Monday, September 05, 2011
Yesterday, a very special friend of mine celebrated a very special birthday! Her name is Susan. She shares with me and those who visit her page, the very essence of her life, her joy, and her spark just by sharing the way she does through these very vibrant SparkPages!
Susan lives a life that I strive to model. Her priorities are in order: Faith, Family and Friends! Because of our frailties, we often fall short in maintaining the richness and abundance of life that comes with a quality and abiding faith life. It is then that we learn to forgive and come back strong.
Susan is my role model today! She is one of many who have blessed my life with the gift to encourage me to be my best. Thank you for being an exemplary individual in loving so many people within the SparkCommunity Ė you bless us in ways you may never fully know. Even in person you radiate a great beauty that is beyond words.
Being the visual person I am, the amateur photographer in me would like to share with you some pictures I took while on a recent walk. Nature also has a unique way to reenergize me (including a young deer that is barely visible in the woods):
Okay, I have a confession (as if you already donít know it). Iím a world class SAP! I can watch the last five minutes of ďTouched by an AngelĒ (TV Series 1994Ė2003) and find tears of joy falling from my eyes. Iíve come to accept it as both a blessing and a curse that comes with having a creative side: We do things differently (have different cars, build very different swing sets, take very different vacations, and the list goes on and on) than those who are more social-, action-, or business-oriented. I celebrate our diversity, as this world would be all too boring if we all liked the same thing. If I werenít so introverted, I could probably lead a seminar on our wonderful differences. Ah yes, having a thirst for life-time learning, means taking a wide array of self-discovery tests like that of the Myers Briggs, or simply reading self-help books.
Today, Iíd like to remind you that you are a very powerful person! Your words, how you think, and your actions are more powerful than you can imagine! I have found that some days Iím amazed at the power these SparkPages have to education, motivate, and move us. I give thanks to your gifts and talents through your friendship, team, and moving challenges! The Spark difference is stark! Whatever you do, please do not take these pages or your personal power for granted. While sometimes your words may literally fall on deaf ears, you may never know the impact your words may have on that one person who needs a little extra encouragement today!
The power to be just that spark to get our fires going, is evident through my many SparkTeam challenges. To my many SparkFriends and teammates who challenge me beyond my personal best, I say ďThank you.Ē One of Susanís quotes featured on her page touched me today: "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." - Albert Schweitzer. Thank you, Mo! Thank you, Ceri! Thank you, Mimi! Thank you, Jennifer! Thank you, Linda! Thank you, Mary! Thank you, Jacki! Thank you, Carley! Thank you, Janet! Thank you, Lise! Thank you, Leona! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Just when I think Iím invisible to the world, your power touches me!