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

 

“Our doubts are traitors.”

– William Shakespeare

 

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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.

 


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 Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing. To this day his works have been repeatedly adopted, rediscovered, and reinterpreted in many contexts around the world. Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are all settings for Shakespeare’s plays. His plays are set in 12 countries.

At the age of eighteen, William married Anne Hathaway, a young woman from the village of Shottery, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. William and Anne Shakespeare had three children. Susanna was born six months after their marriage, followed by twins Judith and Hamnet in 1585.
Bio Source: Wikipedia, British Council, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  Fig¹. Royal Opera House on flickr

The Classic Pamela Positive: Winston Churchill: We’re Not Made Of Sugar Candy

 

       “We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

—Sir Winston Churchill

 

Going through a tough time? Does the mountain you are climbing seem too steep?

 

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But it’s not just a mountain, and it’s not your mountain only.

You are striving not only for yourself but also for others. Whatever you are trying to achieve today, whatever you hope to have in the future, can be used as inspiration for others…

You’re learning from it. Growing from it, and becoming a better person. Don’t give up, you don’t want to do that; don’t be discouraged, it won’t aid your cause. You’re not a piece of cotton candy, disintegrating; no, you are firm, resolute, patient.

 

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Your mountain lesson isn’t just for you. It will be an example, a story with which you can encourage others.

Thank you for persevering ― the world thanks you!

 


Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Noble Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. He married Clementine Hozier in 1908 and had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold Frances, and Mary.
Bio Source: Wikipedia  Fig¹. Photo by Tiraya Adam on Unsplash  Fig². Photo by Mikael Cho on Unsplash

The Classic Pamela Positive: How Mahatma Gandhi Teaches Us: Love And Change, Start With You Now

 

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

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The keyword here from one of our greatest leaders is ‘be.’ Every day we have a chance to be. And the most important being is loving.

Being kind, gracious, and helping others. That can start today.

 

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We can and should whisk away frustration, for every moment of frustration is one not spent on being a positive force we hope to be.

What type of foundation are you building? One that crumbles from exhaustion and disbelief, cynicism? Or one of solidity, brick, by brick, with each brick contributing Principle, Love, Kindness, Grace, Strength, Truth, Joy…?

As Gandhi says… the other keyword here is ‘you.’ No one can do this for you. Not your partner, your parents, your best friend or your spouse.  You… are the being.

 


Mahatma Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader during the Indian Independence movement. He preached resistance through non-violence and mass civil disobedience. He led the Indian National Congress and advocated for the end of poverty, for women’s rights and for independence from Britain. He also renounced religious violence and did several fasts in protest against it. Gandhi was deeply inspired by his Hindu faith, while also drawing on other religious philosophy, and advocating religious tolerance. He married Kasturbai Gandhi and they had four children together.

Bio Source: Wikipedia, The Concept of Leadership  Fig¹. Photo by Wikimedia Commons  Fig². Photo by Jake Givens on Unsplash

The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Best Way Out Is Always Through” – Robert Frost

 

“The best way out is always through.”

― Robert Frost

 

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Our dear Poet has practical advice for us… we must take a step forward. You might be facing a challenge but you must find the way through.

We don’t have to be overwhelmed… we can simply take one step. One step towards progress. One step towards harmony. One step towards resolution!

Thank you, Robert Frost, for simply encouraging us. You must take a step! And, you will make it through.

I’m Taking My Step,

Pamela

 


Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a highly-regarded poet known for his depiction of rural life. He published his first poem in high school. He attended Harvard and he received an honorary degree from Harvard posthumously, as well as more than 40 other honorary degrees. Though Frost grew up in the city, he lived on farms later in his life. He was a professor at Amherst College, and at Middlebury College for 42 years. Some of his best-known poems include “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Frost married Elinor Miriam White and they had six children.

This particular quote is from the poem “A Servant to Servants” (1914). Many of Frost’s poems explore the splendor of the outdoors. However, “A Servant to Servants” is a contrast to the typical Frostian nature poem. Its speaker is the wife of a hard-working farmer who feels trapped in her life that seems meaningless. She explains her monotonous daily routine. The poem is written in iambic pentameter, although it varies in meter with no apparent rhyme scheme. A constant symbol in this poem is nature representing freedom, but it is a freedom that the speaker cannot attain.

Bio Source: Wikipedia  Fig¹.  Photo from Wikimedia

The Classic Pamela Positive: “I Want The Whole Person.” – D. J. Depree

 

“Henry Ford said, “bring us your hands, and you can leave everything else at home.” D.J. rejected that idea and said completely the opposite: “I want all of you here. I want the whole person.”

- J. Kermit Campbell

 

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Campbell continues, “If I can have 5,000 or 6,000 people who are passionate about what they do…solving problems and finding solutions to our customers’ problems, I’m going to be much better off than if I leave that to 10% of that population, who tell the other people what to do. It’s like a sports team: you can have one or two guys who play well, but if you can get 50 guys on a team all playing at a very high level, you’re very tough to beat.  That’s always been our philosophy.”

 


J. DePree (1891–1990) began work as a clerk for the Michigan Star Furniture Company. In 1914 he married Nellie Miller; they had seven children. In 1923, D. J. bought the Michigan Star Furniture Company with help from a loan from his father-in-law. D. J. renamed the company “Herman Miller” in his honor. D. J. was CEO until 1961; after he stepped down, his two sons took over management of the company. D. J. was also lay pastor of Ventura Baptist Church for eleven years.

Bio Source: Wikipedia, Herman Miller Official Website, Fowler, Glenn, Dec. 13, 1999, D. J. DePree, Who Broke Ground In Furniture Design, Is Dead at 99, The New York Times, http://bit.do/fg6Lq  Fig¹.  Photo by David Martin on Unsplash 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “All I Could Do Was Lean On My Faith.” – Gabby Douglas

 

“Things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped. The apartment where we were supposed to stay fell through. Jobs were hard to come by, and the money ran out.

We had to live in our van and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone except me. Even though Mom fed me constantly, I couldn’t keep anything down and kept losing weight. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

“We didn’t have health insurance. Or money to take you to the doctor.” Mom told me later. “Baby, all I could do was lean on my faith.”She sat on the floor of our van, held me in her arms and prayed words from Isaiah over and over. She asked God to heal me, and he came through. By the time my parents could afford a doctor, the disease had gone away. I was still on the small side but I was as healthy as could be.”¹

―Gabby Douglas

 

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Gabby Douglas went on to win a gold in the Olympics. She was the first to win one for African Americans in the individual all-around event. Gabrielle means “God’s able-bodied one.”

 

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No matter what the human scene is telling us, you are always more than able through God. But you need to believe it now. And again, and again and again. You are able for whatever you need to face in front of you!

 


Gabrielle Douglas (born December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, VA) began formal gymnastics training at 6-years-old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with world-renowned Olympic coach Liang Chow and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, the first gold medal for the American women’s gymnastics team since 1996.

¹Quote Source from Guideposts  Bio Source: Biography  Fig¹. Photo by jspizarro on flickr  Fig². Photo by Charles Perkins on flickr 

The Classic Pamela Positive: Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear

 

Inhale courage, exhale fear

Inhale courage, exhale fear

Inhale courage, exhale fear…

 

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Every day you can make a step towards your goals. Every day you can be a kinder person. Every day, you can give and receive more love. Inhale the courage to do so, exhale any fear that is preventing you.

 

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Inhaling Love For You And The World,

Pamela


Fig¹. Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash  Fig². Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash