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Commitment and Compassion

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What is the two most important things in our Journey ? In my opinion it is commitment and compassion.. why?? well I thought long and hard and came up with other answers then I realized. when we all signed on here we made a commitment. The commitment was not just to SP but the first part was to Ourselves. We committed ourselves to a long, hard and often frustrating journey. Lots of false starts, stumbles and Do over. Commitment to being the best we can be given our each individual circumstances.
But we did it.. Now give yourself a pat on the shoulder.

Our second or the one I put second is Compassion. Compassion for ourselves and others. We recognize and sometimes we lose sight of other peoples situations and needs. Then when the duh hit on the head moment comes.. we instinctively reach our our hands unseen by the world but seen by SP in our actions and words and compassion for our fellow journeymen and women on the long road ahead.
We send hugs, kisses, smiles, goodies an quick hello or a welcome note or emoticon.
We do it, we know and recognize the commitment and compassion we have for ourselves and eachother. Unseen at times but our friends and Soul Buddies. The ones who know our story because it is their story too. From hiding behind others in photos or big clothes or inside our own homes.
You know what I think??? I'm going to tell you all anyway..
You All Make Me so Proud to be on SP with you all. You all are committed to a new and Healthy you and to sharing this with all. The compassion and Goodwill that radiates in the words I read gives me hope and comfort.
When I stared I was afraid of failing again. The turning point was not to long ago when I really let it sink in I am not alone in this. I can stumble, fall, but there are hands to help me up and to dust me off.
Thank you.
Big Hugs and Great wishes to you all.

Quotes on Commitment

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.~Janis Joplin

Unknown author:
Don't wait for someone else to make your life terrific. That's your job.

Napoleon Hill:
Effort only full releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

Booker T. Washington:
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

Kahlil Gibran:
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Thomas Fuller:
Good is not good where better is expected.

Walter Cronkite:
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.

Frank Lloyd Wright:
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

Anthony Robbins:
If you are truly flexible and go until... there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime.

Dr. Joyce Brothers:
If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider.

Quotes on Compassion

George Washington Carver:
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

Mother Teresa:
Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks - but homeless because of rejection.

Nancy Reagan:
I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.

John Keats:
I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the hearts affection, and the truth of the imagination.

Baruch Spinoza:
I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand.

George MacDonald, Scottish Author and Poet:
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

William Penn:
If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

Buddhist saying:
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/1/2009 11:36AM

    Wonderful blog, Donna and great advice. I can always trust you to tell it like it is and to support and inspire each of us. Thank you so very much just for being you!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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GRANNY1972 9/30/2009 5:50PM

    Another great blog Donna!!

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SHIITAKE 9/30/2009 12:58PM


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SMILINGEYES2 9/30/2009 9:48AM

    Excellent advice. Thank you for being such a committed person, Donna, you are terrific.

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POOH_BEAR_69 9/29/2009 10:08PM

    You are right... I've often found that the people who are the most successful have committed to themselves first and foremost. I think all of us have compassion for our fellow Sparkers... At one time or another, we've all been in the same boat!

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BELLACUDDLES 9/29/2009 4:55PM

    A lot of truth to what you said........you go girl!!!!!!

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Gratitude from My heart to you

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thank each and every one of you from My heart for all the kindness and wonderful words you leave on my blogs. I try to follow my heart when I write them and share what I receive and read. You all lift up my heart and believe it. when I say.. You all inspire and motivate me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You are to me a guiding light on this SP journey.
There were times I felt I was not doing it right and to be quite honest.. looking for a way to stop. then Some wonderful SP team mate or unknown person's kindness and Blogs light the Super Spark I needed. To Each one of you from My heart to yours. Many Thanks and Blessings..
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
~Lois McMaster Bujold

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CAROLEMP17 9/29/2009 9:32AM

  Right back at ya babe! Your blogs and messages have inspired me!!

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LESSOFMOORE 9/28/2009 8:48PM


Your blogs are such an enjoyable part of my Spark journey. I hope to be a help to you in some way.

Your friend,

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BENTONHEALTHY 9/28/2009 1:16PM

We all help each other. When I get to express myself or encourage someone else, it helps me too. That is why this is the greatest community ever. You are very sweet.

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USMAWIFE 9/28/2009 9:07AM

    Everyday i look forward to what you have written. Makes my day. emoticon

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BEVERLYJEANNE 9/28/2009 8:30AM

    The feelings are returned to you as well!
You keep me on track more than you know.
Thanks and hugs to you.

