Peaceful Contemplation of Being Overwhelmed!

bench in river 13


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 beingalone 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!


lonely by Penny L Howe, 2013

(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!) πŸ™‚

~ 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!

~ Penny

43 thoughts on “Peaceful Contemplation of Being Overwhelmed!

  1. 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!)

  2. This looks wonderful, probably a tad cold but still a very nice photograph Penny πŸ™‚ Now all you need is a gentleman to carry you from the bench, and set you down safely πŸ™‚ Have a very sweet rest of afternoon my lovely friend πŸ™‚

    Andro xxx

    • 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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

        I hope that your evening is
        a very pleasant one Penny πŸ™‚

        Andro xxx

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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 πŸ™‚ x Sending Love and Hugs ! x

  7. The things you do for photography. The suffering for a good photo πŸ˜‰

    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 cafΓ© 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.

  8. the pictures are beautiful!
    the post is one to take with me/us and think more on it…
    Thank you for sharing…
    Take Care…

    • 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! πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

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