What are your favorite springtime pleasures?

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Though the first day of spring is still weeks away, signs of it are popping up all over the place in southern California where I live.

What are some of the simple pleasures you look forward to when the weather warms and the snow ceases to fall?

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Photography by Paulette L. Motzko Photography Studios
Written by Paulette L. Motzko

February 2014

The Highest – In The Name of God, The Compassionate, The Merciful

This is an English translation by Thomas Cleary from the book called “The Essential Koran” The Heart of Islam.
An Introductory Selection of Readings from the Qur’an.

I remember looking at selected passages from the Koran in Honors English with Mrs. Covington telling us it was “poetry”, but it is really so much more.

If you haven’t picked up the book before, I would highly suggest it.

You don’t have to be from Islam to derive benefit from it.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

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(1-19)

Extol the name of your Lord,
the Highest,

who has created
and given proportion,

who has directed
and guided,

who has brought forth pasture

and turned it into brown straw.

We will make you recite
so you will not forget

except what God wills.
For God knows the apparent
and the concealed.

And We ease you
into what is most easy:

so remind,
If reminder avails.

The God-fearing will be reminded,

but the most wretched will turn aside,

those who enter the greatest fire,

where they neither die nor live.

Happy are those
who have purified themselves

and remember the name of their Lord
and pray.

But if you prefer the life of the world,

Though the Hereafter is better
And more lasting.

This is, in fact,
in the books of the ancients,

the books of Abraham and Moses.

Photography by Nick F. Belman

“That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” – Helen Keller, From her book called “The Story of My Life.”

I have been doing something I enjoy far more than going to Disneyland, and much cheaper by far, perusing the many shelves of the philosophy section, cooking section and lastly the biography section of the library.

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I asked the two librarians what books they had in stock here and checked out Helen Keller’s classic “The Story of My Life” I have read before but continue to be amazed how she saw life and decribed in detail things written in its pages-without ever seeing anything.

IF YOU HAVEN’T TAKEN THE TIME TO READ IT, THEN DO SO BECAUSE I KNOW IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT LIFE.

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH EPILEPSY WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD AND IT TOOK MANY YEARS LATER, WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL TO SEE AND TRULY KNOW WHAT HEALTH WAS.

The piano was my best friend and I played more on it than with childhood friends, because they were scarce. Children tend to make fun of anyone who is different, unless they learn compassion and love and tolerance from their parents…like I did.

My best friend then was blind and when I saw the story about Helen Keller on a list of books on our school book drive, my parent’s bought it for me.

I realized that if Helen Keller could reach the summits and go to school and have the extraordinary mentality and outlook she did, then so would I.

My mother Ramona was my “Anne Sullivan”, teaching me I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. She was right and I have and will continue to set new goals.

You could say then that through understanding at a very early age that Helen Keller accomplished so much, even in spite of what she was dealt in life, her living words awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, and set it free! Along with my mother’s encouragement, I became a “visionary” person who knew nothing was truly impossible.

So take a trip to your local library and find a book or two or three in subjects you love and add new demensions to your life and expand your world beyond your own thoughts.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Written February 18th, 2013
8:40 p.m.

Pink Rose buds image by Paulette L. Motzko
Helen Keller & her dog found on Pinterest

Testing Typing Missing Two Fingers (My ring finger is fractured and the other is bandaged)

The last two weeks have surely been a test in patience, will,adapting, courage and of my pain thresh hold.

Here at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sipping on some hot green tea and a madelaine, wishing the place stayed open a few more hours than minutes.

I am understanding more clearly what it is meant when you lose a sense or the loss of a body part-temporarily in my case, and how the others get stronger and make up for its absence.

 

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On the long ride home, typing with two thumbs on my MYTouch Q smart phone, I want to report that the day had a wonderful ending. After the first coffee & tea shop closed, I walked across the street to Starbucks where I met Jon Valmont, the Director & Founder of OneClickMedia.com.

After talking about what I do for a living: writing feature stories for restaurants, press releases, presentations etc, he hired me to be a regular content writer for his company.

He was specifically looking for more good writers for his company, and I was looking for work. The perfect match made only at Starbucks.

