Be Your Own Kind of Bravery

Fortune Favors the Brave

Gypsy tent and wagonThe gypsy fortune teller was very wise and wizened with great age. During this time of her current existence, she had told thousands of fortunes. Whispered and suggested mysterious and wonderful futures to a myriad of people. A great multitude of fools made her wealthy, as had the ambitious, vain, and greedy.

Of the down-trodden, the gentle, the forgotten, she had asked but a small token and then done her best to inspire; peering deep inside to witness their futures. Her “gift” – one not welcomed but accepted. On and on went her memories of those who sat across from her waiting breathless with anticipation for words pronouncing their fortune.

But before today, never had she viewed a woman of such gentle bravery, radiating from her being. Her soul – if you will. Her bravery shining piercingly through the air, hovering protectively as it spread out in progressive waves encompassing all.

A second glance within and the fortune teller finally understood. SHE had returned.

The fortune teller smiled a small, happy smile of relief. Holding out her hand in friendship, “hello my brave Sophia*, we meet again.” Fortune does favor the brave!

again and again

she comes forth to be heard

listen close my humans

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“all life has purpose”

do you hear Sophia’s* words

echo through the ages

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*Sophia, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom

And remember, small braveries are as valuable as big ones. Often more important too.

Have a great week ahead.

With sincere affection,

~ Penny

I’ve Been Asked Who I’m Voting For so I’m Proud to Say …

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that as an American who has a deep and abiding love of our country, I will be voting for us. For You and Me. For all the Americans in our country who care about who we are, where we are now, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

While it’s definitely true We (the people) get many things wrong, we’re human after all, we (the people) also get many things right. So it’s definitely a balancing thing I believe, and surely an ongoing and constant work in progress.

One that we attempt to get the right handle on each day. In today’s era with Social Media platforms and Online News Media we (the people) are inundated with all sorts of information. (Googling not withstanding). Some accurate, some not so much. We also have our own opinions (which ‘we the people‘ have not been shy about sharing).

But that’s not a bad thing because in the United States of America being free is a part of who we are and Freedom of Speech is one of the things our mighty constitution gives us the right to exercise – and oh boy have we been exercising that right.

Freedom is always a work in progress. And some parts of our progress are harder than others. And then there’s the whole change thing going on that constantly interferes with good intentions and perhaps even a status quo that we may or may not be comfortable with depending on our individual mindset.

There’s a responsibility to freedom too. One that means we can not take Freedom for granted. We need to vote and we need to continue to care about each other and the good we can accomplish when we agree to disagree but still come together when it matters.

One of the amazing things I’ve noticed about the wonderful citizens of our country is when there is a disaster or crisis (such as a bad storm or other) and people are in trouble or at risk, Americans come together with helping hands and support. It’s the Great American Way.

During a crisis while victims or those helping may personally have widely differing views on a variety of subjects (such as with our current upcoming political election) these views fade into the background. Why? Because Americans (as a whole) have proven to be greater than the sum of our often disconnected parts. Americans ‘En Masse’ really do have a gigantic heart. One we’ve shown repeatedly, again and again.

I believe in my country, my home, my family, my friends, my fellow Americans and the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe in our right to vote for those we believe will be the best qualified to represent us in Washington D.C.

And for all those reasons I’ll be voting on election day (actually I’ve already personally voted), but now I’m voting for the good in us … all of us … because I do believe in America and cherish strongly our right to be free, more than anything else. Freedom is what is important!

Honestly when all is said and done with political issues, opinions and so on, it really has always been about freedom (getting it right when we know its wrong and then going on to help keep our country strong)!

So Freedom, that’s the thing, the main focus! Yours, mine and ours and that’s why the greatest document in our country begins with the inclusionary words “We The People”, this means all of us, every single one.

Vote on election day!

Thank you,

~ Penny L Howe

Keep Caring … Love On!

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The true magic of love is found in the purity of love, mixed in with equal measures of caring and giving (on a daily basis). The mystery is how this opens up one’s creative abilities to an astonishing degree.

#So … Keep Caring, Love On! 

~ Penny

The Heart of the Matter ~ American’s looking for America!

A very dear and cherished friend of mine (not an American, he’s from Scotland currently residing in France)  wrote a flash fiction (100 words or less) story for Friday Fictioneers (a very successful weekly writer’s challenge “based on a photo”. Rochelle, congrats on your third year as the awesome facilitator for this literary blog).

