Chapter Book Review: Magnificent Mya Tibbs-The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen

Chapter Book Review: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs- The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen- 5 Stars *****

This book is perfect for 8-10 year old readers.

What a delightful book! We meet 4th Grader Mya Tibbs from Bluebonnet, Texas who is filled with a zest for life and a cowgirl spirit that keeps her going through all situations. When Mya is challenged by the class mean girl, Naomi, to participate in the school Wall of Fame Game Mya is motivated by the challenge as she thinks, ‘Everybody is looking at me. Naomi just called me out like the bad guys called out Annie Oakley, back in the Wild West, for a duel in the middle of the street.’ “I have no choice,” Mya announces to her best friend, Connie. Yee-haw!

Mya’s competitive spirit leads her to study daily for the Wall of Fame Game. Mya  also practices every day to re-create her mom’s chili recipe until she gets it right so she may win the community contest. Mya’s mom has won the last two years, but her baby girl is due to be born any day, and she must stay off her feet. Mya accepts this challenge so mean Mrs. Frazier won’t win. Cowgirl Mya is intent upon stealing the show at the chili contest by performing a cowgirl chili song.

Mya, her brother, and their friends all help to prepare the room for the new baby girl, Macey so it will be ready when she is brought home from the hospital. All of the friends also display a generosity of spirit in helping without expecting anything back.

Mya wins one contest, but not the other. Her mother explains that the beauty of entering both contests gives a reason for the family to work together as a unit so they can help one another practice to accomplish their goals. While Mya is determined and has a one track mind about winning, her older brother, Nugget, is a wonderful example of another way to handle challenges. Nugget tries repeatedly to make the baseball team, but once he realizes his strength lies in coaching, he graciously announces to his family, friends, and coach that he excels at coaching and would like to act as an assistant coach to bring his team to victory. And that’s what he does.

I loved this book for showing readers how a functional family and community work with healthy competitiveness and a generous spirit in helping loved ones achieve their goals. Everyone in this story worked hard for what they wanted to achieve. No whining allowed!

Lesson Ideas—

The author included the following website as provided by Mrs. Heather Renz who provided information from the Mastery Club as a reference for anyone interested in playing the Wall of Fame Game or looking for other teaching tools to use in the classroom or at home. Click here .

 

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Study Guide 4- The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 10-13.

Please see my Nov. 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

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Holly and Jasmine visit marine parks and are treated like special guests. They learn a lot about dolphins, alligators, wetlands, ecosystems, the environment, and the balance of nature.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 10-13.

1. Go to the fourth page of Chapter 10. Answer the ten questions about dolphins. Include answers from Chapters 10 and 11, the Internet, and any source books you may have. Check your answers on the sixth page of Chapter 10.

2. Make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast dolphins and alligators. If you had to live your life as one of these creatures, which one would you choose? Why?

3. What are wetlands? We learn that alligators are apex predators. Describe the food chain among the creatures of the Florida swamps.

4. What would happen if the Florida wetlands were destroyed? Explain the effects on the environment and ecosystems. How would the world be affected if alligators became extinct? How would the world be affected if dolphins and pilot whales became extinct?

5. Choose a creature living in the South Florida swamps. Research facts and list them. Using these facts, create a Tanka poem to tell about your creature. Use the Tanka poem about the swamp in Chapter 13 as a model. See the formula below.

Tanka Poem – 5 lines

Line 1  – 5 syllables
Line 2  – 7 syllables
Line 3  – 5 syllables
Line 4  – 7 syllables
Line 5  –  7 syllables

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book or your own research. Seek and you shall find!

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Next: The Ocean’s Way Study Guide 5. See you on Dec. 31, 2017!

Study Guide 3: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 7-9.

Please see my Nov. 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

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The girls have gotten past some of the tension they experienced at the beginning of the story. They finally are having fun together. Yay!

 

These questions are based on Chapters 7-9.

 

1. Holly is impatient with Jasmine’s fear of water, but Holly decided to have her own fun in the pool. What do we learn about Holly from this? Think about a time when your fear impacted a friend’s good time. What thoughts went through your head? Tell how your friend reacted. What changes did you make in your behavior as a result of this experience?

2. Discuss how the characters begin to loosen up while in Miami, now displaying different sides of their personalities. What do you believe accounts for this change in behavior?

3. Compare and contrast your behavior at school, at home and at different social and public places. What aspects of your personality remain the same? What changes? What would you say to someone who accused you of being phony by acting different ways in different places? What conclusions might be drawn from your analysis in answering these questions?

