we believe in magic, we'll live a magical life. If we believe our life is defined by narrow limits,
we've suddenly made those beliefs real.
need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people
that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves
and live our lives with authenticity.
in manners, in style, in all things
the supreme excellence is simplicity.
a fault which
humbles a person is of more use to him or her
than a good action which
puffs him or her up.
A Heaven on
John E. Wade II
will try to love and help create a heaven on
earth"--the most important sentence that I have
written or may ever write.
people already try to live by these simple, yet powerful,
words without articulating this explicit promise. I
believe that if we--one by one, million by million,
billion by billion--would all accept this challenge, the
world would progress immensely. Think about the
words and use them to motivate yourself to reach out to
love and help others.
the pledge come into being? The groundwork was laid
by years of psychoanalysis and follow-up analysis,
faithful attendance at Sunday school and church, much
prayer and thought, as well as many varied life
may never really know me, or if it does I may someday be
forgotten, as most of us are. But I believe those
words and the concept behind them will live on.
will try to love and help create a heaven on
earth." Think about it.
explicit, personal goal as this can drive humankind
forward on a wonderful journey. I want my life to
count. Dr. Milburn Calhoun, the publisher of this
book, told me that he wants his life to count, too.
You want your life to count, don't you?
wise founding fathers made a serious pact in the form of
our Declaration of Independence. That famous
document includes a reference to the pursuit of happiness.
a concept is an attractive and desirable one, but I
believe it can be carried too far if one lives a
hedonistic life. I once did. Instead of
seeking only pleasure, we should, in many facets of
our lives, delay gratification and seek to become
part of a loving cause greater than ourselves.
pledge is an invitation to join such a cause, either
explicitly or implicitly, to help further this
goal of guiding humankind toward a heaven on earth.
. . . I deeply believe that since the dawn of
humankind each of us and all of us have a little
piece of God within us that goes beyond our human
knowledge and imagination. Expressed another
way, there's a hero inside each of us and all of
us. We are made up of mind, body, and spirit,
with spirit being another way of identifying that
little piece of God. Our knowledge,
imagination, and our little piece of God combined
with God's support will carry us to a heaven on
believe that God has always intended that humankind
achieve a heaven on earth, with the necessary help
of his enduring, steadfast love. All the great
religions of the world teach the Golden Rule, to
"Do unto others as we would have them do unto
us." Let's build on that.
ten elements that I believe are essential to our
achieving a heaven on earth are:
6. Spiritual Harmony
7. Racial Harmony
8. Ecological Harmony
10. Moral Purpose and Meaning (doing the right
thing with regard to word and deed). . . .
believe the above ten elements and the individual
paths to a heaven on earth apply to each one of us
as well as all of humankind. [We must give]
serious thinking about how humankind can do our part
to achieve a heaven on earth. If we don't have
a worthwhile and definite destination in mind, it is
highly questionable that we will ever be able to
must reach out for our ultimate destiny. Each
of us and all of us must pledge, "I will try to
love and help create a heaven on earth."
We must also seek to implement the ten elements for
all of humankind. A heaven on earth. I
invite you to think about it, imagine it, dream
about it, pray about it, and ultimately do something
to bring it about.
would it take to make this world a
paradise? Tackling the momentous
question of how individuals can envision and
enact positive change, this collection of 101
essays from some of today's most notable
thinkers, leaders, artists, and writers
focuses on the large problems of society as
well as the little challenges people face
every day. Whether it is finding spiritual
harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling
hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or
feeding the hungry, every single person has
the capacity to change the world for the
Rules for Building Self-Confidence
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
2. Determine to know the truth about yourself.
3. Distinguish between who you are and what you do.
4. Find something you like to do and do well, then do it
over and over.
5. Replace self-criticism with regular, positive
6. Replace fear of failure with clear pictures of
yourself functioning successfully and happily.
7. Dare to be a little eccentric.
8. Make the best possible peace with your parents.
9. Determine to integrate the body and spirit.
10. Determine to live above neurotic guilt.
11. Cultivate people who help you grow.
12. Refuse to allow rejection to keep you from taking
the initiative with people.
is Your Life Telling You?
