Survival, Love, Purpose ~ I gotta get me some of that!

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Depending on where you are in life, those three words express your “motivators”! That which is most likely to “call you to action!”

  1. Survival
  2. Love
  3. Purpose

Really! It’s what it comes down to!

If someone bangs on the door of your house and says “your house is on fire” I guarantee you you’re going to move fast to remove yourself from the danger.

Once you’ve got the survival thing down pat (breathing, eating, shelter, safe from harm) in general terms, love is the next greatest motivator. Same scenario someone banging on your door, your first thoughts survival, your second thoughts if you do not live alone, save those you love!

And finally, the third motivator – Purpose. This is actually, for most of us humans the big boy of the three. The reason we (each day) get out of bed and want to live our lives. Our own special purpose (“I have a special purpose?” a quote by Steve Martin from the movie The Jerk, if you haven’t watched it, you should, it’s very funny).

Credit line (HTML Code): © Svetlanka809 | Dreamstime.comThe waters get muddied here. Life is hard and confusing and scary and hurtful (See items 1 and 2). So how on earth can we keep our purpose constant and thriving and alive – So (regardless of what comes) we are centered and balanced – so we want to keep achieving over and above survival – so we can truly live – looking forward to the next day?

Survival instincts keep us physically alive! Loving others and all things living, keeps us emotionally aware and creates a purpose to improve our ability to not just survive but to thrive. This means taking some risks, loving unconditionally and accepting that change and hardships will occur. You just keep on loving.

Watch children, they start out loving all things (except green vegetables) until life experiences begin to slow them down – that’s the muddying I was speaking about!

But that same original energy and vitality is still available, inside you, right now! Reassess how you feel about things. Look for passion (In your creativity, Rearrange how you view things. Pick something you “love” doing. Renew yourself by reaching out.  You are so needed!

“Survival + Unconditional Love = Your Purpose! A key mathematical equation!

Consider this post PURPOSE, banging on your door! You have so much to live for, far beyond just survival and it’s waiting just outside your door!

Have a great day,

~ Penny


Ligo Haibun Challenge – Thank you Walt!


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Līgo Haībun Challenge is for all writers. Brought to you each week by the talented Nightlake, this is a great opportunity to improve your writing skills. To enter, click on the link! I encourage all writers to give this one a try, after you enter you can proudly display the Līgo Badge on your blog.

This week, several choices for a prompt are offered in the haībun challenge. They are a photo of a Mountain Range (click on link to view) or the word “Cartoon”.

One of my favorite people, that has ever been, is Walt Disney. I’ve studied the man, his career, and his life extensively. For me it was an easy choice to pick the word “Cartoon”.

My written piece this week is nonfiction. A personal tribute:


In Honor of you – Walt!


Born more that a century ago, when you and your brother Roy were young adults, you packed up your bags and in your pickup truck, with everything you owned, drove to Hollywood. You were sure you were going to be a successful entrepreneur. When Roy asked you what you would do (about getting a studio for animation up and running), you said  “I’ll create a new character”. And Roy asked you what kind and you said, “I don’t know, how about a mouse?” While this is an anecdotal story, I think it just might be true.

In your life you shaped American culture, became a giant in the movie and theme park industries, and are one of the main people responsible for the origination and evolution of animated cartoons/movies/videos we all watch today. Your imagination, talent and determination to succeed are almost unmatched.

But more than anything else you inspired and brought joy and laughter to hundreds of millions of children and adults around the world. Your legacy lives on. Very few can reach the heights you attained. You were my primary inspiration to draw as a child. When I became an adult you were my inspiration to succeed. You never let me down with your vision and your imagination. Thank you Walt.

inspiring determination
creates magical fantasies
imagination reigns


Thank you for your visit today,

~ Penny

Penny L Howe