4. We begin to better understand Holly and Jasmine’s friendship through their interaction at the pool, the hat store and the beach. Describe their relationship. What do you notice about the way they treat each other? How is this the same or different from the beginning of the story? What do we learn about friendship from observing their behavior?

5. When Holly touches the silver dolphin pendant around her neck, what memory is being triggered? What does this tell us about Holly? Pay attention to other times in the story when Holly takes the same action to see if touching the pendant always has the same effect.

What special object in your life gives you the same feelings as Holly’s dolphin pendant gives her? Explain.

If Jasmine were to receive a special pendant to wear around her neck, who would give it her? What would that symbol be? Why?

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book. Seek and you shall find!

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You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

Next: The Ocean’s Way Study Guide 4. See you on Dec. 21, 2017!

From Brooklyn to Hollywood: How Suzanne Corso Wrote Herself Into A Better Story

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I recently finished reading Suzanne Corso’s trilogy tracing her fictitious based- on- truth account of a young woman’s rise to fame and fortune from mobster- wannabe girlfriend to Hollywood screenwriter. In this type of book, the reader is often confused as to what is real and what is an example of the author gone wild with the power of words. What struck me the most about these books is how this series illustrates the points made in my last two blog posts -“Hard Work Vs. Wishful Thinking” and “How Our Thoughts Can Become Our Reality.” These truths are at work here.

Let’s take a look at Suzanne Corso and her books.

Suzanne was born and raised in the 1970s -1980s Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York at a time when it was predominantly an Italian and Italian-American neighborhood, and mobsters and mobster-wannabes ran the show. Her father was a deadbeat, absent Italian-American. Her mother, although Jewish, embraced the Catholic faith, and was besieged by drugs, alcohol and unsavory men. Suzanne’s Jewish maternal grandmother steadfastly encouraged her, as the only stable adult in her life. She gave Suzanne a gift of a Smith Corona typewriter and told her to write herself out of her story into a better story. That’s exactly what Suzanne did. Deeply religious, Suzanne lit candles and prayed daily to the Blessed Mother Mary, Michael the Archangel and Buddha. She received invaluable guidance from the Catholic priest at her church and encouragement from teachers that spurred her on to submit her writing for publication. Although money was always tight and the family was often on food stamps, Suzanne dreamed of the day she could cross the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan and live the life she could only dream. Dream she did, and combined with hard work, Suzanne reached her goals. As a matter of fact, she continues to realize even more success as she enters her mid-forties.

In the first book, Brooklyn Story, teenage Samantha, as her character is called in the series, hooks up with a wannabe- mobster, gets knocked around and dreams of crossing the symbolic Brooklyn Bridge to a better life. (true)

The second book, The Suite Life, tells the story of her marriage to a Wall Street tycoon who rakes in about a hundred million dollars a year (true). This fairy tale life has a sad ending when the market goes south and hubby loses his fortune (true). A serious author emerges from the ashes (true), her fortune is amassed (true) while her husband dies (false).

The last book, Hello, Hollywood, introduces character Samantha to the world of big time Hollywood production when her first book, Brooklyn Story is optioned as a movie (true, I think). She is even richer than before  (true) and has her share of wacky men, but eventually meets Prince Charming and lives happily ever after (who knows?).

In real life, Suzanne’s husband is very much alive and between them, have regained that lost hundred million. Suzanne believes losing that money was the best thing that ever happened to her since it motivated her to mobilize and stay the course.

The important thing to know is these books are not particularly well-written. The characters are stereotypical, one-dimensional and predictable. The plot is often repetitious and the events are obviously contrived with enough coincidences to make your head spin. We’re not looking at literature here, yet Suzanne Corso is lauded as an author, pursued as a screenwriter and her book(s) made into movies.

This observation is not meant as a put down. It is meant to show that perfection is not necessary to gain fame and fortune. Someone with authority saw the potential in the body of work. Maybe it filled a gap by telling the story from a woman’s side, or found a niche with a limited audience. It’s not our place to question the why. This evaluation carried weight. Someone saw value where others did not.

How did she do it? She visualized, analyzed, investigated, planned and mobilized. She saw the path clearly, left no stone unturned, walked through every open door. By her own admission, her first book was rejected umpteenth times, but it only took the last one to say yes to change the course of her life. Suzanne never gave up. She saw this as her calling and did not stop until she succeeded. She did what she had to do. Showed up where she had to be. She never let where she came from interfere with where she wanted to go. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

Suzanne Corso’s story has inspired me to set my sights higher. I will make an action plan and follow it after I investigate in which direction to go. Maybe you’ll do the same.

