A Woman is many things, passionate and …

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She may be viewed with passion in mind or she may be viewed as intelligent, discerning, determined and her own person.

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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).

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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!

strengthofwomanThe Essential Woman

 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,

Penny

I Need You!

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?

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So many bits of flotsam, emotions streaming live,

This, that and everything, but where in there am I?

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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.

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The want in me is wanton, the need in me is true

I need so much the safety – it needs to come from you.

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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

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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.

~ 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)

Hold On, People Everywhere!

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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!

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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

Hold

On

People

Everywhere!

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!

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A happy Wednesday and Thursday to all my friends, the ones I know and the ones I’ve yet to meet!

~ Penny

You deserve to be heard…

… 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!

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“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

Sorry … not Sorry! It’s about being strong and respecting yourself.

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:

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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!)

With Affection,

~ Penny

Whispered Words Carried on the Wind – Love All Others!

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!

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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.

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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!

~ Penny

 

Why there are rude, nasty people out there today!

It’s because they have forgotten author Robert Fulghum’s wise words regarding what many of us learned as kids.

“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
― Robert FulghumAll I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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I think we’ve got the “Looking” part down pat, but most of the other rules, the ones related to good behavior seem, for many, to have gotten lost. And it feels like the more we stress “social correctness”, the more we see the breakdown of basic, good, everyday manners. Our politicians and other “people in the news” are certainly among some of the worst. But we’re (the private individual) not far behind them. Just go online for any subject, in any social media to find the very worst of how humans can be.

Don’t get me wrong, the very best is out there too, but there are those days when it seems we have to wade through the negative to get to the positive. Come on guys, knock it off. We’re better than that.

When we’re out there making a positive difference and helping others we illuminate the best of who we can be. And sadly there’s not an “app. for that”, so it’s up to us. Let’s be more focused on what’s right and less on what’s wrong.

And let’s be polite and show respect (this includes politicians of all parties). We’re getting darn tired of our politicians behavior, and I believe I speak for most Americans, even though we may individually disagree on a given issue, we all expect better of those we’ve elected to represent us in our government.

So that’s all – just so very weary of negativity. Hopeful for lots more positiveness, which is when things really do happen – for the better.

Have a positive “rest of your week”,

~ Penny

Self Determination begins with SELF!

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a self determination button. You see it sparkling out there in front of you. You reach out and hit the button, and just like magic – you become self determined and ready to take charge of your life.

Well, guess what? There is one. More of a metaphorical button than a physical one, but it’s still real. And it works too.

Self determination begins when you begin asking questions for yourself. Of yourself, of others. And once you get the answers, you act on them. You don’t wait for someone else. YOU make it happen.

So push the button, ask that first question. Here’s a good question to start off with: Do I feel good about myself and where I am in my life? Another good question: What can I do about it?

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“There will always be those who support you

and those who don’t – more than a few,

but the one person in your life

you should know you can count on

 is most emphatically – you.”

~ Penny L Howe, 2014