One of the for-sure things you can know about writers the world over is that they are readers. I have had a greedy-guts absorption of ideas that goes back to my first school days. I loved reading books!
Two memories stand out for me from my grade school days. We were given our reader’s for the year on the first day of school. I read the entire book that night! My biggest challenge was sitting without squirming while other kids struggled over the words as they read aloud in class.
My second memory was Wednesday’s at the Uniontown Public Library. Mrs. Leonard read a story aloud to all the children every Wednesday. I ran from St. John’s Grade School to the library so that I wouldn’t miss the beginning of the story. That was grand but what followed was the better part. I returned last week’s books, and then I would cram as many books into my book bag as it would hold for that week’s entertainment. I learned how to dust the furniture with a book in my hand. I rushed through other chores like dish washing to be able to get back to my books.
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes mysteries were in my life as dear friends. I traded books with my cousins. I simply couldn’t get enough!
When I entered the convent, I was put in charge of cataloguing 20,000 books as the core of our Jr. College level library and the state of Pennsylvania gave us an accreditation. I was nineteen then and I’m still amazed when I think back on it.
I loved English Grammar classes too. When we had to write a paragraph or a story, gloriosky! What a thrill! I was first published in the Kid’s Corner in the Uniontown Evening Standard newspaper. I really liked that. I still love being published.
To reading and writing skills, I’ve added understanding and wisdom. Word of the Day is a widget on my Home page. Have to stay fresh, you know? Now, I use all of them for Pat’s Write Mind clients where I create blogs, articles, books, ebooks and curriculum for heart-based entrepreneurs. I’d love to speak to you about your business writing needs. You can reach me via mailto:email@example.com.
In my last blog post, I mentioned the major ways in which I’m grateful, and I promised you that I’d share the incredible results of that kind of mental activity. So here goes:
- When you least expect it, more good will pop up in your life after you’ve given grateful recognition for the good that’s already there. My sister in law’s dad has been to my home often. I liked him and I believed he appreciated my hostness abilities. After he died, I received a Color-Me-Mine tissue box with the following poem on it from him and it made me cry:
Your enthusiasm for life
Playing the cards you’re given
Means something to me
For going right on and livin’
PRESS ON, PATTY!
- It is a law of life that recognition and gratitude create the next good thing for which you can be grateful in an ever-widening upward spiral. It’s as if the whole world is conspiring to please you. “Well, if you think that was great, watch this next one….and the one after that. “
- When you decide to be grateful, you have to focus your mind on only that which automatically lets things like the election, wars, poverty, and other negativities fall by the way side. And good riddance to them! If you give recognition to them, you only get more of them since thought is causative!
- Your mind feels better thinking right and good thoughts of gratitude than anything else! Give it a try. We can put Bayer out of business! 🙂
I want to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for everyone who reads my blog and tells others about it.
November is generally a time of year when the idea of Gratitude comes to the foreground, and, based on the seasons of the year, it’s a natural. This is the beginning of a time when resting from the labors of the year stimulates thoughts of gratitude for what has happened in your year.
I believe we live in a mental universe where the objects of our thinking are manifested right before our eyes so that we can see what we’ve entertained and tweak it when necessary. Because thinking actually causes what is thought of to appear, it behooves us to watch carefully what we mentally entertain, because sure as shooting, we’re going to see it soon enough.
I’m most grateful for the following:
- All of the positive and negative feedback on my Facebook pages. The positive makes me feel both good and humble, and the negative keeps my mind alert and active. “Let’s see now….is there any truth to that? Is there something I can correct, or should I just ignore it as one individual’s uninformed opinion?” Either way, I win.
- My grandsons. They are free spirits, unfolding so naturally, and I adore being with them, playing with them, buying them birthday and Christmas gifts, bringing them snacks when I visit and praising them to their mom and dad. But mostly, playing.
- My home. I worked for twelve long years to fix up my fixer upper and now it’s done – well, as done as a house ever gets. Now, all I have to do is enjoy it and maintain it. Sweet!
- My sons. They turned out to be such incredible men: independent, hard-working, strongly opinionated, loving, handsome, and true blue. Love you, Thad and Seth.