Good luck. Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Getting Rid of Stuff

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How Our Thoughts Can Become Our Reality

Our thoughts become our reality. Our view of ourselves influences our choices, decisions, goals and actions. That

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is one of the reasons we should not allow negative, toxic people into our lives (see my December, 2015 blog post). Self-image can be fragile. Concentrate on enhancing the positive, while improving the weaker areas. Not one of us is perfect, but we may feel some are a lot closer to perfect than others. This is us applying our value system to others.

We have the power to raise our estimation of ourself in our own eyes.

Let’s follow some simple steps:

Visualize – Choose 3 things you’d like to change, see yourself at that place                                  1. _________________________________________________                            2._________________________________________________
3. _________________________________________________

Analyze – Find out what you need to make your vision become reality                        1._______________________________________________                            2_______________________________________________
3._______________________________________________

Investigate – Name available resources that take you closer to your goal                               1.________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

3.________________________________________________

Plan – Decide what changes you must make

1. ________________________________________________

2. ________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________

Mobilize – List what steps you will take immediately to begin your journey                     1._________________________________________________
2._________________________________________________

3._________________________________________________

Want some ideas about what to put on your list?

Job? Requirements, licensing, schools, financial aid, location of opportunities.

Dating? Improving Relationships?  Places to meet, dating websites, personal ads, introductions by friends, family and co-workers. Giving compliments. Increasing alone time with that special someone. Fun activities to learn or share.

New home? Costs of purchase or rent, taxes, utilities, job opportunities, quality of schools, public transportation, child care

Diet and Exercise?  Doctor’s test findings, food allergies and sensitivities, appropriate exercise activities for age and physical condition, location and costs associated with spas, gyms, library and community exercise classes, scheduling

This is a short list, but you get the idea. Each of us has a different goal and we might get to the same place on a different path. The idea is to get there. We must consider our family and important relationships, responsibilities and obligations. Weigh the costs. Choose the path that makes the most sense in leading in the direction we wish to go.

As we remain focused on achieving our goals, our attitude about ourself will change. People will react to us differently. We will feel happier. Purpose and focus give us credibility and earn respect.

Remember, what is in our head, becomes our life. Until we achieve what we want, live your intention, not your reality. 

Good luck. Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: From Brooklyn to Hollywood: How Suzanne Corso Wrote Herself Into A Better Story

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Hard Work Vs. Wishful Thinking

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Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few people waiting patiently for their “ships to come in.” The trouble is, they’re waiting as the bus stop! Not literally, of course, but they’re in an unproductive place, doing nothing except keeping the faith, believing they can manifest their intentions by remaining positive, or that God and the Angels will answer their prayers while they remain immobile. I believe in the power of prayer since positive energy brings positive results (Karma). But, “God helps those who help themselves” is an adage that is lost on them. Why is God not answering their prayers? We must meet God halfway: That’s how prayers get answered.

While I carried these thoughts in my head, I came across an article by Dr. Susan O’Malley, “You’re Never Too Old and It’s Never Too Late” in the November/ December 2015 issue of New Living. She hit the nail on the head, “You have to be willing to turn the ‘M’ of manifesting upside down into the ‘W’ of work. There it was! These words validated my beliefs. I felt the urge to harness her thought pattern. Let’s take a look.

Dr. O’Malley is an amazing woman. Her article was directed at mature people, but is relevant and timely across the board. She started medical school at 35 while six months pregnant and without a husband, became a physician at 39,  an entrepreneur at 50, a public speaker and writer at 62. At 50 she left the hospital emergency room to start her own medical spa which brought great financial success. “You can have a dream and you can be successful, but you can’t dream your way to success. You have to do the work.”

Yes!  If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m an advocate of creating and following a realistic plan of action which should lead to the road of success.

Dr. O’Malley states  “perseverance and personal responsibility were intrinsic to my success in combination with the following strategies”  

* Be willing to change course                                                                                                                 * Start With Small Risks                                                                                                                        * Ask For Help                                                                                                                                          * Let Your Goal Trump Your Humiliation                                                                                            * Admit When You Make a Mistake                                                                                                    * Stay Focused On Your Goal                                                                                                                   * Break Up The Task                                                                                                                                  * Work Hard

By the way, Louise Hay, the motivational speaker and publisher, started her empire in the much later years of her life. So maybe we will not accomplish what Louise Hay did, but we can accomplish what’s right for us. The point is, we all walk our own path and we judge success by our own set of standards. To be a success in our own eyes is an accomplishment. We must love and accept ourselves before we can love and accept others.

