Giving Voice to Your Courage

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

– Maya Angelou

Giving voice to our courage. Such a wonderful concept. Thank you Dorit Sasson for the oportunity to be on your Blog Talk Radio Show.

What a wild ride I am currently on!  It is taking a helluva lot of courage at the moment as I navigate my way toward my publishing date. I am doing new things every day, facing new challenges and learning as I go.  This journey is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

It is taking a courage I did not know I had – planning events, marketing myself, learning new things about how to use technology. Phew!  Thank goodness for my team behind me, helping me along the way. Thank God for my sons – teaching me about technology and guiding me as I learn. And thank you to people like Dorit that help me to get the word out about my book.

Thank you again to my son Lukas for getting my website set up – This Way Up Book.  On that site I will be listing events as they come up and I’ll be posting interviews as they happen.

Thank you to my son Devin for writing some music for me to use on my YouTube Page;  and to both Lukas and Devin for helping me get that page set up.  Watch this space as it evolves.

It’s all coming together, slowly but surely . . . running as fast as I can to keep up.

It’s a wild ride – but to be honest,  I am having a blast!

I’m going to close today in a slightly different way.  Instead of a You Tube Clip from someone else, I’m going to close with the Blog Talk Radio Interview with ME!  Feels surreal!

Please take the time to listen:

Giving Voice to Your Courage with Author Patti Clark

I’d love any feedback you have, and as always thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

 

 

Giving Thanks

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

– Maya Angelou


I am so incredibly grateful and feel so blessed!  I had the most amazingly wonderful day yesterday!  First thing in the morning, I woke up to an email from my agent, Owen Burnham.  He wrote to tell me that he has two publishers interested in publishing my book, A Woman’s Guide to Transformation!  He and I will discuss the contracts and decide on the best publisher soon.  I will have a contract and a publisher before the end of the year.  What an awesome way to start the day! Especially wonderful because yesterday was the day that I hosted our annual Thanksgiving Celebration here in NZ.  I had 25 friends over for a sit down dinner, turkey and all the trimmings, sitting outside by the stream, under our spectacular Pohutukawa Tree.  A glorious setting to celebrate life and express our gratitude.  We did a Gratitude Circle first with everyone contributing (we even had Jeff in the circle via Skype!) and I was able to announce to my close friends that my agent has found me a publisher.  What a fantastic way to share my news.  It was a beautiful afternoon and evening.  I felt so loved and so grateful.  Truly a day to be thankful.

This video clip is especially fitting, titled simply: Gratitude.  Enjoy!

 

 

Please share what you are grateful for this year.  I would love to hear your stories.  And as always, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.

 

 

 

Keeping things in perspective . . .

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

– Maya Angelou


My son Devin shared this with me today.  Thank you Devin – it took my breath away!

There is nothing I can add to what Carl Sagan explains so eloquently and the video shows us so incredibly beautifully.  As Mr. Sagan puts it:

“To me it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

 

Please take the time to watch this, it is truly inspiring and spectacular.

 

 

Please let me know what you thought of Carl Sagan’s short clip.  And as always, thank you for visiting, I appreciate it.

How to Resist Hate

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

– Maya Angelou


Listening to the news, reading the papers, I am often overcome with grief, and wonder how the human race has sunk so low?  How can we possibly begin to repair the damage we have created. How do we deal with a bully without becoming a thug? How do we resist hatred? One thing is for sure, as Maya Angelou proclaims hate has not solved one problem yet!

Scilla Elworthy is the founder and director of Peace Direct.  She discusses this idea eloquently in her talk Fighting with Non-Violence.  She believes that there are a few methods that do work to resist hate:

  1. The change that has to take place, must take place inside me first.  My own response is the only thing I can do anything about. And I must develop self-knowledge to do that. Elworthy believes that meditation is one of the best ways to develop that self-knowledge.
  2. Mastery of Fear – her mantra: “My Fear grows fat on the energy I feed it.”
  3. Using Anger as an effective fuel – If we can use our anger to fuel us, to empower us instead of control us, we can make real change. It is ok to be angry with the thing that is happening, but hopeless to be angry at the people.
  4. Change now happens bottom up, or “grassroots” – Working together and cooperating with others
  5. Using violence to change things is not only less humane, but less effective.  Methods that connect people work.  We need connection and unity.
  6. Courage and Committment

I think Elworthy’s Ted talk is hopeful and inspirational.  I encourage you to take time to watch it.

 

I hope you enjoy listening to Scilla Elworthy.  And I’d love to hear about how you resist hate.

And as always thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.

 

 

 

Want happiness? Change your Attitude!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. .”

– Maya Angelou


Earlier this week, a fellow blogger put out a challenge for a few of us to write some posts on Happiness:

http://margekatherine.com/2012/05/09/happiness-care-to-share/

This isn’t a tough challenge for me – those of you who have followed my blog know that this is one of my favorite topics.

There are so many things that make me happy . . . so many things make me unhappy too – but what I’ve come to notice is that more often than not, it’s my attitude that is affecting my happiness level.  I love Maya Angelou’s quote above – the only thing I can really change is my attitude.

This fantastic video emphasizes three things:

Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity

Superb!

 

 

Please let me know what you thought of Neil Pasricha’s video.  And as always, thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate it.