- My friends. My support group of friends does the one thing for me that I appreciate the most: they accept me as I am. I love acceptance! I have some friends who go back over 50 years. What a joy!
- My clients. I have wonderful clients, old and new. They provide mental stimulation for me that has conquered entirely the boredom I used to experience in corporate America. They allow me to focus my thought so that even raccoons who slip in to my office to snack on cat food are mostly ignored. Thanks, y’all!
- The opportunities in my life for earnings. I have a wonderful copywriting business www.PatsWriteMind.com, and in addition, I’ll be helping to entertain the clients at Santa’s Village this winter season. It’s also my hope to work behind the scenes in a local café to help them through the busy ski season.
- My harmonious partnership with Jamie Saloff at www.Bookectomy.com. Jamie and I are in agreement about so many topics that it’s hard to write them all down here. You’ll have to trust me. Jamie is stellar and true blue.
- New activities in Big Bear. From a very old friend’s invitation, I’ve been enjoying in Big Bear his summer concerts, his movie discussion night, and their writer’s workshop. I love new and interesting things in my life. It keeps me young.
There is an incredible result for giving grateful recognition, and I’m going to talk about it in my next Blog Post. Please stay tuned!
Do you have a habit of taking yourself for granted? Of not knowing how brilliant you actually are? Of not blowing your own horn? Yeah, I feel ya. When I was growing up, people thought that kids would get an over-inflated sense of self if you told them they were pretty or they were smart. So there weren’t too many pats on the back in those days.
What you did gt was that dangling carrot: work hard; be self-sacrificing; think of others first. And the result was kids with afflicted self-esteem; kids who didn’t know they were smart (even though they were.)
All childhoods are the accumulating-of-experiences days in our lives, so whether you were told how good or how talented you were or whether you were not, here you are today. Hopefully, you have figured out the truth about yourself, so it’s time to do a little bit of stretching.
Let’s say you’re a writer, and let’s say you’ve written a book, and let’s think you might like to earn some extra money by selling that book on Amazon.
You create an Author Page in Amazon. It’s your first attempt to go public and you’re excited. You share that link: https://www.amazon.com/author/patmatson
You stumble around Kindle in an effort to find your way, and you’re incredibly grateful for your partner who is a Publishing Expert.
I’m inviting you to go have a look-see at Welcome to the World, Baby God: the earth experiment. This book answers a lot of questions about life, possibly those questions you’ve been asking yourself for years and not had a decent answer yet.
And you – yes, you! What are you doing to monetize YOUR brilliance?
Grateful acknowledgment to Jamie Saloff for this cover art.
Was there a time in your life where you flew by the seat of your pants and had no clue what was coming up next? That’s how my first thirty years went. I am the eldest of five children, and there wasn’t anyone to follow. I had to invent it all on the fly. I’m actually pretty good at impromptu situations because of it, and that alone has dissolved some fears about knowing enough and being good enough.
As I matured – I swear to God that I HAVE matured – I discovered wonderful things like Goal Setting, and about Big Dreams and how to make them come true.
I’ve always been someone with high ideals. From grade school days, those ideals were there and they led me right into the convent. Would you like to meet Sr. Barnabas, SSJ? I couldn’t see anything better for a life than serving God.
Another idea began to tug at my habit when I was in the convent. It said “There has to be something more.” It was relentless, but I toyed with leaving the convent for several years before I finally moved on that idea. Then marriage and motherhood happened and then divorce happened in my middle thirties.
I was alone with two little boys to raise. Beside those wonderful little guys, my ex left me with another gift – an introduction to metaphysics. Both my sons and that study are the major contributors to the life I have today.
In the last thirty years, I’ve been at the helm of my life, directing, refining, doing-over, and moving myself steadily into more and more good. I’m a happy satisfied woman.
I want to share with you one of the things I am about to harvest: It’s a wee e-book entitled Welcome to the World, Baby God. In this delightful little book, I propose a more spiritual take for our experiences here on earth, and I provide ideas for you so filled with common sense that anyone can get it, even a little baby. It will leave you wondering “Could it possibly be this simple?”
