Looking for You in All the Wrong Places

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Are you looking for you?

Surprised that I knew?

Not so surprising, I’m looking for me too.

Most of us are looking, more than a few.

And many if not all – aren’t sure what to do.

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We are all looking for ourselves – more or less. An exhausting process isn’t it? Well the good news is there are a lot of clues to follow. No? Are you clueless? Perhaps you just don’t know where to look, or how.

Here’s a few hints:

LOOK INSIDE YOUR HEART – The very best of who you are resides in there. Guaranteed. The loving, caring you and the wishful dreamer.

LOOK INSIDE YOUR MIND – The contemplative you, the planner, the hopeful thinker.

LOOK INSIDE YOUR SOUL – The most inner essence of you that strives toward the unknown with nothing more than a belief to sustain you.

And then

Seek outward, don’t be afraid to fail … get back up again. Always remember:

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“Your unrealized dream is the beginning of a plan

The plan is the beginning of action.” ~Plh

A quick note about “the action of things”. It is true that those first few steps are the hardest ones. The more action the more momentum, the more momentum the more action. Got the picture? And yes it is hard, because most good things in life don’t come easy. You do have to work at them.

But the really good news about all this “doing” is the “you that you’re looking for” starts showing up, achieving and becoming; dwelling less on the who, and a lot more on what you’re achieving – which point in fact … leads you to the “you” you want to be.

So go for it. You can do it. Yes, you can!

Have a great week ahead and remember – always take care of you.

With sincere affection,

~ Penny

Within Whispers of Hope – Your Strength

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“When my heart gets weary and I cannot seem to breath,

life whispers hope. ~  Plh, 2016

Deep within your heart is the determination and ability needed to carry on, in spite of fatigue, weariness and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed with life – your life, in particular.

Look inward. It’s there. Feel the rhythm and pulse of hope’s existence. Sometimes almost imperceptible. Sometimes so subtle, so slight but always there, a greater belief that things will be okay as it has been in the past and can be again.

Notice and accept the hope within you. It is succor, aiding in the taking care of oneself. Hope will strengthen your resolve and assist until once again you recognize those unspoken promises that accompany your life.

With affection,

~ Penny

Some Things Are Simple To Understand, Like Love!

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That is until we humans complicate them.

Culture (within societies – local, national and international) play a large role in equipping us, as we go through life, with “glasses of preconceptions” through which we view and interpret reality around us. Most specifically when it comes to realizing that others with other values or “glasses” can view the world differently but feel the same perfect validity as we do.

Yet, I truly believe that some things are universally understood and …

“It really is that simple. One word. One people. One planet. One Goal ~ LOVE!” ~ Plh

With affection,

~ Penny

The Fulcrum of Inspiration – Crafting Her Heart!


(7/20/08) New Orleans blacksmith artist Rachel David hammers part of a candle stick on the anvil at the Smartshop on a recent Sunday afternoon. David lives in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, onke of the areas hardest hit by Katrina. (John A. Lacko / Special to the Gazette)

Fulcrum: (noun) The support about which something turns. One that supplies capability for action.

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She’d long since decided she was better alone

she felt that somehow it was wise,

Although longing for love that was missing

 It stayed absent in any guise.

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 But when ent’ring her fulcrum of crafting

Inspiration soared forth from her dreams

unrequited love quite forgotten

As she crafted her heart to well-being.

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“Life, a never-ending gift – express yours today!” ~ Plh

Happy Weekend! A great time to use your imagination and dream, wonder, create, inspire … enjoy!

With affection,

~ Penny

Achieving a Winning Edge in a Cruel World.

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“When your heart is open you can see love blooms everywhere – knowing the vibration of love is nature’s true essence for life and renewal.”~ Plh

The title of this article does sound rather stark, doesn’t it? Sadly, lots of truth going on “out there” to support this. Bullies who bully, Saddists with sick hurtful and just plain wrong agendas and Power Brokers who utilize our fears to achieve their goals, definitely not for the benefit of humanity or any other life form,  but rather to supply the demand of the greedy.

