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Does your Life have Meaning?

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Patricia Gras

My favorite quotes on the meaning of life

I can be a victim or I can change the world. It’s my choice.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin, “The Origin of the Species”

‘Healing requires taking action–it is not a passive event.’ Carolyn Myss

When you blame others. You are a slave. When you take responsibility for your life, you find the key to your freedom.
Patricia Gras

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Don’t let anyone else tell you what you dream is or that you can’t reach it. Then ask yourself am I coming from a place of love? or am I coming from a place of fear?

When all else fails. Keep trying!
Patricia Gras

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Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
― Joseph Campbell

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
― Viktor E. Frankl

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
– Helen Keller

I am often driven by fear, so I have to work hard to be bold, but in the end it pays off.

Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool. ~Gioacchino Rossini

What a great quote this is..and so ITALIAN! I always admired the zest for life I noticed in so many people when I lived in Italy. They enjoy life, food, hugging, kissing, music. I was felt they held a great secret to a life worth living!

Man is not on the earth solely for his own happiness. He is there to realize great things for humanity.
Vincent Van Gogh

Cherokee Expression
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

“Not only is there often a right and wrong, but what goes around does come around, Karma exists, chickens do come home to roost, and as my mother, Phyllis, liked to say, “There is always a day of reckoning.” The good among the great understand that every choice we make adds to the strength or weakness of our spirits—ourselves, or to use an old fashioned word for the same idea, our souls. That is every human’s life work: to construct an identity bit by bit, to walk a path step by step, to live a life that is worthy of something higher, lighter, more fulfilling, and maybe even everlasting.”
Donald Van de Mark, The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People

by Sir Laurence Vander Post
The Bushmen storytellers talk about two kinds of Hunger
They say there is physical hunger, then what they call the Great Hunger. That is the Hunger for Meaning.
There is only one thing that is truly insufferable. And that is a life without meaning.
There is nothing wrong with the search for happiness
But there is something great-
which transfigures all,
When you have meaning, You are content
You belong.

from the book I am reading The Second Half of Life Angeles Arrien

And watch this show with James Hollis

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Gras Productions LLC

Posted on 04 February 2012 by Patricia Gras

Based in Houston, Texas, Gras Productions LLC is a creative group that brings together decades of experience working with different media outlets, production platforms, and target audiences with quality projects.

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We leverage practical experiences and cultural insight from our global connections and create projects that appeal to the intended audiences. Gras Productions LLC produces videos for a wide range of applications including broadcast productions, conferences, commercials, brand videos, case studies, presentation tools, music videos, sales collateral videos, webcasts, video training and educational tools.

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The RIF at HoustonPBS (Who Were They?)

Posted on 04 February 2012 by Patricia Gras

I find that the so called RIF (Reduction in Force) that happened so quietly on January 30th should be called RIP (REST IN PEACE) because to me it felt like a death with promise for new beginnings. I am surprised the media has not picked up on the exemplary people who were laid off (no, I am not talking about myself) I guess we live in a time where there are so many so called (RIFS) there is no time to honor those who have gone before us! so I would like to share a bit about my colleagues who lost their jobs or resigned. I just want you to know who they are from my perspective after having worked there since September of 1990.

Steve Pyndus Director of Operations over two decades or three, I don’t know exact time but I will tell you Steve kept everyone working and on the ball. He could get things done and done well. He was loyal to his team and worked hard to make sure he could accommodate everyone. He was a company man and the past few years as the pressure started mounting, he still kept his cool and got things done. I respected he took care of his team. He really cared for those who worked for him. This is the characteristic of a good manager. I will miss him. He was direct, honest, organized and to the point.

Linda Flores Olson Director of Development Linda’s great personality, charm and experience got us substantial funding. However, that job is extremely challenging. We are living in difficult economic times and corporations are looking for more bang for their buck. There isn’t a great focus now on social contracts with non profits. What I admired about Linda was her optimism and her love for the mission of public broadcasting and educational programming.

Ken Lawrence. Ken knows programming and with all the demands of a programming director, he never lost his cool. He was always kind and courteous to everyone he met. He loved PBS and its mission. He particularly liked being involved in the production of documentaries. I really appreciated how much he supported local programs. Ken allowed me to start Living Smart and For that I will be forever grateful. He was always also a man of manners and very kind. I will never forget what he did for me and I know like everyone else on this RIF team. He will land on his feet.

Jennifer Mcdaniel (computer guru) Jennifer knew computers and was constantly trouble shooting in this area. She was always wonderful to me and worked hard to make sure all my needs and my intern needs were met. I will miss her patience with me (I call myself the dinosaur) Again I admire people who can figure out a computer when they are over 12 years old. Do you know what I mean?

Marty Kirkland Head of Engineering Marty was wicked smart. Of course I admire anybody who can do both computers and engineering without a hitch. I just don’t understand how someone can keep up with the latest technology and never miss a beat. He knew his stuff and he’ll do well wherever he goes.

Jim Fisher. Without Jim I don’t know how Ch. 8 will manage membership. He gave his life to raising money for us. There was not one aspect of pledge drives that he didn’t know. He was also a great team player. He was always willing to step up to the plate for anyone who needed him. Jim was also a great historical documentary producer. His Houston Remember When made us a lot of money and won important awards.

Sharon Crider. Sharon was our receptionist and more. There so much I need to say about Sharon. She was kind, professional, loved the station and was the first voice everyone heard when they called Ch. 8. She was courteous, efficient and had great phone etiquette. I am surprised anyone would consider having someone else answer all those phone calls that come in daily. She knew everyone personally and made sure everyone was taken care of. Her voice will be sorely missed. If you want to make a great first impression. Hire Sharon. When I become a millionaire, I am hiring her!!!

Gary Nilsen Broadcast promotions Manager Gary and his team worked hard to promote all kinds of programs at the station. He was always helpful and kind to me. I also found he worked well with his team. I never saw a promo he did I didn’t like. He was also an award winner.

Elizabeth Anderson. Elizabeth was the CEO’s assistant. I really liked her smile and her sunny disposition. She was very professional and patient. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her but every moment I did spend with her was pleasant and soothing.

Steve Brightwell he’s a broadcast Engineer. This guy worked too hard for me to get to know him. I just know great engineering is an essential part of any television station.

Patricia Torres Burd (resigned) I have known Pat for many years. She knows the television industry very well and keeps up with trends better than anyone I know. She also understands technology. Her international experience I am certain will take her to new heights.

ME..YES, I was laid off too. I will miss each and everyone whoever helped me which is everyone at the station. I particularly will miss Joe Brueggeman, Fujio Watanabe, Julie Coan, the whole membership team, Laura, Ernie, Kirk, Sara, Joyce, Phyllis, John Ms. Tullis, Anisworth, Phillip, Connie, Anne, Andrea, Will, Nancy, Shaundria, Vanessa, Stephanie, Rene, Douguie, Zanetta, Bill, and everyone else I am missing and you know who you are. I love you and I will always send you love and light. I have no idea what my future holds but I know God has asked me to trust, so here I am saying good bye to you and my past.

I do hope next time the station needs to align expenses with revenues, they won’t forget to align success with great people.

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