The Way Forward

It’s been an interesting time period, I’m thinking. There’s a palpable unease in the air filtering through our emotions, thoughts and actions.

We’re feeling uncomfortable about a wide range of things (most related to what I refer to as “a money thing” but that’s a whole n’other story) and politically speaking it doesn’t matter where you are in the whole conservative/liberal spectrum. It really doesn’t. What matters (at least to me) is that there is too much division between friends, communities, states, countries. This current state of affairs is most unhealthy – rather obviously, one would think … so how best do we move forward.

In my humble opinion I like to think it’s a matter of going back to the root of things. Nourish the base. In our case it’s families first. What can we do to positively improve our families immediate culture. After that it’s community. What can we do to positively impact others that are needing support.

So often it’s small things that make a huge difference. One person, one thing, one day at a time. This is the way forward. Not finger pointing, shaming, or blaming. Just getting out there and making what you do count. In a positive proactive way.

The strongest roots of the healthiest trees are deep and kept fertile. Time to go back to our roots. remember some basics that we each can accomplish. Values in a home environment. Support in a local community. Love and concern and action for those less fortunate. We can each become the nourishment to strengthen our human roots.

So doable. So possible. We can do this. Yes we can.

Think well of yourself. Think well of others. Begin from there,

I wish you most well,

Penny

 

The Day After Impossible

A parable inside the unknown surrounded by accepted reality (Or … what happens next is up to you)!

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“Hey! What’s that you’re holding in your hands? I can see light streaming between your closed fingers.”

“Oh you mean this,” the young lady responded.  She spread open her hands into a cupped position revealing a swirling glowing orb nestled in her brightly lit palms.

“It’s tomorrow,”  she said. “Well, sort of. Actually I’m holding time itself. Okay, to be absolutely precise you can view this as the energy of time. Like a miniature version of our solar system.”

“Oh don’t be ridiculous,” he responded. “Are you insane, you can’t hold tomorrow. It’s not a thing. That makes no sense, besides it hasn’t happened yet and you certainly can’t hold time either because it’s not a thing either so it’s … it’s … well it’s impossible.”

“How do you know it’s impossible?” The woman countered with a grin. The glowing orb seemed to swirl and shine more intensely while she spoke.

“Because it absolutely is. Some things you just know.” This he stated in a dismissive matter-of-fact manner.

“It’s obvious.” He added, even as he remained mezmerized with her current evidence to the contrary. He continued to watch the glowing orb and a small doubt began to worm its way into his brain’s clearly limited thinking capacity.

“Alright then, my good fellow,” said the lady holding the orb. “If you truly believe it’s impossible then you won’t mind if I drop this ‘orb of tomorrow’ on the ground so that it shatters?” She began to open her fingers.

“WAIT!” The man quickly thrust his hands out and up indicating she should stop. “Not saying I believe you, but if what you say is true why would you do that?”

“Why, to prove my point of course!” She stated, paused in her actions as if to consciously deliberate his words in her clearly more developed and open mind.

“Then what happens if there’s no tomorrow?”

“I don’t know. I’ve never dropped it before.”

“But if what you say is true, tomorrow won’t come!” His anxiety was mounting.

“Nah. According to you that would be impossible … right?” She smiled a confident little smile and let the brightly lit orb drop to the ground.

Nothing appeared to happen, as the ‘orb of tomorrow’ shattered into a multitude of sparkling pieces.

“What does this mean? Nothing happened.” His heart beating rapidly, the man surveyed the various pieces of orb laying all around.

“Well, not that we can see … at least so far,” came her ambiguous answer. She bent over and carefully picked up pieces and shards of broken orb placing them into the various pockets on her jacket. She paused then with a look of concentration on her face.

“Although we can’t really see frequencies.” Her brow was furrowed deep in thought. “But we can feel them. Frequencies of good feelings and bad feelings that will shape our thoughts and actions. So, I guess maybe we’ll be able to sense any changes that happen.”

“Yeah, sure. Fine. Whatever!” He said dismissively. “But what about tomorrow. Is it going to come or what?”

