The Year of Caring – even more!

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Okay, I’ll admit to having a rep. of always looking on the positive side of things (mostly). At least when I’m not angry about something and or very concerned. And then again I can get a day of moodiness, too. Which tends to pass rather quickly, I’m happy to say. But for the most part it’s true. I do my best to see things in a positive light and this year will be no different, if anything I’ll do my best to be even more uplifting and encouraging.

I do care about you, my friends. Those I’ve become close to, in these past few blogging years, those I’m just now meeting, and those I hope to meet soon.

My nature to care, as it is for many of us. We just simply do.

May the year 2015 become known as the “Year of Caring Even More”! At least we can try to make it so.

~ With much affection,

Penny

Beginning of the week – A good time for the beginning of a new mindset!

A little reflection over the weekend and it dawned on me, that each of us (more or less) are partially responsible for the mess the planet is in right now. We really are. In our free country of the USA we take so much for granted. In fact children are being taught (by adult example) that it’s okay to take … and take … and take! Greed is a popular icon here as well as in many other “civilized?” countries which accomplishes nothing but more greed!

Time for a new mindset. We really don’t need so much “stuff”. It would be great if we spent more time caring for each other and the natural world we all inhabit while it’s still habitable. Healthier and happier people would make for a healthier and happier environment and economy. Not the other way around. People (all life) and their well being need to come first!

And in this country and any other country where you can vote (even if some politicians are making it harder for you) it is still your responsibility to VOTE. If you don’t like what the politicians are doing, then vote them out of office.. Your country, your government. Your responsibility. Don’t play the blame game with pointed fingers and words but do nothing to assist in bringing about change!

“Personal responsibility and our planet’s sustainability

must go hand in hand for the needed change to truly happen!”

~ Penny L Howe, 2014

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Have a great week ahead, with much affection and love,

~ Penny

Throwback Thursday: A reminder of what we forget – Everyday!

This was first posted over two years ago. I find it’s still an excellent reminder of some of the most important things we forget, that we shouldn’t!

I FORGOT…

…to water the special plant that was given to me by someone I love.

But I think it’s too late now anyway.

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I forgot to feed the animals this morning.

Oh that’s right I forgot to buy food for them when I was at the store

yesterday picking up the food I ran out of for the family.

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I forgot to visit my grandparents yesterday,

they had called and asked me to drop by. I guess they needed

Some help with something, but it was a hectic day with

all sorts of interruptions.

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I forgot to go to my child’s class rehearsal last night

darn, it was important too, he has a big role in the school play.

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I forgot to wish my best friend a happy birthday today. It was a special one too.

But between work, and kids and worry about bills,

The day just got away with me.

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I forgot to remember  – when I woke up this morning –

to give thanks for what I increasingly take for granted, and I forgot to make a

Positive difference for anyone besides myself.

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I have a to-do list but it’s gotten pretty long so I’ll make

A new one tomorrow – unless I forget!

Penny L. Howe

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Our lives are so busy today, with schedules and routines and structured types of “to-do’s”, that what is frequently forgotten – is taking the time to love, to share, to care and to be there, for others.

With affection,

~ Penny