How’s it going?
The photo says it all.
Life can be so darn overwhelming you really don’t know what to do about it. So you do nothing except think and stew and worry and wonder about THE WHY ABOUT THIS!
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Actually its neither. It’s you experiencing “life in action” thing! Sometimes you can control what happens. But sometimes control slips away when the unexpected occurs. What matters is how you’re going to handle your own feelings!
You can rage about the “unfairness” except life has never been based on being fair. A truth. You can pout and mope about the “why me … of it all”, except in all probability there are worse things happening to other people, everywhere. You just aren’t aware of them. Well, if those things don’t help – and they don’t – what is there left to do?
Summing it all up there’s one thing you can still do. It’s called the responsibility factor … that’s the really tough one. To get out of the river of being overwhelmed, the ocean of misery and so on you have to take action yourself. Be responsible for your own actions and attitude. Bring about the change you need … right now … make it happen … Go ahead … you can do it!
I’m cheering you on!
(yes the first two pictures are of me sitting in the Columbia river on a bench. A few of you have seen these pictures before. They’re from a little over a year ago. The river was flooding (obviously) and I decided to have a few pictures taken. It was spring and the water was melted snow thaw and frigidly cold. Took quite awhile to warm up my feet and legs, but still … got great shots!) 🙂
~ In the river of life, swim, wind surf, paddle your kayak, row your boat, do what ever it takes to keep your head above water! You make it happen. You do!
43 thoughts on “Peaceful Contemplation of Being Overwhelmed!”
Great shots Penny! I have never had an issue taking responsibility for myself or my attitude. The more difficult piece for me is protecting myself from those around me who refuse to take responsibility, not allowing them to suck the life out of me. This is an aspect of me that I will most likely always need to work on. Hope you are having a good week.
Thank you LuAnn, you and I both. I think it’s a series of learning discoveries (and a passion for or love of life, combined) first the discovery that WE do have self worth, second, that we are capable and do make a difference, and third that some people want what they think we have (emotionally, our hard won ‘feel good feelings’) and as you say figuring out how to not give that part of us (the feel good part) away! Not easy either! Still we’re cool aren’t we … Much love, Penny xo (p.s.- sucking out the life, I so get that!)
This looks wonderful, probably a tad cold but still a very nice photograph Penny 🙂 Now all you need is a gentleman to carry you from the bench, and set you down safely 🙂 Have a very sweet rest of afternoon my lovely friend 🙂
Just so you know Andro, I agree with you. Do any gentlemen like that still really exist my dear friend? Such a lovely thought though, thank you, I shall enjoy the rest of my day with your words nestled in my head! 🙂 xo
I should hope so, I certainly would and not even think about it, I still open doors for you ladies, not that it is appreciated by some, but still it is a nice gesture I think 🙂
I hope that your evening is
a very pleasant one Penny 🙂
It’s an excellent gesture, Andro, and any who don’t appreciate it are really missing out on realizing how special one can feel in that moment of courtesy! 🙂 xo
Not many men open doors these days, it seems that all the old ways have been lost and replaced with something rather ugly… But not always 🙂
I think it will swing back again towards more courtesy, a few other values have dropped along the wayside too, honor, respect, and so on … that I also believe will return, soonest I hope! 🙂 xo
I hope so my sweet friend 🙂
While the overall feeling of the pics seems melancholy, I like how you have taken them and reflected them back into positivity. nicely done.
Thank you, it was an interesting photo shooting day and I am pleased that the creativity of those moments is now put to good purpose! 🙂
That was some serious flood and as you say so cold. It does fit well with the good message! thank you!
Yes it was quite a flood of cold water, and lucky for how for me how the pictures suited my thoughts! 🙂
Yes, you’re right. If you want things to change, you have to actually do something to make the change happen. With this said however, sometimes waiting is the best thing you can do.
There is a time and place for many things in life, isn’t there Glynis? You are so right about waiting sometimes, I agree with you completely!
this is a great post not only because you went all out, literally, for the photographs but the message you share to take control over our destiny. thanks for the cheers!
