Monthly Archives: December 2012

Everyday Positive Thinking – Louise Hay and Friends


Work can be used to justify abusing yourself and others, or . . . work can be used to express your creativity and spirituality. The choice is yours. — Anne Wilson Schaef

Regardless of your race, religion, or political affiliation, never hesitate to question those in authority. — Tavis Smiley

Create affirmations with these basic ingredients: They’re personal, positive, in the present tense, visual, and emotional. Then, each day, visualize the realization of these affirmations. You’ll find that your behavior and circumstances will change for the better. — Stephen R. Covey

Trying to limit anybody about anything defies the Laws of the Universe. It cannot be done. You cannot control others, but you can control—and create—your own reality. — Abraham-Hicks

You could have every disease known to man within you today, and if you chose different-feeling thoughts tomorrow, they would all leave your body. The key is to not give any unwanted thing much attention. When it doesn’t feel good, turn your attention someplace else. — Abraham-Hicks

Whatever people do, feel, think, or say, don’t take it personally. Others are going to have their own opinion according to their belief system, so whatever they think about you is not about you, but it is about them. — DON Miguel Ruiz

Attitude is the foundation and support for everything you do. It’s the key element in the process of controlling your destiny. — Keith D. Harrell

Until today, you may have been holding on to secret thoughts and feelings. You may have been afraid to open yourself up to self-examination or outside scrutiny. Just for today, be willing to release those things stored in your heart and mind that are causing you discomfort. — Iyanla Vanzant

Circulate dormant possessions. Don’t hang on to items you aren’t using just because you spent good money on them, because if you ever need them again, they’ll probably find their way back to you. — Julie Morgenstern

Remove the obstacles. Untangle the clutter that’s standing between you and the productive, fulfilling life that you crave. — Julie Morgenstern

Are you in prison? You are if your happiness comes from something you deposit, drive, drink, or digest. Make a sincere effort to break out of the prisons that confine you. — Max Lucado

There’s nothing that existed in your past that cannot be changed now. You are the creator of the past and the future. Therefore, you create the whole now, even the things that you feel are unchangeable. — Kryon

Have compassion for your parents’ childhoods. Know that you chose them because they were perfect for what you had to learn. Forgive them and set them free. — Louise L. Hay

Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older. — Louise L. Hay

Act as if anything you desire is already here. Believe that all that you seek you’ve already received, that it exists in spirit, and know you shall have your desires filled. — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The greatest secret to making money and being successful is helping other people make money and be successful. — Deepak Chopra, M.D.

The small things you do every day—smiling at a stranger or paying someone a compliment—bring you closer to your spiritual truth, the purity of your soul. — Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Loosen up. You are never too old, too professional, or too accomplished to laugh and be silly. Allow yourself to play. Let your inner child out and enjoy your life. — Tavis Smiley

Loosen up. You are never too old, too professional, or too accomplished to laugh and be silly. Allow yourself to play. Let your inner child out and enjoy your life. — Tavis Smiley

Even though you will return home at the end of any vacation, the idea of your holiday is not to complete it as quickly as possible so that you can check it off of your list. The idea of your vacation—and of this life—is to have a joyous experience. — Abraham-Hicks

Let go of small thoughts about yourself! See yourself succeeding. — Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.

When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means that you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. — DON Miguel Ruiz

You can only control your reactions and attitudes to what happens to you. You cannot control the actual events. Learn the difference. — Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

Love is the energy from which all people and things are made. You are connected to everything in your world through love. — Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

Take yourself and your creative life seriously. Make time for self-expression. Be disciplined. This is the way to develop your unique gifts and talents. — Christiane Northrup, M.D.

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who pull you up and those who pull you down. Identify the people who pull you up and show them an attitude of gratitude. — Keith D. Harrell

Empowering beliefs strengthen you. Today, create and focus on three empowering beliefs that contribute to your positive attitude. — Keith D. Harrell

A woman’s sense of self is defined through her feelings and the quality of her relationships. A man’s sense of self is defined through his ability to achieve results. — John Gray

Women thrive on communication because it nurtures their female side. Men thrive on appreciation because it nurtures their male side. — John Gray

Demanding respect is like chasing a butterfly. Chase it, and you’ll never catch it. Sit still, and it may light on your shoulder. — Max Lucado

If you wait until you become perfect before you love yourself, you’ll waste your whole life. You’re already perfect right here and right now. — Louise L. Hay

Good luck happens when an opportunity presents itself. Meet it with preparedness. — Deepak Chopra, M.D.

You are your word. Say what you will do, and do what you say. Never call your word into question with lies, deceit, or misrepresentation. Create credibility by honoring your word. — Tavis Smiley

Meditate, engage in daily prayers, read uplifting books, commune with Mother Nature—in some way try to remove yourself from the discord of the everyday world that invades your sense of inner peace. — Stephen R. Covey

Selfishly seek joy, because your joy is the greatest gift you can give to anyone. Unless you are in your joy, you have nothing to give anyway. — Abraham-Hicks


In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom – Qanta A. Ahmed


In Riyadh, I would be licensed to operate procedures on critically ill patients, yet never to drive a motor vehicle. Only men could enjoy that privilege.

Even the security of my medical skills could not change the fact that doctor or domestic, Muslim or not, an unmarried woman cannot enter Saudi Arabia alone. Without a sponsor, without husband or father, without son or brother, I would wait as a maid would wait, with cargo, like cargo, until collected. Women cannot function as independent entities in the Kingdom. My autonomy had already been curtailed.

Arranged Marriage – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


That’s our dream (mine more than his, I suspect) –moving out of this two-room apartment where it seems to me if we all breathed in at once, there would be no air left.

But, here my imagination, conditioned by a lifetime of maternal censorship, shuts itself down.

So I knew mother-love was real. Real and primitive and dangerous, lurking somewhere in the female genes –especially our Indian ones–waiting to attack.
Many of my women friends considered me strange. The Americans were more circumspect, but the Indian women came right out and asked. Don’t you mind not being married? Don’t you miss having a little one to scramble onto your lap when you come home at the end of the day? I’d look at their limp hair pulled into an unattractive bun, their crumpled saris sporting stains of a suspicious nature, the bulge of love handles that hung below the edges of their blouses.) Even the ones who made an effort to hang on to their looks seemed intellectually diminished, their conversations limited to discussions of colic and teething pains and Dr, Spock’s views on bed-wetting.) They look just like my cousins back home who were already on their second and third and sometimes fourth babies. They might as well have not come to America.

Over and over on the flight to Dum Dum airport, I’d promise myself that I wouldn’t offer up my life for her inspection and approval, as I had so many times before. Yet I’d done it almost immediately. I guess transformations –the really important ones- require more than time and distance and even desire.

The ayah, who had recovered by now, stated acidly that it was well known that when ants grew wings, the time of their doom had arrived.

Perhaps it is like this for all the daughters, doomed to choose for ourselves, over and over, the men who have destroyed our mothers.

And even when he remembered that he had forgotten, he would experience only a slight twinge, similar to what he felt in his teeth when he drank something too cold too fast.

Our husbands are kind and dependable and take good care of us. In the Indian culture, that is the same as love.

They belonged to the villages of their fathers. Villages where a woman caught in adultery was made to ride around the market square on a donkey, her head shaved, her clothes stripped off her, while crowds jeered and pelted her with garbage.

It came to me that the marriage she was describing was my own. If I slit open my wrists now, I would find only salt powder.