Nouns and Verbs

Oct. 12, 2020

Hi Everyone,

For some strange reason, I am thinking about nouns—names of places, persons, things—and verbs—action words.

Success is a noun, the name of something. It is the place where those of us in

Start Over Success want to land.

Start is a verb, an action. Start is the action we intend to take to reach success.

Over is used to link start to success. It is the bridge between start and success.

Success defined

Often when thinking about success, we think of it has a verb, an action.  There is all this talk about what actions lead to success, a place.

Taking action, knowing which actions, to take is important.

Which actions are determined by what you mean by success.


Until now, we have defined success as a certain amount of money, or kind of house/car, or status.

In this New Normal we are forming, is this how we want to recognize success?

In our New Normal will money and possessions still be the dominate factors when deciding

if we have arrived at this place called success?

My Image

Picturing this place we call success is not the simplest of actions to do.  Picturing or imaging has to be done.

Picturing and imaging is one of the major steps in bringing forth or creating.

My picture of success is one of flow.

I picture success as a flow of ideas and actions between the Cosmos and persons, between persons within communities, and between communities.

I picture this flow being shaped via receiving, giving, talk and the making of these ideas into physical form.

I picture this flow being accepted as normal; this flow is expected; it is received graciously.

Call to Action

Take time to think about your definition and your image of success.

Write this in the Foundation section of your Start Over Success Journal.

If actions come to you about how to bring forth this success, note them in the Bridge

section of your journal.

I haven’t written about this section. The Bridge sections lists all the steps we take to get

from our foundation to our New Normal, our Start Over Success.

And so it is.

Dr. Barb

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End Political Parties

Sept. 28, 2020

Hi Everyone,

In my Start Over Success Journal, in part three, My New Normal, I write that I am wondering if political parties need to be replaced with something else. I don’t know what.

When I read posts from people in western USA who are dealing with the fires and hear these people say repeatedly that politicians of all parties don’t understand what it’s really like to live in their area so therefore can’t/don’t help, I question the value of politicians.

I was one of the first Head Start teachers in the USA. I remember Robert Kennedy explaining that local people know best what kind of school, what kind of Head Start, would serve them best. He actually said that Washington doesn’t know.

I couldn’t find the exact quote.

But this memory and the success of Head Start makes me wonder if more local control is needed.

Yes, I know the danger of this–local control and no politicians.

Somehow, we have got to have a solution, many solutions, that doesn’t have all these unintended consequences.

I don’t know what that is.

I only know that if the question/yearning is put out into the Cosmos, answers appear.

Help me watch and listen for those answers.

There has got to be a solution/solutions to what we are now facing.

And so it is.

Dr. Barb

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Purpose: Lesson Two, Call to Action Two

August 11, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Today’s topic is Purpose, Lesson Two, Call to Action Two.

Have a Purpose

Having a purpose is part of survival.

The King James Version of Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” is true for nations, families, communities, and individuals.

This verse means that without a long-range goal (vision), people have no path to follow; they wander aimlessly from here to there; they feel depressed and lost.

To have Start Over Success one must have a vision.

Do nothing until you know yours.

Fortunate is the person who has a vision.

Find Yours

Your purpose is what you are passionate about.

It is the problem you want to solve; the thing you can’t tolerate.

A nine year old Chinese boy, when asked what he wanted to do when he grew up, said, “I want to find a way to grow enough food so that no one in the world is hungry.”

The look on his face, in his eyes, his tone of voice, the way he held his body, told me that he meant this; this was his purpose.

He was only nine, but he knew his purpose.

My purpose is teaching the skills that make people successful. I teach English to speakers of other languages because the skill of speaking English will help my students be successful.  I teach English writing skills to nine to thirteen-year old’s because writing well will help these students be successful. I teach Go Within because doing this action helps people have success. Go Within is found under Help on this website.

Call to Action

The problem in the United States is we have no national vision. We are floundering because we haven’t a national goal, a place to aim for, something we are all working towards.

The same for the people of the United States; they have no vision.

The same for individual’s: without a vision, we don’t know what to do.

To name your vision:

  1. step back and observe you; take notes
  2. ask the Cosmos; then listen deep and hard
  3. research on Google

And so it is.

Barbara Lucas
Start Over Consultant

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