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The Classic Pamela Positive: “God Is Awake” – Victor Hugo

 

“When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

– Victor Hugo

 

Mr. Hugo points to our American culture for sure: We work and work and work. We are a productive country, a do-er people. Even though lately we have so many inefficiencies in government and programs, as individuals, we ‘do.’

And so we must pause. We must reflect. We realize when we lay our heads gently down for rest, that God is watching.

 

 

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She is caring and loving. He is standing guard. This loving Principle may even be shaping our thoughts so that we awake refreshed. We can start the day with greater clarity and positive purpose than the day before.

Work…Rest…Trust God…

 

 

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And so we live Life fully.

 

 


 

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is considered as one of the most well-known French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry. Among many volumes, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).  Les Miserables focused on social issues of the time, and helped bring these to wider attention. Hugo was married to a childhood friend, Adele Foucher, and they had five children.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “God Is Awake” – Victor Hugo

“When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

– Victor Hugo

 

Mr. Hugo points to our American culture for sure: We work and work and work. We are a productive country, a do-er people. Even though lately we have so many inefficiencies in government and programs, as individuals, we ‘do.’

And so we must pause. We must reflect. We realize when we lay our heads gently down for rest, that God is watching.

 

 

eduardo-flores-759365-unsplash.jpg

 

She is caring and loving. He is standing guard. This loving Principle may even be shaping our thoughts so that we awake refreshed. We can start the day with greater clarity and positive purpose than the day before.

Work…Rest…Trust God…

 

 

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And so we live Life fully.

 

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Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is considered as one of the most well-known French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry. Among many volumes, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).  Les Miserables focused on social issues of the time, and helped bring these to wider attention.  Hugo was married to a childhood friend, Adele Foucher, and they had five children.

Source photo: everystockphoto.com

How Technology Can Help You Stay Balanced?

 

I bet you’re wondering about that one! How the heck could technology help you stay balanced? Well, Google Calendar is modeling the way. Google Calendar?

 

 

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Yep, I bet that’s what your calendar looks like too. We live busy, impactful lives yet it’s also important to have peace.

 

Google Calendar actually helps us do this. They’ve instituted a new feature that blocks invites from coworkers after hours. You can set it so that if you receive invites from coworkers after 5pm,  the calendar rejects them.1 This allows you to keep balanced and to not be distracted. It allows you to not worry about work and it allows you to deal with it appropriately when you arrive to work the next day.

 

 

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In addition, Google Calendar works directly with your email box to come up with an out-of-office template so the person emailing is informed. That’s a double whammy of technology sending the message:

 

“This is not the right time. I’m off work and it’s time for peace.”

You’ll be back to work the next day and you’ll be willing to give it your all. But for now, and for tonight, it’s your time. Peaceful time.

Wishing You A Peaceful Night,

Pamela

 

Citations:
Mineo, Ginny, “How to Use Google Calendar: 18 Features That’ll Make You More Productive”, Hubspot, https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/google-calendar-tips
Fig. 1: Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash
Fig. 2: Photo by Picjumbo on Pexels

The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Enough Green Light in Your Life?

 

Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth. Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs.

 

 

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In fact, I’d even go so far to say that what a wonderful world it would be if we operated based on when our day was light — and our night was dark.  Our body rhythms would be in tune with this natural course of living. Perhaps light is sending us a message of when we should work, engage with  people, and when we should sleep, rest, rejuvenate.

 

 

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Is Time Off – A Waste of Time? What Top Leaders Need to Know

addtext_com_MTQxOTA5MzA1NjMSome people consider that time off is a negative thing.

“You should be working,”

they say, or…

“It’s a waste of time.”

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I Told Harvard Business School I Take Walks, I Take Naps

I returned from an amazing Harvard Business School event, called the Dynamic Women in Business Conference. They have maintained the highest levels of leadership, and dynamic examples of women leading such diverse and wonderfully fruitful lives.

