Gratitude, in spite of …

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Having an especially bad day? Everything’s going wrong and you feel overwhelmed with things and what’s even worse is nobody seems to care. People are being rude and appear to be indifferent to your problems and concerns. You’re thinking, why bother with anything.

With negative thoughts and emotions, you’re feeling sensitive and abused, hurt, angry (pick an emotion that works for you) NOW, RIGHT NOW is the time to be grateful … as silly and unhelpful as that may sound. The thing is it actually works, because how you’re viewing things changes. You see potentials and possibilities you didn’t see when thinking negatively.

When things seem at their very worst – being grateful for what you do have will be the thing that generates positive change. It’s always worked that way, it’s just that most of us don’t notice it.

So go ahead, give it a try. You’ll be surprised … pleasantly surprised.

~ Take care of you and have a wonderful day and better tomorrow,

Penny

The Fifth Day of Happiness – A New Year …

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… And A New Beginning – for YOU!

If you review your past year by continuing to focus on the difficulties encountered, you will carry these problems and negative thoughts and feelings with you into the New Year.

January 1st, 2014 is the beginning of a New Year. Make it a new beginning for yourself as well. Let go grudges and blame, they can only harm you further. They will be of no value to you in the coming year – so cast them off. Remember you are the only one who creates the life you want. You’re the one that makes it happen.

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Begin with deliberate intent. Have a strong focus on what you want to happen in 2014. You can start right now. Generate feelings of harmony and happiness as you release the magic that is built deep within you – just waiting to be set free. It’s past time to believe in yourself. Know that you can make it happen! Yes you can!

The Happiest of New Years to everyone!

~ Penny

The Art of being Playful -101!

Has anyone noticed that life can be a little … TOUGH!!!

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Life comes at a person fast and furious (on some days). Or dreary and overwhelmingly dull and even (should I use the word … depressing) on other days. Scary, Frightening, Sad, Miserable, Hectic, Cruel, Too much, too much, too much …

There you go. That’s us humans for you. We’re a very reactionary bunch aren’t we? We think and emote over almost everything. Maybe we’re too stationary. Or not stationary enough (mentally speaking)!

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I think we need more “playful” breaks. Tickling and giggling are good. Just running with a burst of energy for no reason at all is good. Singing a fun song just for the heck of it.

“If your happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you show it then the whole wide world will know it,

it you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

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Happiness is a state of being. It doesn’t “fix’ the problems of the world. But it certain puts us in a more positive productive mode (mood also) which can in fact change how we approach the problems of the world. Change your attitude and things don’t appear quite so untenable.

Saying I love you for no reason at all except you just want to in the moment (children do that spontaneously, you know).

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And being sensual … as in my last post. That’s being playful also. On a list of top ten playful things for adults to do … Being openly sensual is right up there towards the top because we need each other and we need to let each other know this. A very good and “playful” reminder for you today.

It’s Thursday, a work day for many, still take a little bit of time today and be playful,

thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

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The Nature of our Natures

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What is yours?

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There are the thinkers and the soft spoken too.

And then there’re the loud ones, it seems quite a few.

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There are the happy and joyful, who’re just filled with glee,

The serious who pontificate … “to not or to be”!

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There are those very weary and tired so it seems

And when I’m around them, I’m yawning in reams.

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There are those always angry and spit-firing mad,

The lonely, disheartened, bedraggled and sad.

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The Nature of our nature is unique to us each

A prune, grape, or raisin, an apple or peach.

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We may think and act different, still each is the same

Because under our natures we all of us came …

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… From the very same place,

… The blue planet in space,

… it’s home to us – The Human Race!

So please no more fuss

Because the US is … ALL of US!

~ Penny L. Howe, 2013

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Thanks for the visit, I broke a few rules of poetry with this one to make a point! Have a good one this weekend!

~ Penny

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copyright © 2013 by Penny l Howe

The Furies! The elements of our nature!

