Who knew “opening doors” could be so difficult? What doors are you trying to open? The one to help you feel better about yourself? Or perhaps a better home for you and your family? Those would be the doors of self determination! A better job, or career … looks like you’re still at the door of self-determination. Your own business? Self determination! Making positive things happen for yourself and others? Yes, still the same door of self determination!
Do you notice a theme going on here? The secret to opening doors that will lead you to your success in bringing about the changes you desire – is to tell yourself you can do it. And then make it happen through repeated persistence, cultivating a – never give up, some way – some how, attitude!
Is it easy? Of course not! Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Self determination doesn’t just happen. There’s more than just a bit of work required. Is it doable? Yes – if you think you can (and you can)! Is it worth it? Absolutely!
When opportunity knocks at your door,
remember you’re the one who needs to open it!”
Penny L Howe, 2014
Thanks for your visit today. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing a few specific “how-to’s” on what and how you can achieve a strong self determining attitude. In the meantime, Remember to keep taking care of you. If you don’t secure your own health and well-being first, anything you are striving towards becomes much more difficult.
No matter how beautiful and colorful, a mask is still something you hide behind. Wouldn’t it be grand and wonderful if we felt secure enough to reveal all the parts of ourselves to other people? Our deepest concerns and worries. Our greatest hopes and desires, so that we might be supported, encouraged and empowered to become all that we can be.
But too many of us never do. Fear of being hurt or even worse – spurned, rejected and ignored – keeps us within carefully constructed facades. Our “acceptable” masks. The ones we feel safe in wearing. The masks we spend a whole life improving upon.
Proportionately speaking, the probability is, the more well crafted our “masks of life” become, the less capable we are of fulfilling our own personal hopes and dreams.
Within the safety of our masks, (and some of our masks are so well conceived they become works of art we present to others – impenetrable and yet transparent), we become seemingly predictable, agreeable; illusions of what others think we should be. Very acceptable and very stagnant – An entropy of life. Not who we had meant to be at all … in the beginning of things … when we first started out!
Take off your mask of acceptability! You - the person beneath the mask – are really quite amazing. No more hiding.
Time to live!
I can’t believe it! It’s actually almost spring, here in the Northern part of Northwest America.
But I am excited about it. Waking up in predawn mornings with the sun filtering through wispy morning clouds, the cool air breezing through my open window bringing birdsong melodies – refreshing and invigorating.
I for one, am happy to embrace both the new day and the glorious beginnings of Earth’s annual renewal! Time to rethink my own personal regrowth and renewal. Overdue, actually.
It has become far too easy for all of us to get caught up in the same “everyness” of things happening in our daily lives.
Right now, small changes can truly make a difference for you when you feel in a bit of a rut.
Think about it, make it happen – You Can Do it!
Have a great week,
“Nature provides us with a bounty of wisdom – If we would but see!”
Penny L Howe, 2014
Sometimes it’s a very good thing to be motionless.
Taking pause in stillness and silence,
breathing in the richness of sensations
from our amazing planet.
To be at peace with the world and yourself.
Have a wonderful week ahead!
I wrote a post yesterday about celebrating this day, but decided to visit the importance of Women’s Issues one more time – with a song! Helen Reddy wrote and sang a song called “I am Woman” several generations ago that continues to be the song many women world-wide look to for inspiration. And I agree. We still do “…have a long way to go – but look how far we’ve come” (lyrics from her song)!
Just know that each and every woman on this planet is important. We continue to make a positive difference with each passing day! Why? Because we can!
Thank you and thank you Helen!
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:
“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
~ Penny L Howe, 2014
I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
There are days
when all that we need is a gentle touch.
… a soothing hug.
… a welcoming smile.
… an understanding look.
… a shared moment in time.
… So we don’t feel so empty,
… so frightened by both the known and the unknown,
… so angry by the unfairness of life,
… so bewildered by changes,
and so infinitely alone -
There are days when all that we need is each other!
Please … share, give, love!
Cherubs by Michelangelo
I dwell alone, existing in a solitary world drifting among various thoughts, not a vacuum but a potential happening. A dreamlike state, at flux within the flow of creating – determining potentialities with the formation of my words, perhaps stylized, perhaps distinctive, uniquely me. Poetic in prose, pleasing to the eye, original.
The crafting of words is an art form. And in essence, the same as any artist in the throes of creation, the different factor being only that of medium. But as for the rest, an artist at work.
Cascading possibilities stream endlessly through consciousness and I am reminded my personal pallet of verbal colors can be as expressively rich as a glorious spring day, corresponding adjective hues and nuances as numerous as the most vivid of rainbows viewed through moisture laden air after a summer storm.
My words will be like onto visual works of art, flowing in movement, a glorious symphony of expression, making known to you my thoughts and feelings in a manner that will move you as many artists do with their creations. It is, after all, what we do – we artists of the word.
capturing life’s essence
rendering in words
This week the haibun writing challenge for HAIBUN THINKING involves art and the great artist Michelangelo. For more information click on Haibun Thinking to enter this weekly challenge or to read some of the other haibun entries. If you’re a writer or a reader you will enjoy yourself there.
Thank you for stopping by,
praise and applaud.
Encouragement - a wonderful gift to receive,
an even better one to give … always!”
~ Penny L Howe, 2013
We each know how good we feel when someone says something encouraging to us. The day seems a little bit brighter and we feel better about ourselves and what we are trying to accomplish.
It works the other way too. Each time we take just a few extra minutes to be supportive, let another person know we think they’re doing a good job, it brightens their day as well.
So today, have a great day and make an effort to appreciate those around you. Your rewards will be obvious by their smiles and the pleasure exhibited on their faces. Such a nice thing to experience by everyone.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.
In the smallest corner of being
sometimes so small it hides,
You will still find it there
because hope hangs on.
When certain there’s no winning
and all is done for naught
there yet exists a spark of light,
… hope hangs on.
Human nature guarantees
we’ll fail more than we win,
and I think that’s why there’s hope
because hope hangs on.
Dreams are made from wishes
desires made from dreams,
hope the binding thread of all
… hope hangs on.
P.L. Howe, 2014
And speaking personally, I think that’s a very good thing indeed!