Spreading Good News (Part 331 – Three Important, Life-Changing Questions)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our books!!

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THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things)”

Lena Sledge of Madison, Alabama, says “Insightful and Helpful.  This is a very insightful book into the relationship between a man and a woman and the bond that can be made stronger when you have the right tools and attitude for success.   And this book will definitely give you some of those tools and nuggets of advice to help you do just that.  It is definitely worth reading and you will get a lot of good advice from it.  I truly recommend it.”

 

Read the preview and other reviews for “The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things)” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

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Our Books Are Now Available in Apple’s iBookstore!!

In case you are into the speed and convenience of e-books, I want you to know that four of our books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBook links:

My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/my-15-dogs/id443785321?mt=11

 

THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257365388

 

LINE OF SERENITY

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257176359

 

MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257197934

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TODAY’S QUOTE

OPTIMISM MAY SOMETIMES BE DELUSIONAL, BUT PESSIMISM IS ALWAYS DELUSIONAL.  ~ Alan Cohen

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TODAY’S BLOG

Three Important, Life-Changing Questions

by Marc Lesser

Harry Roberts was a friend and teacher of mine while I lived at Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm. He was fond of saying that life is very simple — all you have to do is answer three questions: 1) What do you want? 2)  What do you have to do to get it? and 3) Can you pay the price?  After stating these questions he would usually laugh heartily, saying, yeah, real simple; most people don’t ever ask themselves the first question.

Harry was trained as a medicine man in the Yurok Indian tradition.  He had been a cowboy and a farmer and was a PhD agronomist who designed the gardens at the University of California, Berkeley.  Harry used to say that a primary difference between American Indian culture and Western culture is that Indians believed that each person is born with a particular skill and strength, that there is a primary reason for each person to be on the planet.  The responsibility of parents is to provide opportunities for each child to discover his or her purpose and mission, to discover the kind of talents he or she was born to express.  Indians believed that by careful observation, you could usually see by age three what a person’s lifelong work was likely to be. Harry often said that it is vital for each person not only to discover her song but also to sing it.

What do you want? This is the simplest question, and the most difficult.  What is really important to you?  What is the purpose of your life? What is your true intention?  How do you want to spend your time?  What do you want to accomplish?  What has meaning for you?  What do you want from your work life?  What do you want from your relationships?  Where is your passion?  What kinds of activities do you find most satisfying?  Spending time with any one of these questions can change your life.

What do you have to do to get it?  Once you have answered this question, it is time to determine what you need to do to get what you want.  What skills do you need, what training or schooling is required?  What steps do you need to take?  What do you already have, and what is needed?

These questions make me think of a woman who tells her friend that she really wants to be a lawyer, but she is forty-two years old.  Because of her age, she doesn’t think she can fulfill this goal.  She says it will take her three years to complete law school and that she would be forty-five by the time she finishes.  Her friend asks her, “How old will you be in three years if you don’t go to law school?”

Harry used to say that everything comes with a price.  Can you pay the price? Choosing something means not choosing something else.  Choosing what you want and laying out a plan requires that you then take the steps needed, do the work, or go through whatever difficulties you are likely to confront.  Every choice comes with a price that begins with risks.  This question puts your resolve to the test — once you know what you want and what you have to do to get it, are you willing to risk failure, are you willing to give up other paths?

 

 

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed this piece, send the link to others.  Thanks!!

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~ Joyce Fields

 

 

 

 

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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One Response to Spreading Good News (Part 331 – Three Important, Life-Changing Questions)

  1. Kortnie and Konto says:

    Love this!!!

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