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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, That’s a TREE”

 

“Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, that’s a TREE. We can’t hurt the trees!”

 

 

A few years ago, my niece Lindsey gave me a great talking to. She was 5 or 6, and needed help in the restroom, so off we went. As we finished up, I pulled two paper towels to dry my hands.

 

 

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“Shame on you, Aunt Pamela. That’s a tree! We can’t hurt the trees!”

I asked her where she learned that important lesson.

“In school. They teach us paper comes from trees, and we need to keep our trees.”

Anyone who doesn’t have hope for our future should rethink. What a wonderful opening our world is facing where we teach elementary kids the connection between paper and our living trees…to be conscious of conserving, so that Lindsey and others grow up with conservation being a natural part of their lives.

There is a new standard of living being created, and not only our youth, but our elementary school children, are leading the way.

 

 


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Fig¹. David Vig on Unsplash

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Look Deeply and Recognize the Real Enemy” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“If I can say anything to you, it is to invite you to look deeply and recognize the real enemy. The enemy is not a person. That enemy is a way of thinking that has brought a lot of suffering for everyone.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Anything negative — is not from a person.

 

Radical thinking? It shouldn’t be. If we view the enemy as simply a thought and not a person, we depersonalize it. It’s temporary, changeable. And we allow the person to grow beyond it, rather than be it.

 

We can then eliminate personal offense, and work constructively towards a solution.

 

Look at the Why

 

If something seems to be negative, we can encourage ourselves to look at “the why.” Why might someone think, or take action, in this way?  This offers us an opportunity to develop empathy. Perhaps this person—let’s call her Jeanine—came from a difficult circumstance or has been hurt.

 

It’s not Jeanine who is “bad,” but the experiences which occurred in her life which impacted her. It’s those events that led to the thinking and action behind negativity.

 

 

 

 

So Jeanine’s identity is not “Prejudice”, “Anger” or “Hurt”:

 

 

 

 

It’s instead:

 

 

The most beautiful thing about this is the following.

 

She can change.

 

Allow her to do so. Wouldn’t we all wish to be forgiven for a past action?

 

 

Happy People

 

 

Every day we can begin again.   We can embrace a fresh purity for each person in our lives, allowing us and others to lives to our fullest – with Love.


 

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk and Zen master.  He is a well-known poet, writer and peace activist.  A native of Vietnam, during the Vietnam War he helped found the “engaged Buddhism” movement, combining the contemplative practice of the monastery with active ministry to victims of the conflict.  He founded the School of Youth Social Service, a Buddhist University, a publishing house, and a Vietnamese peace activist magazine.

During a trip to the United States, Thich Nhat Hanh persuaded Martin Luther King, Jr. to publicly oppose the Vietnam War; King subsequently nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Thich Nhat Hanh led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of more than 85 books on mindfulness and peace. He founded the Plum Village community in France, a Buddhist community in exile. He continues to live and work at the Plum Village, and leads retreats worldwide on “the art of mindful living.”

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: May Your Work Bring Just and Lasting Peace

 

President Lincoln advised us…

 

“Whatever work you are devoted to….may it bring just and lasting peace.”

 

Our respected President Abraham Lincoln brought this to light in his 1865 Inaugural Address. What a calling for each of us to think, as we go about our work each day, how it can bring “just and lasting peace.”  And I think work here is not just our professional work, but any task to which we are devoting ourselves.  Any project, endeavor, activity — from raising a child to decorating a Valentine’s Day wreath — can have kindness, justice and peace as a necessary ingredient to our performing of it.

 

 

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President Lincoln says something instrumental here: As we strive for our goal, it should be peace brought between each one us, and then also with all countries. The point here is that gentle justice, no matter how small, and a caring, kind sense of peacefulness in all our interactions, bring that sense of worldwide peace. And it must start with ourselves, our conversations, our actions between each person we meet. That’s a great calling for us in living rightly every day!

 

 


 

 

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War and in so doing, preserved the Union, ended slavery, strengthened the national government. He promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories. He is admired for his commitment to national unity, equal rights, liberty, and democracy in America. 

The second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln,  Abraham was self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s. Married to Mary Todd in 1842, he was an affectionate husband and father of four children.

Bio Source: Wikipedia: Abraham_Lincoln

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, That’s a TREE”

 

 

“Shame on You, Aunt Pamela, that’s a TREE. We can’t hurt the trees!”

 

A few years ago, my niece Lindsey gave me a great talking to. She was 5 or 6, and needed help in the restroom, so off we went. As we finished up, I pulled two paper towels to dry my hands.

 

 

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“Shame on you, Aunt Pamela. That’s a tree! We can’t hurt the trees!”

I asked her where she learned that important lesson.

“In school. They teach us paper comes from trees, and we need to keep our trees.”

Anyone who doesn’t have hope for our future should rethink. What a wonderful opening our world is facing where we teach elementary kids the connection between paper and our living trees…to be conscious of conserving, so that Lindsey and others grow up with conservation being a natural part of their lives.

There is a new standard of living being created, and not only our youth, but our elementary school children, are leading the way.

 

 

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: A World Without Salt Packets

There are so many things that are packaged within paper, and the waste can be enormous. I think about the time, manufacturing costs, the transport, the packaging, when we look at individual salt packets. My guess is, forty granules of salt are contained within a tiny salt packet. And we’ve got to enclose it with paper, and then put it in another big package to transport it. There are so many ways that we use paper that are not allowing us to be effective stewards of our environment.

 

 

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There was an interesting write-up of editorial letters in the San Francisco Chronicle the other day. In it, one might think people were against plastic bags, and they were.  But they were also against paper bags. All of the letters pointed towards using canvas.  And many of them even stated that we should feel guilty for using trees to transport our lunches, groceries, or other sundries. We’re facing quite a revolution here in being thoughtful about how and when we use our natural resources.

 

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: Say “Bless You” To A Stranger?

 

“Thought is not reality; yet it is through Thought that our realities are created.”

– Sydney Banks

 

So let’s talk about how you can create a reality of good!  Here’s what one of my days was like, and how we can create a greater, positive reality. We do this by how we act and think.

 

 

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I was in my WeWork coworking space tonight when someone behind me sneezed. I was in the midst of doing emails, so I said,

“Bless you!”

 

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Do you find yourself only saying bless you to people when they sneeze right in front of you? Do you only say it if it’s a friend?

 

 

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Why not extend the blessing to others? If we’re going to have that tradition, then go ahead and extend “Bless You” to a stranger.

And if we want to get extra points in being our greatest selves (even though there really is no point system), then you can say it silently to someone as you walk on your way to work. You can think it when you are buying something from the Walgreens checker on the counter. You can even wish it for the whole world.

 

 

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So let’s say “Bless you” to a stranger.

You don’t even have to say it to their face. It’s time to embrace the world, embrace people and send positive blessings of peace to everyone you pass.

 

 

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Now that’s a job in itself, a calling! Imagine trying to silently bless every person you pass on your way to work. It’s a lot to do, so perhaps just make “one a day” a goal.

 

It’s a great way to bless our world towards greater good.

 

Whoever Is Reading This, I’m Sending A Blessing,

Pamela

 

 

 

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Fig. 1: Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash
Fig. 2:Photo by Charles Koh on Unsplash
Fig. 3: Photo by Philipe Cavalcante on Unsplas
Fig. 4: Photo by Juliana Kozoski on Unsplash
Fig. 5: Photo by Darpan Dodiya on Unsplash