Tag Archives: happiness

The Classic Pamela Positive: “A Smile Is a Blessing” – Mpho Tutu

 

“A smile is a blessing…It really doesn’t take that much to live into our blessing and make the world better for each person we encounter during our day.”

 

 

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This quote is from Mpho Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and an ordained minister herself.

 

She was quoted in the Christian Science Sentinel, in an article discussing her and her father’s new book, Made for Goodness.  She also said that they hope the book will help people to “recognize in themselves their own innate goodness.”

 

How can we each be a blessing to another person today?

 

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The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, an Episcopal priest, is the founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage.  Ms. Tutu has run ministries for children in the downtown Worcester, Massachusetts; for rape survivors in Grahamstown, SA; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City. She earned her MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and began her ordained ministry at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia.  Ms Tutu is married to Joseph Burris; they have two daughters, Nyaniso and Onalenna. (Bio from http://www.tutuinstitute.org)

The Classic Pamela Positive: “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.”

– J.K. Rowling

 

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

 

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J.K. Rowling is a British author, most well-known for her fantasy series Harry Potter. She grew up in a village, Winterbourne, with her younger sister and parents. Her childhood was turbulent and she turned to writing fantasy stories to share with her sister as an escape. She attended the University of Exeter, where she received her B.A. in French and Classics. She was into pop music while growing up and she also studied abroad in France for a year while in college. In 1990, she began writing the Harry Potter series, but she soon moved to Portugal to teach English. In Portugal, she met her former husband and she had one child with him. After the divorce, she moved with her young child, Jessica, to Edinburgh, Scotland to be near her sister. Throughout her difficult times, she turned to writing the novel to positively channel her energy. She finished the first book of the series in 1995 and in 1997, the book was published. From there, Rowling would receive awards and grants that allowed her to continue writing the novels. The last four books of the series broke records as the fastest-selling books in history and the brand is estimated to be valued at $15 billion dollars. In 2001, she remarried to Neil Murray and the two have a son together. She started her own charity in 2000, called Volant Charitable Trust that aims to eradicate poverty and social inequality. She is also the president of the charity Gingerbread. She gives to a number of causes including research in multiple sclerosis.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Wisdom, Philosophy, Greatness

 

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”

— Kahlil Gibran

 

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What a beautiful quote from Kahlil Gibran, a philosopher and leader who was so conscious of living in tune with nature, our feelings and our sincerest intentions.

 

 

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Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883 and emigrated to the United States as a young man. When he came to the U.S., he started his art career, writing in both English and Arabic.  He is best known for his work of philosophical essays, “The Prophet”. “The Prophet” has never been out of print since its initial publication in 1923. Gibran studied at the Académie Julian art school from 1908-1910 in Paris, where he excelled especially in drawing and watercolor. He was raised in a Christian family, but also was heavily influenced by Islam. In Lebanon, he is known as a literary hero. He is the third best-selling poet in the world, after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu–excellent company to be in!

The Classic Pamela Positive: Obtaining the Things We Crave Most– Give

 

“There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

– Peyton March

 

Life is Sharing

 

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Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff.  He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom. March was the son of Francis Andrew March, who was a founder of modern comparative linguistics in English.  He was among the first professors to advocate English be taught in universities. Peyton March fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.  During the Russo-Japanese War, he traveled as an American military attaché with the Japanese army, and he also worked with General MacArthur.  March was promoted to brigadier general during World War I, and later to Army Chief of Staff.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Spending Time with People You Love and Who Love You”

“It is only a slight exaggeration to say that happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you.”

 –Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate

 

Gifts and giving.  We associate so much of that with happiness.  Yet our one true Happiness is Loving Others. 

 

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Oh, that sweet presence to just be around those we cherish and feel at home with!

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist and Nobel laureate.  He is known for his work in the psychology of decision-making.  He was born in Tel Aviv, spent his childhood in France, and moved to Israel in the late 1940s.  He studied psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and began his career as a lecturer there.  Kahneman has published extensively in psychology, and received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2002 for his work on prospect theory.  He is currently on the faculty at Princeton.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Have Only This Moment, Sparkling Like a Star in Our Hand.”

 

“Begin now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”

—Paula Best

 

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This is one of my favorite quotes… that “this moment… [is] sparkling like a star in our hand… and melting like a snowflake.”

Any moment that is sparkling like a star in our hand means that it is precious. And every moment is… find the joy, the sparkle, the love, the warmth of the moment…

And then… make sure you know it is precious, for Paula goes on to state that each moment is “melting like a snowflake.” That means it’s gone.

So was your last moment spent in joy or frustration? In gratitude or upset? Did it help resolve or move forward or cause more consternation? Even in the challenges, our moments can still be constructive. How I learn from this, striving to appreciate the “star and melting snow” of each moment myself.

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Paula Best is a mixed-media artist out of New Mexico.  She owns PINK Blackbird and creates fun and whimsical designs for cards, rubber stamps, and charms.  Her art often includes inspiring and humorous messages.

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “A Selfless Person Is More Concerned About the Happiness of Another…”

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“A selfless person is one who is more concerned about the happiness and well-being of another than about his or her own convenience or comfort, one who is willing to serve another when it is neither sought for nor appreciated, or one who is willing to serve even those whom he or she dislikes. A selfless person displays a willingness to sacrifice, a willingness to purge from his or her mind and heart personal wants, and needs, and feelings. Instead of reaching for and requiring praise and recognition for himself, or gratification of his or her own wants, the selfless person will meet these very human needs for others. ”

–H. Burke Peterson

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H. Burke Peterson was an authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the author of “A Glimpse of Glory”.  In World War II, he fought with the American Navy in the Pacific theatre.  After the war, he attended the University of Arizona and went on to receive his masters at the Utah State Agricultural College. He was married to Brookie Carden in 1947, and they had five daughters.