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The Classic Pamela Positive: A Happy Woman…or a Cheerful Woman


“A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.”

– Beverly Sills


We all go through troubles. That doesn’t mean it wrecks our day. It doesn’t color every moment!






Be cheery and filled with good wishes for all, including yourself.

The sun still shines, even when covered by a cloud. It’s still there. So is your happiness. So is your joy. Sometimes it seems covered a bit, and then, we rediscover it in a more resplendent, beautiful way.




Beverly Sills was a singer and opera star. She was born Belle Miriam Silverman on May 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. A gifted soprano, Sills was one of America’s most famous opera performers. At the age of three, she won a radio contest and soon began singing on the radio regularly as Bubbles Silverman. Sills studied opera with a voice coach as a child, and made her operatic debut in 1947 at the Philadelphia Civic Opera. After years of trying, Beverly Sills achieved her dream of singing with the New York City Opera in 1955. She played the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, earning strong reviews. After taking some time away from the stage to handle family matters, she returned stronger than ever in the 1966 New York City Opera production of Handel’s Julius Caesar.

During her long career, Beverly Sills received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. She has written books about her life, including 1987’s Beverly: An Autobiography. She was married to journalist Peter B. Greenough from 1956 until his death in 2006. The couple had two children together. In her retirement, Beverly Sills continued a life of charitable work, notably as a longtime chairwoman of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “There is no door that love will not open.”

“There’s no difficulty that enough love will not conquer . . . no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; how hopeless the outlook . . . how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.”

Emmet Fox


I think this is beautiful and these kind of things are so important to keep emphasizing.








Emmet Fox (1886 – 1951) was a New Thought spiritual leader, meaning that he was aligned with the philosophical movement from early 20th century USA. His words were particularly influential during the Great Depression when he would give sermons to people suffering from the economic downturn. Today, he is remembered for his strikingly beautiful phrases and his involvement with the New Thought movement.

The Classic Pamela Positive: There Are Two Types of People, Says Winston Churchill…


“There are two types of people: those who see difficulty in every opportunity, and those who see opportunity in every difficulty.”

— Winston Churchill






Be, see, and live opportunity.




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. He was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. Churchill married Clementine Hozier in 1908 and had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold Frances, and Mary.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “When You Believe Everything Is Finished…” – Louis L’Amour


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. This will be the beginning.” 

-Louis L’Amour







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 Classic Pamela Positive: Don’t Accept What The World Is Presenting To You


We’re not going to be defeated. We are not going to be down. We are not going to be swayed into disagreements. We are going to focus on unity. We are going to focus on love.



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We are not to going to get into a negative mindset. We are not going to follow the crowd of negativity. We are going to believe, we are going to love, we are going to give even if it hurts, even if it’s hard, even if we’re going against the pattern of the current tide.


Thank you for helping me and all of us — focus on a great sense of unity and love for the entire world. We can do it together, hand in hand.



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We are not going to accept the negative train of thought, we’re going to focus on positivity.

I will not be swayed by negative politics, I will use politics for a positive voice.

I will not by swayed by sexual harassment, I will keep my life and my mind pure. I will not be swayed by selfish business dealings, I will do business for the good of the world.



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I will not be swayed by evil, I will make ethical choices at all points. I will not be saddened by divorce, I will be loving to everyone I meet.

Do not accept what the world is telling, love instead. Choose Love, Love, Love,

Love, Pamela



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The Classic Pamela Positive: “You’re Not Going To Have Control Over The Next Wave… So Face The Waves, Try To Catch One.” – Amy Poehler


The wave is coming no matter what… try to catch one and ride it.

“The sooner you realize that everything changes—that the things that happen to you are not you and that everything will be different all the time and you have such little control over the next wave, then you’ll just kind of stay in the moment, find your gravity, and be open to what’s coming. Just don’t turn your back on the wave—it’s coming no matter what; you can’t hide from it. So face the waves, try to catch one [and] ride it.”

