Fearless … Never Forget the Nature of Who We Are!

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The Spiral of Strength ~ All of Us!

So many things seem fearful today

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of our futures
  • Fear of the threat of terrorism

And yet within each of our hearts, nestled right next to our love of life, is an amazingly unlimited reservoir  of quiet strength, energy and power waiting to be released … should the need be there.

So when you read or hear (daily) the many people (on all forms of media) speaking so many words (opinions and criticisms) about everything that appears to be going wrong; on our planet,  in our country, and our communities, be aware there are many good things happening too. Many. If you don’t believe me start searching online. There are millions of people locally and around the world, making positive differences every day. They’ve already activated their internal power to get things moving away from the negative and into the positive. (Amazing how many of the news media report the negative and not the positive!)

Each of us can make positive things happen too although a good caveat to remember: Change can occur without anger, rudeness, crudeness, vulgarity, meanness, and cruelty – not a good thing – nor nice for a person to say, do or be. Definitely not the way to achieve positive change for yourself and others!

But if you have doubts and fears today, right now … fear less … you are not alone in your concerns but the bigger and most important thing to remember is that our mutual strength of “being there” is HUGE. We, the silent majority and our mutual strength of “overcoming and pursuing the right path” for all our futures is alive and well, it’s never been stronger!

You are not alone , there are many of us and we are … fearless … in all the ways that matter!

Thank you, I hope your week is proceeding well for you.

With affection,

~ Penny

Lullaby of Hope and Love (for my friends)

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Love’s Lullaby

Just as a mother feels the beat of unborn child
I feel the rhythm from your heart ~ you are loved.
 
The music of you heartbeat so piercing and so sweet
you are special and unique and ~ you are loved.
 
 Yes there are those bad days, bad times,
(hard, hard, hard ones too),
but, hush now, hush now, do not cry ~ you are loved.
 
I sing for you a heart song to nourish you within
You are safe, and you are cherished ~ you are loved.
 
 Let my strength pick up your spirits
carry you along.
You aren’t alone, you aren’t forgotten ~ you are loved.
 
 You my friend so beautiful
I sing to let you know.
Do not be sad, I’m here for you ~ you are loved.

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“On those loneliest days when you feel such despair
Reach out your hand, a friend will be there!”
 
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~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Everyday Brave

Some days! We all have them. Everything seems hard. Harder than hard. Not doable.

Know that deep down inside each of us is a spark of bravery we can latch onto. It’s in there. Really it is. Sometimes we need to speak with a friend, a loved one, perhaps a blogging pal in order to find the thing needed to be “everyday brave“! For some its thinking on the reasons to be brave.

And sometimes we just need a special reminder of how lucky we are, that we are not alone and that we are loved. Hold on, hang in there and believe this is true. Feel the love. You are not alone. Today’s reminder:

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(Kindle subscribers click the following link to hear/view Peter Hollens singing “Brave”)

Two singers I greatly admire and enjoy are Josh Groban and Peter Hollens. Josh released this song on his new album in February. Peter is singing his rendition of the song “Brave” in today’s video. Both are outstanding musicians.

Peter Hollens (a rising star in the music industry) records from his studio in Eugene, Oregon (YAY – U of O, go – Ducks), His amazing music is a cappella. There are no instruments accompanying him, only his voice. Click on their names to subscribe to either or both of them. Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed,

~ Penny

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The Reasons to be Brave …

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Life can be so darn hard! Some days are … well … just about impossible to get through aren’t they?

Really, really tough ones, when you don’t think you can make it.

This is when we need to remember why.

The Why About This is what I do best after all.

So let me remind you the reasons to be brave. Just a few, but I think they cover most things!

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Life

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Love

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All of us

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Tomorrow!

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And one more thing, if you’re really having trouble … then reach out …

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…You are never alone. We are in this life together. It is a truth.

Open your heart and your mind. Let love come in and you will see all of us who care. We are here waiting.

There will be a helping hand if you need it. There are hundreds of millions of us out there, waiting to be there for you! Believe, love, let go of fear and hate and reach out!

~ Penny

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The Shy Butterfly

This is an excerpt from a book I wrote 8 years ago. It is a story about a shy butterfly that lives his life in the shadows of trees and is afraid to come out into the sunlight and play. The illustrations are by the talented Debby Edwards who added the perfect touch with her delightful pictures to my words, enjoy:

The Shy Butterfly

The shy butterfly hid around corners, ducked under leaves

and never flew out in the bright of day.The shy butterfly kept to itself, not happy,

not unhappy, just shy and unaware of the beauty of life waiting but a few feet away.

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Each day as the sun would set and night begin to descend,

The shy butterfuly would emerge from the shadows flying cautiously from one nearby place to another.

In the full darkness of night the shy butterfly would sit quietly in place until dawn arrived.

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With the arrival of daybreak and sunlight the shy butterfuly would move again into the shadows of the trees.

The shy butterfly lived a half-life of in-betweens in sheltered dark surroundings never realizing

what he was missing!

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This is the beginning of a short story, a childrens book I wrote a few years ago. I wrote the book to remind children to not be afraid of life, it is an uplifting book filled with child-like drawings where the shy butterfly eventually (with the help of a Monarch butterfly) spreads its wings, and comes out into the sun to enjoy life fully.

Recently I was reminded that adults need this reminder too. There is a young lady artist/blogger, that I’ve been privately communicating with, right now, who is feeling this way and so for you …here is the ending to this story. This is for all to read and perhaps think on.

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“Come,” She said, beckoning to the blue sky with its high fluffy clouds. “They call to us. Let us go and enjoy the day. This wonderful, glorious day.”

She flew up into the sky, sure-winged and effortless. She looked back calling to the shy butterfly, still perched on the edge of the rock.

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“Remember, this new day is a gift for living and must be lived, or why have we bothered to be alive at all.

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The shy butterfly took one final look back at his former world of shadows, then rose to follow after the Monarch. His heart filled with the light and beauty of life.

As he winged his way into the brilliant morning sunlight, he finally understood what he’d missed before. If you don’t live life to the fullest, then you haven’t really lived.

Don’t waste the most precious gift of all – Every day of your life!

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Penny L. Howe, 2004

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