Choose an Attitude

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”


I Won’t Go

You sneaky bastard. You won’t take me.  I won’t go. Many have gone before me at your hand.  You caught me at my weakest in the past and you took control of my life, my thoughts, my very breath.  You took the sun, the warmth and the joy from my heart.

But no more. I am stronger than you realize and I will not cower to you.  I will not succumb to your black soul.  Your vile breath has been felt on my neck as you wait to pounce. I recognize your stench.  It is the smell of despair and loss, of hatred and loathing.

I have the light on my side.  Love, forgiveness and kindness are it’s foundation and you will not shake that foundation.

You will not take me.

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

*This is a work of fiction.  No worries my friends! 


Happiest Day In my Life

 I was looking at participating in a writing contest where you write about the happiest day of your life.

Could you really tell someone what THE happiest day in your life has been?  For me there have been many.

The day I got my drivers’ license.  The birth of my children.  My marriage to husband #1, or was it #2?  Maybe it was to husband #3.  hmmm…

I can remember a day, walking through the woods.  It was summertime and the sky was blue, the sun was warm and the breeze raised just the slightest of  goose flesh on my arms.  I was young and in love.

Was this THE happiest day of my life?

Or was it when I was in the arms of a man that loved and adored me, feeling the highs that only come when real love is included with the lovemaking.

Happiness is fleeting.  Our lives are filled with ups and downs.  I’ve had countless of these moments.  To pick just one is impossible.

Happiness is dished out in tiny dessert dishes, not on serving platters.  It’s the tiny moments in life.  It’s the day your child learns to tie his shoes.  It’s getting your high school diploma.  It’s a sweet kiss from your spouse of 30 years.

If you are looking for Happiness to be this big piece of your life, you are going to be terribly disappointed.

The ups and downs in our lives IS our life.  The tiny Moments of happiness are the cherry on top.

Cherish the moments.  This is Happiness.