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The Pamela Positive: “Make of Your Life an Affirmation”

“Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” –Alexander Haig

Alexander Haig was a four-star general in the United States Army, as well as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Ford, and Secretary of State under President Reagan.

Does Your Life Measure Up To What UN Says It Should Be?

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What does your life look like?  Are you fulfilled?
Here are some qualities that the U.N. and other world organizations say are important for healthy children and adults.   They are gearing this more towards developing nations.  And yet, doesn’t this hold true for all of us?
Do you have the following qualities in your life?  If so, then reinforce them and express gratitude. If not then, why not brainstorm how you can have (or give!) more appreciation or adventure in your life.

Enjoy this special journey of life….

Autonomy – I have a sense of my own independence and uniqueness.

Appreciation – I feel respected and valued for who I am – and respect others.

Agency – My choices have meaning/significance, and I am able to make decisions that impact me.
Achievement – I have opportunities and am encouraged to work at my highest and best level.
 
Attachment  – I have relationships in all aspects of my life for which I care, and by which I am cared for.
Altruism – I have the means/opportunities to express my caring for others through specific acts/attitudes.
Adventure – I have opportunities to exercise curiosity and am encouraged to try new experiences/ideas.
Aliveness – I am filled with vitality, play, a sense of being alive!
Awe – I feel wonder, peace and connection with the world around me.

This list was created by the organization, Learning for Well-being, in Brussels, Belgium.

In terms of policy, the creation of Learning for Well-being took inspiration from the resolutions adopted by major international bodies: The World Health Organization describes a state to be achieved by defining health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) emphasizes a child’s right to achieve their full potential and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The ‘four pillars of learning’, as defined in the 1996 report to UNESCO by the International Commission on Education for the 21st Century, Learning: the Treasure Within: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together underline learning as process. The Council of Europe has described well-being as a universal human right, using the phrase “Well-being for All” to encompass individual well-being as well as societal and global well-being, extending to future generations.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Make of Your Life an Affirmation”

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“Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” –Alexander Haig

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Alexander Haig was a four-star general in the United States Army, as well as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Ford, and Secretary of State under President ReaganA veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Haig received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.

 

The Pamela Positive: “Remember That Success Is Not Defined by Victories”

“Remember that success is not defined by victories.”  John Wooden’s definition of success is “peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. His ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.  He was married to Nellie Riley for 53 years, and they had two children.  After Nellie’s death, John had a monthly ritual until his own death 25 years later, of visiting her grave and writing her a love letter.

The Pamela Positive: “Make of Your Life an Affirmation”

“Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” –Alexander Haig

Alexander Haig was a four-star general in the United States Army, as well as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Ford, and Secretary of State under President ReaganA veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Haig received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.

 

“I Would Make Something Happen” – Louis L’Amour

One of our prolific American writers from the Midwest, Louis L’Amour wrote about the rugged wilderness of the west in the 1900s.  He spoke of our pioneering spirit, the need to create our future, and the adventure of it all. And so he has good advice for any entrepreneur:

“I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.”

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.

The Pamela Positive: “Make of Your Life an Affirmation”

“Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” –Alexander Haig

Alexander Haig was a four-star general in the United States Army, as well as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Ford, and Secretary of State under President Reagan.