succeed…

The Classic Pamela Positive: If We Center Down… What Is the Vital Part That Remains?


“… If we center down… and live in that holy Silence, which is dearer than life, and take our life program into the silent places of the heart, with complete openness, ready to do, ready to renounce according to His leading, then many of the things we are doing lose their vitality for us.”
– Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion, Section: The Simplification of Life

What is absolutely vital in your life today? Are you truly called to be doing what you’re doing… or is it simply your agenda? Align your purpose with a divine motive…


Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941) was a Quaker educator and writer, with a focus on mysticism.  He graduated from Wilmington College, and studied at Hartford Theological Seminary with an interest in being a missionary.  During World War I, he joined the YMCA to work with the troops, and worked with German prisoners of war.  His pacifist position eventually lost him this position.  He returned to Hartford to complete his training, and married Lael Macy.  In the 1920s, Kelly and his wife went to Germany, where they were significant in founding a Quaker community.  He returned to Germany in 1938 to encourage Quakers living under Hitler.  Kelly taught at a number of universities throughout the 1930s.  His collection of writing, “A Testament of Devotion”, was published posthumously by a colleague.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Make Criticism Yield to You


“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how hard it is, we have to face challenging feedback and take some step of action. It’s not easy… but the more we do it, the more we become accustomed to it. To being honest with ourselves… and to overcoming the challenge. We grow, we excel, and we move on, up and over it.   With that honesty, as Goethe states, the criticism “will gradually yield to him.”


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he started around the age of twenty-three and didn’t finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period. At the age of sixteen, in 1765, Goethe went to Leipzig University to study law as his father wished, though he also gained much recognition from the Rococo poems and lyric he wrote during this period. In 1766 he fell in love with Anne Catharina Schoenkopf (1746-1810) and wrote his joyfully exuberant collection of poems Annette.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe now rests in the Fürstengruft or “Royal Tomb” in the “Historic Cemetery” in Wiemar where his dear friend Schiller is also laid to rest. In honour of these two famous German men of letters, a statue of Goethe and Schiller now stands at the German National Theatre in Munich. UNESCO’S “Memory of the World” list includes the handwritten works of Goethe preserved by the Goethe-Schiller-Archive.

Bio Source: The Literature Network

The Classic Pamela Positive: Celebrate True Wealth

Wealth is a state of mind, and how we view it with gratitude. Yet we tend to associate wealth with money. But true wealth is in our relationships, the love we have and give, and the joy of each day.  Everyone can be a wealthy person, starting now, this moment.

I am often struck by this positive definition of wealth in my travel and volunteering in developing nations. Families spend time together. They gather food from the fields together, cook together and share meals. It’s all about togetherness. Further, marriages are usually for a lifetime and divorce rates are low.

If we don’t focus on family time, we lose our greatest asset in natural wealth: relationships. Relationships with ourselves, our families, and precious friends who have become like family.

This “living wealth” creates happy, balanced, productive, lower stress lifestyles, because we are connected in the way we are meant to be.

Be Wealthy Today.

With Love, Pamela

In a similar vein, poverty can be mental, emotional or spiritual.

On James Garfield: Our President Who Was an Advocate for Black Rights

It’s amazing how people have similar thoughts in our world. Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic, has released this biography on James Garfield. Garfield was assassinated after only 4 months in office, and therefore is not remembered as much. However, he was a strong advocate for black rights, as I had mentioned in my earlier post: “President Garfield Bans Wrinkles for African-Americans.”

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The Pamela Positive: “When You Believe Everything Is Finished…” – Louis L’Amour


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. This will be the beginning.”
– Louis L’Amour


Louis L’Amour was an American author. He is best known for his Western fiction novels, though he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short-story collections.  He was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore on March 22, 1908, the last of seven children.  He grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, a medium-sized farming community.  As he grew older, he traveled throughout the United States and abroad, in various positions including as a mine assessment worker, a professional boxer and a merchant seaman.  In the 1930s, Louis and his family settled in Oklahoma, and Louis turned his focus to writing.  He began to have success with short stories in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, beginning to sell novels in the 1950s.  Louis also served in the United States Army during World War II.  Louis ultimately wrote 89 novels and more than 250 short stories.