The other day I was coaching Emily, a bright and self aware
woman who's recently stepped up to a very big plate--she
wants to take her business to the next level. Her
decision holds the potential for many rich and fulfilling
rewards, but also contains a rather steep learning curve, an
increase in pressure and of course much higher stakes.
Interestingly enough, as she meets her days with passion and
excitement, she also notices an increase in how easily she
gets triggered and upset by seemingly mundane events that
throw her off and make her constantly question her ability
is a consultant who works in the education system, but she's
also single and very much wants to be in a long-term
relationship. When immersed in her work with others,
all she seems to notice is how happy and successfully
married her coworkers are. Then she feels jealous, and
begins to question her life, as if she's "missed the
she was describing her experience to me and musing about how
painfully distracting it was, she asked me, "What do
you think the universe is trying to tell me?"
then proceeded to take a very deep breath and respond.
I said, "The universe. . . well, not exactly. I
think it's your life." Then I told her that while
it might make it easier to blame her confused feelings on a
booming message from the universe, I thought it was her life
speaking to her.
firmly believe every day, your life does speak to you,
sometimes in quiet ways, and sometimes like a 2 X 4 on the
head. In Emily's case, I think some older part of her
wants permission to abandon her audacious dream of an
international career and focus instead on finding the
relationship that her childhood, and culture taught her
would be her ultimate fulfillment. Poised on the brink
of success, understandably Emily is scared.
to listen to your life offers you the gift of valuable
feedback from a very reliable source: YOU! The
art of life is to discern what the information means and
what to do with it. The opportunity for Emily is to
examine her fears, her old beliefs and what's getting in her
way--not to get caught up believing one choice over the
other, marriage over career, or career over marriage is the
Emily has to find her own answers about what her life is
telling her, as do we all. I believe being courageous
enough to ask the question creates the foundation we need in
our lives to be successful on all levels. So, what is
your life telling you?
YOUR life. . . imagine the possibilities!
* * * * * *
Helaine is a Life and Business Coach, who has been featured
in numerous publications, including "O" The Oprah
Magazine. She helps entrepreneurs and
professionals accelerate their professional success, while
achieving a more complete and fulfilling personal
life. She combines a broad range of professional
experience in her work, including management
positions in the education, training, retail and
international non-profit sectors. She loves her life
and awakens each day excited to make the world a better
place, one person at a time. Visit her at http://www.pathofpurpose.com.
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How have you used your power and energy today? If you're
like most people, you've put a lot of effort into your
day's tasks, doing your best to accomplish all that you
can as well as you can. But have you been aware of the
ways that you're expending your energy? Over 150 years
ago, Wordsworth wrote the line, "Getting and
spending, we lay waste our powers." This line—as
well as an experience with a counselor many years
ago—has inspired me to examine the concept of how we use
our power in positive and negative ways, with the end goal
of helping people to be aware of the ways they use their
been perplexed by the concept of belief. I think that
in some ways, that's a result of constantly seeing the word
"believe" in a religious context, which really
isn't all that accurate a connection, based on the many
people I know who are strongly religious. To them,
it's enough to say that they believe in this or that, but
what they say they believe in doesn't convert to a true
"belief" that's a complete part of who they are,
and that helps to determine how things go in their
lives. After all, if most people's faith were
converted into true belief, then many more people's lives
would be filled with love and passion and positive outcomes
I see the
power of belief constantly as a teacher--the students in my
classes have a huge range of beliefs about themselves and
their abilities. Some of them believe that they can do
anything that's asked of them, and guess what? They
do. They have varying degrees of success, of course,
but they are able to handle any task I throw their
way. Other students, though, have been beaten down and
discouraged all through their academic careers, and that
fact has instilled in them a belief system that tells them
that they can't do certain things, and that they never will
be able to do so adequately. I don't need to tell you
that these students have a much harder time trying to
accomplish the tasks in the classroom.
students believe that English or Math are boring, and their
beliefs make that so, no matter what teachers do to bring
creative and unique lessons to the classroom. A
student who believes that English is important but that
Social Studies isn't will have completely different
experiences in the two classes. These are facts, and
when a student finds a change occurring in their
perspectives on a class or a subject, it usually isn't
because a teacher is changing his or her "mind,"
but because a teacher is changing that student's beliefs
about a class or a subject.
