Come and Get Your Happiness!

I think we complicate life too much today. No matter how tech savvy, or sophisticated we become, we pay not enough attention to many of those things that really matter for our happiness; the simple, every day things. Think on this for awhile … There is so much in our lives, ours for the appreciating … If we just take a little time to do so!

#sunshine #rainbows #smiles #laughter #a good deed – received or given #love #hugs #all life #nature #friends, and of course #family!

No matter who we are, No matter our age or where we live, we all long for happiness. Seek it by appreciating the things in life that are already yours … let sunshine into your life.

Have an excellent week ahead my friends, both here and around the world. A special prayer for all those who struggle with adversity, war and famine. May your hearts stay hopeful and you and your families stay safe from harm.

~ Penny

Dark Nights, Sunny Days and a Thank You!

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Are you afraid of the dark? When I was a little girl the dark terrified me. With a hearing impediment (from which I recovered) it wasn’t the sounds of the night that scared me, it was the shadows. My overactive imagination made up for those things I couldn’t quite visualize. It was terrifying.

My father said to toughen up, so no night light for me. My mom would wait until my dad was sleeping and then turn on the hall light. She truly meant to help me; the problem was that everything I could see had an accompanying shadow to go with it. My imagination knew no bounds. Some nights I’d stay awake until the first rays of sunshine shown through my bedroom window. Then I “knew” I was safe and I’d sleep.

I grew up and overcame my fear of shadows – a good thing.

And then in my late twenties I had one of those “close call” experiences that gave me a renewed and much greater love for sunshine. I was attacked, brutally raped and beaten. But I escaped from the men involved and most importantly I survived. As I made my way to freedom that morning, the sun was just rising. In spite of the pain, I was so grateful to see and feel the morning light (knowing I’d get to see my children grow up), that in that very moment, the shining sun became a beacon of hope and renewal.

My children are grown now and my love of the sunshine is stronger than ever. Sunshine is a wonderful thing. The day is always a little bit brighter (both figuratively and literally) when the sun is shining. Many many songs, poems, quotes and sayings have/are being written about sunshine.

Today the sun is shining for me (once again both ways) but primarily because of the amazing bloggers I have connected and shared with online, these past several years.

As I work towards completion of my book, I give thanks to you for supporting me, for caring, sharing and being uniquely you…may the sun shine brightly on you wherever you may be today.

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“For every negative thing that happens in our life I believe there is a positive.
A golden beacon just around the corner (like the sun) waiting to guide us to a better place.”
~ P.L. Howe, 2014

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Bless you all,

~ Penny

 

Don’t be Shy … It’s your life!

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There’s a whole wonderful world out there, just waiting for you to discover!

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Come out into the sun! Embrace and explore your life, your world

is waiting for you!

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“The warmth of the sun can’t shine down upon you,

or light your way,

if you stay hidden in the shadows!”

Penny L Howe, 2014

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Have a great day today everyone, and a better tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

In Your Night of Days … know there will be light!

The children of the densely treed forest dozed, curled about one another among twisted roots, snuggled near the base of a tree. They could hear her words of wisdom, words whispered through the night among drowsy thoughts in their sleepy minds. Mother Nature knew her children and smiled down on them, nurturing as they slumbered.

“…and there will be those days of sunlight … and there will be those nights of darkness. Do not fear the darkness of the night, for in the morning of the day, the sun will shine again.

But when Darkness steals into your life to take from you, your precious heart of love … then know (and she reached out and embraced them all – every single one) … I will be there to shine for you as the sun shines on a blue-skied day. I will not let the Darkness carry you away.

Rest easy on those night of days. Know all will be well, little ones … all will be well.”

And the children of the forest slept, safe in her loving arms for another night of rest!

“Believe that in your night of days
When Darkness enters in,
There is hope do not despair
The light will shine again.”

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~ Penny L Howe, 2013

A Global Hello …

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening/Night Everyone!

It’s a beautiful day today. I love summer! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, or the beginning of embarking on a new week, depending where you are, in this wonderful world of ours!

Good Morning Sunshine the world says hello!