“I don’t know, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.”

“I don’t get it. What was the point?”

“Point? Oh, right. I’m thinking the point was we have more control over what happens in our everyday lives than we think we do … if we act on them.”

“Okay, I guess I sort of understand that.”

“Good.” She began to leave.

He continued on. “… but what about tomorrow?”

“I guess we have to wait and see, unless you’d like to give today a try. We can test my ‘orb of today’ if you like.” She turned back towards him holding out a new glowing orb in her hands.

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We, each one of us, do hold the reality of our future (today and tomorrow) in our hands. We should never doubt it, not for a single nano-second. Things may be happening all around us but we still have the ability to respond with how we’re going to react.  What we do with our reactions … that’s still up to each of us, isn’t it?

Hope your week is going well. As well as may be expected anyway, my friends.

Take care of you,

With much open and unconditional love,

~ Penny

I Cannot Bring You Peace, But This I Can Do –

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As one person to another I can share love and peaceful intent – pass along calm, caring words that can give rise to positive thoughts and actions for bringing us all just a little bit closer to each other.

This I can do with openhearted expression and understanding. One person, one day at a time.

THIS I CAN DO AND SO CAN YOU!

With sincere love and affection,
~ Penny

The 5 “D’s” for Making things Happen – Yes you can!

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“Have you ever noticed that facing the future is much easier when you’re already moving forward from your own momentum?”~ Plh

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So where’s your energy level? Nothing like a nice big dose of motivation to get your creative juices flowing. What? No motivation?

Well, you see, that’s the thing. As difficult as it can be at times, the best motivation to rely on is often your own. You’re in charge of getting it going. Not that having support from others isn’t a grand thing, but sometimes it just isn’t there when you need it.

And perhaps you’re thinking “well that’s just great. I am so not into feeling inspired right now!”

Okay, here’s a fewinsider tips” on how to rev up your motivational quota:

1. Discipline & Determination = Drive!
2. Once you’ve got the 3 “D’s” down, the rest becomes easier, because you’ve learned it isn’t going to happen without significant daily action on your part.

3. Dreams -The fourth D is important but only a starting point. You also need a plan and follow thru.

Understanding and appreciating the rewards you will receive for your hard work and due Diligence (5th ‘D’) goes a long way towards staying motivated. Just keep your eyes on the goal (your reward) and keep on keeping on.

You can do it!

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Thanks for your visit, have a great week ahead.

With affection,
~ Penny

Your Self Fulfilling Prophecies – Are they Good or Bad Ones!

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How many of you begin your day with self depreciating remarks? Or statements about what’s going to go wrong today. Or all the reasons everything bad seems to happen to you. Or perhaps you say to yourself, “why bother to try? This person or that person is going to ruin my day!”

These type of thoughts and statements become self fulfilling the more you repeat them. You send a signal to your brain that says you can’t win, you can’t overcome and … that you think of yourself or your situation as a losing one.

First rule of being happy much less successful is to believe in yourself. Not because you’re going to go out tomorrow and conquer the world, but because where you are, right this minute is only temporary and you’re a good person who can ‘step by step’ move forward in a positive way, because you know you can. You believe in you.

What really, really helps the “step by step” process is to not tell yourself, ahead of time, why you can’t do something. Or blame a situation or a person for problems and circumstances. We all feel insecure and worried, even fearful at times. This is normal but it shouldn’t stop us from accomplishing our goals.

 So today is a good day to start saying those self fulfilling things that support what you want to do. Things like “Today I’m going to get my tasks done regardless of what comes my way.” Or “I’m not going to let another person’s negative attitude or perhaps even rude bullying behavior affect me”. Or “Today I believe in me and someway, somehow I will do those things I’d planned to do.”

You positively reinforce your own mindset (thinking patterns of behavior) when your thoughts, words and action have a “can do” mentality. It will strengthen your resolve as well.

Try it. You’ll discover it really works. And by repeating daily, this can make a significant difference between success and failure. Remember you’ve only failed when you stop! Every other thing that goes wrong is just a temporary disappointment and a part of your ongoing learning experience.