My slogan for Starbucks: “It isn’t so much what’s in your cup, but who walks through the door!”

Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution. – Deepak Chopra

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.” – Deepak Chopra

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Image found on Pinterest,
Compiled by Paulette Motzko

Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate

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I created Totally Inspired Mind a year ago to connect positive, like-minded people together, change viewpoints, enlighten and educate others about a wide variety of subjects.

A year ago and 713 followers later between 60 to 90 countries monthly tune in to look, browse, read and enjoy the site.

Of all the web sites I created and maintain, it is the one that is the most rewarding to me.

Tell your friends and family about it and pass the torch to someone you know and give them the link to the site, so they can derive the same enjoyment you do from reading it.

Thank you so much for your support.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Creator & Editor-In-Chief of Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate
Http://www.TotallyInspiredPC.wordpress.com

What do you do when your plans fall through? Something could happen that is better than what you originally planned.

You adapt and make the most out of the situation in every way you can.
Like what I am doing tonight.

The original plans of making my own version of El Pollo Loco’s Pollo Bowl with Mexican Rice, cooked pinto beans, chunky salsa and diced up rotisserie chicken went up in flames on Valentine’s Day evening. So being that I am the master of adapting to fallen plans, I decided to meet a friend at El Pollo Loco and eliminate the whole cooking, chopping & cleaning thing.

I had a Chicken Guacamole Bacon stuffed quasadilla, and was shocked by the size of the thing!

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My friend arrived and we tried their new Chicken Tortilla soup, which had big pieces of chicken and veggies in it and was one of the closest to what I would make. You get chunks of veggies & chicken in every bite, with minimal broth.

Across from me was a nice family: Yolanda, Jesus and Myra.
When I wished them a happy Valentine’s day, she looked at me and my bandaged hand and said I taught piano, which I did and will when my hand heals. She remembered me and my mom and dad eight years before!

I couldn’t believe how she remembered the conversation, when she told me, I remembered. Myra was only 8 years old and now she was a beautiful 16-year-old young lady, far from the little girl I remembered seeing.

She asked me how I was doing, and then how mom and dad were doing. I had to tell her that dad died a year ago of congestive heart failure and mom has Alzheimer’s disease and is being taken care of by a staff of people now.

Yolanda’s father also passed away last year and she knew the meaning of seeing things differently once they’re gone.

I felt happy she remembered me so vividly and it made me feel as though I was special enough to not be forgotten.

We hugged eachother and felt a special bond as her eyes twinkled and mine did too…and exchanged numbers so we could get together some time.

Life is funny isn’t it-the people we meet, the unique situations and miraculous moments and special times that put a smile on your face and a glimmer in your eyes and warmth in your heart.

To think I could have made such an impression on Yolanda that she would remember so much by hearing me speak…makes me realize how we all make impressions on people during the coarse of our lives.

Two nights before I sat next to a good friend of mine at In N Out Burger who was sitting with her two beautiful daughters and husband.

Seeing her was like seeing a star shine in a dark black sky, since an hour before I was at The Huntington Beach Hospital having my hand wrapped in gauze and bandages by a beauiful, blonde, blue-eyed female doctor, so my hand would hurt less and heal more quickly.

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and if you worked, I hope you can enjoy time with someone you care about soon.

I didn’t have romance and there weren’t hot bodies touching under starlit skies, but I enjoyed fun times with a friend, watching “Everybody Loves Raymond” comedies and had a good laugh-which by the way, is an elixer of youth.
Romance, to me, involves a connection of minds, intellect, spirituality, common interests and a kind of chemistry that is unspoken.

I got a pretty bouquet of flowers to look at in the morning by a gentleman friend and a red bud rose with baby’s breath from another. I love flowers, hearts, and antique laces, cameos and pearls and nice fragrances. Some of the girly things that bring me that magic word JOY.

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What brings you JOY?

I wish the 712 followers of Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate health of mind and body and peace of mind.

And I also wish you all to have jobs that more than pay the bills and leave you with some to save and some to give away to those who need it or special causes you believe in.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

February 15th, 2014
8:15 p.m.

Paulette L. Motzko

May You All Know Love By It’s First Name

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all the 707 members of Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate.

