The Classic Pamela Positive: “Our Doubts Are Traitors.”- William Shakespeare

“Our doubts are traitors.”

– William Shakespeare

Don’t let doubt into for your life, for it is not a friend. He is not your companion in any way. Would you go on a special walk with Doubt in the hills? Take Doubt to lunch?   Get married to Doubt?

Then stop spending time with him  — especially in your mind.

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William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 [baptized] – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist and often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. His works and collaborations consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.  His numerous works include Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juilet, and Much Ado About Nothing. To this day his works have been repeatedly adopted, rediscovered, and reinterpreted in many contexts around the world. (Bio source: Wikipedia: William Shakespeare and Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings)

“Coming Together Is A Beginning; Keep Together Is Progress; Working Together Is Success.” – Henry Ford

“Coming together is a beginning; keep together is progress; working together is success.”

– Henry Ford

When I read that, my heart sighs in relief. That’s just a description of healthy management or a positive marriage. And what a joy it is when we have it! A team that works together with ease, with joy.  This certainly isn’t just about manufacturing or cars!

We all know that synergy…. it’s that feeling that people are communicating seamlessly. You might know what each other is going to say. Perhaps you instinctively know best how to split activities and responsibilities, respecting the unique talents of each.

Most importantly, you share. You share thoughts, ideas, insights, work and wisdom.

May we come together in peace. Keep together by excellence in communication, building a sure foundation. And work together towards success, where both parties feels supported, triumphant, and….loved. Marriage, Management, Meeting, No Matter What — that’s the feeling we strive for.

Successful Communication and Execution Through Love.

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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.  Ford married Clara Ala Bryant (1866–1950) in 1888 and supported himself by farming and running a sawmill. Ford did not invent the automobile, but he developed and manufactured the Model T, the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy and revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision and his intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations. (Bio source: Wikipedia: Henry Ford)

“Love Is a Partnership Of Two Unique People Who Bring Out the Very Best In Each Other” – Barbara Cage

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“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”

– Barbara Cage

It doesn’t matter whether it is marriage or not.  Bring out the best in people.  Our standards for marriage should be the highest we have, in how we treat people.  Why not apply a “Marriage Standard,”  to all our relationships?  Life is so exciting if we are in high pursuit of a lofty goal in how we treat others.

 

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Barbara Cage is known for her quotes on love, marriage, relationships, and mothers and daughters.  Not much is known about her but what’s known is that her quotes on those topics have appeared in many publications and websites such as The Happy Wives Club. (Bio sources: Happy Wives Club: Marriage Quotes and Quotes Tree: Daughter Quotes)

Personal Happiness Lives in the Realization That……” J.K. Rowling

“Personal happiness lives in the realization that life is not a checklist of personal acquisition or achievement; your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older that confuse the two.”

What an important statement to read over, again and again and again. Team Living and Giving, you really need to know who you are. 
 
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You are vibrant, strong, positive. Or perhaps you are kind, soft and caring.  You are smart from school, street smart, or heart smart – in some way you are smart!  You help your neighbor, run an errand for your mom, bake cookies for your kids, or pull up another seat at the dinner table for an unexpected guest.  That’s being the best you.
 
We take J.K. Rowling’s beautiful reminder to be all who we are.To focus on our qualities, not just on our resume. That’s how we can be happy, and give the best happiness, to others.
 
Enjoy Your Life, 
Pamela

The New Luxury – Water

In many emerging nations, children are starving and dying due to lack of clean water.  As a “developed” nation, it certainly doesn’t seem that advanced for us to be getting water for free.   Meanwhile, two million people in the developing world are dying every year because they can’t access clean water.

Maybe we won’t have water fountains in the future.

It doesn’t make sense.   If there is a limited, precious resource, why should it flow freely to those who have the most access to it? And at the same time, be so costly to others who need it most?

I think we should have to buy our water, bottled or fountain.  It’s a cherished, expensive and rare commodity. Quite soon, and even by certain nations, water already is the new diamond.

The diamonds which are jewels are high end commodities, which are optional.  Yet water is not a “high-end commodity” that we can go without.

Our society is now realizing that the most prized and honored possessions in our world are things that we actually cannot possess…  Water is used, captured again, recycled in nature, and used again.  Unlike diamonds, it can’t fit in our jewelry box, where we take it out whenever we so desire.  Its beauty rests in its necessary part of our day to day.

Its beauty rests in the continuation of life.

 

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Let’s do all we can today to conserve water or donate to make water available for someone else.

The Pamela Positive: “Sail Away from the Safe Harbor” – Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

It’s okay to feel safe. In some ways, we need to feel safe as a launching pad, knowing that someone believes in us.  And from that harbor, we can and should launch into spectacular venues where we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. You will grow and be inspired in ways you could never imagine.  You inspire.

For those of you who dream and discover starting from shaky ground, you have a courage that will carry you through to new heights and insights.  You inspire!

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835.  In his writing, he presented an honest, yet satirical portrayal of antebellum south.  His criticisms of the south, such as in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, cried out against racist attitudes.  He led an exciting life as a ferry boat driver and a prospector during the Gold Rush; his experiences enhanced his understanding of the American culture which he wrote about.

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The Pamela Positive: Keep Your Balance

 

I think one key point in life is to maintain balance–balance between time for work, time for loved ones, time for oneself, time for interests outside of one’s business. It’s so important to keep that balance, or we’ll simply burn-out.

I remember once when I was young in my career, and meeting with a fairly older, single woman. She was a successful venture capitalist. But I don’t know that I would consider her life successful. She traveled the world incessantly and was on every important board. But she seemed tired and joy was scarce. She told me to “Pack it all in.”

I didn’t. I kept my balance. I started a nonprofit and I did creative improv. I took care of my very young nephews and nieces. I loved life and I loved the people in my life.

We need to be renewed. We need to feel honored as whole, functioning people with families, outside interests, balanced lives, as well as our commitment to achieving the goals and vision of the organizations we run. The beauty of this balance is that I come back energized to UniversalGiving. My mind has had “time off” and is thrilled to re-engage with our efforts to serve. I look at challenges in a new light. My energy is renewed. I bring new skills to the table; my thoughts are stronger and more helpful. It’s better for me–and for my organization.