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Have a great day and … always, take care of you!

With affection,

~ Penny

 

Your Thoughts – the main influencing factor in your life!

Did you know that? I’ll bet you didn’t. Like most of  us we assume others around us are our main influencers, or that the particular circumstances or conditions we find ourselves in are responsible for why we think or feel a certain way.

Nope. It’s you. All by your lonesome, you’re the one that decides how you’re going to feel about whatever it is! All the other things are just stimuli that your mind takes into consideration before it decides what to do or not do and how it is to be done.

Consider your thoughts in the form of a pill you take each morning. A success pill that then influences your thinking positively.

This imaginary pill is your reminder that its up to you. You, who is the main influence in your life. Let it work in your favor! It worked for Einstein, DaVinci, Disney, Shakespeare, Plato. I could go on and on but the point is obvious. You decide what you want and then you make it happen. You Do!

So go ahead, be all you can be … it’s a great feeling … Take the success pill, influence yourself to achieve, set yourself up for success, as Napoleon Hill said repeatedly “think and grow rich”. He knew what he was talking about. And if you haven’t read his book (of the same title), go get it and read it from cover to cover. It’s one of the top selling books, ever, on the planet, so he definitely must have known what he was talking about.

Go for it, influence yourself to success. You’re in charge and you make it happen. a) because you believe you can and b) because you put those positive thoughts into action c) because you don’t give up (Don’t forget about Edison and his failures before his final breakthrough with the lightbulb).

Just 3 things to remember, you can do it. You know you can!

Have a great day today,

Penny

Born of the Planet Earth – We are Not Each Other’s Enemy!

We are all brothers and sisters. We are all human, born on Earth. The entire planet is our home yet we erect invisible borders, walls, and other means to separate us from each other based on beliefs and ideals.

No matter how hard we try to segment ourselves whether by government dictates, corporate mindsets, religious or ethnic perceived values, or any other differences, it doesn’t change the obvious fact that all of us, without exception, dwell on this one planet.

Each of us wishes to be individual, our own person. just as each of us desires to belong to groups who think and act as we do, yet beyond this lies a greater truth. Anytime we isolate ourselves or others by these seeming differences, we also diminish the potential for the healthy growth of life (including our individual selves) on our planet.

Each time we retreat, limit those we accept, consider and perform actions of hate, cruelty and greed we further diminish the life flow that energizes all life on this planet.

Each time we reach out to other groups, recognizing that these differences represent an awesome wealth of diversity that truly enriches our potential, then we are moving in the right direction.

The truest gifts humans were given were their intelligence and ability to love. Powerful acts can be achieved when the common goal is inclusive of all. There is no greater power than that of love. But just as there can be great love there can also be great hate. It is up to each of us to do our part to insure the well-being of ourselves and our planet secured through the power of peace – not death, destruction and killing.

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It is wrong to solve a problem by the death of others. Perhaps the easy way seems to be through “violence” or killing.  Savages certainly believe this to be true. And killing is savage, a wild way of denying humanity’s ability to grow and prosper. The hard but responsible way to solve a social and civil problem is through the sincere effort of coming together through peaceful resolution – no matter how difficult!

It is past time to just stand by and “discuss” our problems, pointing out who is “right” and who is “wrong”. It is time for “the many” on the sidelines to understand that all of us share in the responsibility, and need to act in a manner than engenders a safe and healthy future.

Which direction are you moving in? With all my heart I hope it’s the one the extends a helping hand to those in need, that cherishes the wealth all humanity offers, and treasures the priceless worth and value of the planet Earth. Let us all begin to protect – through love and positive action – our true home, Earth!

Thank you,

Penny L Howe, 2014

We Hold The Future in our Hands!

“Life … Masterpiece from the Palette of our Universe!”

We are the recipients!

And…we need reminded of this!

I watched a movie once, “Blade Runner” (a favorite and a science fiction thriller, dark and foreboding of the future). There is a scene at the end of the movie where one of the characters says words that are so piercingly true that I’ve never forgotten them …

“Life lost  in time – is like tears in the rain”

The video below “reminds” us of life – it’s beauty and it’s value. You can hear the words (from the movie’s scene I am referring to) in the background. Please, please watch (just a few minutes) listen to the words, see the beauty and… be reminded!

