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The Classic Pamela Positive: Let Someone In

 

I really love being truthful about my self-growth. Recently, I have been trying to work on my driving.

I don’t mean on not cutting people off or not being rude on the road. I meant that extra sense of courteousness and kindness.

In Silicon Valley, the traffic has increased by 80% in the last 8 years.¹ We’re all rushing around to get places. It used to take me 40 minutes from San Francisco to get to my parents’ home but now it can take upwards to 1 hour and 40 minutes. Well, my goal is to be contrarian. I want to be the person who “lets someone in”.

 

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I have to admit, and I’m embarrassed, it’s been hard for me to let someone in.

Sometimes, I forget.

Sometimes, I’m in a rush.

 

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Sometimes, I don’t “feel like it”.

That’s probably the most embarrassing of all: You don’t feel like helping someone?

 

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Well, there are ways to change our thinking.

One of the things that’s helped me is to imagine someone I really respect being in that car. We only see tail lights or a bumper; we don’t see the person. What if your mom was in there? What if Jesus was in there? What if Buddha was in there? What if Mister Rogers was in there? What if Mother Teresa was in there?

Would that make a difference?

 

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I have to say it would.

So I’m just writing this to help encourage myself on an area I need to work on: Let People In.

 

 

Once I master this, my new goal will be to let two people in. And I will make it a habit. I believe this will build my character; I will believe it will help the world; and I believe… I will still be on time.

 

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When you do the right thing, the right thing always happens.

I’m Trying To Drive With Courtesy,

Pamela

 


Citation: ¹Baldassari, Erin, “Traffic on major Bay Area freeways has grown 80 percent since 2010”, Mercury News, published on September 18, 2017

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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: 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: 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.

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 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

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.

“Love is a fruit in season at all times” – Mother Teresa

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“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, prayer, sacrifice and an intense inner life.”
– Mother Teresa

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“Opportunity Is Missed By Most People Because It Is Dressed In Overalls And Looks Like Work.” ~Thomas A. Edison

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Don’t miss an opportunity to excel.

A task you are asked to do might seem very small.

You might feel it is beneath you.

Or that it is dull.

Or not interesting.

That you have already done it.

Or “How can I put this on my resume…”

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