If I may suggest …

… take some time today to review the “Extremes” from your life experiences.

Think about those “somethings” those extreme’s in life, that have happened to you that you’ve tucked away inside and then left them there. Things you didn’t want to deal with or face, at various times in your past.

We carry these around with us, unexamined and only occasionally do we think to look at them … take them out in the bright light of day, dust off the cobwebs, and sometimes realize that we can finally put them down, let them go. They can’t hurt us anymore. Because our perspective on what happened has changed.

Perhaps it’s time for you!

Maybe today is a good day to put some of your extremes into perspective and …

move on!

The Beauty of Nature and Letting Go

There’s a whole big world out there, just waiting for you to come and explore, waiting, because

“Sometimes a change in perspective
makes all the difference in the world
– in your world!”

Penny L Howe, 2013

Have an excellent week ahead,

~ Penny

Attitude is not a Platitude … It’s a choice!

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Attitude!

That word is a big one for me.

Each of us has our own personal belief system and values that we find important, but I think in life it still comes down to what we do with what life hands us.

It really is all about attitude, how we respond to life, others and our personal challenges. I learned very early on the extreme importance of attitude. I believe the following words are true. Even if the author of these words is unknown.

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with us all …”
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Have a positive attitude today, you might surprise yourself how well it goes,

~ Penny

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Have you ever noticed …

… how frequently people point out what’s wrong with something or someone.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of pointing to the negative things all the time, we heard more people talk about what was right. The positive things.There are good things happening too, every day. We have but to look and see it through the eyes of (oh say) a child. Where every day brings wonders to behold.

Or someone who appreciates what they are lucky enough to have in life. And not grumble about what they don’t. It’s really that simple. And here’s a few more quotes from some very wise people to consider:

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
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“It’s so hard when I have to,
and so easy when I want to.” ~ Annie Gottlier
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“Every day may not be good,
but there’s something good in every day.” ~ Author Unknown
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“If you don’t like something change it;
if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit
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“We are all in the gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars.”  ~Oscar Wilde
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“The only disability in life
is a bad attitude.”  ~Scott Hamilton
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“I don’t think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.”  ~Anne Frank
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If one of the most famously read and written about young girls (Anne Frank and her diary), who had no reason whatsoever to think positive and be hopeful, could still share this beautiful thought in her diary, then surely our lives aren’t so bad that we can’t too.

Find something or someone to be positive about. Think and speak positive not negative! It might just catch on. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing!

Thank you stopping by, I hope you’re having a wonderful day today!

~ Penny

Penny L Howe

An Antidote for Fear, Anger and Guilt

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There are some words that when understood and utilized actually activate your life’s energy flow. A proven fact. They can fortify your immune system (so you’re healthier), strengthen your resolve of things and assist you in overcoming doubt and other obstacles in your life.

file3421246505623Love – Unconditional acceptance and understanding empathy for the human condition.

Faith or Belief – The pure feeling and revelation of our relationship to creation and the infinite.

Trust – Confidence, believing in and relying on the qualities of integrity and goodness.

Gratitude – A feeling, a humble emotion of sincere and heartfelt thankfulness.

Courage – Bravery, the quality of the mind enabling one to prepare for danger even through fear.

file7241263059338Sounds good doesn’t it! Well if you’re in a store that stocks those items to purchase, you can say I’ll take one of each,  just put it on my bill!

If they came in the form of a pill, we’d pop the pills into our mouth in a heartbeat. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. There’s a little more effort on your part required. The good news is that all are readily accessible, you just need to change your mind on how you view yourself and your capabilities.

So how can you accomplish this?

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The “you” who is convinced of what you can’t do, and your head full of all the reasons why.

You believe you can!

You change your ATTITUDE!

You wake up tomorrow and say “I CAN DO THIS” !

You go through each day regardless of what happens believing you can do it!

AND YOU WILL!

The only one stopping you is … you,

your fears, your anger and your guilt.

So there you go.

The antidote you need, yours for the doing!

MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Have a great week,

~ Penny

Penny L Howe

 
 
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The Infinite Loop of Life

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The Infinite Loop of Life

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Its all in how you think about it!

We shape our actions from our thoughts,

we shape our thoughts from our emotions,

we shape our emotions from our actions to our experiences in life,

as … we shape our actions from our thoughts.

And the loop begins again!

In a computer, an infinite loop (also known as an unproductive loop) is a sequence of instructions that loops endlessly, sometimes because there are no instructions given that will allow the looping to cease. Sometimes infinite loops cause the entire system to consume all available processor time until ended by the user.

Is your life an infinite loop and if so, perhaps it’s time to end this condition. Make some changes, rethink a few things so that the infinite loop in your life is gone!

Maybe just a few little positive changes in how you view yourself and your experiences in life might be a good place to begin! Give it a try. Start today.

~ Penny

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A child’s ‘little disappointments’

Children think in the present. Their tomorrows (most of them) are fantasies of all they dream. Their today’s filled with the exploration of the day.

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Every child (as they grow) can experience “little disappointments”! These disappointments are quickly erased with the following positive actions:

1 – They are not ignored by adults

2 – They are loved and told they are loved (and shown it frequently)

3 – They are played with by the (too frequently busy) adults around them

4 – They are hugged and reminded how special they are

5 – They are appreciated and shown they are appreciated by repeating the first four items mentioned

A child’s “little disappointments” unresolved can turn into Life’s big disappointments for him or her. The child can grow up to be insecure with very little or no belief in themselves.