What we do NOW counts. It matters. We make a difference. Let it be the right ones.

WE hold the future in our hands …

WE need to remind and be reminded … Again and again until we (all of us) understand what we already know in our heart of hearts!

All the tomorrow’s that will ever be, are being created even as I write this.

We are the ones deciding what life will be in our futures. Our choice, our choices have never been more important than they are today.

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Consider this as you go about your day’s routine today: What is really important to you in life? What really matters? These are things to ponder and weigh in your heart.

We hold the future in our hands…”We hold the future in our hands

We, The Recipients of Life … hold the future – their futures … in our hands!

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Thank you for stopping by, may your day be blessed with happiness and positive thoughts for our future, my friends,

~ Penny

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The Awesome Diversity of USA – Take Kentucky for example!

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The diversity of America is really quite amazing . Each state is unique and special within itself. But many of our wonderful states and their residents are struggling. Change needs to happen. In government, fewer politics (and rhetoric) and more action is needed. Right now, there are a handful of states where change may be possible with midterm elections later this year. One of those states is good ol’ bluegrass Kentucky.

There are some important things going on in our country right now, and we women are right there in the mix along with the men. Helping positive change happen isn’t about feminism or equality as much as it is about accepting differences to improve All of our well being. We (everyone) Americans need to be out there making things happen to improve our chances for a better future for ourselves and our children.

Hats off to Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Not because she’s a Democrat, (I’m a political agnostic, LOL actually what I mean is I am an American first and foremost – which means that sometimes it isn’t about a political party and it’s agenda but about us “We the people”. So wherever positive change is happening, that’s what gets my vote. Whether it be by a Liberal or a Conservative) – and I think most Americans feel the same way.

What’s important to me is having a prosperous country for as many of us as possible. For the hard working: a decent wage. For the families: a home and community to be proud of. For the children: a decent education (that doesn’t cost a fortune) for their future. And a safe place to be – for the elderly and all of us. And it looks like Alison, over there (I’m in Washington) in Kentucky is concerned about those things – and not the money behind many of the current decisions made by our politicians.

It sounds like she’s speaking out and wanting to make a difference in her home state. She’s qualified and has something positive to bring to the mix. I’m rooting for all those just like her, who are standing up and being heard because they believe it’s time to take action, because they care … for their home state and the people (like you and I) of the United States of America. So three cheers and this song is for you Allison!

Keep up the good work! As one American to another, I’m behind you all the way!

A Caring citizen of the U.S.A,

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~ Penny

Alastairs Photo Fiction – The Tunnel and Survival!

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Photograph by Alastair Forbes, Copyright 2013

The Tunnel

Sitting in the middle of  a man-made subterranean tunnel I look in both directions, no end in sight. I rewrap my wrist, still bleeding. My extrasensory abilities hear them coming, they’re probably 5,ooo meters away (roughly 3 miles). Do I escape or confront? Always about choices. They mustn’t be allowed to take me!

No time for contemplation, and yet still – why me? Why my lot in life to be genetically different from everyone else? How did they discover my difference andby Stokkete began looking for me. Luckily, someone else had known years ago. She had prepared me for this day … should it come.

Am I ready? Equipped for the fight of my life? I’m prepared but I’m scared too. Timing is everything, just as she isolates the genetic coding of my DNA – she makes a startling discovery … and vanishes! And now They are after me. I don’t know if she’s dead or live, and I don’t know who to trust. And now I have her secret too. 

Alone in a tunnel, with all the major players in the world wanting what my body contains, the next leap in human evolution – a new genetic pattern greatly expanding capabilities and longevity but even that isn’t the real discovery. The one she had just discovered, dangerous knowledge that now, only I know about!

What will I do?

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My entry for Alastairs Photo Fiction. To be part of this very fun writing challenge (which I encourage you to do) click here!

Thanks for stopping by,

Penny

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