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Tisiphone, Megaera and Alecto, in Greek mythology are the three Furies. Also called the Daughters of the Night.

Without mercy, the Furies would punish all crime including the breaking of rules considering all aspects of society. They would strike the offenders with madness and never stopped following criminals. They wereh also the guardians of the law when the state had not yet intervened or did not exist, or when the crime was a crime of ethics and not actual law.

For example, they would protect beggars and strangers, punish those who stole the birds’ young and even look out for the dogs. Originally said to be horrible to look at, they changed into the Eumenides, protectors of the suppliant, after Athena made them spare the life of a murderer.

The other place we hear repeated reference to the use of the word “fury” is with Mother Nature. 

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The elements of nature and human emotions can be both gentle and harsh and while the word “fury” originated from mythology, the core meaning has never really changed, that of an extremely violent action or reaction.

Today too many of us are purely reactionary, that is to say we react to what we read or see without first giving thought to the “truth” of it! If you multiple this reactionary mentality to the hundreds of millions who may be viewing the same media information as you then you can see where this might lead to bigger and badder problems.

It is too easy for each of us to accept at “face value” second handfile000876988804 information and then go to a “bad place” and emotionally over react to a situation or circumstances, in turn making a situation that much worse.

Or so it seems to me. Try for a little emotional balance when presented with new information. Don’t make someone else’s fury yours. Take some time to consider if what you are innocently reading or viewing is true and even then consider carefully how you respond.

A great saying is “Are you part of the problem or part of the solution”. Don’t let an emotionally passionate and reactionary mode dictate your “action”. And if you do act on something, try for it to be a good thing. Part of a greater good and positive solution!

Choose to not be fooled, and be not a “FURY” but one of the “Protectors” in life! Always about choices!

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Thank you for your visit ~ Penny                     

From a Negative to a Positive – 2 quick thoughts!

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The fastest way I can think of to leave unwanted thoughts behind is recall that they originate from you yourself. you’ve decided how you feel about things, whether or not it is re-enforced by others, it is still ultimately how “You” (singular) decided to allow yourself to feel.

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Thinking in terms of fault or blame is also not good. Perhaps better to say, “Have I accidently set myself up for feeling bad by dwelling on what was wrong with the situation instead of what I can do to make it better.

The other way is to change the ‘ego’ of things (where we are always thinking of our problems first) to a we-go experience! think beyond yourself by thinking of others.  Focusing on what’s wrong with yourself and your life is much harder when you are focused on making something right for someone else!

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This morning I woke up very early, my problems weighing on my mind. Well actually it started with my cat waking me up extremely early and things pretty much went downhill from there. It’s a little later now and I’m back in balance with my thoughts. It is amazing how easy it is to set oneself up for a lousy day, pre-determining results with negative thinking. I’m good to go now!

Journal End ~ plh, 12-8-12

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Some times it is too easy to go to a bad place … but try to start off with good thoughts to begin your day.

Thanks for visiting me,

~ Penny

Freedom of Expression – The Written Word

A Few Simple Thoughts on Being an American Today.

                                                

I love my Country (The United States of America) And I love my home planet (Earth)!

I disagree with some of the people (In politics and my private life) on various subjects and issues.

I think we (All Americans) do have some definite problems to overcome. But we are “Free” to do so.

Regardless of the overwhelming amount of interactive content and communication that goes on daily, hourly, minute by minute; I still would much rather live here in America as a Free Citizen than anywhere else on the planet.

I think  and truly believe that All problems and situations are ultimately solveable.

And Finally – I am proud to be an American even with all my own, my country’s and it’s citizens shortcomings. There is still much good, much love and much caring going on. You have but to see it and become a part of it.

These particular written words posted online represent a clear example of my ability to freely write what I think and feel. To be creative in a free environment whether it be the written word or some other artistic format represents the very best that this country offers to each of it’s citizens. Let Freedom ring!