The Haibun of Life – I’m Alive.

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           life, not so easy                   

Life hasn’t been easy, for me. I’ve dealt with just about every conceivable thing one might hope would not happen to them, during my years of existence. And I do not exaggerate. If anything I make light of what has been some very hard times.

Yes, life is hard, and I know you know this too, and have your own life experiences to back that up, and yet for all that, I love life, and my life too, with a passion that is huge. Perhaps life has given me an appreciation  for living I might not have, had it been easier. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter because it’s been my life. The one I know the best and the person I know the most about, me.

I know I’ve been incredibly lucky and blessed, repeatedly, during my years because I’m a survivor and with many years left to go in my life, I have a high confidence in my ability to persevere.  A few readers know me, and much of my life’s adventures, but it’s not really that important – the specifics, I mean.

The important thing is my understanding that I’ve been forged through life’s traumas and trials to become the person I am today. I would not wish it any different than it is. I face each day with a wonderful determination and yes, positive attitude because I choose to do so.

Regardless of any battles left to be fought, and there will be some, I’m sure, I believe I’ll be the victor there. This is life – my life, at times hard but at other times amazingly, gloriously, beautifully wonderful and I marvel that I am still alive to participate in all that may come my way. And that’s what really matters – to me.

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Penny L Howe, 2015

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Thanks for stopping by, have an excellent weekend, I plan to … life is good … I feel great and I hope you do too.

With affection,

~ Penny

The Written Word

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How about YOUR written word?

Okay, NOW that I have your attention, let’s spend just a few minutes there. Why do you write? You’re thinking to yourself well that’s a simple question but … in the marketing business one of the first questions you ask a new small business owner is why they’re doing what they’re doing (besides wanting to make money, that is, lol). You would be surprised at how many cannot answer that question very clearly, first time out.

So, here’s the question again. Why do your write? Well: 1) You enjoy writing creatively. 2)You have a message to pass on 3) You love to read a certain genre of book and now wish to try your hand at writing and publishing same.  4) You want to be published and make money.

Okay let’s assume that number 4 is a given (unless you’re independently wealthy in which case please contact me.)

Seriously, depending on how you answer that question really dictates the manner in which you should continue with your “finished” work. (Have a “pro” edit it first, please – worth the fee.) If you’re an independent sort, becoming an Indy Author could be a good thing. More research to learn how to self publish is needed, as well as more research on how to self market (once self-published) also will be needed. No pain, no gain (an old saying but true). Your self published book will not sell itself (sadly) unless you’re already a known and popular Indy author. And even they know they have to stay “out there” and market.

If you really don’t wish to do the extra work as an Indy Author then the traditional method of finding a Publishing firm who will do all the above, is the way to go. Again the saying “no pain, no gain” enters the picture because there is an incredible amount of individuals vying for the same thing you want. To be previewed and accepted by a Publishing house. This takes time and persistence as well. In the process you will learn more than you wished to know about policies and procedures as well as who to and how to submit your work.

Either route is time consuming and a serious commitment. It just isn’t going to happen overnight. You have huge volumes of competition (lots of other ‘would be” authors).

If you have the passion to not give up, to keep pursuing and you believe in your “written word”, you will achieve. Don’t forget failure is just another step on your way to success.

Key words to remember: Passion, Persistence, Determination. A sincere never give up attitude. And I’ll add one more thing … Get help. Don’t be shy, ask others (who are published) how they did what they did. Some of these published authors will take the time to answer you because they remember being there too.

I hope my words have been of value to you.

Have a great weekend coming up and as always take care of you.

With affection,

~ Penny

Today’s the Day to Begin: Your passion, your dreams, your goals – YOU!

 

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For most of us, by the time we’re adults we’ve become adept at one thing – an expert even, in many cases. We are creative geniuses when it comes to procrastination or excuses for why we’re not doing something. And it goes even further than that.

When things don’t go the way we think they should, we go a step further and blame others, situations or circumstances for why something isn’t happening for us. We end up being our own worst enemy.

The hardest thing to overcome is the infinite variety of rationales (excuses) we come up with, on any given day, for why we don’t start something or finish it … once begun. Once we recognize that  “we” are actually the problem, or at least our resistant attitude, things begin to happen. Make today your first happening day!