Wishing alone will not make it so. Take a look at your behaviors to recognize if you’re a dreamer or a doer. If your life is not going the way you would like, it’s not too late. Act now to make changes. Analyze. Investigate. Plan. Mobilize. 

Good luck.  Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: How Our Thoughts Can Become Our Reality

 

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Stepping Into Your New Skin

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Many of us will reinvent ourselves at different times in our lives. We might start with a belief system from our families, then evolve as we open our minds and hearts to new experiences. Some adjustments will be welcomed and planned. Some will be forced upon us as a result of inevitable changes or tragedies.  Education, work, job loss, marriage or committed relationships, children, retirement, divorce, death, financial upheavals, and natural disasters will bring us to different places in our lives. People change. Things change. We change. But, how do we evolve into the person our new circumstances demand of us?

Life may be status quo for the longest time. Nothing much happens. Just getting through the day, the week, the month, the year. We may perceive this as boring. Suddenly, our world is shattered. Life is no longer boring, but at what price?

Change is not inherently bad. It’s how we mobilize ourselves and react to the changes that propels us into the future. Change can be a positive result of the natural progression of life or a reward for working hard and smart. Maybe your change is the result of negative forces or tragedy. In any event, we leave things, people and a way of life behind.

Friends, family and co-workers may resent or fear this new you. They might feel the loss of the relationship you had, or transfer fears of the unknown. Maybe they’re uncomfortable with your strength and resolve. Usually, the person who moves on has the easier time since a sense of adventure, hope and new beginning looms large. For the others, the only thing that may have changed for them is dealing with the  missing piece of the puzzle – you – and filling the void where you used to be.

So, let’s get back to you as the adventurer in a new life. I just read an interesting article in the November/ December 2015 issue of New Living, “Releasing Anger and Bitterness From Divorce” by Krista Jack, MS. I realized her advice can be applied across the board and is not limited to people experiencing the fall-out from divorce. Reinventing ourselves  happens for different reasons, but the advice holds true for all.

Ms. Jack tells us:

  • “Be honest with yourself – Once you admit what you’re feeling, you’ve taken the first step towards healing
  • Take responsibility for how you react – When you get overwhelmed by the negative, get out appropriately. Take a walk, meditate, journal, talk to a therapist. If you don’t release these feelings, they will build up and eventually come out, often at inappropriate times or with the wrong people.
  • Realize the people on the other side are experiencing the same feelings as you.
  • Redefine yourself clearly – Who you want to be, what you want, what you enjoy
  • Take care of yourself – What can you do for little money and in short bursts
  • Make An Activity Box With Post-Its – Put ideas for simple soul-filling diversions on post-its and store in a special box, open the box when needed”

Life can be an adventure or a rut. It’s up to us to analyze, investigate, plan, establish goals, take action, evaluate and re-evaluate, remain steadfast. We can allow life to beat us down, or we can face it head-on, take hold and turn things around. No one said it would be easy.

The point is, we don’t have to end up in the same place we began. We don’t have to be a perpetual victim of our circumstances.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Hard Work Vs. Wishful Thinking

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Trustworthiness – The Most Precious Valentine’s Day Gift

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Trustworthiness is the greatest gift we can give to those we love and those who love and depend on us on Valentine’s Day and every day. Flowers, chocolates and jewelry only go so far. Shaking up another person’s world while leaving disappointment in our wake, is not the way to go. If we treat people in our lives with the same casual abandon as we may treat a stranger on the street, then something is wrong. It has to matter that this person is in our life. We must allow them to “interfere” in our lives. Our decisions and actions must take them into account.

Once we openly commit, we must consider the welfare of others. If commitment is implied, then we must step up. There are many different types of relationships: marriage, romantic attachment, parent-child, child-parent, friendship, work related team effort, neighbor, doctor – patient, teacher-student, first responder-public, clergy-parishioner to name a few.

Love is not only for romance. It’s the respect, consideration, effort, help and care we give to another. It’s the confidence we instill in others that lets them know they can count on us. It’s letting people know they can reveal themselves without facing judgment, rancor or scoldings. It’s not exploiting people for our own ends. When those who count on us are left wondering if we will show up on time, keep our word, physically, emotionally and spiritually hurt them, remember important events and responsibilities, tell the truth, act irresponsibly by putting lives, finances and relationships in danger, this negates the power and purpose of love. Then, this is a betrayal. Love does not hurt.

