Part II – Hidden from view

Taking a second look!

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When you’re raised to believe a thing it can become so deeply embedded that you can go through life convinced that what you’ve been told is true. Even when its negative, and makes you feel like you file00093066100are less than you should be.

Even when you grow up and question it, you can still be convinced that you are not worthy. That bad things should happen to you. That you deserve them.

Stop just a minute, and consider this. When we are born. We all enter this life and take our first breath as a human being. Every single one of us. A truth! No difference, no one greater than … no one lesser than.

If you are born with physical or mental disabilities these must be addressed, but you are still not lesser than or greater (as a living being) than any other person on the planet. A truth!

It is through environmental and human conditioning (by others) while you’re a child, (and for many, this can continue on through life) that determine how you feel about yourself. And here’s another big truth for you.

THERE IS NOTHING YOU NEED TO CHANGE ABOUT THE “YOU” THAT YOU ARE INSIDE! Don’t feel bad DSC047800because you’re not what other’s think you should be. Your “you” and that’s enough. You should feel good about that person, not what anyone, or any organization, or any belief system has decided you should be, that isn’t who you are.

If you want to do something for yourself to improve a skill, a talent, your education, your appearance, Do these things because you want to do them, not because you believe you “have to” to be okay as a human being! Self improvement is a wonderful thing, But you’re in charge of that too.

Each person on the planet is unique onto his or herself. They are made that way. It doesn’t matter their shape, size, color, gender, background, beliefs, cultural differences. They are all human beings – equal in that sense!

Now it’s time for that second look.

Do you realize how capable you really are? You start by believing the truth and you do that by believing in yourself. Your uniqueness. Your self-worth. No one has the right to take that from you. It belongs to you. And only you. The next step, well that’s up to you! It won’t be easy, but I believe you can do it. You’re you after all!

Click here to view Part I of Hidden From View

~ Penny

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An aspect of being … a human being!

contemplationIs it not fascinating that we, human beings, are gifted from birth with so many working processes and capabilities. Attributes (sensory, mental, physical and spiritual) enabling us to embrace, with a wonderful fullness, the miraculous mystery of life itself.

Instead, many human beings chose to view life (at a distance) making judgement calls through the limiting lens of insecurity and fear.

They see life’s inconsequentialities (now that’s a substantial word isn’t it, especially when it means something so very simple – “that which lacks importance”), but they/we leap upon these trivialities making of them meanings of importance, building upon our (and others) manufactured fears instead of nurturing truths that lay within and all around.

But there you have it, the nature of the human “being”. Are weexploring programmed to think so negatively, or has some portion of our “flight or fight” survival mechanism morphed it’s way into this state of being/existence.

I, for one find this a most undesirable trait and “state of existence” to live within.

May I recommend and strongly encourage you to consider a move – from this “state” of being to new territory. One that includes the richness of all that life has to offer. It’s out there, this vast unexplored (for many) territory of being. Yours for the asking, yours for the believing, yours for the doing.

Do not allow your mind to be “house bound” as the result of fears and misconceptions. Open yourself up and live. That is what life is all about, after all! But its still up to you to determine the aspect of your being, your choice – as always!

… In closing, beautiful and enabling words from a woman born without the attributes almost all of us take for granted; vision, hearing and for many years speech, yet she managed to overcome her adversities and indeed fully explored the richness of life itself. If she can do this, why can’t we?

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~ Helen Keller

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~ Penny

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Waste Management Control – for good health … HUH?

Yes, – the truth!

The most efficient waste management system on the planet is our own body, until we mucky up the works with our current life style habits!

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The most understood definition of waste management (in industry): The collection, transportation and disposal of garbage and waste products. This encompasses management of all processes and resources for proper handling of waste materials. This then is the everyday world of garbage collection and removal.

And this is also what our body does for us, 24 hours a day … if we let it.

The further we stray from providing what our body needs so it can take a raw product, turn it into fuel, and then discard what can’t be used, the further we are from optimal health.

Here’s another way to think about this. Right now. Take a cup of sugar and poor it into the gas tank of your car!engine  I can hear your thoughts. Are you kidding me? That would really mess up my cars ability to run! We do (most of us) maintain our mechanical transportation. So, why not the most important one?

The body is our own personal (one of a kind) biological vehicle that needs the same care and maintenance to effectively do it’s job. When the body can’t do it’s job of waste removal then negative things begin to happen:

The build up of cholesterol and calcium deposits; the breakdown of celluar structures into free radicals, plus the added complication of manufactured chemicals counterbalancing what we are either ingesting or reacting to (stress) create a weakness allowing disease to enter our body. The body can not protect itself from invaders, much less do it’s job of removing waste if we are overloading it everyday.

Just some food for thought. Do a little research, you might be surprised at a few simple things you can do to improve the maintenance of the most important form of transportation you have – your body! Your life may depend on it. Well, actually it does!

Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

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Words that are spoken – meanings that are heard!

Good Morning, If you live in the Northwestern Coast of America. Good Afternoon/Evening if you live further away from me – And for some of you (as I write these words) it’s tomorrow. How’s the future where you are – lol? 

word meaningsThe topic today is WORD. I just used a handful of words to say hello to everyone who may be reading this post. Words convey much. They can be fun, they can be provocative, and they can be rich with meaning. And they can be misunderstood.

  1. word: A sound or a combination of sounds (spoken), or its representation in writing or printing that symbolizes and communicates a meaning.
  2. word meaning: The way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted.

It’s – number 2. word meaning – that can be the most troublesome for us all. Add to that different languages (and how they may be interpreted) and communicating becomes exceedingly interesting. When we express ourselves with the written word it is very easy for something to be misinterpreted. When we write creatively (as sharingin fiction, or poetry)  the reader is free to feel (through the words) what they want to feel and interpret the piece according.

