An amazing opportunity – YOU!

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Okay, so unofficially, I’m “officially” back. What this ‘playfully’ means is originally, I’d not intended to blog until completing current projects, but even as I worked towards this goal, I discovered my connections to people online have become an important part of my day’s activities. Like brushing my teeth, only more fun. Therefore I will endeavor to blog and visit (as I can) while continuing on with other projects.

There’s a saying – busy people get more things done and I do understand this – a truth actually. When we’re busy we tend to boost our “thinking and doing” power, our mind subconsciously organizes things more efficiently so we can stay “on focus” with our tasks.

Right now, as I write this, It’s early Sunday morning. I’ve had my first cup of coffee. Listened to the birds singing. It’s cooling down now, mornings and night. Autumn is here. And I love each Seasonal change!

While enjoying my hot morning beverage, I considered how lucky I’ve been to find YOU. You light up my world. You remind me (daily) what I’ve known my whole life. That we ALL – have value, are fun, special and unique, There  BUSINES MORNING CONCEPT. COFFEE CUP, NEWSPAPER AND REMINDER by Maxxyustaswill of course always be the sour apples, and the confused and misguided, but by and large, almost everyone brings a special “something” to the mix.

This makes being online, and blogging a most excellent “on-going” opportunity. To make new friends from everywhere around the planet. To make the “world” smaller, where we are all metaphoric neighbors, where we truly are a community of loving people – WHO CARE. This is an awesome opportunity, statistically speaking “we” (you and I) are in a very small percentage of the whole number of people who live on our planet.

The majority of our fellow humans cannot read or write and their living conditions may be harsh and brutal. But we “who are communicating online” are speeding up the change happening on our planet. We are doing this (each day) by blogging what we are doing, by making friends, by understanding each other better, by connecting.

All by itself – this is changing how we view each other across the globe and this in turn engenders how we feel about things. And what we share with those who do live nearby. Our context is expanded. Our knowledge and understanding more universal, our ability to look at change, a little bit easier.

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When a person is troubled, knowing they are not alone, can be all it takes for them to become empowered, to move forward, making a difference as they do so. Even in the smallest of ways. A ripple can become a wave after all. For the first time EVER, there is a growing world-wide community that is not exclusively bound by government mandates, localized secular and/or religious beliefs (I refer to the POWER aspect of these organizations, not the important and cohesive structures of each one – needed for us to be (somewhat) civilized.

We are meeting and sharing (thoughts, ideas, and images – some spiritual, some creative, some personal) and while we respect each other’s faith and the underlying traditions that have shaped each of our “peoples” progress forward, we’re discovering there is a sameness and commonality to our thoughts and concerns. We are becoming more balanced in our outlook!

As we connect we begin to realize (everywhere on this planet) that we are each more alike than not. And now being instantly connected and somewhat unfettered by the power of propaganda, whether it be “news media” or the powerful 3: ‘Big Business’ ‘Government’ and ‘Organized Religion’ we are getting to know each other at a fundamental and basic level. And we like what we’re learning. Without a doubt this represents for us (all humans) …

… an amazing opportunity! Isn’t it wonderful? I think so!

Have an excellent day, thank you for stopping by,

~ Penny

Acts of Kindness – Connecting With Others!

Today for “Acts of Kindness” I’d like to share a recent post by a fellow blogger and a motivational video.

The post, written by a very caring individual, was first read by my friend Ute of Ute’s Smile (she defines loving with her posts) who then shared it with me and suggested I pass it along to you – so I shall!

Russ from A Grateful Man posted the following experience a few days ago on his blog, thank you Russ!

“My Beloved and I were out on the town with some other couples when an elderly woman who appeared quite down on her luck and perhaps homeless walked up to our group and asked if we were going in a specific direction. We said we were. She asked if we could perhaps give a lift to her because she had someplace important to be and had no car or money.

As we had driven together, the owner of the car said, “Sorry, our car is too small and we can’t help you.” Then he walked away.

When no one was looking, another member of our group took some money from his wallet and dropped it on the ground. He then bent down to pick it up and handed it to the elderly lady. As he did so, he said, “I think you may have dropped this ma’am. It should be enough to hire a taxi to take you to where you want to go.”

The elderly woman’s eyes misted over with happiness and surprise as she took the money. She gave a knowing and grateful look to him as she thanked him.

I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I saw the look in the woman’s eyes.

Those eyes reminded me once again how small kindnesses can make huge differences in the lives of others, and it brightened my evening and lifted my spirit to experience it.”

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Russ’s words are a potent reminder. Thank you Russ!

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Another talented and caring friend, Michael of Morpethroad, recently shared a video with me, my special thanks. Some thoughts here to think on. Why our acts of kindness are more important than ever today!

Let daily “acts of kindness” be contagious in your own life! Become interconnected. Pay it forward! The rewards are awesome!

Thanks for the visit, have an excellent week ahead my friends!

~ Penny

The Wisest Man and Spreading “Good Will”!

 
 
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The Wisest man
I ever knew,
had little to say
and lots to do.
But at the close of every day,
he’d turn to others and he’d say
“Well done my friend … well done!”
 

So one day I asked what he meant. Was he referring to a specific job well done? That the work day was over? That it was time to go home and rest? That he was satisfied with the others and the day’s accomplishments, and he replied to me:

“Yes!”