It’ll be published soon. Please stay tuned and I’ll keep you apprised. In the meanwhile, you might want to follow me on Facebook in my new group: Baby God Book. We’re going to have lots of stimulating conversations there.
I was raised in a religion where we were all taught that when you wanted something, you asked God for it. Many still follow this line of thinking. Sometimes, you get what you want; sometimes you don’t. Following along, you learn to make up reasons for why God does or does not answer your prayers. Many spend time on their knees begging God to change his omnipotent mind.
This always seemed futile to me. I couldn’t understand why a God purported to be good would even allow any form of evil. Even the Queen of Hearts had the good sense to yell “Off with their heads” when things weren’t working.
I entered the convent to perform at what I saw was the highest level of service to this God. I ran into personalities and characters, some of whom had lowered levels of godliness than my highest sense. What a surprise! Being “on the other side of the desk” was one heck of an eye-opener, and when I left the convent, I was looking for more answers, keener insights, greater understanding.
It took me several years to find it. What I discovered is that God is not a powerful individual on a throne in heaven. Nope. God is a power. It is the mental power inside each one of us. It is a Cause Engine that we control by our thinking.
- I learned that when my thoughts are accurate and in line with rightness and goodness, then my experiences are right, good, and harmonious.
- I learned that when my thoughts include what can only be labeled evil, then my experiences go in the crapper.
Notice, no question here of exactly who is doing the creating? I’m not entirely sure who started this blame God or beg from God idea, but perpetuating this through religion or philosophy isn’t doing anyone a lick of good.
Because you have a mind that thinks, you ARE the God you are begging and beseeching and if you are looking anywhere outside your good, sweet, wonderful Self, it’s a dead end street.
What does work is to learn everything you can about Goodness Itself, recognize that it IS you, and align your thoughts with it to create the health, wealth, success and happiness that is intended.
I wish you enormous success.
I have a rule in my home: all the furniture must be very comfortable. One of the Patty-made rules in my kitchen is that everything must be conveniently within reach. I like my home decorations to be tastefully simplistic, too. These three make my home comfortable, warm and homey.
My sister spent Labor Day with me this month. She thanked me for my hospitality on the day she left and I have given that and another chat we had some thought. We talked about the 5 Love Languages, and I guess the way I like to show love is to provide a comfortable, convenient and simple environment for visitors to enjoy themselves. That falls under Quality Time and Acts of Service in my book, and in Gary Chapman’s book “The 5 Love Languages” too.
I like the concept of Feng Shui well enough, but I’ve always been struck by allowing anyone else establish rules for me by which I live my life. This particularly touches me when it comes to arranging my home the way that makes me feel satisfied. I have chosen to live my life by what I like, what I appreciate, what makes me comfortable, etc. than by what are truly arbitrary rules for home arrangement and décor.
Because I don’t believe that location, invisible forces, alignment on earth axes or the like have any Causability at all, Feng Shui would be a reversal of the Law of Cause and Effect for me.
Shakespeare was a truly wise man, and he said: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” I run my life by this sort of thinking. My decisions for me are the best for me. My choices of friends are the best for me. My style of décor is the best for me. The way in which I learn life’s lesson is the best for me. To mine own self be true.
“To be true to yourself takes courage. It requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. It does not mean that you are inconsiderate or disrespectful of others. It means that you will not let others define you or make decisions for you that you should make for yourself.” From www.essentiallifeskills.com
If you are involved in any aspect of Spirituality, Metaphysics, or the Law of Attraction, you’ve more than likely heard that when your conviction arrives at the depth of feeling, your thoughts will manifest in an objective state.
So what does that mean and how do you get there? Getting there depends on two things:
- Do you really mean it? and
- Can you feel the truth inside your own being?
To arrive at the truth of either of those ideas, you need time, willingness, and a desire to understand.
I know that my life is a mental life that is based on how and what I think about things. I know that what manifests – my body, my experiences, my so-called things, other people – are all there because of how and what I think. It’s such an improved idea as opposed to dealing with things from the so-called physical perspective. It’s easier.
Recently, I challenged myself regarding a particular desire I’ve had forever. I’m still working on it so I will keep its details to myself at this point. But what I did was clear the decks of any other busy work I had going in my life so I could focus pointedly at this one task.