–       Amy Poehler, actress, writer, co-founder of Smart Girls

Here’s a prolific comedian who helps us laugh every day. Through Parks & Recreation, she has more than 4.2 million viewers.1 With her funny and grounding character of Leslie Knope, she brings lightness, humor, and human pathos to us.

She’s also gone through challenges. She has two young sons and she’s divorced from her husband. It wasn’t in her plan; perhaps, this is one of the waves she is speaking about.


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She knows from life experience that you can’t control the next wave that’s coming to you. You have to stay in the moment. You have to ride it.


You have to be grounded even when you don’t know what the wave is going to do.   You don’t know whether you’re able to body surf……






or if you’re going to be pummeled…






or if you’re going to be to safely and beautifully ride through tunnel.






Either way, we can’t hide from it.  Face the wave and try to enjoy what it teaches you. It will make you a better person.


I’m looking forward to my waves,








Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, and producer. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts and raised in Burlington, Massachusetts. Her parents were both teachers and she has one younger brother who is also an actor and producer. She attended Boston College, where she received her B.A. in media and communications. After college, she moved to Chicago where she would study improv comedy. She joined Saturday Night Live in 2001, where she would be the first woman to be promoted from featured guest to full cast member. After leaving SNL in 2008 to have her child, she would lead a new series, Parks and Recreation. For her role as Leslie Knope, she received numerous Emmy nominations for her role and help in writing many episodes. In 2014, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series. She is an executive producer for the comedy series Broad City and Difficult People. In 2016, she won an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress on SNL.



1 Patten, Dominic, “ ‘Parks & Recreation’ Ratings Soar in Series Finale, ‘MasterChef Jr.’  & ‘Agent carter’ Finales Steady”, February 25, 2015, Deadlinehttps://deadline.com/2015/02/parks-and-recreation-ratings-series-finale-masterchef-jr-agent-carter-voice-ncis-nbc-1201381220/
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The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are Going To Get Through This”- Sheryl Sandberg


We are not going to say, “You are going to get through this”


We are going to get through this.”


“I learned the power of the word ‘we.’ Not saying to people, ‘You are going to get through this,’ but ‘We are going to get through this.’ That is such a different message, because it makes people feel less alone, and all of these forms of hardship, it’s not just the hardship itself but the isolation that comes with it. ‘We’ changes that.”


–       Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, author, activist


What a beautiful quote from Sheryl Sandberg, who knows that hardships can’t be faced by themselves.






People face tough events, such as Sheryl Sandberg, and losing her spouse and partner.  But other people face hardships in a different way.1 Did you know that more than 72% of the population is lonely? This is leading to an epidemic of people having psychological problems and breakdowns by not having the bonds of community, love, and feeling cherished.






All of us need to know that when we are facing a changing time, that we have someone by our side.


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There’s someone to hold our hand.


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You might be going through anxiety that makes your heart race and feel as if it’s going 20,000 beats per minute. Your husband might have just asked you for divorce. Your precious pet needs to get an operation. Or your son didn’t get into the elementary school that you’d hoped. Some of these may be major crises and some of these are “softer” crises, but they’re all things where we need a shoulder to shoulder approach.

Whose side can you stand by today?

Is there someone in your life who’s going through something that needs your help? Don’t let them go through it alone. Remember that we are going get through thisnot you are going to get through this.


Let’s do this together,






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Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder women’s empowerment organization Lean In Foundation. She was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida. She was an exceptional student in high school, graduating top ten of her class and then went on to Harvard College. She studied economics at Harvard and graduated summa cum laude. She also received the John H. Williams Prize for top graduating student in economics. She would later attend Harvard Business School as well. Before moving to Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, where she would help launch Google’s philanthropy program. In 2009, she was named one of the 25 most influential people on the web byBusiness Week. On their list of top 100 most powerful women in the world, Forbes has listed her as ninth in 2014 and fourth in 2017. She is a widow and she has two children.



1 Lunardi, Stefano, “Feeling lonely? So are a lot of other people, survey finds”, CBS News, October 12, 2016, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/many-americans-are-lonely-survey-finds/
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