Staying Creatively Involved – in a Social Media Overloaded World!

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Why do we blog or tweet, share videos, stories, photographs, quotes and so on? Why? Well I’ve narrowed it down to three main reasons.

The first is desiring the activity itself of social interaction and connecting. The second reason is to sell something.

But the third reason is the one I find most compelling. And I think the truest reason that most of us (non-retail) people engage with social media. It is the very real and personal need to share ourselves with others. For others to know about us and how we feel about things, and to care.

We’re human and we need to be needed, appreciated, understood and considered to have value. Reaching out in the world of social media, in general, brings an interaction of like-minded people sharing ideas, opinions and creativity. Some of it’s bad, because there are a few out there who want to upset the apple cart, but most are like us, and they care and want the same in return.

As social media platforms morph and change, hang on to your personal sense of creativity; that is to say – how you feel about sharing. Because it’s working and your words and content do and are making a positive difference (even if you think otherwise).

We do need each other. And All are important in the scheme of “life’s” things.

I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead, may it be positive, creative and filled with love.

 

With affection,

~ Penny

Part 1 -The False Complacency of Obsolescence – What we really NEED!

By RyanMBevan

Civilization   “Little boxes on the hillside … little boxes made of ticky tacky … little boxes on the hillside and they all look just the same. There are green ones and …” (from the song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds)

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Obsolescence, the meaning – the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may be in good working order. (So we throw away just about everything for the new improved, better than, bigger than, and so on.)

Complacency, the meaning – going along with the status quo. Being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better.

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We do that, you know, most of us go along with the status quo in our society, a sort of false complacency about things, that is until we feel personally affected. We may make noises and be upset but usually not enough to actually do something that will affect change.

And the true sadness here is that this false complacency (because we really aren’t contented with things at all) extends to the obsolescence not just with products or services but it has been expanded (at great expense to all of us) to now include people, animals, our environment and a way of life as throwaways.

This scary indifference where the end justifies the means is destroying some of the best of who we are as people. And part of that is the recognition of individual self worth and value. We don’t feel loved. Our greatest need as a result of the false complacency of obsolescence (or the prevailing mentality that it’s okay to keep throwing things away) has eroded many of the human connections necessary for us to feel good about ourselves.

Skilled craftsmen are a dying breed. Small farm owners are a dying breed. Not everyone wants or needs a college education, they want to pursue a skill or a talent they’ve been given. A love of something they want to do. There are almost no places to apprentice and most items are mass produced, where quality isn’t required (remember obsolescence?) whether it be in large local factories or the giant international agricultural, and other types of monster size businesses that exist today.

 Many products are cheaply made, cheaply purchased and thrown away just as easily, for new ones. Plastic, a by-product of oil, is everywhere. Including our waste landfills and sadly, our oceans, in turn seriously affecting the survival of life.

And yet the real tragedy is we are becoming even needier and less fulfilled as we go along this mistaken path society has currently chosen. Because it’s the wrong one. The current popularity of dystopian books, films and games are just one sign of this.

In life our greatest need as human beings – in many cases, trumping even safety, shelter and to a degree food – is not being met. Without the fulfillment of this need, many of us are like a plant without nutrition that will wither and die.

(Part two, Our Greatest Need, and what we should do to solve it – in the next post!)

 

 

 

The Abyss of Autonomy

Are you your own person? Congratulations but I caution you to remember the following:

A necessary component of independence will always be the ability to recognize not only one’s right to freedom, but also the acknowledgement (at the same time) of one’s own short-comings; to know that within your sphere of self- determination there also exists a need for others.

An abyss, exists as a deep and bottomless pit and if you were to find yourself within a physical chasm of this kind, there would be no way to remove yourself without the aid from others – and so it is in life. No matter how free, independent and “on our own” you wish to be, you cannot succeed without support.

Autonomy or free will of self, serves no useful function unless it is partnered with the shared need and responsibility of and for others.

Life shared is life well lived. No man or woman is an island, nor should they be. Our need for one another has never been greater than it is today.

Let us build no further gulfs between each other, instead, close the existing  gaps. Let us cultivate and grow within (and in spite of) our differences. There can be no autonomous abyss where free thought is coupled with the partnership of love and understanding among all.

Have an excellent week, with great affection,

~ Penny

I Need You!

Tell me that I’m Wanted

Tell me that I’m wanted … hold me ’til its true.

I know that I am needed, but what if I need you?

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So many bits of flotsam, emotions streaming live,

This, that and everything, but where in there am I?

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I’m dying for the need in me, a need to be fulfilled,

Please hold me close and give me, the same for you I fill.

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The want in me is wanton, the need in me is true

I need so much the safety – it needs to come from you.

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All of us are human as we share our need to be,

yet there are those who take not give

~ which one of those are thee?

~ Penny L Howe, 2014

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We are human and we do need each other – for good and positive reasons. The human condition is greatly improved when many understand and believe this. Treat those around you with love and kindness.

Have an excellent weekend, my friends, reach out and hug someone. Sending a Group Hug here for all my wonderful friends, both those I know and those I’ve still to meet.

~ Penny

Worlds within Worlds – Searching for fulfillment

This …

This then is being.

Cumbersome thoughts assail me. I set aside my imagination so I may ponder my reality. My realness. What I see – the view from my eyes, my living, my taking part in. My truth. My world.

Does my world overlap into your world? How far? Not the fantasy one (although that’s fun) but the real world. The one you live in everyday. How much of my world is your world? Not a lot, would be my guess. We are mostly this way. Our worlds and happenings overlapping with other’s worlds and happenings. But we stay, a large portion of the time, locked within the world of our reality and our making. Adding to or taking away from, dependent on our individual comfort level and need.

So then what do you make of this whole blogging world of things? We all seem to be reaching out, don’t we? What are we reaching for? And Why?

We seem to be presenting ourselves to each other. Visually and with our words. We are searching – aren’t we? What is it that we need so fiercely that we take the time each day to present ourselves, or an especially created version of ourselves to this virtual world.

What’s missing in our lives that compels us to share ourselves in this manner? Do you know? Have you thought about this too?

Do we need to be needed, thought about, supported, encouraged, loved, appreciated, desired …  just because we do? Is this enough of a reason to care, to connect and make a difference with each other?

Yes … Yes it is.

~ Penny

Family

Family

“Nothing better! The foundation of life that we grow upon. Sharing of ourselves with each other. Family is only as strong as it’s weakest link, be there for yours. The results will be astounding!”

Penny L Howe, 2013

We Need … each other.

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We Need!

To be thought of …

…To be supported

To sometimes be helped out …

…To sometimes help others

To care …

… To reach out

To feel okay …

… To have value and purpose

To be all we can be …

… to be loved!

Every single one of us!

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A World of Friends

Though we’re not acquainted, at least not as yet,
you’re still my friend – “we just haven’t met.”
I value your friendship and reach out my hand,
we all of us strangers – in a strange land!
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Each day an adventure as life’s journey we take.
if we travel together such friends we will make.
we’re a company of strangers, but not for long,
Let’s build more relations – making us strong.
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We all need each other to help us survive
we’ll weather the storms and stay alive.
We’ll conquer our fears, our worries, concerns,
depend on each other – that’s how we learn.
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By needing each other … the seeds we will sow,
by sharing and giving – that’s how we grow.
I reach out my hand to you on this day –
“Hello my friend, are you going my way?”
 

Penny L Howe, 2013

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