What I meant by the title was:
“May you all know love by it’s first name”- Paulette L. Motzko

We all go through hardship, we all go through disappointments and pain of various kinds, and we all know love. I am hoping that everyone finds a friend to have dinner with, doesn’t have to be a romantic friend, just someone you have a common bond with and feel comfortable around.

May you surround yourself only with people who give you joy, praise and love and leave the others who don’t make you smile much behind. Great people are gifts we give ourselves and our lives. Choose your friends wisely.

Paulette Motzko
Feb. 14th, 2014

Photograph by Paulette L. Motzko Photography Studios

Nomination for The Inner Piece Award by Amreen from PaintingTheWorldWithWords.wordpress.com

Seven things about me-Paulette L. Motzko

1. I care about other people, the condition of the world and the people who live there and care about our future.

2. I try to live life with no regrets and do things right the first time, so I don’t need to do it again.

3. Children make me smile more now than they did twenty years ago. I think children are like rose buds with their little arms unfurling like a rose blooming.

4. I make the best out of any situation and can usually find at least 5 ways to do anything.

5. I rate people first and things second.

6. I respect all life and though I am not gay nor advocate a gay life style, some of my best friends have been gay and I respect and treat everyone the same. We all should do that.

7. I love cats, dogs, horses, butterflies and hummingbirds and would love to get a zoom lense and photograph some in various settings

My Nominations for The Inner Peace Award:
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I’m at peace!

Thank you Amreen for nominating me for The Inner Peace Award. I really appreciate that and need it now because I broke my left ring finger last night after a bad breakthrough seizure from undue stress, harrasment from two people and lack of sleep. I just got a new splint on it tonight at the Huntington Beach Hospital and it feels much better after doing so. I hope in six weeks my left hand will move as good as my right and I will be back to playing the piano and typing my 80 w.p.m. This is going to be a lesson in patience and adapting and my one hand has to do the work of two.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

“There is a fresh canvas every 24 hours” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

That is just one of the many fresh thoughts that Sarah Ban Breathnach has in her book I read daily called “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy”. I read a little out of about 4 books a day and it gives me fresh perspectives, broadens my horizons, builds my vocabulary and it is just plain fun & relaxing.

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Are there books you have been meaning to read, that you haven’t?

What’s stopping you?

I guarantee you aren’t that busy that you can’t give yourself the gift of quality time and no nothing for anyone but yourself…but read a great book.

Don’t have any ideas? Go to the information desk at Barnes & Noble and ask them what are some good books in the subjects you like, or save some moolah and search used book stores in your city and get 3 cool books for the price of the one new one!

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What are you doing with the blank canvas of you life today?

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Images found on Pinterest, Authors Unknown

February 10th, 2014
1:40 a.m.

Thoughts from Max Lucado: Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about your aches and pains, problems & tasks?

“You must read the book by Max Lucado called “Every Day Deserves a Chance” where that quote came from. I found it at Book Off for only $1, which was my find of the week!  It is AWESOME. HE uses short sentences and word pictures that stay on your mind like a positive imprint that will change your life”.-Paulette Le Pore Motzko

 

Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Proverbs 4:23 NCV

 

My after forty face felt far more comfortable than anything I lived with previoulsy. Self-confidence was a powerful beauty-potion; I looked better because I felt better. Failure and grief as well as success and love had served me well. Finally, I was tapping into that most hard-won of youth dews: WISDOM. – Nancy Collins

What awesome words Nancy Collins wrote here in my book written by Sarah Ban Breathnach called “Simple Abundance”.

I can say I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Collins in that I like the me I am far more than the me I was as a child or a teen or even a newly wed. Every stage of my life was completely different but as my life has gone on my health has improved dramatically and the medicine I take for epilepsy works the best of any ever prescribed and I think better and am able to do so much more.

I am also more confident, knowledgable and know about so many more things and therefore the world looks different to me now at 52 years young. It is as though I saw the world through a keyhole and only saw a fraction of what was to come in the years ahead and as the years went on I found the key and opened the door!

It is a spiritual journey day-by-day in calendar format through the year, giving you ideas of what things to do as the seasons change, you change your ideas to newer, positive ones.