Always remember, it’s your choices and your passion that will get you were you want to be!

Have a great day and better tomorrow.

With affection,

~ Penny

Staying Creatively Involved – in a Social Media Overloaded World!

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Why do we blog or tweet, share videos, stories, photographs, quotes and so on? Why? Well I’ve narrowed it down to three main reasons.

The first is desiring the activity itself of social interaction and connecting. The second reason is to sell something.

But the third reason is the one I find most compelling. And I think the truest reason that most of us (non-retail) people engage with social media. It is the very real and personal need to share ourselves with others. For others to know about us and how we feel about things, and to care.

We’re human and we need to be needed, appreciated, understood and considered to have value. Reaching out in the world of social media, in general, brings an interaction of like-minded people sharing ideas, opinions and creativity. Some of it’s bad, because there are a few out there who want to upset the apple cart, but most are like us, and they care and want the same in return.

As social media platforms morph and change, hang on to your personal sense of creativity; that is to say – how you feel about sharing. Because it’s working and your words and content do and are making a positive difference (even if you think otherwise).

We do need each other. And All are important in the scheme of “life’s” things.

I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead, may it be positive, creative and filled with love.

 

With affection,

~ Penny

Today is National Hug Day 2015 – Start hugging now!

Yes, today is “officially” National Hug Day for the year 2015 and while I think every day should be hug day and everyone should hug one another “frequently” for those who need another reason to hug, here it is!

Have a wonderful day everyone, filled with love and of course just oodles of hugs, because it is a very very wonderful thing!

With much affection, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

~ Penny

Have you ever noticed – The thing is …

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The thing is … Today – truth,  fact and social media hype seem to be closely related, meaning you’re not ever sure about what’s being said. And this holds true whether its on the news, or as I mentioned above in one of the social media platforms. Some things however, we just know.  We do!

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The thing is … when it comes to love and peace on this beautiful planet of ours, the far majority of people want peace and love – A truth. They want to live a life of freedom and dignity. As I just said, simple truths. It is Power, Greed, Hatred, and Fear that essentially interferes with these goals.

Today a good day for love, global love.

With affection,

~ Penny

Our Body’s Fluid Gyroscope – Balancing for Health!

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The fluid gyroscope of life!

Many of us are familiar with a gyroscope. A device that maintains orientation during motion. Mechanically it’s a spinning wheel or disk where the axle (center) is free to assume any orientation. The momentum of the wheel causes it to retain it’s position. Although the orientation does not stay the same, it changes according to a response from outside forces.

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Not wanting to become more technical here using words like “torque”, rate of spin, and “moment of inertia” I think I only need to say the basics are clear. Although gyroscopes today are exceedingly sophisticated in usage, the idea remains the same. The control or balance of a thing.

We (humans) do have a type of liquid gyroscope built into our body for its health, but we don’t pay very much attention to its signals. Actually we don’t listen at all. We just go get a pill to fix things which is usually an artificial bandage on the real problem – being out of cynic with our bodies natural rhythm.

Within each of our human bodies are a multitude of fluids released during the course of the day. They assist the mind and the body in functioning properly. When the body is off balance (not doing okay) various types of chemicals will be released by the mind/body in an attempt to correct the problem.

These chemicals are reacting to outside forces (much as a gyroscope does) We feel the effects of these chemical releases; headache, a sore tummy, stiff muscles and joints, feeling weary; just to name a few. That is our human chemical gyroscope trying to adjust that which is off kilter.

 

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The next time you’re not feeling well listen to your body, I’m guessing that, frequently, stress is going to be the leading factor causing the discomfort. If the stress is not released, or lessened we can and do end up very ill, many times fatally.

All because we aren’t listening to the fluid gyroscope in our body. Our body does want to fix itself and it can. But we need to do our part too.

Start making those changes today in your life style (small ones to begin with). Get enough rest, eat healthy and regularly. Drink lots of fluid. Exercise. Take time off from stressful jobs and or situations (This includes all the caregivers out there who care for loved ones.) Remember to have fun and so on.

Each of these can be accomplished even with an incredibly busy schedule … Make it so, you’re worth it!

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

reprint from February 2013