“To see the Summer Sky
is poetry, though never in a book it lie –
true poems flee.”
~ Emily Dickinson

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“A perfect summer day
is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing,
the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken.”  
~James Dent

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Thank you for dropping by,

~ Penny

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A new day this morning and your in my world.

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“This day is your new day,
It is like no day before – if you want it to be so,
take control of your life
Go for it – Live and Love!”
 
 
~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Today I will think beautiful thoughts

~ beginning with you.

You’ve become a part of my daily habit now,

my routine in life, my “fix” to help cope with reality,

my connection to the inner me and the inner you.

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It’s glorious to know you’re out there, sharing with me.

Thank you my blogging friends, all so dear and special to me

You know that feeling I’m talking about, when you go online and connect with others.

May your day be a beautiful one, blessed and full.

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The sun is shining and the sky is blue,

a cool morning, though I know another hot day is on the way.

Right now, in the moment, it is gorgeous and beautiful.

 

It is a new day, yesterday has passed,

many surprises and unknowns may await me.

Some good some bad,

some ordinary, some unusual. It’s a new day after all.

Good morning my beautiful world,

I welcome you … and the new day

with a loving kiss,

and open arms!

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~ Penny

Have you ever noticed …

… how frequently people point out what’s wrong with something or someone.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of pointing to the negative things all the time, we heard more people talk about what was right. The positive things.There are good things happening too, every day. We have but to look and see it through the eyes of (oh say) a child. Where every day brings wonders to behold.

Or someone who appreciates what they are lucky enough to have in life. And not grumble about what they don’t. It’s really that simple. And here’s a few more quotes from some very wise people to consider:

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
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“It’s so hard when I have to,
and so easy when I want to.” ~ Annie Gottlier
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“Every day may not be good,
but there’s something good in every day.” ~ Author Unknown
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“If you don’t like something change it;
if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit
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“We are all in the gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars.”  ~Oscar Wilde
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“The only disability in life
is a bad attitude.”  ~Scott Hamilton
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“I don’t think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.”  ~Anne Frank
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If one of the most famously read and written about young girls (Anne Frank and her diary), who had no reason whatsoever to think positive and be hopeful, could still share this beautiful thought in her diary, then surely our lives aren’t so bad that we can’t too.

Find something or someone to be positive about. Think and speak positive not negative! It might just catch on. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing!

Thank you stopping by, I hope you’re having a wonderful day today!

~ Penny

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Ligo Haibun Challenge – Nature’s child am I

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There, upon thy woodland meadow, there stand I. Breathing fragrant essence of thine summer’s day. Silken blades caress my skin, the sky above, the earth below, I am one.

Glorious radiant sunshine, glowing down on me, my naked body suckles from thine nourishment. Though standing clothed in garments, I’m enveloped in array, of cloaked and warming amber ’tis thy gift you do convey. For nature’s child am I.

Forsworn as nature’s child, I was christened years ago. As nature’s child I abide, among the grassy carpet meadow, ’tis glory ’tis my own. A wreath, a crown of wildflowers bestowed upon my head. ’tis wonderment that I behold, nature’s bounty is my own.

Singing, dancing bare of feet, absorbing earthen brownness from your hallowed ground. Oh glory be your beauty, thine vision I behold. As nature’s child I welcome thee, blessing on your land. I will abide, need have no fear, I am here, e’er each long year, for I am yours, t’will always be, and as such will guard, preserving all I see, for I am nature’s child, ’tis my gift I give to thee.

 
child of nature
sentinel and guardian 
eternal love of life
 
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Thank you! You can be a part of the Ligo Haibun Challenge too, Just click on the link for information on this weeks challenge, we welcome you to join us in celebrating nature with your writing skills.

~ Penny

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There is this …

… About Summer

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there is this – about a summer’s day

there is this – the blues are chased away

there is this – creating time to play

there is this – the sunshine’s golden ray

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there is bliss – in summer’s night

there is bliss – the stars so bright

there is bliss – just seems so right

this and bliss – summer delight!

~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Happy Summer everyone, go out and play!

~ Penny

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