So what to do BE FEARLESS!

1. Remember the word “WE” needs to be inclusive for all of us to profit. Not exclusive depending on race, location, background, education, gender, age or any other thing that far too often can separate us (as humans) from each other.

2. Know that most of us are caring, loving, generous and extremely capable of awesome ingenuity, intellect, integrity, creativeness and productivity.

3. Hang out with the #2 group. Which is the majority of us (whew!). And most especially,  Don’t allow fear to control your actions. Be fearless, for yourself and others. Be true to fairness, loving values, and gratitude.

And as for the rest? Believe in you and your innate ability to not only make a positive difference, but to be happy and successful with all that you seek to do and be, regardless of naysayers!

As one of you, I wish you the very best in your endeavors. You are not alone!

Thank you. Have an awesome weekend.

With much love to you,
~ Penny

Your Inspiration, Where Does It Come From?

The View From Your Eyes!

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“The View From Your Eyes – Infinity of Being is your true inspiration” ~ Plh

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Patanjali 

What inspires …

Love inspires. Beauty inspires. Bravery inspires. The human spirit of never giving up, inspires. Tenderness inspires. Happiness inspires. Caring people making a difference, inspires. Thoughtfulness, inspires.

A smile inspires. A mother and/or father caring for their family inspires. Children Inspire. The aged and elderly inspire. A young adult woman or man just starting to explore their world inspires.

The changing seasons inspire. Nature inspires. Animals inspire.

LIFE!

Life – in all it’s richness and diversity – inspires!

For some unknown reason I’ve had more than a fair share of close calls with death. Up close and personal close calls where I thought there would be no tomorrow. And I’ve dealt with pain, surgeries and months, years of coping with same, before moving on to a better place, because that happens too.

Raising my children as a single mom, messing up again and again, sometimes making very poor decisions in the process. What I’ve learned is that our life experiences mold us. They shape how we are – and who we will become.

Speaking for myself, I am a female who has survived,  grateful for each new day I get to share with others. I take nothing for granted, staying hopeful that something I say or do will positively impact others.  My way of saying “Thank you” to the universe for allowing me to live another day, sometimes in the face of great adversity. In summation …

Life IS our inspiration and we – through the prism of life, as viewed and experienced by ourselves – can and do inspire others. Inspiration come full circle. How rich we want our life to be entirely dependent on …

… “The view from our eyes!”

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Thank you, from my heart,

~ Penny

Rethinking Your Thinking – for happiness, health and every other thing.

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Many of us are struggling with life issues: Health, setting goals, personal relationships, feeling fulfilled as a human being. What has helped me each day is to rethink how I think about those things in my life.

What I’ve recognized is that to feel fulfilled in my own life, I’m the one that decides what has to happen first. In other words if I am the one that decides whether to be happy each day then I need to be happy – just because I can control my thoughts and feelings – it’s up to me.

The same goes with health, setting goals in your life and yes actually figuring out how to support your family. I struggled for years as a single parent raising my children (and I had severe health issues from time to time). What I realize now is that I accidentally made life much harder on myself by worrying, adding unnecessary stress to the various situations that occurred and whether you believe me or not, how you think about where you are right now in your life determines how it will continue to go. When you take positive control over your own internal thoughts & negative emotions an amazingly change will take place.

At least the view from my eyes indicates this to be true. But you decide. As I said it’s up to each of us.

My personal daily mantra:

“Today I will unemotionally  review my life, my values and my true needs and then make  intentional decisions, bringing about a positive change and an immediate improvement to my attitude and total well-being … after all I am in charge of me.” ~ Plh

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your first week in this new year has started off well for you.

With Affection,

~ Penny

Love & Forgiveness

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OMGosh! I just realized that as a thinking, caring human I have the amazing ability to love and forgive – Who Knew!!!!”~ Plh, 2015

Make all your todays and tomorrows loving ones ~ it does a body good!

Have a wonderful weekend, take care of you and remember to be grateful for all you have.

With much affection.
~ Penny

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