You wrote your true feelings and I agree with you about this community. Let's stick together. Keep on keepin' on. Missnuggy
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Thanks for stating what I've felt since joining SparkPeople. One of the (many) reasons I jump out of bed each day and open my computer is to "feed my soul" with the positive messages and encouraging words I know I'll find.
I never imagined there could be an online community where the folks are so well-spoken and positive-minded!
Visiting here makes me feel like I'm wrapped in a virtual hug!
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I love this community too! Thanks for the reminder that this is a community focused on the health and happiness of others... What a great thing to be part of!!!
Thanks for the lovely reminder of the wonder of Spark. We are a community - in the best sense. We are friends who care about each other. Some are closer friends, but all are cared about. Chris certainly realized his dreams and people have come. He has also built a safe place with people to monitor and see that it stays that way. I LOVE THIS PLACE TOO!
I am so glad you can express in those words how I feel also about this site.Tthanks for sharing this with us. I am not much for expressing myself through written words and your Blog really is how I feel too. Thank You so, so, much.
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What a great post. It's surprising how motivated you can be just from seeing how strangers are doing, and from their words but here it really works. I can't tell you how much better I'm doing just because of SP
Sparkpeople has some awesome members and I have become friends with some and even met some of them which was an amazing time. This summer I got to see and meet more and intend to see some of them in the future! It's great finding friends and sharing our struggles and triumphs. What works and what the stumbling blocks are. Glad you found some great people on here for your journey pals. This journey can be long for us and hard-going but the encouragement we find in fellow sojourners is truly a blessing to keep us heading down the right path! Thanks for sharing your post with us!
I sometimes feel hateful to. I use to think that people are out there to hurt but now I don't. I have lots of friend out there that like me and willing to help me. So there not that many people out there are to hateful. So don't give up they out there. You are do at keeping positive and think not everyone out there is not hateful.
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I am so glad to have this part of the internet too!
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That's what is so wonderful about this community. In the nearly three years that I have been Sparking, I can count on one hand (two fingers actually) the number of times that anyone was in the least "snarky" with either myself or someone else. SOOO much better to associate with those who are SPARKY!
Truly a message from your heart. I love it when members respond to a post. It feels good to know that someone took the time to shares words of support, kindness and understanding. Thank you for putting that good feeling into words.
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Thank you for expressing, so eloquently, what makes SparkPeople so special. It feels like a safe place to be and is so unlike many sites where the ranting and raving and rude comments bring you down instead of building you up and helping one become a better person. This is one of the main reasons that SparkPeople is the only social networking site I chose to be a part of and to invest my time in. Thank you for taking your time to spread this important message.
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I too find SP members to be very supportive. I haven't with them long, but they are making a difference in my life!
I hope one day I can give back to someone else in the same way.
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Loved your post, and am looking forward to getting to know and to help in any way I can .. This website is awesome, there is so much support and love and encouragment that you cannot help but succeed ..
All the very best ... Hugs Susie
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I so agree with you. It is very valuable to belong to such a positive community and my day is made more pleasant and fruitful just accessing these pages.
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Thank you! It's great that you are getting such positive feed back. keep posting and sparking!!
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Hi Kanachii -- thanks for sharing your incredible post! Now you are putting in the time to motivate other people. We shared your post with our entire team to motivate each other to keep working hard to help more people.
Thanks for being part of the SparkPeople family :).
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Hello and Welcome!!
Thank you for sharing your positive experiences with the SparkPeople Community. We hope you find continued success on your journey and are able to reach all of your goals.
If you are interested in creating a SparkPage for yourself, you can do so using by going to the COMMUNITY tab and then the SPARKPAGES tab.
I just wanted to tell each and every person that you are amazing and I love you. This is a fantastic community and I have really enjoyed what I've seen here.
As you can tell, I do not post much. I used to post on several forums when I was younger, but gradually withdrew because of trolls and hateful people. But this community is much different. I've never seen any flaming or hurtful comments. It's a rare find.
I made a very lengthy post a few days ago that I thought most people would skip over. To my surprise, not only did people respond - they responded very thoroughly! They gave me tons of helpful information and encouragement.
One person even sent me several messages that helped me pinpoint what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. I looked at the timestamps on the messages, thirty minutes had lapsed between the first message and the last. This person spent thirty minutes of their time sending me information and helping me, a total stranger. That's half an hour she could have been cooking, exercising, watching TV, reading a book.. doing anything, yet she spent the time helping me. I think that's amazing.
It moves me that all of you spend so much time helping complete strangers. All of you want the same thing for everyone here: to be healthy and happy. Every single time you post words of comfort, advice, or praise you create a ripple, that ripple becomes a wave, and you have no idea how far that wave can go.
It's easy to support a cause by donating a dollar, or clicking "like", or visiting a web page. Genuine charity is when you donate your time. Your time is so very precious, so very limited. To everyone that's ever posted in Spark: you're one of the good guys. Thank you so much.
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