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I never get over the fact that there are those who go through each day and pass “good will” around in the same way I see others pass around ridicule and disdain, indifference and cruelty.

I believe within most of us is a “fire” – to make a difference, to be and do more than we have already done with our lives. More and more, I see people taking a few minutes out of their day to do a random act of kindness and I’m loving it. There are a lot of good people out there! And a whole bunch of them are online blogging too and I love it!

Good day to you and a better tomorrow!
~ 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

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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Quotes by the Dalai Lama ~ to share!

The most caring and compassionate person I have ever met! The  Honorable Dalai Lama! His kind and loving spirit, an excellent reminder to all of us on how to conduct our lives. (That’s me, the pale blonde on the right, the young lady next to me, my granddaughter!). Sharing here some of my favorite of his quotes:

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“Be kind whenever possible – it’s always possible.”

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“Our prime purpose in life is to help others, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

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“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”

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I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

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Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

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Good Morning, Afternoon, Night and Zzzzzzzzz!

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“After the basics, it doesn’t matter what you don’t have in this life.
What matters is what you do with what you have
… and how you do it!”
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~ Penny L Howe, 2013
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download (1)Depending on the time of day, (where you live) I wish you a good one. It is still Monday for most of you and I’m hoping the beginning of your week is shaping up to be a positive and productive one.

My “quote”, something perhaps to contemplate on this first day of the new week.~

Each day we wake, whether the sun is shining or not, we still wake and are here living and breathing! Today let’s show gratitude, leave the “numerous others” to point out (and give opinions about) other people, what they do that we don’t like, and what’s wrong with everything. Let’s remind ourselves how lucky we are and pass along caring and loving comments (about what’s right) that will make a positive difference for you and others.

Thank you for stopping by, may your day be blessed and filled with good things for you and yours,

~ Penny

The amazing and true value of blogging ~ for YOU!

Why are you blogging?

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Why did you take the time to learn how to set up your own blog site, either on Word Press, or somewhere else? After a few (okay lots more than a few) trial and error learning skills, what were your topics (the subjects you wrote/illustrated/photographed) about when you first started posting? And why? You know, the purpose.

connectingAs you think on that, ask yourself why you visit other blog sites. Why you take the time to read the content being presented and in many cases “like”, comment, reblog, twitter, share on facebook, and use other various forms of multimedia to pass along what you’ve just viewed. Why?

Each of us has a reason for why we do a thing. Especially if it’s a sustained time consuming thing. Most times we start something for one reason and end up doing it for some other reason all together.

So as you think on the questions I’ve asked – here’s a few finally ones. What do you personally get out of the blogging experience? Is it fulfilling to you? Does it make a positive difference? Does it make everyday a learning experience? Are you meeting new online people,sharing making new online friends? Are you sharing with each other?

My personal thoughts on “the why about this subject”: There are billions of real people out there on this planet of ours. They are just like you and I. They want/need to be interactive, grow, learn new things, reach out, share a talent, sell a product, inspire, motivate, make a difference – BE CONNECTED!

The thing is we are all human so we want and need each other. Anything that brings us closer, furthers us along … on the ultimate goal. The one we head towards on the road being traveled – our individual journey through life:

To believe in oneself.

For others to believe in us.

To make a difference and become more than we are today.

Love others and be loved.

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“To me the blogging experience provides a positive connection to help us achieve our goals!”

Penny L Howe

Have a most  excellent week ~ Penny

Penny L Howe

Time to hug someone … A really big hug too!

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You can go through life being suspicious and never take the chance of getting close to another for fear of being hurt.

Or …

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You can pull someone close to you and hug them with all your might, so tightly, so strongly, so fiercely with warmth and affection that your love will overshadow both your and their fears. At least it’s good for starters!

Hug someone today, go on give it a try. It might catch on!

~ Penny

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A Gathering of Bloggers – One United World!

Just yesterday I spoke with various people (via the blogging world of the internet) from North American, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, UK (England, Scotland, Ireland), the Far East, The Middle East, Several Scandinavian Countries, Various Islands, Providences and more. And our conversations were real time, nothing fettering our exchange of thoughts, opinions and ideas.

What was even more important than our subject matter was the fact that we were communicating directly with each other. Average everyday people speaking with one another as friends. Friends everywhere around the world. It is a wonderous thing to be happening, you know.

Over the centuries there are those who have felt keenly a sense of impending change – happening around them – those of an artistic and nurturing soul.  And during these times they tend to gather towards one another, instinctively.

We can probably recognize some of these gatherings that have happened, each relating to one’s own cultural history, within the last several hundred years – creative artisans, writers, philosophers, thinkers, inventors. Gathering for a common/creative purpose of coming together for the GOOD of mankind!

I believe, during times of change, the need to be more strongly interactive becomes instinctive for those who sense a change in coming events.

We are in a world-wide time of change right now. We know it! We sense it! We feel it! And for the first time ever, the voice of mankind is being heard around the world by her/his brothers and sisters of the planet earth. It is real. It is happening, an exchange of thoughts, ideas, views; a pure coming together, a gathering of bloggers – How incredibly wonderful is that!

A beginning, one predicated on love, understanding, caring, commonality, reaching out, touching, sharing, a sense of belonging by all who reside on Earth. Yes indeed, a very good thing.

Penny L. Howe,

My world address: Washington,USA – North America – Planet Earth:Citizen

What’s yours?