Celebrate Earth Day – Be green!

Grasshopper Posing!

He sat there posing so nicely, I couldn’t resist. This is a photograph taken last summer. I stepped outside and there he was …ready for his close-up, so I obliged.

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And then I was reminded of this scene from a television show. Master ‘Po’ is teaching a student ‘Caine’, in a monastery, a lesson:

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

I wonder what we miss because we aren’t really listening? Our planet is calling to us. Do you here her?

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great Earth Day!

~ Penny

Seeking Bloggers of the World!

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It’s time.

It’s time for magic.

It’s time to focus on beauty; beauty as it relates to harmony and caring.

It’s long past it’s due and we know it. We, the bloggers of the world. We’ve become seekers and sharers, haven’t we?

We want to move and be moved. We want to live, we want to connect with others who feel the way we do. We want to share our stories, our interpretations of beauty, of life, of caring. We want to read each other’s words, we want to express and feel the change, the magic that is happening around the world, while we reach out, ever seeking.

This then is us. The Bloggers of the World, for the first time ever - A Worldwide Community of like-minded people. And just as it should be, there are no restrictions, only freedom of thought, expression and creativity! “We”- the seekers and “We” -the sharers. It is time for magic, our magic. Please feel free to take this graphic representation of “We are One” that I crafted. Just copy, save and use (if you’d like) on your blog! It’s yours!

Also, some time ago I did a post about feeling a sense of belonging in the bloggers world. I stylized a drawing of mine to create the feeling of ‘the blogging experience’.

Today, once again I’d like to thank each of you who enrich my life and others, with a gift of “The Singing TroubadourA travelling artisan who roamed his known world creating, singing songs and sharing news as he drifted from village to village – Much like the blogger of today who travels through the internet sharing thoughts and artistic endeavors through the creativity of his and her blogs. If you choose, please feel free to copy and take the I-BLOG/I-BELONG Icon with you.

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Have an excellent weekend ahead my dear blogging friends. You are each so special to me. With limited time right now, I have so missed visiting you of late, but know you are in my heart and I think of you frequently.

Thank you,

~ Penny

 

 

Finding Yourself

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Are you looking for you?

Surprised that I knew?

Not so surprising, I’m looking for me too.

Most of us are looking, more than a few.

And many if not all – aren’t sure what to do.

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We are all looking for ourselves – more or less. An exhausting process isn’t it? Well the good news is there are a lot of clues to follow. No? Are you clueless? Perhaps you just don’t know where to look, or how.

Here’s a few hints:

LOOK INSIDE YOUR HEART - The very best of who you are resides in there. Guaranteed. The loving, caring you and the wishful dreamer.

LOOK INSIDE YOUR MIND - The contemplative you, the planner, the hopeful thinker.

LOOK INSIDE YOUR SOUL - The most inner essence of you that strives toward the unknown with nothing more than a belief to sustain you.

And then -

Seek outward, don’t be afraid to fail … get back up again. Always remember:

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“Your unrealized dream is the beginning of the plan. 
The plan is the beginning of the action.” PL Howe, 2014
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A quick note about “the action of things”. It is true that those first few steps are the hardest ones. The more action the more momentum, the more momentum the more action. Got the picture? And yes it is hard, because most good things in life don’t come easy. You do have to work at them.

But the really good news about all this “doing” is the “you that you’re looking for” starts showing up, achieving and becoming; dwelling less on the who, and a lot more on what you’re achieving – which point in fact … leads you to the “you” you want to be.

So go for it. You can do it. Yes, you can!

Have a great week ahead and remember – always take care of you.

~ Penny

photograph © Frederick Matzen 2014

 

 

 

Share your love!

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Many think we’ll run out of time because our lives are too short to do what needs to be done; to change what needs to change to make humanity (in its entirety) the best that we can be.

But I don’t believe it!

“We’ll never run out of time as long as we share our love.” P.L.Howe, 2014

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Thank you. Hope this week is being good to you,

Penny

The Strength of A Woman!

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Tears of Compassion

Tears do not make one weak. The salty liquid flows freely into the wounds of our trials, increasing resolve and determination to make things better – equal – balanced.

When looking at one of the symbols for justice, you will see it’s represented by a blindfolded female holding the balance scale. I’ve always found that intriguing and representative of how a woman’s role has historically been viewed – still is.

It is increasingly obvious that it is not the woman who is blinded by what she is or isn’t, but rather she is blindfolded by those who see her as – less than.

Personal strength is not about being more physically capable (although all bullies consider it so), strength is also about character, determination, our individual willingness and ability to care. To balance all of our human attributes with greater awareness and understanding and always with compassion. When a woman cries she demonstrates this – crying is not weakness. I repeat – not a weakness.

The sad truth is, too often, weakness of character manifests into physical brutality by an otherwise weak individual – to get their way. Winning by being mean, physically/verbally abusive and in the extreme, killing other people (even in the name of war) is often the easy way out. War achieves first and foremost – death and misery. Power, and the misguided belief “might makes right” has been in existence since the beginning of our caveman days,  and continues on today in many areas of society, government, and big business.

A woman’s compassion is one of humanity’s greatest survival strengths. A man’s physical strength poses for him some of his greatest’s blind-spots and handicaps. Most women want to protect all life, inherently a part of their nurturing nature, and a large part of their strength.

Those who view women as “lesser than” also tend to consider life as just another commodity to be used – as needs be. Again history bears this out. So does the repeated raping and brutality of women, children and the planet itself that we ALL live on.

Universally recognizing the female’s important and ‘completely equal’ half in the “human equation of life”, along with her amazing and natural strengths, can only assist mankind in truly becoming more balanced - it’s time for the blindfold to be gone.

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“Humanity will owe its survival in the future – as in the past –

to those with caring compassion and tears.”

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Thank you,

Penny L Howe, 2014

Follow, Follow, Follow … Is it the direction you’re headed in?

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Follow me, I know the way. I’ll give you a better day. At least that’s what they all do say.

“Follow me on Twitter, hashtag #the latest buzz.”
“Follow me on Facebook, well – just because.”
“Follow me on Google, your circle will expand.”
“Follow me on LinkedIn, I’ll help you understand.”
“Follow me on WordPress, see my written word.”
“Follow me on YouTube to view/hear the greater world.”
“Follow me on GoodReads, read my book review.”
“Follow me on (insert here – a social medium you view)!”

Follow me, follow me, everywhere you go.

Change, inform and criticize – just follow, so you’ll know.

But will you know who you are, in the mix of all the change?

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Will you still be you – or slightly rearranged?

When you follow anything, know just where it leads.

Follow up your “Follows” – is it a healthy feed?

Technology is wonderful, connections evermore.

Just make sure, you do know where …

… there is an exit door.

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Have an excellent week ahead everyone!

~ Penny

 

Kick Start your Imagination! You can do it!

Open you mind, suspend your reality.

Dream big,  ~ Dream wild ~ Dream imaginative. Remember when you were a kid? All things are possible and fun in our world of pure imagination when we’re young. Go there now!

Nothing is better than releasing your pent up emotions by retreating to a place where you decide the outcome ~ with your imagination!

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My Dream car – the past, the future – all shiny and surrealistically romantic!

Anything can happen – that I want – in my dreamworld. Come join me there, you won’t be sorry!

Imagination – Yours for the dreaming of … make it so, now!

Hoping your weekend has been the best ever, have an excellent week ahead my friends, and remember to take care of you ~ Penny