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Stepping closer to the light at the end of the tunnel

Saturday, February 24, 2007

In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer.

- Albert Camus, author

Hard times are inevitable--death, financial struggle, family problems, the loss of a job, depression--all of these tough times are just seasons. Abraham Lincoln once said, "This too shall pass," and you can apply it to both the good times and the bad. The thrill of a new relationship won't endure forever, just as the grief of losing a loved one won't either. So endure the hardships of life, knowing that time will eventually heal your wounds and you will make it through. Think about what struggles have occurred in your life and what they taught you. No matter how dim the light at the end of the tunnel seems, it is still a light. Each day is an opportunity for that light of hope to get closer and closer, until eventually the clouds above your head part and you feel the forgotten sunshine on you again. Overcoming pain makes you stronger and better equipped to handle the next valley.


A little fun - Words Women Use

Friday, February 16, 2007

1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome.

8.) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F@!K YOU!

9.) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking, "what's wrong", for the woman's response refer to #3.


Success & Patience

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul

- Simone Weil

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul
- Simone Weil

What we can learn about patience from a diamond

Trying and persevering--but failing--to see your goals realized can be frustrating. Margaret Thatcher once said "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it," and she was absolutely right. You''ve got to believe that you will succeed! Never admit defeat as long as time and effort remain. Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after hundreds of years as a lump of coal

My thoughts: Success requires a lot more besides patience.... it requires a great deal of faith, faith in one's abilities, faith in one's path, faith in one's strength. and...... a very positive attitude through it all. and...... a sense of adventure; at least treating our journey as an adventure. and.... the ability to enjoy the adventure with a sense of joy, of humor and wit. and..... be willing to share the adventure with those that you hold dear.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TUCKERVILL 2/14/2007 5:18PM

    Hey, thanks for being so open with your story! I've been searching SP looking for success stories like yours, and it's very inspirational.

I get disheartened when I go through message boards and Spark Pages and find people who have a gazillion Spark Points but have still only lost 8 of the 100 pounds they have to lose! I don't want that to be me! Looking forward to reading your blog.


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If you think you are beaten you are.....

Saturday, February 03, 2007

"If you think you are beaten you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
it is almost certain you won't
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a person's will
It's all in the state of mind.
You have to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before,
you can ever win the prize.
Life's opportunities don't always go,
to the stronger or the faster man,
But sooner or later the person who wins,
is the one who thinks he can"

author unknown



Sunday, January 28, 2007


DIET: The goal is self-limiting.
When you get to your goal weight, you stop the diet
LIFESTYLE: The goal is open-ended.
Weight management becomes part of your daily life, with strategies that vary as circumstances, priorities, and needs change.

DIET: A diet is a surface level change.
It involves simple changes in behaviors you are already doing (or not doing). You take in fewer calories from food and (maybe) expend more calories on activity. Foods are "good" or "bad" based on calorie content.
LIFESTYLE: Lifestyle changes are made on many levels.
In addition to healthy changes in your relationship with food and exercise, you will challenge the basic attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and feelings that made you overweight (and unhappy) to begin with.

DIET: Progress and success are measured by the scale.
Anything that results in weight loss is considered acceptable, even if it poses potential problems or risks. Failure to lose weight as fast as desired is very upsetting, and the process feels like a constant battle. High stress is constant.
LIFESTYLE: Progress and success are measured in terms of satisfaction & quality of life.
Weight loss and maintenance continue to be important, but are put in perspective as one way you can move towards larger, more rewarding goals. Daily ups and downs become much less stressful.

DIET: Results don't last.
Even if you manage to stick with all the unpleasantness of a diet long enough to reach your weight goal, your odds of keeping it off permanently are less than one in twenty.
LIFESTYLE: Results are lasting.
Your lifestyle change is an open-ended, ongoing process with goals that continue to expand and grow. There is no reason to go back to the habits that got you overweight in the first place.

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BONNIEBEE 1/29/2007 1:32PM

    right on, right on, right on, brother dennyb!

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