Friday, May 24, 2013

Have Another Cup on Me...

Yesterday daughter and I began listening, on audiotape, to the motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Four years ago in the shuffle of moving from Oregon to Hawaii I lost my set of Robbins' tapes. As we were packing to move from California back to Oregon, a sweet friend drove for two hours to give me copies of his tapes.

Now, isn’t that a gesture worth writing about?

Daughter and I planned to become motivated for success as we drove up I-5 aiming for our new home. Except that with two adults, one 4-year-old in a car seat, two dogs and a cat stuffed into our faithful Toyota pickup truck, it was like this:


 Or maybe this:


Okay, back to Robbins. The first assignment given by Tony is to do two things that would change the course of your life.


Two things. Things you have been putting off. Maybe call a person and clear up some misunderstanding. Do the thing you don’t want to do. 

My two things?

I finally decided to send my manuscript Mother’s Letters, Daughters’ Secrets to a publisher. I had a publisher on my docket. They wanted a completed manuscript and I was waiting until I had one.  I checked their site and found they are not accepting submissions at the present time. Har har. “This summer,” they said.

Okay. Check in with another publisher. Can't find this particular publisher on the web.  Har, har, har. I guess everything is pointing the eBook submission. 

 I need a cover.

 So I ordered Corel Draw in hopes of making a book cover. Any words of advice?

Keep checking in as I follow the tapes I will pass on what inspires me.


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aSoulMan“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive”— Thich Nhat Hanh

Handle stress with grace. In late March, President Obama was addressing a highly controversial topic during a speech in Jerusalem when a young man began heckling him from the audience. Not missing a beat, the president listened while the young man finished his comments and responded by stating, "This is part of the lively debate we talked about," without expressing anger or frustration.

Disregarding President Obama's politics, he handled what could have been a tense situation gracefully and ultimately got a standing ovation for his quick, collected reaction.