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Trust even when…

“Our attitude should be “I’m going to Trust… even when life doesn’t make sense. 

“Our attitude should be “I’m going to serve… whether I understand it or I don’t understand it.” 


Despite all the good in the world, we face tough things in life.


The worst thing you can do is ask why.

Listen to this wonderful thought leader:

“When we face the unanswered questions of life, your attitude should be I’m going to trust…. wherever I understand it or not. [Life’s] not looking for whiners.  [Life’s] looking for warriors.  So [if I don’t understand ] I’m going to put it into my ‘I don’t understand file’ and move on.”[1]

You might not have gotten that deal or received a no from your marriage proposal.  Maybe you got turned down from the 10th school, 11th job interview, 12th apartment application, turned down from the 13th grant, from the 14th patent, the 15th venture capital pitch.

YOU may be saying,“What am I to do!’

And frustration, dismay, hurt builds…

Yet we have to stop that “internal movie” of dismay.  Stop playing over disbelief, frustration.  Create a new film.

This film trusts the process.  This film trusts Life.  This movie unrolls a new door, a new pathway of hope, of opportunity.
Trust and move forward.  None ever says you get to know all the answers.  But we do know one answer we can trust:  “I’m going to be my best today, and expect the best today.”
Life may be that simple.

[1] Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States, in Houston, Texas.


Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Money Can’t Buy Happiness


Money can’t buy happiness. 

Sometimes we forget this.  Remember, it was the Beatles who brought this up through their songs. They had powerful messages which made us think.  So the next time you are enjoying one of their songs, remember, too, their life advice. Money cant buy happiness.

Strong relationships do. 

Working at something you love can bring it.  Spending time with those you respect does. Adhering to your values does.   Relationships, sincere work, people and values bring you happiness.  Focus on those four areas, and not only will you have happiness, but the money will come.  Youll be doing what you love to do, and that will surely be compensated.


No 1 Quality to Look for In People You Hire According to Warren Buffett

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffett 
Dear Living and Giving Team, what good advice!  :)


For our new employees, our home, on our errands, playing a lacrosse game or coaching a lacrosse game, and for ourselves…


Lovely qualities of efficiency, intelligence, even productive accomplishment shrinks in light of our integrity.        


Every day we are an example to others in what we say, and do. What a life endeavor to do so!


Thank you, Warren Buffett, for inspiring leaders every day!



Warren Buffett, CEO and major shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, a company worth around $150 billion, is a highly known business magnate who is invariably featured in the list of the top 10 wealthiest people in the world. Unlike many other multi-billionaires, however, is his public stance against the lavish living and excessive spending that many others in his economic situation engage in. On multiple occasions, Mr. Buffett has explained his plans for leaving 99% of his inheritance for social and public works and not to his family, saying “I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.”


Mr. Buffett is well known for his humor and his frugal lifestyle, which includes living in the same house since 1958 and regularly enjoying Cherry Coke, Utz Potato Sticks, and Cookies and Cream ice cream. “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old,” he said in a Fortune interview.

I just helped him cry

 From a four-year-old child whose next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.


When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’


Sometimes, we just need to listen to people and help them through their hurt. Who can you help today? Let’s slow down and listen to the needs of people in our lives.


I know my older sister loves me…

‘I know my older sister loves me
because she gives me all her old clothes
and has to go out and buy new ones.’
     – Lauren, age 4
What a sweet quote that allows us to think in a different way. 
I love this; It’s not a hand me down… It’s not an older sister giving you their “old” clothes.
It’s someone who truly loves you. They are sincerely giving you that sweet dress, to care for you.
What else in our lives could we look at in this way?
If you are late to the airport, can you trust that you are on the right flight, and will meet the right people? You could see it as an opportunity.
If you are stuck in an elevator, is there someone who needs your support? Could you pray for them or the world? You could see it as an opportunity.
If your son didn’t make the high school newspaper, can you help guide him to a new writing opportunity? It’s an opportunity! Perhaps you could encourage him to start his own blog, or even apply for an internship at the local paper!
If you didn’t get the job you wanted, can you trust there is a different manager who will help you grow? It’s an opportunity… Perhaps you will find a new job, with a fantastic mentor.
Let’s open up our minds…
See, hand-me-downs are family members giving you the clothes off their backs.
This is a loving world.
     Love, Pamela

Be an Unofficial Volunteer

helping hands

We’ve put too much pressure on ourselves. From so many of our interns I hear “I want to do good now, I don’t want to wait.”
That’s a great calling to have; we should all have that mindset. However, it doesn’t mean everyone can go off on a mission or volunteer trip today. So what can we do?
Today I was at Stanford working at the Starbucks before a meeting. We were at the long tables, and many people would eat their lunch, and leave their takeout box on the table. Pretty soon the takeout boxes were stacked up on the table. It became a model for everyone – just leave your leftovers there.
But the trash, recycling, and composting were only 15 feet away.

Every time I went to the restroom or got up to get a drink, I simply took a couple of the boxes and composted them. I am sure that the Starbucks personnel are responsible for cleaning up any messes. But how nice if we could help them by doing so ourselves, and providing a good example.

Singapore, Switzerland, and Canada provide good examples of this. In their culture, it’s not acceptable to litter. In fact, in Singapore, there’s a minimum $500 fine for littering a cigarette, and as a result, you don’t see that litter. In Switzerland there isn’t litter because they value order, high standards and the preservation of nature. (They also leverage heavy fines.)
We can do good today, right now. Be an unofficial volunteer. Help clean up the area around you. Provide a good example for others.
And the good news? It doesn’t cost a plane trip to go volunteer :)

12 Daily Disciplines to Guarantee Success- John Maxwell

From a superb leader, John Maxwell. Here are some of his Daily Disciplines to Guarantee Success.  Which ones speak to you?


  • Choose and display the right attitude
  • Determine and act on important priorities
  • Communicate with and care for your family
  • Practice and develop good thinking
  • Deepen and live out your spiritual faith
  • Initiate and invest in solid personal relationships
  • Plan for and model being generous
  • Seek out and embrace personal improvements


What I personally love is the sense of “and.” It’s not just enough to seek out personal improvement, you must embrace it. You choose and display  the right attitude. You practice and develop good thinking. You can’t just wish, meditate, pray for your desired goal (although that is the perfect starting point!)


So, what can you plan today, and make sure it happens?  


Be inspired to firmly plan and gently being to take action today.


We can build our lives to new levels, action by action.



John C. Maxwell is an American author and leadership expert. His books –especially the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership– have sold millions of copies and have even landed him on the New York Time’s Bestseller List. Born in 1947 to an evangelical family in Garden City, Michigan, Maxwell was exposed to a religious lifestyle from a young age. He served as a senior pastor at Skyline Church for 14 years, but in 1995, he decided to devote his efforts full-time to writing and speaking. It was then that Maxwell began to think deeply about leadership. 


He founded INJOY, Maximum Impact, the John Maxwell Team, ISS, and EQUIP. EQUIP is an international leadership development organization that works to develop leaders; in fact, it is involved with leaders from over 80 nations. Its mission is to “see effective leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation,” the Great Commission being a tenet of Christianity about the instructions of Jesus Christ. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, and even the United States Military Academy about effective leadership strategies. Notably, he was one of the 25 authors named to Amazon’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was Inc. Magazine’s #1 leadership and management expert in the world.