I know that a thought cannot be held for very long and must be repeated, so I’ve made myself what I call a prayer bracelet from lovely red glass beads. I run them through my fingers as I repeat my desired thought to both keep me from drifting into sleep and to stay focused on what I mean to manifest.
I work to get in three hours of mental work each day for such a project. As I do the work – the repetition – I try to feel the sense of love I have for what I am about, and I imbue that sense of love into my words.
The more strongly I mean what my desire is, the more profound my commitment becomes. At the end of several days, I experienced a very deep sense of reality and truth about my desire that both astonished me and simultaneously made me feel euphoric. I call that experience the depth of feeling. If you’d like to enjoy it, you’ve got to do the work. If you don’t know how but you’d like to learn, I’d be willing to teach you. I am a teacher of the Walter Method of Eschatology and I know how.
If you find yourself easily triggered over the events happening at such a rapid pace daily about our upcoming election in November, you are not alone. I think the pulse of our nation rises daily when individuals spend time on Facebook.
I’ve had my share of sharing things I felt were politically important to have a lot of sand thrown in my face. I’ve been graphically kicked in the teeth a few times. God knows how many times I’ve been Unfollowed or Unfriended. I’ve Unfollowed a few folks myself whose comments felt like knife stabs.
Where does that leave me? I can see that not one thing I share on Facebook means anything to those who don’t think about things as I do. Last month, I decided to only share things with those whom I know agree with me. And then I go to thinking that except for the occasional chuckle, even that is a gigantic waste of my time.
I was raised to respect my elders. Now that I AM an elder, I can assure you that this dictum is no longer in vogue. So between now and November, I am not going to share my wisdom with anyone, unless they either beg me or pay me for it. This free sharing isn’t working.
If you feel frightened about the result of the election, I’d like to share one of Life’s underlying Truths to give you some comfort:
Each of us is held to a Divine Standard of Laws where each of us suffers the consequences of our actions. Even if the Supreme Court says “Not Guilty,” and the individual IS guilty, that individual will be answerable to a Higher Court than the Supreme Court of this land and they will have to pay for their sins and their omissions, just as you and I do.
My prayer is that the perfect individual wins the election for the sake of the good of our country, which, by the way, I love with a passion.
So after I got my little anti-political rage out of my system earlier this month, I thought about all the rest of my life experience that’s going on in the middle of our political shit storm, and you know what I found? Tons and tons of good. I expect you and I aren’t so very different. I’ll bet if you set politics aside for just a 15-minute breather, imagine what you might find, too?
- I have two fabulously loving cats, one of whom is sleeping in my inbox as I write. I feel all warm and loving when I look at Pico. I’m pretty sure Chi is upstairs lying in the sun somewhere and with just one stroke, I can get her to love me back, too. You got pets who love you?
- I have a garden growing in the summer sun. There are lots of yellow tomato blossoms about to grow me some of my favorite summertime treats: home grown tomatoes. I love to feed the plants and water them and know that I’m contributing to their growth with my thinking and the water.
- I have students of mind who work and study with me in a very special vineyard and who work to refine their understanding. They are crafting the skills necessary to fashion health, wealth, success and harmony as they want them to appear in their lives.
- I have enough left-over soda from the 4th of July picnic I hosted to take care of several more parties this summer. What a great excuse!
- One of my siblings is driving up the mountain to my house as I type. I love spending time with her and the joy of anticipation is coursing through my mind. Every car that drives by fills me with an “Is it her yet?” expectation.
- I’ve gotten caught up on the laundry by about 80%. I’d neglected it due to party-planning for the 4th and I’ve only got one load done. Best part is that what I dried, I even put away! Doesn’t it just bug you to have clean close laying around and you are totally unmotivated to put it away?
- I have four potential pieces of work with clients pending and coming in closer every day. I got an automatic appointment from the calendar on my website today and it THRILLED me.
I’d like to encourage you to back step away from politics and see what you can find that is good going on in the background of your life. It doesn’t have to remain there unacknowledged. I can tell you that taking this brief break to look at the good in my life feels a heck of a lot better than fussing over who lied or who’s not capable. Phew!