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What Is A Friend?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have been thinking about friendship and how others can impact a person's life. Some people that I have know for decades don't fit my idea of 'Friend', and others who I have just started to interact with... well, they seem to be warm, inviting, sympathetic and tender.

Isn't that what we all need in this cruel, impatient, exhausting and lonely planet?

I want to thank the Ladies that pop in to visit my Spark Page, answer my chat questions and leave notes on the Message Boards. I feel a kindred spirit growing (like Anne Shirley had for Diana Barry when she moved to Green Gables.)

I'm not used to logging in every morning and finding friendly gals ready to discuss books, movies, quotations from the past, and amusing facts! But it certainly is nice to get used to the contact and encouragement.

When I'm blue and feeling like it's all uphill, I have found out that The Tea Ladies, the Victoriana Gals and the Wed. Nite Prayer Group all pitch in to share the spark. I hope that my timing is good for all of you out there, when your day makes you feel like you are hitting bottom.

What is a friend? I am seeing evidence that it is a person like YOU: caring, encouraging, thoughtful and helpful. Quite a few Spaklers have a great sense of humour too. I look forward to popping in and visiting with my newly found friends tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.

Nighty night!

  
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ESSEXCHICKIE 7/23/2009 7:12AM

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JEAN524 7/23/2009 6:45AM

    Friends are everything you say and more. They find time for you when you are down and listen, they empathise and share experiences and a giggle. You're right though - you can know people for a long time but not be real, true friends. Thanks for posting - it made me think a bit more. emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/19/2009 2:49PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I bet you are a very good friend.
I know my friends mean the world to me and I let them know that.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Amy
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LACEEJO11 7/19/2009 2:10PM

    GOSPELCLOWN,

I am so touched that you mentioned our team in this blog!! I certainly hope we live up to the compliments!!

I agree with you 100%. When I first started S.P. I just wasn't sure how you could really make friends, and know someone actually cared about you, on line!!

Now I know!! I call it magic, of course I know it is GODs magic!! I love having friends to cheer me and be able to do the same for them.

I had a great friend come to me and shared her need for prayer, and support. LOL. she didn't even know I was in trouble!!

We got together and prayed for one another encouraged one another, gently. Now we are praising GOD and saying thank you to one another, for being there!!!

That is what S.P. is all about. Our spirits and personalities come shining through...no matter how many miles away, no matter what language we may speak.

I love your reference to the Green Gables characters....that is a perfect analogy!!
I am so blessed that you are my friend and a team player on our GREAT team!!

LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11



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ANGELLINDA 7/19/2009 9:45AM

    I loved this Blog. I also noticed that you are a clown. I have 2 cousins who are clowns also. Such a fun thing to do for the kids. You have to have a great joy in your heart when you make a child smile.

I think I would love to have you as my friend.

Linda

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LINGUISTMARCIE 7/19/2009 8:43AM

    You're such a sweetheart, Karen! Remember that YOU are all of those things, too!

Love,
Marcie

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TERRIBLETERR46 7/19/2009 3:26AM

  Very nice post! I enjoyed reading it!

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The Value In Journaling

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I realize that I am a very poor journal writer. I appreciate the value of writing down thoughts, actions and accomplishments, but I just do not do it.
I was a rotten keeper of a diary, back in the day when all my 'tweeny' girlfriends were faithfully pouring out their passions on to paper. (groan)

Here at Spark People, I receive daily motivation emails to prompt me to write in a journal. It is the only reason that I will write my thoughts electronically. Even though I am going through these motions to write in a journal, I realize that I don't look back into the pages to soak up the information that I am keeping.

I like the feeling of putting pen to paper. I don't mind typing words into a computer.
That being said, what am I avoiding by not journaling? I seem to do the bare minimum.
Is it laziness? Fear of my inner thoughts? Screwed up priorities?

I want to make a fresh commitment to write my interpretation of truth into a journal each day.
I want to be able to look back on accomplishments.
I want to see in black and white that I have areas in my new lifestyle that need improvement.
I would like to become a better writer and more succinct communicator.
I want to tell myself truthful thoughts.

I've had it with lukewarm platitudes. I like to keep the peace within myself and this attitude of never rocking the boat has got to stop.

