Friday, December 30, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To everyone who’s been a positive influence in my life, both online and off. Admittedly, I haven’t been much of a team player on this or any other goal for the past few months, but my excuse is that I’ve been struggling to get my act together offline during the majority of that time. I just signed up for Michael Thurmond’s 6 Week Body Makeover forum and I’m looking forward to working with the members there to move things along on a positive note. Would be thrilled to have you all join me in the quest to attain the ultimate goal of being Fit & Feeling Fabulous Forever!

Cheers ~
Penne

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christ and Buddha Holiday Greetings...

I have been studying Buddhism and thought at this time of the year, they very much resemble prayers of the true Christian…
Christ and Buddha Holiday greetings!
Peace,




New Wings…




Buddhist Prayers




By the power and the truth of this practice,
may all beings have happiness, and the causes of happiness.
May all be free from sorrow, and the causes of sorrow.
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness
which is sorrowless.
And may all live in equanimity,
without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all that lives.




May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another,




Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.




Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.
Sutta Nipata
Buddha’s Discourse on Good Will


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Give yourself the gift of self reliance...

If there is one gift that you can give yourself that will enhance the overall quality of your life, it is self-reliance. You already possess everything you will need to succeed. You can work on your own schedule toward your own goals without feeling pressured by the demands of others.
When you are self-reliant, if you lose your job, you’ll get another. If you lose that job, you’ll start your own business. You can make more money as a self-employed handyman applying the Action Principles to your work than a lazy lawyer will ever earn. You need the will, the self-confidence and a realistic plan. As a follower of the Action Principles, you will have them. Life just can’t get you down because you are in control of yourself.Success.org




I wish it would be that easy. At least that is not the case for me today. Maybe tomorrow. Some of us have to work harder at this than others. It is just a fact of life. But… Can I still claim to be successful even if I am not 100 percent self reliant? Can we cooperate with one another so as to balance the task?
Can I still be in charge of myself even when I have to rely on others?
Is self reliance really the answer?


Religious? Spiritual? Philosopher?

We Need you!. We have a Board called Philosophy Spirit. We are looking for a few good people from all walks of life: Christian, Budhist, Jedis (Force followers), Muslim, Other religious belief systems not listed here.
We are looking to Unify religious beliefs and help one another coexist by sharing and dialoging about what you feel and know about your particular religious belief system.
We are also trying to study Quantum Physics and the discoveries and hypothesis generated by the controversial movie: “What the Bleep do we Know”.
If you are interested, please come and join us at:
Philosophy Spirit


Sunday, December 18, 2005

My year in review

Interesting. To see the robots post stats like this and help me see things in a new light is very interesting. To be honest….this has been by far the hardest year of my life. It seemed like no matter what I did at every corner was some kind of trial. I’m even going through one now as I write this. I have had to battle my way through so much this year….even to live,after almost dying this past April.
I guess this website has really helped me put things in perspective and has helped keep me focused on the positive and the good things instead of all of the bad. The bad things….though very bad…were STILL far outweighed by the good….....and that definitely is something to be thankful for. So maybe…maybe 2005 wasn’t the worst year of my life afterall…..maybe it was the best because it taught me that even in the face of adversity life is worth living.


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PNN-Positive News Network

Ahhhh! another positive blog...! With Positive news!
Cool! Way Cool!

PNN-Positive News Network

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hibernation

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Anne Bradstreet,

Well.......it has certainly been an interesting progression into the winter months. from unseasonably warm Autumn days to sudden drops into frigid temperatures and mountains of snow. I was listening to someone discuss animals the other day and how they hibernate. That sort of thing always interests me because I do love little furry things. I found it quite interesting how some animals sleep for a while then wake up to eat and go back to sleep. Others sleep non stop. While still others sleep only when needed and come back at just the right time when food is available again. Interesting how that works.
I thought about that the more I thought of how cold it is and how nice it would be to sleep through the cold months and wake up when it's beautiful and warm again. However I also remembered that in the Summer when it was relentlessly hot and humid I looked forward to the snow and the cold. Funny how when we are in the midst of something we always look forward to when it's different and never really take time to enjoy the diversity of the moment. If it was Warm and like Summer all the time we wouldn't appreciate the beauty of it as much and likewise if it was cold all the time. There is a benefit to the changing seasons....it makes us appreciate the next thing more. So it is in our lives too.
While we are in the miserable heat of turmoil all we can think of is how wonderful it will be to be in the cool daily routine again. when we're in that daily routine all we can think about is how boring it is and that some activity would be glorious. Each season in life has it's joy and it's moments of praying for the next thing. It's human nature. Instead of anxiously looking forward and missing the benefits of the present season let's slow down and soak up all that God has for us in this season and then when it's time to change to the next it will be a glorious and exciting transition.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Positive direction

My attempts to make time and space to complete the last book in the revised series of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (by Mary Baker Eddy) have been mostly futile, and in the efforts to pursue a related goal, I have come to realize exactly why this has been such a challenge (besides the obvious run-in with MAM.) There seems to be no end to the amount of tasks to be accomplished in my life, and this past month I have been implementing a planning system to organize my thoughts in conjunction with my highest needs.

Order and discipline are two of the skills which need honing so I can accomplish this goal in a timely manner. I am slowly, but surely, working it all into my schedule in the form “big rocks” as Steven Covey (of FranklinCovey.com) refers to those things which hold top priority in our lives. Following his admonition to designate time and space for planning and “sharpening the saw” (self-improvement, study) as essential to daily business—I am determined to make that happen!

Because I usually prefer to jump right in to the day’s routine and tackle whatever’s on the agenda, stopping long enough to see the big picture and organize my day is something that I have often neglected to do. I can get a lot accomplished in this way, but not always those things on the top of my list of priorities.