I was honored to present with other strong women leaders on our panel on Social Entrepreneurship, which had almost no standing or sitting room. People wanted to soak up social entrepreneurship, caring so deeply about living lives devoted to the good of our community. What an inspiration to see.

What I found so amazing throughout was the diversity of women’s lives. There was Lillian Lincoln, the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Business School in 1969. A 53-year-old gay woman from Microsoft, Anna Collins, adopted 13 month old twins, balanced with leading a major department at Microsoft.  Single mom Annette Pelliccio was a pioneer in the organic gardening industry, while also taking care of her two children. There was the effervescent Sarah Endline from SweetRiot’s confections who incorporated community by sourcing from indigenous people, and featuring local artists on the labels. As you can see, a feast of women living productive, meaningful lives.

Just reading the above paragraph makes me filled with awe at the productivity and devotion of such active women. They are doing so much good for the world, and yet many of them are also maintaining families. It’s not an easy balance. I think it will be one of the most challenging questions women face as we strive to lead meaningful lives at home and with work.

Work and Life Balance most certainly came up. At first there was a groundswell that it wasn’t possible. I had to venture in here, delicately so, as I am not a mom yet, but do aspire to be. I can speak about my balance today, but not yet for the future. I hope I will make peaceful, wise, inspired decisions that bless all the people in my life, when that time comes.

So for my life today, I had to tell Harvard Business School, “Sometimes, I take naps.” And let me tell you why.

Every Sunday I go down to the Peninsula to be with my cherished parents. They have been together 48 years and are what I would call “best friends with a spark.” It just works. They are kind and loving and caring, consistently. I talk with them both most every day, if not multiple times.

We just, quite simply… enjoy being together.

It’s a profound statement, I believe, not to be overlooked.

I keep telling myself, precious, precious. That’s what time with my parents is. Don’t take a moment for granted. Cherish your time.

So I do. Every Sunday I head down to church to hear my mom read, as she currently leads the service. It’s very precious to hear her speak about a spiritual foundation and to be read to by your mother. As adults, we don’t often get that luxury of a mom reading to you, which is so precious during childhood.

Then we come back and we have lunch together. We may talk outside on the patio in the sun, or, take their Golden Labrador Daisy for a walk around the block. Or, we might go take a nap.

That’s right.

If UniversalGiving, the organization I lead, grows slower because I choose to spend my weekend with my parents that way, then so be it. I cannot sacrifice that time together, in the name of our community, in the name of social entrepreneurship. These are the people I care about most. I love the most. Who have loved me the most. Who kept me going and inspired during the most challenging of startup days.

Then we then usually have dinner together, and I head back up to the city.

It’s blissful.

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It is exactly right to state that “I am who I am because of my parents.” And so I am going to take that peaceful time with them as precious, and guard it like a type of spiritual gold. It’s what “makes me run,” and it’s what makes UniversalGiving succeed. Protect your time with whoever is family to you.  No email can compete. Don’t let it.

The Pamela Positive: Arianna Huffington Shares the Value of Sleep

I believe in balance and try to practice it.  No job can be everything to anyone…. it’s important to have outside lives and interests.  This is what makes us a whole, fully giving person.  And when we return to our work we are more energized and inspired!

In my life, family is #1 for me.  I need to and want to take care of my mom, my dad, my sister and brother-in-law’s kids.  Secondly, I adore Improv!   Exploring different characters, connecting with others on stage, and following the wisdom of listening and intuition is so thrilling. It makes me a better person and communicator, as well being fun.  And in many ways, this balance is rest, too.

So in order to be rested, I think it is certainly sleep and taking care that we are not overloaded. Balance is also being energized in doing other activities.  

At a recent TED talk, Arianna Huffington emphasized the importance of taking care of ourselves.  She spoke about how getting enough sleep will change our lives, and enable us to change the world.  Having rest, sleep, regeneration, rejuvenation, is so important to being the best selves we can be.  View Arianna’s speech here.