Encourage, love and nurture a child and you promote the child’s own belief of personal self worth. They will grow up “knowing” they can handle life’s “little disappointments. Life will become filled with positive challenges not negative assessments of self worth!

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Hug a child today, a whole bunch of hugs!

~ Thank you!

Penny

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Much ado about … everything!

This musical video “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!” has a few words in it that can be considered offensive (I am being serious here). The song is from Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian (1979) but the point is still well made. We take ourselves and our lives (and everyone else’s) far too seriously, too often.

The good news is … (wait, there’s good news?) … as I was saying, the good news is there is so much news, events, activities, things happening that everyone seems to have an opinion about, and so on, that the word “boring” (unless your referring to a drill) isn’t in most people’s vocabulary. At least not too much.

This is official “Lighten up Week” (well I don’t know that it’s actually official) but for goodness sake (your own sake – for starters!) look on the bright side of things. It is waaaaay to easy to look on the dark side (Imagine Darth Vader breathing here!) of things.

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Take a break this week from the “Much ado” aspect of living. Be thankful and grateful for what you do have right this second. Enjoy those around you, make their day and yours a little bit better.

Have a great week,

~ Penny

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The Choices in your life – you decide!

How do you view your life? Do you think you’re lucky? Have you chosen your life to be filled with rich multicolored hues of living (bubbles of pleasure) or is your life colorless because you’ve forgotten, regardless of what happens – your reactions (what you do about it) – are still your choice?

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How glorious is your day?

I know a true story of a monk who grew up in South Vietnam. During the military conflict of the last century, his community was bombarded with bombs and his entire family was killed, He lost an arm. He moved to a nearby “protected” area and was soon loving and teaching the orphaned children from the ongoing war. One day, he watched a bomb (accidently) drop on the orphanage and the children were lost as well.

Finally he was advised to seek refuge in another country as the area he was living in was soon to be overrun with hostile warfare. He made it to France.

Some years later, in a small sheltered community, an individual who knew his story noticed his happy gentle attitude on life and asked him, “How can you be this way after what has been done to you? First you lost all the members of your family and your arm and then the children you were caring for, and finally your home. What can there possibly be for you to look forward to?

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The monk smiled pointing with his remaining hand to the ground and said,

“I have the rich earth that my feet can embrace when I walk or run.” He looked up at the sky and said, “I have the blue sky of a sunny day to look forward to during rainy, overcast stormy weather.”

He motioned to the countryside around him, “I have the beauty of nature to look upon during the changes of seasons.”

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His smile grew larger as he added, “I have the joy in my heart when I hear another laugh with pleasure.” And he reached out and took the hands of the questioning stranger and responded,

“And I have you and all others around me to love and be loved. I have so much to look forward to. I am very lucky. Each day of my life is rich, full and glorious!”

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And so I ask you once again, how glorious is your day?

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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it! And so it is with all of us …” AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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Have a great day today and a better tomorrow!

~ Penny

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A toast … to your health!

and the research of it all!

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Here’s the caveat! When I write about a nonfiction subject it is my opinion only. If I introduce anything to you that I perceive to be of potential and positive value, it is only an introduction and perhaps my thoughts on theresearch subject. I do have knowledge in several fields of endeavor, based on experience and education, but do not consider myself the definitive expert in any. Nor should you!!

Therefore take nothing for granted. If you find you are interested in anything on any subject that may be new to you – RESEARCH THIS FOR YOURSELF. Talk to an expert in the field of your interest. There is too much available data online today, some is not credible, some is a down right lie. And .. some is of great value. The purpose of research is to discover, on your own, to the best of your ability to do so, the true value of the thing you want to know more about. And when it comes to your health check with your doctor first before making any life altering changes!

Having said that, here’s to your health!

Live the day your in! (plan for tomorrow, but don’t bypass today because your too busy planning your future)!

antioxidantsMove – More and more professionals (in my opinion) are recognizing the dangers in the overuse of Statin (cholesterol reducing drugs). Exercise is an excellent and easy method to improve your cholestrol levels (here is one of those places for you to do your own research!)

Eat closer to nature (The more colorful the better for vitamins, minerals and – “phytonutrients”, yup go research the reasons why color is good in fruits and vegetables!) Also grain and natural sources of proteins. Definitely worth the research on each of these.

Always make time to share and give! Always – this is huge. Those who make a positive difference in the lives of others seem to live longer and are usually healthier and happier too!

Love and live life. Fill yourself up with the experience of it!

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So now a toast to your health … “Live long and Prosper!”

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Penny

It shouldn’t be about winning or losing …

It should be about being the BEST you know how to be!

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Stay focused (like this beautiful guy in the photo) on your personal goals, and remember …

Winning is just an added bonus .. losing a most important experience to learn from.

Well unless you’re playing chess. Truthfully even in this the most classic and excellent game of strategy it should still be about being your best, not better than the other person.

The best form of competition is the one you have with yourself! Penny L Howe, 2013

Have a wonderful week,

plh

~ Penny