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BELLACUDDLES 9/28/2009 12:34AM

    Donna, you are just so sweet......I wished you lived next door to me!!


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WILLOW49 9/27/2009 10:21PM

    Donna, you are so supportive to others; I'm honored to be your friend. Big hugs to you! emoticon emoticon


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POOH_BEAR_69 9/27/2009 9:35PM

    We love you too, Donna... Great quote by the way!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/27/2009 8:54PM

    Blessings and hugs from my heart to yours. You always know when and what to share to make each day special. You are there to inspire and support me. For this, I thank you!!!

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An email Just to nice Not to share

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dear Lord, I thank You for
this day,

I thank You for my being able to see

And to hear this morning.

I'm blessed because You are

A forgiving God and

An understanding God.

You have done so much for me

And You keep o n blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything

I have done, said or thought

That was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness..

Please keep me safe

From all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day

With a new attitude and plenty of

Let me make the best of each and every

To clear my mind so that I can hear from

Please broaden my mind

That I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper

Over things I have no control over.
And give me the best response

When I'm pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can't pray,

You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I
may be

A blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak...
Keep me uplifted that I may have

Words of encouragement for

I pray for those that are

And can't find their way.

I pray for those that are

And misunderstood.

I pray for those who

Don't know You intimately.

I pray for those that will delete this

Without sharing it with others

I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank You that I believe

That God changes people and

God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers.

For each and every family member

In their households.

I pray for peace, love and joy

In their homes; that they are out of debt

And all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this

Knows there is no
problem, circumstance,

Or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in Your hands for
You to fight.

I pray that these words be

Into the hearts of every eye that sees it

In Jesus' name. Amen!

If you prayed this prayer,

Change the number in the subject box

Before forwarding the message

So people can see how many

Other people have done so.

God Bless ! ! ! ! !

Just repeat this phrase and see how God moves!!

God I love you and I need

Come into my heart, please!

Pass this message to 10 people except you and
You will receive a miracle tomorrow.
Don't ignore this and God will bless you.
Know that you are already blessed

By the person who sent this to you.

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SHIITAKE 9/28/2009 7:34PM


Just Beautiful !!!!! emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 9/28/2009 12:09PM

    Thanks so much!

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USMAWIFE 9/28/2009 9:06AM

    Awesome message

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LESSOFMOORE 9/27/2009 9:59PM

    This is a beautiful blog any day, but I especially like it for Sunday.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/27/2009 8:51PM

    You have blessed us again with another fantastic blog, Donna. Thank you so much!!! I have read this several times and copied it to share with other. Beautiful!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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Some People....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Some People" by Flavia Weedn

Some people come into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.

Some people come into our lives
and quickly go... Some stay for awhile
and embrace our silent dreams.

They help us become aware
of the delicate winds of hope...
and we discover within every human spirit
there are wings yearning to fly.

They help our hearts to see that
the only stairway to the stars
is woven with dreams...
and we find ourselves
unafraid to reach high.

They celebrate the true essence
of who we are...
and have faith in all
that we may become.

Some people awaken us
to new and deeper realizations...
for we gain insight
from the passing whisper of their wisdom

Throughout our lives we are sent
precious souls...
meant to share our journey
however brief or lasting their stay
they remind us why we are here.

To learn... to teach... to nurture... to love

Some people come into our lives
to cast a steady light
upon our path and guide our every step
their shining belief in us
helps us to believe in ourselves.

Some people come into our
lives to teach us about love...
The love that rests within ourselves.

Let us reach out to others
and feel the bliss of giving
for love is far richer in action
that it ever is in words.

Some people come into our lives
and they move our souls to sing
and make our spirits dance.

They help us to see that everything on earth
is part of the incredibility of life...
and that it is always there
for us to take of its joy.

Some people come into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.

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BELLACUDDLES 9/27/2009 5:05PM

    I have seen this one before and it still touches my heart.....thanks Donna!!!!


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SMILINGEYES2 9/27/2009 2:43PM

    You are one of those people who touch other's hearts and give support. Thank you for this lovely post.

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CAROLEMP17 9/27/2009 7:56AM

  Donna, this is awesome! Just loved it - thanks so much for sharing it!


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DEBBIER9 9/27/2009 2:09AM

    wow you rock

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So nice. emoticon
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LESSOFMOORE 9/26/2009 11:13PM


Thanks for making our Spark world a better place!


