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!
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.
…to chase away the fears.
Two years ago – to the day, I wrote the following blog post! It is still one of my favorites (and a true story), for all the obvious “feel good” type feelings. Hope it works for you too!
It is the middle of the night. Very, very stormy outside. Thunder and lightning in all it’s majestic power. Asleep in my bed, I discover myself waking up, the sounds from the summer storm rousing me.
A small hand touches my arm …
“G.P.?” A small quiet voice in the dark questions.
“Yes, Emma?” I respond softly. I live in a household that consists of several children, two adults, and assorted animals. As a reference point I am called ‘G.P.’ (a nickname) by all.
The youngest has woken from the loud thunder and bright flashes of lightning raging outside.
“The thunder woke me up”. She said.
“It did me too.” I say.
In very short order Emma is in bed next to me, wide awake. I get up, turning on the bed lamp before I leave to make coffee. A short while later I’m back, bringing a cupful of nice hot “wake me up” brew along with my laptop, a cup of hot chocolate for Emma and her DSI (Hand-held game/system). Since both are wireless, we can use them safely during the storm.
Franky, one of my two cats is also afraid of the storm, so at 3:30 a.m. we snuggle, occupy ourselves with our electronics, sip on warm beverages, and weather the storm with love, light and the technology of the day.
“G.P.?” Emma says as she settles in to play videos on her DSI.
“Yes, Emma?” I answer.
“I love you.” She replies quietly.
“Me too.” I reply in an equally soft voice.
And all is well in the middle of the night.
Have a great week everyone, stay as cool as you can in this summer heat, and stay safe from stormy weather!
Dwelling on True Love
What is True Love? Sitting here thinking about it, I suppose I’d have to vote for it as being “Something Other”. Passion is most definitely excellent, but it does tend to have a place and time attached to it. Myth … well … the “living happier ever after” story doesn’t happen in the real world, so by the process of elimination I’m left with “Something Other”! True Love does fit best in this category. But of what does “Something Other” consist?
While I’ve learned the hard way about the myth of true love, most recently just a couple of years ago and, of course, it was painful and really hurt. But time does heal, mostly. and we move on.
The beauty of passion with your partner in the moment, well that is incomparable, most all of us would agree with that. And it would be a glorious thing if romantic passion could survive the various degrees of life’s intrusions, but it rarely does.
Coming up with a solid “something other” for what love can be between a couple is difficult. Something one can sink one’s teeth into (besides sweet delicate skin – oops, that’s passion again). Respecting your partner and appreciating them for how they are, in fact enjoying them for who and how they are would certainly fit in the “Something Other” category, for starters.
But for true love to last, it has to be founded on more than appreciation and adoration. There needs to be some sort of substance that binds. A sticky kind of emotional glue that is positive in nature not negative. Not a clinging love, or worse yet a controlling love, but an equality that exists mutually and completely between the two.
So Something Other must be something that binds two hearts so closely together that they think, in many ways, as one – while remaining clearly independent, their very own individuals. Not codependent as much as a heartmeld. A sharing of hearts, through the good and the bad both. An understanding and acceptance of their own natures. A miniature ecosystem involving just the two of them as both the giver and the receiver. Yes I believe that would be the something other that makes true love last.
What say you, my friends?
Freedom – the one word recognized by all peoples who arrive and then stay in the United States of America have in common is Freedom. The Statue of Liberty represents this as does the Statue of Liberty Poem, now an important part of our history. Let us not prove her wrong and lessen who we are as Americans and human beings.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome’ her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus. 1848-1887
There is a crisis, thousands of children in peril of their very lives (from Central America, not Mexico) and they are coming to our country for safety and refuge. Are we still the caring land of Freedom? Do we give a damn or are we so into ourselves and our rights, ingrained in our wants and our entitlements that we’ve laid aside our souls. I’m so embarrassed and ashamed that everything seems to be related to money or politics.
Have we forgotten to do what’s right and humane and caring and loving? Have we? Most of our ancestors entered this land for the same reasons as these children. There is no difference. There should be none now and even more than that they are children, for God’s Sake!
Show you care,
For more information about this crisis USA TODAY
… and I hear you in my heart.
Each beat of my own heart reminds me of how wonderful you are. You, my beloved people of Earth give me reason for being. YOU, each of you, individually do this for I know we are ALL part of the whole of humanity, and to do our best we need each other.
Please believe that even though we may not know each other, I care about you. And I hear and love you, wherever you are in this wonderful planet we share together, you are not alone … you are loved. Don’t give up. Be brave. You’re worth it!
~“I hear you in my heart, I feel you in my soul, we “all humans” are connected to one another even as we are connected to the very fabric of life on our planet. Listen closely … you’ll hear and feel it too. Our love for one another – is stronger than every negative thing that’s out there right now trying to defeat you and I. But we’re stronger than that. Yes we are!”
~ Penny L Howe, 2014
I never thought I’d share a commercial (from a hair care company, no less), but I gotta share this with you guys. It is just too cool, and too true! Pass it on everyone! And good for you Pantene!!!!!!! It’s called “Why Are Women always apologizing”, click on the link, only a minute long and well worth it:
I don’t know about you but I recognized every single one of those “sorries”, having said them in similar circumstances, myself! Being polite is always a good thing, but saying I’m sorry for every movement you make - not a good thing!
Hope you’re having a great weekend, regardless of what’s going on in your life and that you are taking just a minute to be grateful for what you do have (not sorry, but grateful!)
The Strongest Force of Nature – Love!
Whispered words when carried in the wind become an unstoppable raging,
thundering force of Nature – when you put the full weight of your emotions behind them!
“LOVE All Others as You Would Have Them Love You!”
Don’t give up! Believe!
Have faith in who we can be by caring with gentle thoughtfulness.
Believe in a better future.
Believe in the good we have within us.
Turn our loving whispers into roars – the time is now!
LOVE! HONOR! CHERISH! RESPECT and care for
… all life!
It is so precious, as are you!
WAR and KILLING go hand in hand – always!
Let our hand in hand be with one another, reaching beyond our differences where we can learn to honor and respect each other … all of us.
Love to you all, every single one of you wonderful amazing people who live on the planet Earth, our one and only home that we all share!