I found this great book again at a used book store I go to called BookOff for $1!

The ISBN # is :ISBN 0-446-51913-8 hardcover
Copyright 1995

It is categorized under these topics:

Women
Religious Life
Meditations
Simplicity
Self-Actualization (Psychology)
Devotional Calendars

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Photo by Paulette L. Motzko taken on her Android MyTouch SmartPhone.

I hope this day on Sunday February 2, 2014 is a productive one and health is your best friend along with interesting work and new things to learn. I also hope you give of yourself to some kind, unexpecting soul who needs a friendly word or two and that joy will happily return your way.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copright February 2014

11:16 a.m. 11:36 a.m.

Listening activates the part of our brains hardwired for empathy.

This quote comes from Dr. Stephen Post who wrote a fabulous book entitled “Why Good Things Happen To Good People.” He wrote it with Jill Neimark and it explores the real, scientific evidence that explains how being a giving altruistic person has direct physiological effects on your body, mind and spirit.

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This ties into a field that has fascinated me for years called psychoneuroimmunology and explores how we are interconnected beings of our minds-psyche, brains-neuro, and our immunological systems.

It is a truly fascinating topic you should explore some time.

About listening though, according to Dr. Post:

“The future of our world may literally depend on listening, and it starts at home. Attentive presence plays a large role in a young child’s life. Scientific research has shown again and again that a playing baby looks back at the mother to be sure she is still present. That kind of presence on the part of a parent is the key to secure attachment-and a healthy child who becomes a healthy, giving adult.”

I get worried in today’s age of techno gadgets that the youth of today have a much lower attention span and are becoming detached from listening to the world, the real live people around them, walking in a kind of daze. I see teens walking with iPods then looking down, walking and texting oblivious to anyone or anythings around them.

Is that a good way to live? I didn’t do that when I was their age. (Not saying the younger generation has to duplicate what I did, but they are missing out of the PRESENT and EXPERIENCES and INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION skills are degrading, as well as listening skills.


I hope they realize that and create a balance so they are “plugged in” for a limited or normal period of time, and then allow the world in-with its extraordinary sights, sounds and smells. One misses them with bluetooth headsets, iPods and the like.
What did we do before them?
We listened a lot more when someone spoke to us and our attention level was better.

Greg Fricchione said about listening: “Listening is a miraculous ability.”

The word empathyemerged in the 1890’s, and it literally means “feeling into”-from the Greek empatheia. “Talking and listening are part of our evolutionary heritage as mammals and social organisms,” Fricchione explains.

And Dr. Stephen Post ties in how listening and empathy go hand in hand: “As empathetic listeners, we are evolved to feel and then soothe the suffering of our fellow human beings, precisely because of the neurological endowments we have evolved as a species. Listening can heal in part because it does soothe the pain of the person speaking-thus quieting down the overactive brain.”

I will say to all the wonderful people from various cultures and backgrounds, spreading a wide demographic of people and spanning 89 countries in a month period- listen more to one another. If we would simply listen to the person and give them a chance, and disregard the color of their skin or their religion, we would be on a positive path way to signing a peace treaty and building bonds of communication never before seen.

If you all over the world who read Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate would buy this book, read it and be absorbed into the merit on its pages, then LIVE WHAT THE BOOK SPEAKS of, imagine how much better the world would be.

I was not paid to write this. Nobody can pay me to endorse anything I do not want to or make me say anything I don’t believe in. I have integrity and honesty in my DNA and those were gifts handed down from my parents-one in heaven and the other still here-thank God.

As I read more of “Why Good Things Happen To Good People” by Dr. Stephen Post & Jill Neimark, I will explore other facts I feel are especially noteworthy I think the world would like to know too.

I discovered this book on sale in the southern CA area at Barnes & Noble for about $8 amazingly! Normal price is $15.99. I want to contact Dr. Post and let him read this and applaud his efforts and of Jill Neimark’s as well.

A book I am working on has topics such as psychoneuroimmunology, biofeedback and mind body spirit medicine in it as well. The mind has way more power in it than most people realize or harness.

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Paulette Le Pore Motzko, Taken 2013