Tag Archives: Gratitude

The Classic Pamela Positive: “If You Can’t Feed A Hundred People…” – Mother Teresa

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

 

Mother Teresa

 

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), best known as Mother Teresa, was a Catholic nun known for her work caring for the poorest of the poor in the slums of India.  She was born in Albania, and joined the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary at the age of 18.  She became a nun in 1937, while teaching at a religious school in Calcutta.  She began her work with the poor in Calcutta in 1948.  In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, which presently has 4,500 sisters and is active in more than 100 countries.  Mother Teresa came to international attention with the 1969 documentary, Something Beautiful for God.  In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her inspiring work with the poor.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “In Happy Moments…”

 

“In happy moments, praise God.  In the difficult moments, seek God.  In the quiet moments, trust God.  In every moment, thank God.”

 

– Anonymous

 

 

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Do It Anyway

 

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

 

 

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What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

 


 

This poem is widely attributed to Mother Teresa, after it was found hanging on a wall in her home for children in Calcutta.  It is a revised version of “The Paradoxical Commandments,” written by Dr. Kent M. Keith.  You can read more about the story on our UniversalGiving blog, PhilanthroPost.

 

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “A Good Time to Laugh Is Any Time You Can” – Linda Ellerbee

 

“A good time to laugh is any time you can”

– Linda Ellerbee

 

 

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Linda Ellerbee (born August 15, 1944) is an American journalist who is most known for several jobs at NBC News, including as a Washington, DC correspondent and host of the Nickelodeon network’s Nick News. Linda grew up in Texas, and attended Vanderbilt University, although she quit without graduating. At NBC, Ellerbee worked as a reporter on The Today Show. Her first anchor job was on the prime-time version of Weekend, with the sign-off phrase “And so it goes.” In 1987, Ellerbee and her life and business partner Rolfe Tessem left network news to start their own production company, producing programs including Nick News – a news program for children that received many awards. In 1992, Ellerbee was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. Since then, Ellerbee spends much of her time speaking to groups about how she fought cancer and how women need to fight not only the disease and for better medical treatments of it, but to laugh in the face of cancer as well.

 

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “I Have Learned Over The Years The Three Gs: Gratitude, God, Go Forward”

 

“I have learned over the years the Three Gs: be Grateful, Go to God and Go forward!”     

 -Grey T. Full

 

Dear Living and Giving Reader,

Let’s delve into this today, and see what it looks like! We can’t miss with being grateful, and let’s start there.

 

 

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Be Grateful.

This can be big things like the wonderful relationship with your parents, your husband or your sweet kitten who is a solace for you at night. Or, it might be “thank you for this nice flight”, “thank you for the peaceful drive”, “thank you that the sun is shining.”

The important thing is to find something. Everyone can find something for which to be grateful. If you need help, call me and we can go through your life and find the good. You’ll be amazed at the list!

 

 

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Go to God.   

 

There is a power. There is a power watching over the world, watching over you, and helping move things forward.

You are not alone. Someone watches over you and loves you! Believe it now. Invest in Him/Her now, so that your life is supported by this Loving Strength and Wisdom.

Go Forward!  

 

With Gratitude and God on your side, you need to Go Forward. Take that next step.

 

 

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You will get closer to your destiny and closer to your goals. Most importantly, you’ll get closer to the loves of your life, whether it’s finding a loving job, a loving husband or wife, or a peaceful neighborhood. You should be living in

Love in all facets of your life.

 

“I have learned over the years the Three Gs: be Grateful, Go to God and Go forward!”

 

 -Grey T. Full

 

You can do this today. You can do this every day.

 

 

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Build a habit of

Gratitude, God and Going Forward.

I’m Grateful For You and Looking Forward to Hearing About Your Progress!

Pamela

 

Citations:
Fig. 1: Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash
Fig. 2: Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash
Fig. 3: Photo by Lindsay Henwood on Unsplash
Fig. 4: Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

The Classic Pamela Positive: Say “Bless You” To A Stranger?

 

“Thought is not reality; yet it is through Thought that our realities are created.”

– Sydney Banks

 

So let’s talk about how you can create a reality of good!  Here’s what one of my days was like, and how we can create a greater, positive reality. We do this by how we act and think.

 

 

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I was in my WeWork coworking space tonight when someone behind me sneezed. I was in the midst of doing emails, so I said,

“Bless you!”

 

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Do you find yourself only saying bless you to people when they sneeze right in front of you? Do you only say it if it’s a friend?

 

 

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Why not extend the blessing to others? If we’re going to have that tradition, then go ahead and extend “Bless You” to a stranger.

And if we want to get extra points in being our greatest selves (even though there really is no point system), then you can say it silently to someone as you walk on your way to work. You can think it when you are buying something from the Walgreens checker on the counter. You can even wish it for the whole world.

 

 

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So let’s say “Bless you” to a stranger.

You don’t even have to say it to their face. It’s time to embrace the world, embrace people and send positive blessings of peace to everyone you pass.

 

 

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Now that’s a job in itself, a calling! Imagine trying to silently bless every person you pass on your way to work. It’s a lot to do, so perhaps just make “one a day” a goal.

 

It’s a great way to bless our world towards greater good.

 

Whoever Is Reading This, I’m Sending A Blessing,

Pamela

 

 

 

Citations:
Fig. 1: Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash
Fig. 2:Photo by Charles Koh on Unsplash
Fig. 3: Photo by Philipe Cavalcante on Unsplas
Fig. 4: Photo by Juliana Kozoski on Unsplash
Fig. 5: Photo by Darpan Dodiya on Unsplash

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Enjoy When You Can, Endure When You Must”

 

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” 

 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.

 

 

 

 

There is so much to enjoy… and so important that we focus on it.  It can be easy to be distracted into something that isn’t working, when we really should enjoy and relish what is before us.  It need not be a big event. It can be a small gratitude.

 

 

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Then, too, there are times to patiently persevere.  Not all is easy, peaceful; at times we must stay the course, step by step, like a diligent marathon runner, committed to her course, unrelenting until the final finish line.  It might not be a quick race, but more a matter of a marathon.

 

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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.

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