When we love, we don’t leave the other person feeling insecure. To love is to support, build confidence and share oneself.

Are you trustworthy?  Do you live by your word, or do those who depend on you roll their eyes and look elsewhere when things need to get done? Are you above suspicion or do you skulk around, squandering hard-earned money and seeking extra-marital affairs? Do you pull your weight at work, or wait for a team project on which to add your name while others do all the work? Are your children and elderly or needy relatives properly and lovingly clothed, fed and cared for? Do you reveal confidences and embarrassing secrets?

Commitment is not always easy. We must be present, willing and able.

If you live your life as a trustworthy person and people’s lives are enriched by knowing you, and by interacting with you, then feel proud and accept your positive impact on the world. Remember, one person, one experience at a time.

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you always have love in your life.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Stepping Into Your New Skin

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Creativity – Thinking Outside The Box

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Many of us believe creativity is some elusive quality inherent in others, but missing in ourselves. It is defined as inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality and individuality. To be creative, we must think outside the box. If we worry about following preset rules, we will never venture beyond accepted boundaries. Being creative requires that we ignore “the rules.” If we follow what’s already been done, it is imitative, not creative.

Creativity does not require a lengthy opus or an earth shattering event.  Sometimes, short and sweet will get us to the point. Some forms of creativity are privately practiced, while others are publicly acclaimed with far-reaching results. Let’s take a look at some different forms of creativity as demonstrated by a children’s author, artists, a car designer and the winners of hot dog eating contests.

I came across an interesting page in the September, 2015 issue of Long Island Pulse magazine, “Pulse Rate” on p.194. No author was listed so I’m assuming it was written by the editor of the magazine. It listed a number of examples which got me thinking.

According to the article, …”the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss, wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” as a result of a bet made by the editor that the author could not write a book using fifty words or less. “

I read the book again to analyze how he did it. Dr. Seuss used the same fifty words to tell the nonsensical story which is written for kids, so nonsense works. He used repetition, inverted order, punctuation, rhyme, pattern and illustrations to write a best-seller which remains one of the most popular kids’ books ever. He ignored tradition, did it his way to prove a point, and the rest is history.

Let’s consider how Andy Warhol’s, “Campbell Soup Cans” made him world-famous. He didn’t design this product. He photographed and greatly enlarged the image to help him gain recognition as a creative artist. He was the first person to see the potential in a product that already existed. He was rewarded for conceiving the idea which had never been done before.

How about those monochromatic canvases in modern art museums? You know the ones. People keep putting their reading glasses on and taking them off, walking forwards and backwards, trying to see what the fuss is all about. Two examples,: “Onement VI” by Barnett Newman which sold at Sotheby’s in 2013 for 43.8 million dollars for his representation of cascading  electric blue and  “White On White” by Kazimer Malevich who became famous for his barely visible use of texture and variations of white on an off-center,  skewed box set in a rectangle.

Maybe we look at these things, and don’t see the genius. However, somebody who matters in the artistic field thinks differently. Their work is hanging in museums. How many of your works garner attention? They’re rewarded by other creative minds for taking the ordinary and representing it in a new way.

That brings us to the car engineer, John DeLorean, who in 1975 manufactured a stainless steel car with doors that opened from bottom to top, instead of the traditional right to left sideways movement we’ve come to expect. The car resembled a bird in flight when its doors were both opened. This already respected automotive leader gained work-wide fame for his concept and execution. If the doors opened in the traditional way, it may have been viewed as just another car.

In America, hot dog eating contests are popular in the summer months. You might wonder how many ways can there be to eat a hot dog? If you think only one way, then that’s your first mistake and you would never win any contests with this limited view.

Let’s take a look at what the winners did. The rules stated the contestants must eat the hot dog, the bun and may drink water. No rule existed as to the order or combination. Most contestants followed the tradition of eating the hot dog in the bun and sipping water after swallowing. However, this was proven to be a most inefficient method.

In 2012, Japanese Takeru Kobayashi won the contest at the New York State Fair in Syracuse by soaking the buns in warm water to constrict his stomach, and swallowing the hot dogs separately. This man, who weighed 128 pounds and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall, ate 110 hotdogs in ten minutes! No one had ever done it this way. He was within the guidelines, but realizing the inherent limitations of the traditional way, changed the methodology which led to success.