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CHARLIESANGEL10 9/26/2009 9:29PM

    Well, now you went & made me cry---this is just beautiful & really is what life is all about.....kindness, spreading joy, uplifting the fallen, & being grateful for our friends along the journey. emoticon

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WILLOW49 9/26/2009 9:27PM

    This is so wonderful! I'm so blessed to call you friend :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIITAKE 9/26/2009 9:22PM


This is beautiful ! Many people come into our lives for different reasons ! Thank you for
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POOH_BEAR_69 9/26/2009 8:31PM


This is VERY beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing more amazing words of wisdom. You always share such positive things. I feel blessed to have a SparkFriend who makes the world a nicer place by being in it!!!



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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/26/2009 8:06PM

    Oh Donna, you are so right with this one. How beautiful and so very true. The first and last paragrahs say it all since I have met you on SP..."Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same." This is how I feel about you. You are so very special to me and I just wanted you to know!!!
Blessings, love and hugs my dear friend,
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My thoughts and a scattering of quotes

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tonight was and is a scattering of many quotes that reflect different areas that all come into play on this journey. From honor, as we honor our start and commitment to getting healthy. Chance by finding SP and taking the chance putting ourselves out there. Stepping from the shadows we have so long hid in.
Truth for who do we hurt if we are not truthful to our selves and others.
Teamwork which is such an important focal point on Sp. Without teamwork how do we go from the starting point to the final destination on reaching our goals. So long we tried and tried in vane to do it alone. Time and time again the weight came back. With our teams and support and working together sharing our goals and ideals and opinions and tips...we all are success stories. From needing to lose 10 pounds to 300 pounds and for some much more. Yet there is really no difference in each of us when we take away the scale and the numbers. We are one. We are the Teams , We are the support systems for each other. We are Sisters and Brothers who are fighting the fight of our lives..

Corita Kent:
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Henri Frederick Amiel:
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

Henry Van Dyke:
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.

"While both joy and sorrow are fleeting, and often intertwined, love has the power to overcome both. And love can last forever." ~ Deb Plouse Fulton,

"Photographs are precious memories . . . the visual evidence of place and time and relationships . . . ritual talismans for the treasure chest of the heart." ~ Robert Fulghum

When you love what you’re doing, you’ll never give up. You’ll keep focused, you’ll push yourself and you’ll feel motivated. When you can align your passions with your goals, then the whole mindset thing will eventually catch up with you. That desire to accomplishing your goals kicks in.
!stanley Tang

It’s almost like your goals become your passion,and when your goals become part of your passion, then you can’t help but to achieve them.~ Stanley Tang

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
Lois McMaster Bujold

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.
Welsh Proverb

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong”
Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Graham Bell: Quote on Strength
What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.

Anonymous: Focus Quote
An important project was begun, a bishop quoted an ancient sage as saying, "If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible for us to set our faces steadily toward the work required of us."

Author unknown: Chance Quote
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.

Henry Ford: Chance Quote
Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

Laurence Peter: Chance Quote
Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

Kahlil Gibran: Chance Quote
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Miguel de Cervantes: Chance Quote
Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.

Peter Sinclair: Chance Quote
Great lives are the culmination of great thoughts followed by great actions.

Edward F. Halifax: Chance Quote
He who leaves nothing to chance will do few things poorly, but he will do few things.

William James: Chance Quote
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.

John D. Rockefeller: Chance Quote
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.

Quotes on Teamwork
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Vincent Lombardi:
The achievements of an organization and the results of the combined effort of each individual.

Theodore Roosevelt:
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

Napoleon Hill:
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.

Henry Ford:
There is one rule for industrialists and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

Henry Ford: Quotes on Teamwork
Why should I clutter my mind with general information when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I need?

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BELLACUDDLES 9/24/2009 4:11PM

    That was great, Donna!!!


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SHIITAKE 9/24/2009 12:16PM


This is a wonderful blog ! So many great sayings and quotes......I shall save them for future
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/24/2009 11:05AM

    Donna, Again my friend thank you for sharing these with us. This one about friendship says it all...."Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
I just want to say thank you for your friendship!!! AWESOME!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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SMILINGEYES2 9/24/2009 10:50AM

    Wow. While I am familiar with most, some are new to me. My mama kept sayings and quotes. There is so much wisdom out there and some have the gift of saying so much in only a few words. Thank you for sharing this. Linda

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