My weekly schedule is still somewhat flexible, but now the daily task lists are itemized accordingly, so I have some positive direction. I’ve been getting a running start by making out my plan and doing some reading on the treadmill each morning, which meets my needs to get going right away and still put in the necessary time to meet a few of the most important, life-altering goals on my list.

Vayan con Dios, Amigos


Life Maintenance Outage ends on a positive note

Followup: Life Maintenance Outage begins on a positive note on Organize my life in 43 Days on 43 Things

An ambitious goal

Today’s the first day of a cyber-sabbatical for me as Day 43 of my goal to “Organize My Life” rapidly approaches. I have so much to do offline in preparation for the holidays that I must find more time to concentrate on hearth and home for the timebeing. It’s been a very productive learning period, and I know a whole lot more about organizing my life in terms of priorities and goals now. I’ve also gained many new friends and new skills to help me along that path — NOW it’s time to get serious about putting them into action! I’ll be watching from the wings for the next few weeks while I enjoy some time with family, and report back on my progress ASAP. In the meantime…

¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo, Amigos!

Penne and the Crew

Supporting America’s Second Harvest Hurricane Relief Fund

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Applaud the beginner

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You walk into a karate school for a first visit and see kicking, punching, blocking, chopping and flipping. It can be intimidating if you’ve never done these things. Or, you may look and feel awkward learning to snow ski or rollerblade or taking a foreign language. But persist; this is your first day and there will never be another first day.
Any new endeavor may be tough in the beginning. Accept this. You must believe in yourself. Initially, critics may feel free to ridicule your ideas and goals as foolish and unrealistic. When you ultimately succeed, everyone will claim to have been on your team from the beginning. Take action and persist. Applaud those who try, because the first step is often the toughest. Welcome the newcomer.Success.org




I have been a beginner many times…
I still feel at times I am still a beginner, when it comes to new experiences in life. One thing is for sure, when we persist and persevere, wonderful things happen. If it does not work the first time, try again, if it does not work the second time…try again…If it does not work the third time…well perhaps the thing you were trying to accomplish or do was really not for you. Try elsewhere, try something different, persist…persevere in what your heart and gut are leading you to do…
There is a book I recall reading that really hits a chord with me today, it is called “Zen Mind Beginner’s mind”. Basically, if I keep my mind open, and the cup is empty, I can still fill them with new ideas, new insights…


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Positive experience and lots of fun!

Newbies check out Lissa Explains It All—our kids all taught themselves HTML from this site. Surf over and visit our family’s site sometime (actually my daughter did the current layout on the homepage): http://www.ardfamilyco-op.net



[EDIT: For some reason, the old "earned my wings" title cropped up, even though I changed it before saving my entry at 43T... go figure. HAND-pda]

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Find The Positive

If my first rule of happiness is learning to love yourself (faults and all!), my second is…

Find The Positive (in every situation, in everybody)

Concentrating on the positive aspects of a situation, even if something has gone wrong in your life, makes the world seem a far better place. If you choose instead to wallow in your misery then it’s very hard to escape that mindset.

I’m a great believer these days in learning from my mistakes. When you start to do this, rather than beating yourself up over something you’ve done wrong, you can see it as a positive thing and determine that you won’t make the same mistake ever again. It’s very empowering.

The amazing thing is that once you start concentrating on seeing the world in a more positive light, everything in your life miraculously seems to start going better. Suddenly you’re in a virtuous circle, where more positive thoughts yield more positive results, which in turn result in even more positive thoughts.

Never is this more true than in your dealings with other people. Everybody is a mixture of good and bad, we all have our good side and we all have our faults. You can choose which aspect of other people you want to focus on. How many of us have started off in a relationship where we could only see the good in our partner, only to find that after a few months or years we could only find fault?!

It’s very hard to deal with people who moan all the time, about their lives or about other people. I’m sure you’ve met people like that and you know how wearing it can be. Just being around them can bring you down.

Never let yourself become one of those miserable souls, always try to be positive about life and the people in it, and you’ll find you’re somebody people want to be around.

Remember, smile at the world and it will smile back at you, frown at the world and it frowns too.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Spread Your Enthusiasm!

Putting the Action Principles to work in your life will elevate your soul and lift your spirit. You will feel a zest for life. You will live full, enriched days. This will happen because you will have taken the quiet time to think, organize and prioritize your days. You will love many things and these things will become part of your day. You will be in control. Every day you will do good things for yourself and others. Words like boring, bland and uneventful will rarely describe your work or your relationships.


Listen to your favorite CD. Call a friend. Read a good book. Smile. Hear. See. Feel. Smell. Take a walk and look at all the wonders of your world. Let everyone in your life know that life is worth living.
Be known as a motivator. Ask others about their goals and how you can help them. Make people feel part of a successful team. Solicit their input. Keep everyone informed and involved. Establish performance incentives. Look for opportunities to praise and reward. Enthusiasm is contagious.

Sucess.org




Yeah babee! Woo Hoo! I love it when I am enthusiastic about life and living! It is great to feel great! No matter what the heck is happening out there. If nothing else, the enthusiasm eventually spreads like fire!
I might not be all I want to be, but I am sure happy to not be the person I once was!
I hope you too can feel this way.
Feel the love, feel the rush of life flowing thru your veins and arteries…Feel your breath coming in… and leaving…Look at the sea, sparkling with sun rays broken up in a million pieces…Look at trees, look at all the good things that you are and forget the things that you regret… (boy that sounds like rhyming)
If nobody cares, fine, You care!. If you are running against the wind, fine, then feel the wind! Go with the flow of life! It is worth it…


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