But too often when we write something nonfiction (in the blogging world) it is easy to assume that the reader  “understands” the intent, but there is always the possibility for an unintended misinterpretation.

In summation I’d like to say that when I attempt to communicate or convey a message to others, I do so with the sole intent of passing on (hopefully) information that may be of some positive value to others. While I do have and share opinions also, they are my own.

Each of us has our own opinions and how great is that? The world is a richer place because of this. The world is also a richer place because of each of you. And even if we don’t always “get” each other or disagree, that’s okay too, it’s part of the learning experience of life isn’t it?

Regardless of where you live in this global community of which we are all a part I wish for you a happy day and better tomorrow.

~ Penny

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A Thousand words for Stranger

A thousand wordsI once bought a book and read it because I liked the title so much – A Thousand Words for Stranger.

I wanted to know what the story was about. It was a great “read” and if you’re an avid science fiction fan, I encourage you to give this book a try. (It is not light reading but the book is filled with rich imagery, fantasy and an extremely entertaining story.)

The author, Julie E. Czerneda, formerly a biologist, has authored numerous science fiction books, also a number of educational books about career guidance, and the teaching of science (which she used to do). I’ve read many of her books since this one and enjoyed them all.

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But the title!

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I never got over the title. It was so “Lonely” sounding and yet fascinating at the same time.

When you think about the word “Stranger” what comes to mind? What if you’re the stranger?

Why is the word itself so compelling?

Some quotes to think on:

“. . .sometimes one feels freer speaking to a stranger than to people one knows. Why is that?
“Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as he wishes to think we are.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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“Marius and Cosette were in the dark in regard to each other. They did not speak, they did not bow, they were not acquainted; they saw each other; and, like the stars in the sky separated by millions of leagues, they lived by gazing upon each other.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

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“In this world of memories, there’s no need for strangers.
-Kenshin to Kaoru”
― Watsuki Nobuhiro

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“Spend twenty years there and you ask yourself how there can still be strangers with so many familiar faces … it’s probably that cities generate strangers continuously …”
― Frederik PeetersBlue Pills: A Positive Love Story

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“It seems the older we get, the tighter our inner circle becomes. When life has you down, some of those you thought had your back run, others…sometimes strangers surprise you and fill that empty space up. Oh, but life has a great balancing act and when that axle turns and you are right side up again…you will definitely not be looking for any long, lost “friends” because your inner circle is battle-tested to win!”
― Sanjo Jendayi

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And one final one – a favorite because I think there is a truth in this one that we all shy away from and yet know is indeed how it is!

“So, wonder! I also wonder about you,” said Cadfael mildly. “Do you know any human creatures who are not strangers, one to another?”
― Ellis PetersOne Corpse Too Many

*Consider this post a “food for thought” post, as for me, “The only friends I don’t have are the strangers I haven’t met yet!” … at least I wish it were this way!

Thanks for the visit. I hope your first week of the New Year is being a good one for you,

~ Penny

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Being Perfect!

Nature’s Perfection

Nature gets it right, We don’t.

So an explanation. What is perfection? A descriptive word that means “without flaws or faults, complete” – used for purposes of comparison.

In our mind’s eye, where the undesirable would be found on one end of the spectrum, perfection the other end.

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Perfection (the word) should not ever be used as a comparison of positive and negative (right and wrong) as it relates to human attributes, where some can be viewed as more worthy than others.

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When the word “perfection” becomes a fixated emotion implying the state of our being we are going to run into problems.

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Today we need all the empowering we can get in our lives. Use the word “perfection” towards that which aids us to feel better about who and how we are, think and feel. And how we strive to improve for the benefit of all.

“Perfection is not a social condition for acceptance and worthiness but rather just a word on one end of a spectrum of possibilities.” Penny L Howe

When we understand that all of us, has flaws, faults and shortcomings, that each of us is a unique and special individual in and of ourselves, then indeed this would be “perfection” for the human condition in life!

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And a very happy one!

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“On this planet, every single human being is the most important one there is. It is the sum of all of us that will ultimately make us who ‘we’ are meant to be!” Penny L Howe

Thank you for your visit. Have a joyous day today my friends,

Penny

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A Mirror to your Dreams

Reflections

As you view each passing day

look at what you see,

A Mirror to your dreams

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Reflected Reality!

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Life isn’t easy. It never was. And I don’t expect it to be so any time in the near future. There is so much change needed to improve the lives of so many that it seems like an impossibility. But curiosity has always driven me. My curiosity and love of life compels me. And so I pursue my dreams.

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Frequently asked “Do you always see the bright side of things?” my answer is always “No”! I see the right side of things. I don’t dwell on the wrong – not the wrong that has been done to me and mine or to others across this planet (home to us all), but what can be done to right those wrongs. so my view is the right side not the bright side of things! Making any positive difference that each of us can make each day. Not “saving the world” kind of stuff, just small gestures that add up when multiplied by the many.

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I write about making choices because I see too many sitting on the fence making no choice at all. I make mistakes with some of my choices, but I still make them and I write about inspiration because I wish to inspire those whom I believe have the power to assist in change. If you care and I know you do then this is personal. Our world, our lives, everything happening everywhere is affecting each of us.

I am motivated to write the way I write to encourage, enable and inspire any who pass my way. And they in turn may do the same. Each person inspired creates a potential for positive change and growth and that is important to me.

So if I get your attention through beautiful photographs, clever graphics, well worded sentences, any or all of the above then perhaps you’ll pay attention to the message that is always in there somewhere.

My dreams encompass all mankind. My dreams are for a future of peace and love for all and because each of you are “Mirrors to my Dreams” … I find I care about you very much!

You – A Mirror To My Dreams

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Penny L. Howe

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe