HOPE—from and to our grads

___“Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all.”

~Emily Dickinson___ ___


The four million college students graduating this spring of 2020 have every reason to feel short-changed, with their commencements cancelled and some losing jobs before they even arrive for their designated start dates.

Yet, when I listened to the livestream of my son’s college graduation from Rochester Institute of Technology Friday, I heard another perspective.

Many seniors, while in school full-time, spent their last semester of college serving in their own “frontline” ways of the pandemic. One was involved with a company making protective masks, while another was contributing to tracking data for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The college president kept reading name after name of students’ significant contributions to improving lives during the pandemic. I was proud of their courage, tenacity and ingenuity.

The happiest people I know during this pandemic are those who, like the college students, are finding a way to serve.

Hope is also a mindset we can focus upon that lifts us and others. Each time we choose to live in the present moment, and detach from the news and attach to our dreams instead, we can make a difference. There is a beautiful world out there, especially in nature, beyond what the media is currently showing us.

One way in which we all have the power right now to make a difference is to choose love. Living in that high vibration as consistently as possible can change the world.

Plus, when you stay in a state of love for just 15 to 20 minutes a day for four days you can strengthen your immune system by 50 percent, according to Dr. Joe Dispenza, a world-renowned neuroscientist. And, there is an added bonus to sharing that elevated state of being: “When you love others, you love yourself,” he explains. Check out the GOLOVE-20 video to practice his free, guided meditation that can lead you back to the heart.

There is even older research showing that living from love makes a huge difference.  Dr. David R. Hawkins, who was a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, spiritual teacher and lecturer, taught that one person who reaches a state of love consciousness could impact 750,000 people. To learn more, check out his book, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinant of Human Behavior.

It takes vigilance, especially when stressed or scared, to change to a love vibration. But, if you can’t do it for yourself, do it for this next generation, who deserves a much better world than we have given them.

With hope, and a special moment of pride for my son, who I know will make a difference in this world. Way to go Brendan Jones, and all our other future leaders–well done!

And dear readers, I know we can do this: Let’s rise up together in love!

In determination and focus,



SYNCHRONICITY: A special thanks to my friend, Denise Gilliam, a great nature photographer and frontline nurse, for recently capturing this American Goldfinch perched on a branch. Coincidentally, the goldfinch as a spiritual animal signifies abundance, prosperity, and the importance of positivity and optimism. In spiritual folklore, the goldfinch also appears to remind us to value happiness, joy and simplicity in life—and to celebrate accomplishments.


TWO NEW EXCITING COACHING PROGRAMS:   “THE JOURNEY TO INSTILLING A LOVE-BASED CONSCIOUSNESS: Release fear, clear emotional toxins, and instill empowering new beliefs.” Learn more about this powerful six-week coaching program based on the latest in neuroscience and other leading-edge resources, by emailing gailjones@claimyourworthiness.com.

Another bi-monthly ZOOM meeting for “CREATING A NEW MINDSET FOR LIVING,” will also be offered starting in mid-June. Space is limited to six participants so early registration is recommended.




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  • Gina Dussi says:

    Hi Gail:

    I have been enjoying all of your posts-they are positive, uplifting and inspirational. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy during this unprecedented time and wish you well. Congratulations to Brendan and warm regards to Catie.


    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Gina: I appreciate your positive, encouraging feedback. We are all finding our unique way to serve and/or maneuver through the challenges of the pandemic. Writing, from my heart AND research, is my way of contributing. Creativity flows in solitude:) Thanks also for your best wishes to both of my children. I hope you and yours are well, too. Blessings, Gail

  • Lisa M Langaker says:

    As usual you are so SPOT ON! Serving others is the only way to find fulfillment and true joy. Happiness is fleeing – depends on what’s “happening” around you. But no matter what the circumstances are, focusing on others is the way to live a life that matters. The media focuses on what’s wrong – and we need to check the news, not WATCH the news. But then go out and find a way to make a difference. Thanks for the inspiration, Gail!!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Lisa: You are a consistent model of living a life of service. I will never forget when I lived in Arizona, and was re-inventing myself from scratch post cancer, ALL THE WAYS you helped me, from bringing homemade chicken soup when I was sick, to helping me get my car to North Carolina. I watched you do numerous acts of service for EVERYONE who crossed your path, and you are the best mentor to all the young adults joining your business as an Arbonne leader/consultant, providing people with a virtual way to build a business of their own. You have certainly blessed the world with your generosity and kind heart. I am so grateful our paths crossed. Love, Gail

  • Patricia Duffey says:

    Congratulations to Brendan! I am sure he will thrive in his chosen career. Thanks for the super post as I know so many seniors are suffering now. It is a battle every day to focus on the positives around us, so it was great to hear so many young adults in the class are serving their communities.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Patty: I appreciate your well wishes for Brendan, who was such a good sport to let me use his photo to make a point in this blog post! I hope this blog inspires many grads, and their parents as well. We can all elevate our lives by focusing on love, instead of all the wearying fear projected daily in everything we see and read. The link within to GOLOVE20 includes a quick 15-minute meditation that can strengthen the immune system by 50 percent with only 4 days of practice. Imagine that…the power of love to heal that quickly. Stay well in Boston…hope it warms up, stays dry and brings you spring finally! Blessings, Gail

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