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The Classic Pamela Positive: Praise and Joy Should Be a Permanent Part of Our Soul – Inspired by G.K. Chesterton

 

A person is fully human

“when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.  Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.”

 

– G. K. Chesterton

 

 

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G.K. Chesteron certainly let us know what we need to focus on: joy.  And what a life force it is!  We don’t realize how much our thoughts impact us, our minds, our actions, our responses.  And therefore how it affects others’ minds, actions, and responses. He also points to the vapidness of negative thinking. What can it do, how can it build?  It only tears down. And so we should, as best as possible, obliterate it from thought.

 

 

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We can contribute so much in this world.  It starts with our thoughts; it starts right now; and that joy can carry us to an entirely different level of harmonious living.

 

Thank you to Gilbert Keith Chesterton for such wonderful advice.

 

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G.K. Chesterton was a profound English writer of the 20th century who contributed across philosophy and poetry, as well as fiction.  Two of his best known works are Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. He also wrote a weekly column in The London Illustrated News for thirty years.  He was known for his incredible intellect, desire to decrease political divisions, and strong reasoning skills.

Source quote and bio: Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Classic Pamela Positive: Serenity, Courage and Wisdom

 

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.”

– Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Dr. Niebuhr’s quote is one of the most world renowned, for he paints to the fact that “everything you need is already inside,” and the importance of believing in oneself, balanced with a practical sense of what can be done.  We should encourage ourselves in areas in which we can truly make a change.  Of course the process of trying, especially if we love it, is important to our growth at times. At other times, we need to let go and focus on the positive mountain which is beckoning us to climb it.

 

 

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For the most part, it does come down to motives, too. If it is our past, you cannot change it.  Therefore his wisdom guides us.  Focus on the present, right now, right now, right now…in order to live fully and effect change as we speak…

 

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Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr was a theologian and orator.  He was an outspoken critic of poor industry conditions in factories.  He supported unions by letting organizers use his pulpit to advocate for workers rights.  He edited the magazine Christianity and Crisis for more than twenty years, and published a number of books and essays, including The Nature and Destiny of Man.  He was married to Ursula Keppel-Compton, a leading figure at Barnard College, who worked with Niebuhr on his writing.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Enjoy When You Can, Endure When You Must”

 

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” 

 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.

 

 

 

 

There is so much to enjoy… and so important that we focus on it.  It can be easy to be distracted into something that isn’t working, when we really should enjoy and relish what is before us.  It need not be a big event. It can be a small gratitude.

 

 

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Then, too, there are times to patiently persevere.  Not all is easy, peaceful; at times we must stay the course, step by step, like a diligent marathon runner, committed to her course, unrelenting until the final finish line.  It might not be a quick race, but more a matter of a marathon.

 

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he started around the age of twenty-three and didn’t finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period. At the age of sixteen, in 1765, Goethe went to Leipzig University to study law as his father wished, though he also gained much recognition from the Rococo poems and lyric he wrote during this period. In 1766 he fell in love with Anne Catharina Schoenkopf (1746-1810) and wrote his joyfully exuberant collection of poems Annette.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe now rests in the Fürstengruft or “Royal Tomb” in the “Historic Cemetery” in Wiemar where his dear friend Schiller is also laid to rest. In honour of these two famous German men of letters, a statue of Goethe and Schiller now stands at the German National Theatre in Munich. UNESCO’S “Memory of the World” list includes the handwritten works of Goethe preserved by the Goethe-Schiller-Archive.

Bio Source: The Literature Network

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Do Not Fear to Be Eccentric…” – Bertrand Russell

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

 

– Bertrand Russell

 

 

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician and mathematician.  He co-wrote Prinicipia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead, attempting to ground math in logic, and he has had a profound influence on philosophy, mathematics and linguistics.  He was a staunch anti-war activist; he was jailed for pacifism in World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, and was against the Vietnam War.  He also acknowledged that war could at times be the lesser of two evils, and supported World War II, in the interest of defeating Hitler as the larger threat.  Russell received a Nobel Prize in Literature, for writing championing freedom and humanitarian ideals.

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: “The Wise Shape Their Minds” – Buddha

 

“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”

– The Buddha

 

Watch your mind. Watch what you put into it, accept into it. Cherish every thought and suggestion you allow entrance.

Your mind guides every aspect of your life.

 

 

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Before you take action, you must have first thought of the action.

So watch, care for, tend to your thoughts, as if they are as precious as gold. They are. They will determine how shining and sparkling each day is, each interaction, or how dull and buried your moments are.

 

 

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Keep them shining for all your loved ones and for the world!

With love, Pamela

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

 

 

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Be, see, and live opportunity.

 

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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.