You are very welcome Sunshine, you always brighten my day with your words. Both I and my toes (they still remember the icy water, lol) thank you! 🙂
Love your photos and your attitude to the rising waters. Take care! 🙂
Hello Sally, thank you, I will and you also! 🙂
Love the benches in the flooding waters.. I did not have the courage to sit on one at that time.. Have an awesome week!!
Hi Lisa, thanks, you also the bestest week possible!
FYI, Penny, I posted this pic on my Facebook page, with credit to you. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789398070
Alejandro, thank you. I am honored that you would put my picture and link in your facebook! Thank you very much, you are very appreciated by me! 🙂 xx
What a great photo! But, the fact you’re just sitting there, gazing out onto the water, shows how calm you can – and must – be during a crisis.
Hi Alejandro. Yes I am one of “those”. In a crisis everything seems to slow down in my brain while I try to problem solve the situation going on around me. Thank you. Seems to be a natural way of being for me!
Words I really needed to ‘hear’ – firm, kind, wise. Yes, responsibility. You’re so right:-) Thank you so much. H xxx
You are certainly welcome Harula! Have an excellent week my new friend~ xo
I like the part about life not having any obligation to be fair… indeed, in my experience life goes to the brave and hard-working. And of course, to figure this out, takes a while.
Stay well… and happy!
My thoughts exactly! Thank you, you also stay very well and very happy! xx
I thought that was you Penny ~ and then I said I must be fantasizing – What FANTASTIC shots. Your words of wisdome never fail to inspire… I’m on another healing journey next 3 days – so this was perfect… I’ll keep rowing this boat 🙂 x Sending Love and Hugs ! x
Thank you so very much, special friend of mine, mmmmuuuucccchhhh lllloooovvvee and postive energy your way Robyn! 🙂 xoxoxoxo (Did you feel the love?)
AnElephantCant help but notice
This is one of his favouritest rivers
But he is no fool
He knows it is cool
And Penny’s poor wee feet must have the shivers
Yes, turned almost blue, too true! 🙂 xo
The things you do for photography. The suffering for a good photo 😉
Seriously though, whilst I was away, I kept thinking about the right time to come back, and thinking about going back over all the posts that I had missed in the last nearly 3 weeks. In a way, I wanted to go back all over them, and in a way I didn’t. I wanted to start from now.
It was actually sitting in the café with my parents yesterday, showing off my new tattoo that made me think about the changes I had to make. You may remember from last year, August is not a good month for me anyway, but I needed to let that go, and I figured today … the worst day of the month for me … would be the best day to come back. Yes, I have problems at the moment that I need to deal with before they rip me apart from the inside out, but there are others who have it worse, It was when my mum told me about my uncle who died recently, the one with cancer. He was an MBE (Member of the British Empire) – a very prestigious award over here, and he never complained. He went out and saved people’s lives regularly. There are people who need help, and there are people who need to help themselves. We all need a lift, but that lift can help us reach the bar to to pull ourselves out. I can lift myself out now (I hope). His widow didn’t sit and say “why me” she grieved and then she went out and did something. She is doing something.
Hello Alastair, glad to see you back! Your aunt and uncle sound like amazing people to admire, look up to and emulate! Just excellent my friend! xx
Thank you Penny 🙂
My dear Penny… this is just the medicine I needed to read. I hear you loud and clear and am paddling as fast as I can to stay afloat. Glad to be floating with you. xxxx
I am glad to hear that Roxi. Life can be a challenge at times. I am very happy to have you as a floating buddy, my very dear friend! xo
the pictures are beautiful!
the post is one to take with me/us and think more on it…
Thank you for sharing…
Hi Maryrose, thank you very much for your kind words, and for stopping by! I will, and you take care of you also! xx
Ah, beautifully said my dear friend. Love the pictures!! Perfect!
Hi Marina, thank you. The water was seriously cold however! Worth it though, you know, the ol’ artistry thing, which reminds me, I never got an email confirming my subscription so I’ll head over there and try again! Hope you had a good weekend, and that your new week starts out bright and shiny for you dearest friend! 🙂 xoxoxo