Most of the
students that come to high school English classes believe
that English is hard or boring and completely irrelevant to
their lives. To them, reading is hard or their writing
has been graded and found to be inadequate, so they
generalize those results to the entire field of
English. When they come into my class, I don't try to
convince them that English is fun or interesting--I work on
trying to help them to develop a new belief system about
English. I work to try to help them to see the
relevance of reading in their lives, when they can learn
important life lessons from the stories and essays that they
read. I work to try to help them to believe that they can
write, even if they may not be able to write as well as some
others. And I find that when the students change their
beliefs, I finally see the results of those beliefs in the
work that they do.
patient with the students as I try to help them change their
beliefs for one reason: in my life, it seems to take
me forever to change my own beliefs. I have some
beliefs that are so deeply ingrained that it seems that I
was born with them, and I work constantly to shift those
beliefs to more positive ones, but it definitely doesn't
happen overnight. So I know that while the high school
kids that I work with have the advantage of youth and a bit
more resiliency, I also know that they haven't yet
experienced the results that a change in belief can bring,
so they don't see the need to change anything. Nor do
they usually even recognize the fact that they do have
beliefs that are holding them back. So I have to be
patient, or I would give up before I reached any sort of
in a religious sense is usually a misnomer. The words
"I believe in God," while supposedly making a
claim that is important, really don't mean much of anything
at all. If we say "I believe in the goodness of
God," then we start to express a true belief in
something that is very important to us, and that can have a
positive effect on our lives. We can believe in
ourselves as architects or salespeople and end up doing
great work because of that belief, while at the same time
having a lack of belief in our own inherent worth as people
and failing in relationship after relationship because of
that lack of belief in our own worthiness.
Sheffield said, "As our beliefs actually change, so do
our experiences," and I know that she was right.
While it's tempting to think that we can "take
control" of our lives and change what happens to us and
how those things happen, the truth is that until we're able
to change our beliefs about ourselves and our places in this
world, our lives won't change at all. Whenever we find
ourselves in trouble or in difficult situations, it's
important that we examine our beliefs about that situation
if we truly want to work our ways through it in positive and
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don't know what tomorrow will bring--except
old age and death--but I do know that I do
have today, one absolutely glorious day that
I will savor and make the most of as
if it were my last one. . . because it may be!
We strengthen life any time that we listen
generously or encourage someone
to find meaning, or wonder about possibility, or dream or hope or
self-judgment and inner criticism, or know that they matter.
Anytime we share
someone's joy, we bless the life in them.
Jesse does this as naturally as she
breathes. Her own life has not been easy;
nonetheless she is a celebrator, a deeply happy person.
Although she has had
two episodes of colon cancer and many professional disappointments,
in life is tangible. I smile whenever I am in the same room
with her. So does
everyone else. She is always one of the first to celebrate
to remember anniversaries, to congratulate people on their
she knows them well or not. So Jesse is one of the first
people to call
when something good happens to you or to someone you love. She
to listen to the whole story with delight. Often when you
finish talking to
her you feel even better about what has happened, luckier than
Once as we were sitting together in a doctor's
office, awaiting the lab results
of her six-month chemotherapy checkup, I had asked her about her joy
Her own life had been so hard. Didn't she feel envious of
others who had
things she did not? She had smiled at the thought and shaken
her head. "Then
what is your secret?" I had asked her, laughing. Suddenly
serious, she had
replied that it seemed to her that joy was not something
personal. When I looked
at her, baffled, she explained she has found that if you are
genuinely happy for them,
people are very generous with their joy and share it with you
"When something good happens to the person next to me, I am
there to celebrate
it with them. Their good luck makes me feel lucky. I
rejoice with them about it
as fully as if it was happening to me," she told me.
"It makes me really happy."
She paused and looked thoughtful. "Of course, then it is
happening to me,"
she said with a grin.
When Jesse was first diagnosed, her cancer had
spread beyond her bowel. Despite
this, her surgeon had operated and removed as much of it as he
but he could not remove it all. "We need to keep her
comfortable for as long
as we can," he told me. But that was fifteen years
ago. It makes you wonder.
When you strengthen the life around you, perhaps you strengthen the
life within you.
Rachel Naomi Remen