This brings us to American Joey Chestnut, who in 2015 won the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest by splitting the hot dog in half and soaking the buns in hot water. Weighing over 200 pounds and standing at 6 feet 3 inches, he ate 61 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes! Again, he was within the guidelines, but changed the methodology to emerge a winner.

Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? You can just imagine how many people asked this question after witnessing the success of others who thought outside the box. Creativity does not imply the impossible.

Often, it’s a matter of discarding old ideas and habits to see solutions and possibilities in a new way. I know that to be successful we must throw out all previously accepted knowledge and start at the beginning. If we blindly accept others’ conclusions, how do we know they haven’t made a mistake or omission in their conclusions? Do it yourself from the beginning to verify facts, then keep going. Approach from a different angle. Question the status quo. Where’s the inefficiency? The gap? The not-yet-tried option?

It doesn’t matter if it hasn’t been done before. That’s what being creative is all about. It only takes one person with the power to say yes to change the outcome of your life. Ignore the nay sayers and stay the course. Analyze. Think. Create. Publicize.

Good luck. Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Creating A Non-Toxic Home Environment

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Destiny

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Is this to be the story of our lives? An ordinary person going through the motions of an ordinary life? A life without fame or fortune? A life of mediocrity? Not everyone is destined for greatness, but we can search inside ourselves to find the destiny our soul has chosen. When we are in sync with our destinies, we will only feel a sense of accomplishment, peace and acceptance since we are living the life we truly desire. It will be extraordinary to us, however the outside world may view it. Living to impress others is not living in Spirit. Seeking undue approval is leading with Ego and guaranteed to leave us bereft of  self-confidence and self-acceptance. 

Destiny is defined as “the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate; an irresistible force or agency.” If destinies are predetermined, then you might think why bother at all? It would seem if we struggle along the “wrong” path, then our efforts will result in nothing. Nada. Zip. Or, just an unfulfilled life.

So, how do we get in touch with ourselves to know what we’re supposed to do, so we can get to it and do it right the first time? Alan Cohen wrote an article,”From the Heart: Soul at the Helm of Destiny” which appeared in the November/ December 2015 issue of Wisdom NYC/ Tri-State Edition in which he offers some helpful advice.

Mr. Cohen tells us the story of the actress Meryl Streep,…” who overslept on the morning she was to be interviewed for admission to a law school. Her soul commandeered her life path so she followed her heart instead of her mind, and her inner being recognized her grander destiny.”

“You, too, have a destiny your soul has chosen. Your intellect may tell you one thing, but your soul continually prompts you to stay on course with your mission… . Perhaps you are facing a critical choice point in your ow life… .While you may have spent a great deal of time and effort asking your mind, other people, and external sources for the answers to these important questions, you may not have asked your soul. The mind wonders but the soul knows. Ask your soul to guide your destiny.”

William Shakespeare told us centuries ago, “To thine own self be true.” You see, this is not a new concept. If we are happy in our lives, the negative pronouncements of those who don’t share our vision are inconsequential. That constant nagging voice at the back of our minds that tells us to do this, not that, is the voice of our soul. Listen. It’s how we fulfill our destiny.

Maybe your destiny is to show kindness, lead by example and teach right from wrong – to give a boost or a jump-start so they may lead happier, more secure  lives?  Perhaps you’re a parent or grandparent, a teacher, a member of the clergy?

Maybe your destiny is improve and maintain good health, safety and quality of life of others? Perhaps you’re a nurse, a doctor, a firefighter, a police officer or a member of the armed forces?

Maybe your destiny is to bring beauty into the world, create entertainment or share thought-provoking ideas? Perhaps you’re an artist, musician, screen or play writer, an author or blogger?

Maybe your destiny is to transport people safely. Maybe you’re a bus driver, a train conductor, an airplane pilot, a captain of a ship, or a carpooler?

Maybe your destiny is to help people protect what they hold dear? Perhaps you provide insurance or own an alarm company or work as a security guard?

I can go on and on. The point is, there is dignity and importance in all walks of life.

In many of these above mentioned professions, we come into contact and therefore, influence the lives of hundreds of people in a day. Multiply that by a lifetime and you can see the far-reaching effects of what we do.

Remember, one person, one experience at a time. We have the power to change the world.

Walk your own true path. Leave the others to theirs.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Creativity – Thinking Outside The Box

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