Walkabout – Mentally Speaking!

It’s been 7 days since I’ve posted or read a blog. Not very long in everyday terms, but in online social connection terms (Blogs, Tweets, Google+, Facebook, About.me, Linked in, etc.) it does seems as if it’s been much longer, doesn’t it?  Time passes differently while online and so while only 7 days, I’ve missed my connections with you all so very, very much.

Here, where I live, in Northwest America it snowed briefly and gently this morning. A quiet, crisp and clear beginning to start one’s day! A place you’d want your thoughts to dwell as much as possible with today’s hectic lifestyle. Change being the only constant in all of our lives.

In the past week I’ve been doing a mental “Walkabout” as Australians might refer to it. I’ve had much dwelling on my mind. Questing my “role” in things you could even say.

In ‘personal life’ adventures, nothing has been handed to me easily. I’ve worked my way through various stages of life while not necessarily emerging as a victor, none-the-less I also did not come away as a victim and instead am wiser in spite of cherished things that have been lost.

All my life I have tried to avoid direct confrontation and yet even through fears, stood as brave and strong as I could when it was needed. I’m ‘tempered’ as a metal might become by a clever blacksmith of yesteryear. I know my shortcomings and my strengths, but more to the point, this means – I know yours too.

We (all of us) live in a period of time where negative thinking about yesterdays, today and tomorrows must not be allowed to win over us. We are a strong people with strong wills – when we put our minds to  it! I know this about you. All of you. It is a truth. You are more capable than you can possibly know. In fact it’s only necessary for you to “know” and believe a thing for it to become a thing.

There is an astonishingly true “might and capability” that lies within each of you. Never forget that!

We, of humanity are on a glorious quest for life – but the quest is not an easy one. Yet, it’s the best game in town and I’m happy to be a part – in whatever role I play, and wherever it leads me to be.

Thursday is a Thanksgiving Holiday in America and as William Faulkner (an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi) once said about the giving of thanks and gratitude:

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity;
it must be produced and discharged
and used up in order to exist at all.”
– William Faulkner


I agree with him. Love to you all. Stand tall. Be brave, live life, give thanks and always remember you’re never alone! I (for one) am here, thinking of you with “very fond affection and good wishes” for a wonderful day and better tomorrow.

penny l howe

– Penny

41 thoughts on “Walkabout – Mentally Speaking!

  1. Love this idea, Penny, and I, too, am far behind on reading blogs. My Dad’s been here for Thanksgiving and I’ve been on fb a little bit and managed one new post for my blog, but that’s it…anyway, I wish you a peaceful and calming holiday season in the midst of the chaos! 🙂 xo

    • Hi Lauren, thanks and I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying your dad and family (albeit, I’m sure, filled with numerous activities), thank you also for your good wishes, of course the same back to you dear friend! 🙂 xo

    • Hi Laura, thank you, yes it can. I do apologize for the delay in my response to your lovely comments here but thank you again most sincerely for stopping by, very much appreciated by me!

    • Thank you Andro for your lovely holiday greetings. Thanksgiving was a good one here. Thank you also for your friendship, of which I am very lucky/fortunate to have. Have an excellent weekend coming up, have lots of fun too! 🙂 xxx

  2. Sometimes confrontation clears the air, as it tells people who are trying to walk over you that enough is enough. I think as I get older, my way of confronting people has quietened down as I don’t want to get so furious I keel over with a heart attack, or give the other person a heart attack. Nowadays, I’ve decided not to say anything in anger but to approach the person with a sweet smile and reasoned argument when I’ve calmed down and had time to think. Anyway, I’m a singer and shouting gives me a sore throat!

    • Absolutely love your philosophy Sarah, (albeit one that took a few years to evolve – which I totally get, btw). Wouldn’t it be great if we could sing people into thinking loving thoughts and actions? I am glad for your throat that you aren’t getting any more sore throats though,lol! xx

    • Thank you. Thanksgiving was delicious (in a word)! So we are most grateful for the food we ate and the family and friends we love (both near and far)! All our love (all of us) to you and big hugs also! xo

  3. ” quiet, crisp and clear beginning to start one’s day! “…………. yeah… I was ‘thinking’ that too when I was scraping ice off my windshield at 4am to go to work! LOL…

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family across the bridge from me….. save me a piece of pumpkin pie! xxx

    • I hate that part Roxi! The scraping ice off the windshield then wondering if (after the car warms up) how many patches of black ice might still be on the road that the road crew missed! I hope your Thanksgiving was a great one for you, and definitely saved you a piece of pumpkin pie! Much love to you, xox

  4. Lovely to read your wise post. There is much to be thankful for, even though we do not have thanksgiving, I am always gratful for life nad many things I have, including my precious friends! Much love Penny!

    • Thank you Alejandro. You are absolutely correct. If we can reconnect with our true selves it is definitely easier to move forward through life’s adventures! Hoping you had an excellent Thanksgiving with your family my dear friend! xx

    • Hi Horty, I hope your Thanksgiving Day was a great one for you – in every way! Thank you for your loving thoughts. I’m a walkabout kind of personality – my way of working through life’s mysteries, my dear friend! 🙂 xx

  5. Who do we want to win against with? Ourselves, or the nature? We think we conquer the mountain, but the mountain stands as a victor like yesterday after we descend. I guess in life it is not to know how strong we are, but how weak we are, that humble is the lantern of heart, shining for us, and shining for others. To me, the more we know and understand ourselves, the more the distance of the journey in life we have traveled.


    • Beautiful words kc and true. Sometimes I don’f feel I can be humble enough for all the richness that life can offer, if we can only let go of the falseness of ego and self and just be accepting and giving. Learn from the beauty and wisdom of our living planet! xx

  6. Hi fave neighb!
    Long time no “see.” This cccold weather must be keeping you indoors too 😉
    I step out for two mins & freeze. It takes me over an hour to thaw out. I’m so not made for these temps. Brrr…
    I love the quote that you shared & believe that too.
    Much love to you & your family – including your special guest!
    xo 🙂 🙂 xo

    • Hey special neighbor mine. Hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving, in spite of the cold weather (yes – very cold here and sadly staying that way (but I think it’ll be warming up some where you are 🙂 )! I believe Thanksgiving Dinner was most enjoyable for our guest from across the seas! 🙂 I mentioned your inclusion (to our guest), RoSy, for all the love you send which we are happy and proud to accept as we all feel the same way about you and yours! 🙂 xo

      • Was much warmer today. But – still a bit too chilly for me. I am so not made for this weather. I need to move somewhere warm & tropical.
        I heart you & your fam. Wish we were really neighbors (in a warmer climate too – of course 😉 )
        xo 🙂 🙂 xo

        • Hello Neighbor, I too really, really, really, wish we were neighbors also (and warmer weather – well that goes without saying, lol). Going to be a cold one this week here, RoSy, probably with snow too and unfortunately headed your way later on this week! 🙂 xo

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