“These are but clouds unobstructed and high,
fingers of clouds reaching up through the sky.
If they can reach without stopping – then so can I.”
~ Penny L Howe, 2012
Quotes are wonderful things. They remind us of … well … who we are; how we’d like to be and feel, or how we are feeling in the moment.
A favorite quote of mine is:“Life is too short to start yourself with broken pieces of yesterday, it will definitely destroy your wonderful today and ruin your great tomorrow” ~ Unknown Author
So, having said that, this Monday morning here in the Northwestern section of America, I wish you the happiest memories from your yesterdays, the greatest successes in your todays and blessings and well wishes for all your tomorrows.
“We may not be able to change our yesterday, but we can be stronger, braver in our todays, beginning by feeling good about ourselves and then sharing and caring with others!” ~ Penny L Howe, 2014
Have a most excellent week ahead,
She may be viewed with passion in mind or she may be viewed as intelligent, discerning, determined and her own person.
Don’t confuse the two. Just because a woman is passionate does not mean she is not also, strong willed and a capable individual up for life’s challenges (more than a few of them very difficult).
And never forget she is loving of all life, tender and nurturing. So a woman is many things – But most of all (for all my female friends out there if you don’t know this you should - “She Is Essential!” for exactly who she is!
Yes, all these photographs are of me. And the drawing is also one I sketched awhile back. I’m making a point that not only I, but all women have inside of us vast reserves to call upon. So much capability locked up inside. We make a difference for others, everyday of our lives, may I remind you ladies to also make a difference for yourself … because you’re more than worth it … you are essential!
All my love,
Tell me that I’m Wanted
Tell me that I’m wanted … hold me ’til its true.
I know that I am needed, but what if I need you?
So many bits of flotsam, emotions streaming live,
This, that and everything, but where in there am I?
I’m dying for the need in me, a need to be fulfilled,
Please hold me close and give me, the same for you I fill.
The want in me is wanton, the need in me is true
I need so much the safety – it needs to come from you.
All of us are human as we share our need to be,
yet there are those who take not give
~ which one of those are thee?
~ Penny L Howe, 2014
We are human and we do need each other – for good and positive reasons. The human condition is greatly improved when many understand and believe this. Treat those around you with love and kindness.
Have an excellent weekend, my friends, reach out and hug someone. Sending a Group Hug here for all my wonderful friends, both those I know and those I’ve still to meet.
Embracing the glow
listening to intangible truths,
I but a mortal can only wonder
At that which I cannot see
But know and feel to be.
~ Penny L. Howe, 2012
I believe deep inside lies a flame. A light if you will. I call it faith. I don’t mean religion. Religion is how many chose to embrace, celebrate and nurture their faith. But faith comes in all formats and I believe in each one of us exists this glowing essence.
Faith is the language of the soul. The glow from within. The flame glows mightily for some and almost imperceptibly for others. But it’s always there, none the less.
Some spend their lives disbelieving what their soul whispers to them in the night. Some spend their lives questioning that which they cannot understand even though they feel it inside. Some spend their lives on a quest embracing that which they cannot understand but chose to accept. And some radiate the glow from within for all to see.
Faith is the language of our soul and whatever you decide to accept and believe, it will always be there inside, waiting to come forth. I believe faith is the flame that shines within your soul that brightens your hopes, your dreams, your possibilities, your life. This I believe.
I wish you well this day,
(For Throw Back Thursday) first published 2 years ago)
Russ dedicated this to girls of all ages, my sincere pleasure to pass this on! Whats important is on the inside – reflect this beauty, it’s the one that counts!
If I hold on … real tight,
If I think thoughts so bright,
if I smile with a might,
I just may get it right …
… those things that I try for today!
If I dwell on the good things,
that which makes hearts sing,
fear and doubt will then take wing,
happiness and wisdom may bring,
… those things that I try for today!
Penny L Howe, 2014
Hope it’s always there, although sometimes we must really struggle to remember, and it’s okay to believe in miracles too! They do happen!
A happy Wednesday and Thursday to all my friends, the ones I know and the ones I’ve yet to meet!
Evolution of the “Brutality and Killing Concept”.
Is there a justifiable rationale for violence? Humans have evolved enough to come up with numerous reasons. Reasons that sanction cruelty. Reasons that explain the need for brutality. Reasons why it’s “okay” to use excessive force. Reasons to KILL.
What gives this cruel concept it’s lasting power, a force and life of it’s own …
… Fear! Hatred, Prejudice, and Greed feed those who seek Power! Those who also seek monetary wealth which fosters Corruption. Our own individual weaknesses give those who would profit from same their ability to control, maneuver and use whatever and whoever is necessary to achieve their private goals.
Intensive research (statistical data of the numbers killed in our world’s history, up to present day) point to two reasons for these deaths:
Number One: Religion (wars and persecution)
Number Two: Controlling others: the need for Power
The above two reasons are facts not an opinion!
Over the years, we humans have perfected the “Brutality and Killing Concept” by accepting an animalistic belief that it is unfortunate but somehow “okay” to either take a life or at the very least misuse, abuse and ignore a life’s need to survive. A rationale that “the end does justifies the means” because of … “pick a justification”! And yes we hace accepted this as a ‘sad but true’ fact in our own lives. But is it hardwired into our physical make-up? I hope not. I hope it is something that can be reprogrammed because honestly, right now, it’s not looking so good.
Too many of us seek selfish and personal, petty self gratification at the price of others, safe in our artificial world of “okayness”. So what’s happening to others is viewed at a distance, (starving, brutality and death) is just not our problem, until the day it happens to one of us or ours, close up and personal and then it becomes our problem too. But when we (humans “en masse“) finally realize the wrongness of cruelty and brutality as an unresolved problem for everyone – will it be too late?
Killing for ANY reason is wrong. BRUTALITY for any reason is wrong. IGNORING for any reason is wrong.
Can all mankind learn the “saving lives” concept? We most urgently need an “app” for that – to be downloaded into our consciousness or more specifically … our “conscience”!
Thank you for reading,
I think we complicate life too much today. No matter how tech savvy, or sophisticated we become, we pay not enough attention to many of those things that really matter for our happiness; the simple, every day things. Think on this for awhile … There is so much in our lives, ours for the appreciating … If we just take a little time to do so!
#sunshine #rainbows #smiles #laughter #a good deed – received or given #love #hugs #all life #nature #friends, and of course #family!
No matter who we are, No matter our age or where we live, we all long for happiness. Seek it by appreciating the things in life that are already yours … let sunshine into your life.
Have an excellent week ahead my friends, both here and around the world. A special prayer for all those who struggle with adversity, war and famine. May your hearts stay hopeful and you and your families stay safe from harm.
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
While Nietzche’s words are true, I just felt he left a little something out so …
Addendum to his quote: “However it is also certain we will
get chewed up, quite a bit, during the process of survival
… stay away from the teeth!”
PL Howe, 2014
Everyone be careful, but have a great weekend. Remember to have some fun!