Reaching …

The Reaching Hand

Almost from the moment of birth we are reaching.

… reaching for the stars

… reaching for the moon

… reaching for a better life

… reaching for understanding

… reaching for love.



Along the way we falter, and in the chain of human life – there are those with wisdom, experience and strength of character to be there during those times of uncertainty.

If we but look for them and, if needed, ask for help.

It is a process of growing, learning from mistakes and moving forward.




The empty hand is a sadness. It represents dreams unfulfilled, loneliness, bitterness and defeat.

The empty hand symbolizes to us we have not reached that which we set out to reach … that perhaps we have failed. That the reaching was for naught.

But it does not have to be. You need never stop reaching. Not ever.

There is always hope, there is always possibilities to be explored.

There is always the ‘one more time’ to make the difference, just as long as you keep reaching.

Never stop, never give up. It isn’t easy and sometimes it will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done … but it is worth the extra reach … to make it happen.

Keep reaching, and if you’ve reached your goals

than extend your hand to make that difference for another.

Always reaching, always growing, always loving.

 Never Stop Reaching

Thank you for visiting, have a good weekend, reach out to those in need right now, it’s a good time for this.

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe



36 thoughts on “Reaching …

    • Thank you Padmini, I always appreciate your comments, there are those that seem to already understand what “we people” need and are writing words to that effect (you are one) and then there are those that need that positive nudge. Which is what I try for. I hope your week has started well for you my friend. Sending affection your way this day, Penny xx

  1. The open hand suggests to me that the universe just isn’t big enough to fit into it so I shall have to pick it apart strand by strand. That sounded better in my head that written down. I would also extend that open hand to a friendly wave for any passing nice people.

    • No it sounded great. Well thank goodness for alternative universes and the “string theory” that should take care of your methodology for exploring same, SteJ. And I can indeed picture you extended a hand or a wave to nice people. Being one yourself! 🙂

      • Why thank you, I may also accompany the wave with a classic shout of ‘co-ee’. I hope you do that over there too. I may even do a Mexican wave, there is a lot of variation that I hadn’t really explored. Once again visiting you r blog lets my mind wander freely like I was a cow who has walked out of an open gate and is relatively happy with the world.

  2. Great post, Penny – I’m always reaching and I work at knowing when I truly want to grasp. I grasp and let go if it’s not substantial. I believe I am meant to test, taste and try. Imagine if I hadn’t let go years ago. I’d have to sit in my rocking chair thinking about all I didn’t grasp! 😀

    • Isn’t wisdom great? It rarely comes early for us though, I think before wisdom is attitude and I’m guessing you’ve got the right one down pat and have had it much of your life! 🙂 p.s. – I love your “test, taste and try” words – mine are “never walk by an open door (at least take a peak inside), we share similar attitudes! 🙂

  3. Always reaching for something & having someone help along the way calls for a reach for a hug.
    What can I say…I’m a huggy type of person.
    xx 🙂 🙂 xx

  4. Lovely post again Penny.

    Sometimes we reach when we don’t even realise we are. And sometimes someone is reaching back without us realising it.

    When we do reach, the results can be … surprising and unexpected.

    When we give up reaching totally, then that’s when we have truly doomed ourselves to loneliness.

  5. This is just beautiful Penny ~ my most wonderful friend. I agree… it is so worth the “extra reach” ~ truly!!! Love and hugs to you and my beloved Christina too ~ xxoo RL

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