For a number of years now I’ve played around with sharing little bits of thoughts on walking through the world – lessons I’m still learning.   I stuck them into my Facebook offerings and folks seemed to think they were cool.  I’ve got over 2,550 of the things (and still counting).


The IPS (Inner Peace Symptom) thing started because I was remembering a radio program, Our Changing World, by Earl Nightingale.  When I was a youngster I’d stop whatever I was doing to listen to the radio when Earl came on.  His rich and resonant voice captured my attention completely.

Apparently his thoughts sank into my own head (sort of) and they’ve influenced my own search for answers when I started looking.

Earl’s program was one of the most highly syndicated programs ever.  As a writer and a speaker he dealt with the subjects of human character development, motivation, excellence and meaningful existence.  They called him the “Dean of Personal Development.”

Nightingale was inspired by Napoleon Hill’s THINK AND GROW RICH.  It was six words that set him into motion:  “We become what we think about.”  Those words informed his whole life.

Earl produced the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status in 1956, The Strangest Secret.  He wrote books, co-founded a corporation, and had a radio show heard around the world.

This YouTube video, Change Your Life in 19 Minutes with Earl Nightingale was shared by Andrea Callahan International, Inc., a small business development consultant firm. Callahan’s mission, she says, is “to teach small business owners to eliminate the business problems that are personal problems in disguise.”


Earl Nightingale died in 1989.  His thoughts on walking in the world and doing business are as valid today as they ever were.  His clarity of mind is an inspiration.  His aphorisms, pithy sayings that take your head in new directions, are a joy.  For more on Earl Nightingale, you can visit his website by clicking on the button below.



My own efforts at making aphorisms and pithy sayings have been geared towards a different goal than Nightingale’s.  I want to achieve that elusive thing called “Inner Peace.”

Great and not-so-great minds have pondered on this for as long as humans have had minds, I think, and the effort continues to this day.  I’m just a beginner and prone to stumbles along the way.  The IPS things are notes to myself that I like to share with my friends.

For my own self, I tend to believe that the way to Inner Peace is through diving into the flow of the power of the Creative and dancing in it.  It’s the most human thing I can think to do – to play and help other people play.  So, hey, let’s play, shall we?

ANOTHER IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that the World is your mirror.  [Nothing you do is ever done in a vacuum; the World reacts to the way you are walking through it.  It’s like walking down a hallway that’s been outfitted with a low-powered laser security system. Unlike the movie burglars and spies, you can’t see the light-beams, but you sure will feel the effects of it.  So…what is the World showing you?]

And here’s another poem…


I am a tita.

I like living out loud.

In my life, I am determined,

I will be huge and proud.


I am a tita.

You can see what you get.

I call ’em as I see ’em.

You got a problem with that?


I am a tita.

I’m not too scared to sweat.

I work and play the native way.

I ain’t nobody’s pet.


I am a tita.

I’ve got “attitude,” they say.

I guess that just means

I don’t play their way.


I am a tita.

I will not creep; I do not crawl.

I am proud of being who I am,

And when I stand, I am a wall.


I am a tita.

Don’t matter ’bout my size.

My heart is large, my spirit strong,

And one day, I will be wise.

by Netta Kanoho

Tita” is pidgin.  Some folks say it is the equivalent of “diva;” others think it is more like “bitch-on-wheels.” I remember there was a company for a while with two young women who said the word was an aphorism for “Tough, Intelligent, Talented Artists.”  That company, unfortunately, is now defunct.

Picture credit:  Haleakala Sunrise by David Burch via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]



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16 thoughts on “INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS: The Start

  1. What a powerful post! I had shivers run down my spine as I read it. Your poem is simply beautiful and exactly what I needed to hear today. I also appreciate the YouTube clip of Earl Nightingale as it was the motivation I needed to get off my ass and do the things that I am too scared to do!

    1. Thanks for your visit and your comment, Amberlee. I am really glad it helped. Please come again.

  2. Wow, this is great! Of course I’d heard of Earl Nightingale but didn’t know much about him. I’m glad I took the time to watch the video. A very wise man indeed and his ideas are just as fresh today as they were back in the day. Everyone who wants to succeed in business should listen to this. Love the poem as well.

    1. Thanks for your visit and for your comments….Please come again!

  3. This website is fairly well placed and seems nicely worded. It is seeking inner peace, bottom line. The links seem to all work.

    However there is something missing…maybe more links toward questions personally, or towards wealthy affiliate? Other than that , it is interesting.

    By the way, I found for mankind as a whole that inner peace is hard to achieve. I feel an inner utopia, but that’s another story

    1. Thanks for the visit and your comments, Lester. I’m still trying to get the balance right between woo-woo inner stuff and dealing with the outer world. I’ll look at it and ponder on the “missing.” Please come again.

  4. Nice! OK great. Hey i didn’t know i could comment here. I thought it was “comments” , but I found the comment box now as I have been playing around on here. Fine. I will comment and understand how these ,uh, ratings work!!

    Wow, nice! The blog is great, however the “bottom line “is missing, as it is in society. I’m going to fill in what that bottom line is in mine. Thank you for your idea!!!

    1. Lester, that’s cool! I’m glad you’re thinking on it too! Please come again….

  5. Brooke Sanfilippo says:

    Great Site! I find it very honest and intelligent that you included your note regarding the affiliate programs on the right side of your page. The tita poem included towards the bottom of the page is mesmerizing and very powerful. will there be more like it, or more poems to see as you progress with the site? keep it up, i look forward to seeing more!

    1. Hey Brooke:

      Thanks for your visit and your comments. I am including my poems in each of the posts for this site. (Usually they are starting points for the things and part of the reason I decided to start this.) The only posts that won’t have my poems are the Guest Poet things. Those will have poems by other people with the back-story about the poem. I’ve had a good response to them as well and hope that people will continue to send me poems of their own that have meaning and mana for them. I post them whenever I get them….

      I think the affiliate program thing’s a requirement. Also, I do like telling people what I’m doing so there are fewer surprises.

      Please do come again!

  6. Dear Netta,

    Thanks a lot for the helpful and insightful post. This post means a lot to me because I am currently reading the book “Think & Grow Rich” also to be honest just recently finished reading the very inspiring book “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale. Indeed, he is the Dean of Personal Development.

    May I not congratulate you on your persistence in creating this great post. Any man who devotes that much time must of necessity make discoveries of great value to others.

    Great insights on inner peace and your article made me to think more on the subject. Thanks for embedding the helpful video. 

    We become what we think about!


    1. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts, Paul.  I do appreciate it.

      Please do come again.

  7. I enjoyed listening to the video of Earl Nightingale. He made some good points, and he is right, if you don’t have a plan of how you are going to reach your goals, you are never going to get there. 

    Most people do just cruise through life and suddenly when they want to retire, realize that they don’t have enough set aside for their futures. It is well worth it to plan for a comfortable retirement, as this is supposed to be the part of your life that you should be able to enjoy and even travel a bit if you like.

    Inner peace is another great goal. I look forward to reading more from you on the best ways to work on this aspect of our lives.

    1. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts, MIchel.  I do appreciate it.

      Please do come again.

  8. What a nice piece of art! Pure art indeed! The way you use words to generate feelings in the reader abosolutely makes me thrill!

    Not only each word is correctly used, but also shakes my feelings. This is what I needed to read today due to the situation I am living right now, you made my day with this and brought a light of hope and peace to me.

    Thank you!!! 🙂

    1. I’m glad the post was a help to you, Johnny.  

      Please do come again.

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