The Beat of your Heart, The Song in your Soul!

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If your heart is beating

then you are alive!

For as long as there is life in your body

your heart will beat!

BUT … what tune is it beating to?

If it is beating to the song of love

and your soul is singing,

then you aren’t just alive

you are also living your life!

There’s a big difference between the two, my friends!

Are you alive or just living?

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I hope and pray that you are living each day with a song in your soul and love in your heart! Doesn’t get any better than that! Not really!

Sending my very best, this Sunday morning in Northwest America, to all of you !

And always with affection,

Penny

What do we do next? We bloggers, We artists, We people …

In the digital world of today … how do we not just survive but thrive?

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It’s Tuesday, so what do we know today? We know we have things we have to do – And we know we have things we want to do – We know there is some information we want or need to know more about – and far more information that we don’t have a clue about (what-so-ever, except it’s messing us up a lot) because it’s too much to deal with (emotionally speaking). And “way” too much of the information is negative, isn’t it (TMI- Right?) But, there you go, the above sums things up nicely, I believe.

So what do we do next?

First, understand the nature of the online world; behind the scenes what is going on. Here’s the truth – Many (almost all) corporate/government entities are “crowd sourcing” (gathering information) to create digital profiles. In a nutshell finding out all about you. You’ve made it possible. You’re one of the hundreds of millions online exposing yourself through many little data bytes circulating the airwaves.

And the “Big Boys” of the planet want to know all about you either as a consumer (to potentially buy their product) or as a citizen of their country (How you feel about your country, the issues, your concerns the politicians, etc. Research that will help them raise money and/or potentially influence you to get your vote OR making sure you aren’t doing something subversive, detrimental to your country’s well being.)

Like it or not that is what’s going on, right now. Data collecting of a volume inconceivable for most of us to imagine and each entity (depending on the quality of their “industry cloud capability”) is efficiently organizing the data into a variety of profiles for current or future reference. Is it the big brother era? Well sort of. But we’ve made ourselves willing partners in this intrusive aspect of the online experience, whether we know it or not!

Meanwhile you’re busy doing your own gathering of information, gathering as a citizen and a consumer yourself. So how do you handle all of this information and your awareness of everyone else’s information gathering.

Short of something really bad happening (meteor strike, large solar flare, etc.) all this data is going to continue to be gathered (and much of it circulated). Just a fact and there will be lots of “talk” because that’s what talk shows (in all media – News programs, etc.) do – and much of it is negative because “viewership” (that’s you) goes up when they (talk show hosts and their “expert” guests) talk about ‘what’s wrong’.

So the talk shows are going to talk about all sorts of never-ending stuff that will complicate you life and view of things (if you listen too much) even more. But let’s forget that for right now and get back to you and where you are.

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Turn your computer off and think about your goals, needs, wants and desires. Consider how you might achieve them. View online connections as “how” they may help you. Be specific here. Everyone is giving “advice”, suggestions and in many cases “selling something”. So your main focus should be why you’re on line.

  1. To be Entertained
  2. To Find out information on a subject
  3. To Buy something
  4. To Sell something
  5. Socially connect with other people
  6. Promote Yourselves (through various social networks)
  7. Use any combination of the first six reasons you’re online to assist you in accomplishing your own goals

So where you go next is to make a plan of action to more effectively use your connectivity. Arrange the above reasons and allot a time period (yes – a little discipline is required here).

  • If you’re a student researching – stick to getting the info. before you “game play” or check out the latest trending YouTube video.
  • If you’re an artist, search for “like minded” creative individuals who will help you nourish your creative goals.
  • If you’re selling something, learn about your perspective customers. And how to reach them (online and off).
  • if you’re a professional in an industry and are job searching, focus on those companies and their background so you’re well informed about the company and their goals before you submit a resume! And yes they will be using the internet to check “you out” this process can take many months – so be prepared for this one.
  • If you’re buying something (take the extra time to check out the source before your purchase – be a smart consumer.)
  • If you want to be entertained – go for it, there’s all sorts of fascinating things waiting to be viewed/listened to – out there.
  • and if you just want to “hang”, be social with others, start a blog, join Facebook, learn how to Tweet or find a social media platform that fills this need.

But don’t forget your offline world. Organize your time so your online time has a sense to it with very specific timelines.

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The most important thing to do with your online world of connectivity is to stay in command of both the offline and online you. You need to stay in control of the amount of “data” your mind allows entry to. Integrate this brave new world of communication so it works for you on your adventures through life … not against you!

Have a great day,

~ Penny

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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Going my way?

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It’s Friday morning, here in the Northwestern part of my country of America, just a few hundred miles from the Pacific Coast and only a couple miles from the magnificent Columbia River, where I make my home.

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I’m sitting here on the patio in the backyard with my first cup of coffee and it is a gorgeous morning. Contemplating today, on what’s been happening in my life, my country and my world. All of which I am a part of!

penny l howeLast fall I had hoped to have things in order so I might go on a world wide tour of our planet (beginning with my country and our nearby neighboring countries.

I have made so many wonderful online friends everywhere and my hope remains for the ability to meet them, in person. I stay very determined with this goal!

It doesn’t seem complicated with today’s transportation, but the complexity of rules, regulations and procedures of traveling to various countries is a whole ‘nother thing! So this will take longer than I had thought.

In the meantime, each day that I blog, I’m meeting even more wonderful people from everywhere and I love it! Something to look forward to, these awesome connections of like-minded creative, caring and loving people. Like You!

On a final note:

dreamstime… I would like to remind everyone that it is SILLY to hate because of skin color, ethnic differences, beliefs and any other demographics (that come to mind) separating us from one another. WE are not each other’s ENEMY! The true enemy is: Lack of Education, Awareness, and Understanding as a result of which these things, Poverty, Cruelty, and the Senseless destruction of life (all kinds) continues to happen. Stop the hatred! It will destroy all of us (humans).

As for myself. One day at a time I will continue to work on making a positive difference, one person at a time! Unconditional Love Rules, sharing and caring follows and happiness results. Anyone want to come along for the ride?

Have the best weekend you can, all my love to all of you,

~ Penny

Lovin’ – go on, it’s good for you!

A follow up to my previous post! Enjoy this musical Youtube video from the movie Moulin Rouge!

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Come on everyone! Love, Live, Love! And in that order, again and again and again, just fill yourself up … and those you love, with these feel good feelings! Make it a never ending supply!

p.s. – start with yourself!

~ Penny