Part 1 -The False Complacency of Obsolescence – What we really NEED!

By RyanMBevan

Civilization   “Little boxes on the hillside … little boxes made of ticky tacky … little boxes on the hillside and they all look just the same. There are green ones and …” (from the song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds)

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Obsolescence, the meaning - the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may be in good working order. (So we throw away just about everything for the new improved, better than, bigger than, and so on.)

Complacency, the meaning - going along with the status quo. Being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better.

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We do that, you know, most of us go along with the status quo in our society, a sort of false complacency about things, that is until we feel personally affected. We may make noises and be upset but usually not enough to actually do something that will affect change.

And the true sadness here is that this false complacency (because we really aren’t contented with things at all) extends to the obsolescence not just with products or services but it has been expanded (at great expense to all of us) to now include people, animals, our environment and a way of life as throwaways.

This scary indifference where the end justifies the means is destroying some of the best of who we are as people. And part of that is the recognition of individual self worth and value. We don’t feel loved. Our greatest need as a result of the false complacency of obsolescence (or the prevailing mentality that it’s okay to keep throwing things away) has eroded many of the human connections necessary for us to feel good about ourselves.

Skilled craftsmen are a dying breed. Small farm owners are a dying breed. Not everyone wants or needs a college education, they want to pursue a skill or a talent they’ve been given. A love of something they want to do. There are almost no places to apprentice and most items are mass produced, where quality isn’t required (remember obsolescence?) whether it be in large local factories or the giant international agricultural, and other types of monster size businesses that exist today.

 Many products are cheaply made, cheaply purchased and thrown away just as easily, for new ones. Plastic, a by-product of oil, is everywhere. Including our waste landfills and sadly, our oceans, in turn seriously affecting the survival of life.

And yet the real tragedy is we are becoming even needier and less fulfilled as we go along this mistaken path society has currently chosen. Because it’s the wrong one. The current popularity of dystopian books, films and games are just one sign of this.

In life our greatest need as human beings - in many cases, trumping even safety, shelter and to a degree food – is not being met. Without the fulfillment of this need, many of us are like a plant without nutrition that will wither and die.

(Part two, Our Greatest Need, and what we should do to solve it – in the next post!)

 

 

 

Don’t Hide the Beauty of Your Loving Soul!

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“Hey, whatcha’ hiding under there?”

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Your soul is beautiful. Don’t hide it under the shell of your physical body!

Come out and shine. Be brave, live life, make a difference for yourself and others. Even as you know there will be bad mixed with the good, at least you’re out there being a part of life! Your life!

And that matters. A Lot. It matters to you, and to those you care about who care about you. Whether you believe this or not! It’s true. Trust me on this one.

~ Penny

Believing in Intangible Truths!

 

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I BELIEVE

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

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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.

Thank you,

I wish you well this day,

~ Penny

(For Throw Back Thursday) first published 2 years ago)

I Thirst – For the Waters of Life!

I Thirst

for …

emotional flavors,

beautiful vistas,

unfolding riches,

from the bounty of life.

I find,

exotic sensations,

beauty, wealth, comfort

to surround me.

I am blessed

with the waters of life.

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But am I worthy of this liquid wellspring?

Am I – greed and grasping,

or

humble, respectful, careful

of Earth’s diminishing resources.

I become fearful,

that I,

through wanton indifference,

will end my days

sipping polluted tears

from my eyes …

a witness,

as

the waters of life run dry,

due entirely to …

my

unquenchable thirst for life!

~ Penny L Howe, 2014

Today is World Water Day. Find out why, and what this means to you and I, and our families future sustainability – before the well runs dry for all of us!

https://www.facebook.com/UNWorldWaterDay

Your Singular Beauty!

By greyerbaby2

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

When you behold a reflection of yourself, do you see the beauty of your soul, your singular uniqueness, your value? Or are you blind to your own beauty.

Inner beauty shines outwardly when you are thankful for who you are. When you consider yourself special and having worth. And make no mistake here, others see this radiating beauty most clearly!

Absolutely true!

“May your beauty shine,

not only for others but for yourself as well!

PennyQuote, 2014

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Self Determination Tip: Know yourself. Focus not only on the areas you want to improve upon, but also on the parts that need no improvement what-so-ever! The unique YOU that you are. Self determination begins to happen when you start to really believe in yourself.

Have a wonderful weekend.

~ Penny

Your Faith is not just a place to hang your coat!

faith by Penny L Howe

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Our spirit must have the ability to seek

 solace, support and strength from within

when weary and sick at heart.

Look to Faith – your “belief system” for this.

Each person’s religious and spiritual beliefs are their own,

but know this:

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“Faith is far more than something
to comfortably hang one’s coat on.

 

Faith is the honest and sincere feeling 
inside of you when there is true belief
without reservation!”
~ Penny L Howe, 2014

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I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

~ Penny