His short story was about a trip he took to my country – to experience America – a few years back. It did bring excellent memories of his time here in the Tri-Cities of Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon, and of course San Francisco and many other towns, cities and communities he visited. Here is a link to his story “Greyhound”.

At the close of his story he shared the video of Simon & Garfunkel singing the song “America”! And while it brought back wonderful memories it also reminded me of where we, as Americans, are today.

It seems we Americans are all searching for America with our many concerns and fears for the now of things and our futures but I truly believe the Heart of America is still where it’s always been … inside each of our hearts. (Going all the way back to indigenous Americans and then the steady addition of each of the many of us whose ancestors and current family members came as immigrants and settled here in our amazing country.)

America is truly an amalgamation of all peoples, races, creeds, religions and of course individual points of view. To find the hope and potential of America, my fellow Americans we’ve but to look within our own loving hearts. There is so much potential for all of us. Working together we will accomplish more than we ever have before.

So now after this long introduction, here is my 100 word flash fiction story based on the photo below:

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ron Pruitt

Quietly waiting for her turn to board the bus, an elderly woman carrying a ticket, small bag and guitar stood in line. While adjusting the items she carried, a young man also standing in line asked if he might help. The man was thanked and given the guitar to hold.

“Where are you going?” He asked politely.

“Downtown.” She replied. “First to vote and then to attend a gathering of fellow musicians to celebrate.”

“What are you celebrating, and why bother to vote first?” He responded.

“Because I can!” She said answering both questions, a huge smile on her face.

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~*~

Thank you, have a wonderful day,

With much affection,

~Penny

 

Fourth of July, Celebrating with Introspection

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Today the citizens of U.S.A. celebrate their country’s independence day.

I am proud to be an American. I’m proud of my fellow Americans, even if I disagree with some of them on various issues and actions.

One of the things that I hold dear is that we can agree to disagree (for the most part) in a democratic government, even with all the problems currently being faced, when adversity strikes, we band together, unified, to make the positive difference.

Today in Richland, Washington, my home, there may not be many fireworks. With unusually ongoing hot weather (100°-110°F) and the outbreak of fires nearby, it is not safe.

So today is a quieter day of celebration and introspection. It has become a good day to reflect on the direction
our country is headed and how …We The People … can help make a positive difference for the good of ALL Americans.

Freedom is a two sided coin, the other side of freedom is accepting responsibility, by making tough choices that insures our right to remain independent. This includes voting, so our free voices get heard and count.

I have faith in uswe Americans. I believe in the awesome diversity of our great country and our people and in our ability to make a positive difference going forward.

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“…one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”

Happy 4th of July! 🎉🎆☺

~Penny

Being Female ~ Man’s Dichotomy

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The thing is
we (females) struggle with our place, in the order of things, every day. And men struggle with it too.

We understand the biology of things regarding the female body and the emotion of things, regarding falling in love. Also the nurturing of life and the spirituality of things.

It’s the fourth aspect of things where we run into problems. That is to say “perceived vs actual societal roles” related to our own personal desires for ourselves.

And while we females work this out (and we are), it remains difficult and confusing for all of us.

Perhaps more so for men than women. Bottom line here (I love the term “bottom line” because it means we’re  getting to the heart of the issue) I sum up in the follow haiku:

being female
independently human
man’s dichotomy

~ Plh

Thank you for stopping by, have a great weekend, hang in there!

With affection
Penny

FEAR and Freedom – a matter of believing in oneself.

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Taking a fearful leap in life is scary, just remember on the other side of fear you’ll find freedom!

Everyone has fears. It is the survival emotion that keeps us alive, so there is no way to be completely without any fear of any kind. But that’s not to say that you should let fear control your life. Fear is a warning to be heeded and or handled as the case may be.

Fear is a very strong emotion. Right up there with Love and Hate is Fear. All of us could make a list of the things we fear (if we were being honest).

How does one control fear? First you recognize it as an emotion. Second you consider the source. Third you place the fear in the right perspective and finally you believe in your ability to deal with the fear you’re experiencing. Ideally in that order. You can even give your fear a priority level. Ask yourself why this particular fear is so large and what you can do to diminish it’s hold on you.

Don’t forget you are as in control of your emotions as you decide to be. It takes practice, of course but very doable. You’re up for it. Tackle a few small fears first.

And remember on the other side of those fears you’ve conquered is a stronger and more independent you!

Hope you are having a good week.

with affection,

~ Penny