Throwback Thursday – Hey, who took my glass half full …

… and replaced it with one half empty!

 

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Glass Half Empty

I’m simply not sure how it happened
It was there for all who could see,
But now it has changed
things all rearranged
My glass is half empty to me.

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I’ve always seen things from the plus side
A most agreeable place one can be
But now alas
I view all I lack
And wonder what next I will see.

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I’m hoping it soon will be half full
The glass that so fills with delight
But right now I despair
It just isn’t there
Completely gone from my sight

~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Even during the times when it seems as if things are more than you can handle, hang in there. During adversity there will be others who care, showing up to make the difference, if you let them.

Keep your heart open, your courage strong, and your faith undiminished. Know this too shall pass. Be good to others and take care of you. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you may not be there for the ones who need you!

With great affection,

~ Penny

Addressing the STRESS of Distress!

Stress

Here it is – the key to all of your problems. Pick it up and use it. Address that which is distressing you so intensely that your stress levels are skyrocketing! Look directly at what appears to be so overwhelming to you and confront it!

Your stress levels will not be reduced until you focus on and handle what you currently find so emotionally difficult to tackle! And you can do it!

It is not impossible! Hard, yes! Sometimes painfully so, but still doable and definitely necessary, if you want to improve the current conditions in your life. It begins with attitude – specifically speaking – yours!

Perspective plays a role in controlling emotions. The more negative and fearful your emotions, the less control you will have making positive and constructive decisions. In turn, this leads to higher stress levels. I speak an absolute truth here.

“I just can’t do it,” you say. And I say you can.  Put your mind to it! Take back your life! Your life should never evolve around emotions that are out of control.

Take charge of you. Make it happen!

Negative emotions are your enemy they sneak in and convince you of everything that’s wrong. So it’s up to you to find some positive emotions. They’re right there, inside of you too! Some really good stuff just waiting to come out and shore up the weak emotional parts of your mind.

Never forget – your emotions are yours to control, not the other way around.

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So now’s the time. Go make things happen in your life. It’s the key to making positive things happen and You Can Do It! Address the Stress. You’ll feel lots better for the doing!

Have a less stressful week ahead – much love to you all!

~ 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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Much ado about … everything!

This musical video “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!” has a few words in it that can be considered offensive (I am being serious here). The song is from Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian (1979) but the point is still well made. We take ourselves and our lives (and everyone else’s) far too seriously, too often.

The good news is … (wait, there’s good news?) … as I was saying, the good news is there is so much news, events, activities, things happening that everyone seems to have an opinion about, and so on, that the word “boring” (unless your referring to a drill) isn’t in most people’s vocabulary. At least not too much.

This is official “Lighten up Week” (well I don’t know that it’s actually official) but for goodness sake (your own sake – for starters!) look on the bright side of things. It is waaaaay to easy to look on the dark side (Imagine Darth Vader breathing here!) of things.

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Take a break this week from the “Much ado” aspect of living. Be thankful and grateful for what you do have right this second. Enjoy those around you, make their day and yours a little bit better.

Have a great week,

~ Penny

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Do something remarkable

remarkable

You can …

Do Something Remarkable.

Only one person stopping you!

YOU!

Just thought I’d remind you!

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plhJournal Entry ~ Yesterday I woke up and felt as if I had the whole world on my shoulders. I didn’t really – it just seemed that way. So much to do, so little time. But upon reflection I realized that the biggest challenge facing me today were my own thoughts. My own worries.

I was the one adding stress to the day by feeling the way I was feeling. So mid-way through the day I stretched my whole body. I took calming deep breaths. I reminded myself of my blessings and I told myself I could make the day what I chose it to be. And I did. It wasn’t remarkable to anyone ~ except me… and that’ll do!

End Journal entry, 12-23-12

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Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

Who do you believe in?

I’m guessing that if I had to pick the person we most often doubt it would ourselves.Today is a wonderful day to begin believing in yourself. Starting Now! Here are a few quotes to lead the way.

“I believe that all I am or every will be is dependent on how I perceive my own self-worth and capabilities.” Penny L Howe

“It’s not who you are that holds you back,it’s who you think you’re not”  Anonymous

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mary Kay Ash

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step”  Martin Luther King Junior

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Bruce Lee, martial arts master

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille Ball

There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
Swami Vivekananda

The most important person in your life each day that will make a positive difference in how you proceed will always be you. Let today be that day, Be happy, be positive, make it so! Penny