Stand your Ground!

This is for YOU! And you know who you are! I shared this video and song with my followers last year. And just so you know. I watch it myself on the days that seem harder than other days and we all have those. I send this out today to remind you that You can do it! You can carry on. You can be strong and brave. You have it within you!

I believe in You after all, with all my heart and you (my blogger friends) know I mean the words I write. It is overwhelming out there, changes coming so fast, hard to cope with, loss, pain, loneliness, too much of too much, and in some cases feeling terribly alone and disconnected.

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You are not disconnected here in blog-land! And I know (for a fact) that the bloggers “out there” believe these words too.

We are here for you during your struggles, just as you are here for us. It makes for a HUGE difference. So today, remember you are loved and STAND YOUR GROUND … you’re worth it, you know!

~ 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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Everyday Brave

Some days! We all have them. Everything seems hard. Harder than hard. Not doable.

Know that deep down inside each of us is a spark of bravery we can latch onto. It’s in there. Really it is. Sometimes we need to speak with a friend, a loved one, perhaps a blogging pal in order to find the thing needed to be “everyday brave“! For some its thinking on the reasons to be brave.

And sometimes we just need a special reminder of how lucky we are, that we are not alone and that we are loved. Hold on, hang in there and believe this is true. Feel the love. You are not alone. Today’s reminder:

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(Kindle subscribers click the following link to hear/view Peter Hollens singing “Brave”)

Two singers I greatly admire and enjoy are Josh Groban and Peter Hollens. Josh released this song on his new album in February. Peter is singing his rendition of the song “Brave” in today’s video. Both are outstanding musicians.

Peter Hollens (a rising star in the music industry) records from his studio in Eugene, Oregon (YAY – U of O, go – Ducks), His amazing music is a cappella. There are no instruments accompanying him, only his voice. Click on their names to subscribe to either or both of them. Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed,

~ Penny

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Life’s bridges … our connections to others!

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Are life’s bridges that we build (or that someone has built for us) of the durable kind, or do we take shortcuts in the building of them?

Do we use them and then move on? Be careful, the connections we make with others during our living years are as the ebb and flow of the tides of the ocean, but our personal bridges are an integral part of our living network of communication and support in the real world.

Structural Integrity is a term used to imply the safety and strength of a bridge used for vehicles and people to cross over. Maintaining them makes common sense. The same is true for us.

Is there a structural integrity to your personal life’s bridges? If not, shore them up, make them durable. One never knows when you may pass a certain way again and need a bridge you’d long forgotten and hence discover it is no longer available to you – when you find you need it most.

This video with the song “burning bridges” I picked deliberately. It’s a great movie that does illustrate the stupid insanity of Wars and the leaders who promote them. The words of the song, well they speak for themselves!

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Thank you,

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Penny

Little Braveries … like your own!

That’s a hard word you know.

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Subjective too. We each view that word in a different way to some extent (as it relates to ourselves).

We all picture either warriors standing in a “warrior like” pose or a sole individual standing bravely against all odds (we all have our heroes in that regard) to illustrate bravery and yet bravery is a far more complex subject that each of us has to come to terms with everyday.

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The little braveries we or others perform daily (to us may seem little) are often the biggest of all. Hard decisions, hard calls, tough choices, difficult tasks and so on.

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Today give yourself and those you know a big hug and then look them in the eye and remind them that they are brave for all of their little braveries (the one’s we often take for granted).

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I think it’s a good time for us to acknowledge these. They are what keeps us going! Many thanks and hugs to each of you with my love for your bravery this day!

~ Penny

Human Spirit…compelling to care!

Compelling to Care!

When adversity strikes there often becomes a compelling need by others to help, to reach out, make a difference.

It is one of the best things about being human. The human spirit. It reaches beyond life’s ordinary daily issues, in times of crisis, to submerge the petty and reveal the positive, the brave, the giving, the caring – the loving.

This is good, this is very good. As it should be.

Thank you for stopping by,

~ Penny