My upcoming journal entries may be a whole new "CSI" investigation inside the head of Karen. Whatever my head will realize, I can expect my body to be able to follow.

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Am I Contributing?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today has been a busy day in the office. Let me back up a bit for you...

I have been laid off since the end of May from a paying job, so for the last six weeks, I travel downtown with DH to his office.
I am volunteering my time in exchange for 'keeping my office knowledge sharp' and helping the business stay ahead of mountains of paperwork. It is not the best of situations financially, but I feel that I make a contribution.

Without a job at the present time, I face the fact that I will not be a regular contributor to the on- going payments of our soon-to-acquire mortgage. For the time being, I will have to be satisfied with making a one-time contribution to the initial down payment. That money is a lot of my savings along with a divorce settlement.

In a perfect world, I would be making $20 an hour in a nearby job that I felt was totally fulfilling: emotionally, making use of my clerical talents and allowing me to get some exercise.

So, today I am surfing the 'net to see what is posted on the job sites. I have resumes out there for some favourite possibilities and also for some not so favourite positions.
I will take some satisfaction in the fact that I have been helpful on the phones, on the computer and by sending business text messages to the technicians who are on call.

If I was at a real job in a fast paced environment, would I be able to post a blog or be engaged with my Spark friends today? Probably not.

So, am I contributing? For now I will do what I can, with the talent and opportunities that I have, to contribute to my home, the office and the greater community.

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 7/15/2009 4:17PM

    You keep it up, Karen! You're contributing to the situation, even if it's not monetarily.

Plus, if it's any consolation, you're helping contribute to my success and I'm sure, many others' successes here on Spark!

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BENZA811 7/15/2009 1:40PM

    Continue to volunteer, GOD sees you and he will not let you go.
So be ready to receive HIS blessing.

Serving HIM
Beatriz

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14JESUSGIRL 7/15/2009 10:10AM

    I know the reason you're contributing is a good one. Your motives are in the right place. Don't forget what God promises us, though, "Give, and it shall be given back to you." We don't give just to get, which isn't what you are doing. So, be prepared and expect to receive!
Love in Christ,
Lee
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PATSYANN47 7/14/2009 8:37PM

    What a smart thing to do. Volunteer to keep your skills sharp, I probably wouldn't have thought of it. In the long run it will pay off, I'm sure.
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Good Relationships are Worth The Effort

Monday, July 13, 2009

One of the journal postings mentioned that, "Pride isn't something that is easy to part with, but being unforgiving can eat away at a friendship or marriage. Good relationships have boundless benefits, so work to make them the best they can be!"

Pride can be such a wall that keeps us from being sensitive to the needs of others. If pride is our protective shell, we become self-centred. In contrast to this, relationships need to involve 2 way communication. Here is the problem: letting others really get to know us, allows them to see our flaws and imperfections.

We all fall short of perfection-- get used to it! Don't cut yourself off from interpersonal relationships because you have flaws and fear embarrassment. You'll know a good friend when they do not embarrass you.

It is said that honey (your sweet and kind nature) draws more bees than vinegar (negative vibes). So show your caring, patient, helpful and listening side to draw others to you. Opt out of the vinegar attitude when it surfaces.

You deserve good relationships at home, school, at work and in your community. Give friendship some of your energy and watch it come back to you.

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 7/14/2009 12:40PM

   
This is great advice, Karen! Thank you for reminding me what I should be doing!

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LACEEJO11 7/13/2009 5:40PM

   


Thank you for sharing this!! We all need to be reminded, a good friend is more precious than any gem or amount of money!!

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CANNOTFATHOM 7/13/2009 3:34PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Penny

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/13/2009 2:43PM

    I love this blog! How true! of course all of us here on Spark have great relationships, right!

I can tell you that it took a long time for me to post any pics. of myself, as I was kind of embarassed about my shape and rosacia face.

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Rates Of Pay-- How Frustrating!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hello Fellow Sparklers-
I wish I could say that today I am shining bright like a happy, healthy, "in control" super nova, but that's not where my head is at today.

I am surfing the 'net for job postings around my 'neck of the woods' for a receptionist position, or something that would contribute to my community. I like to help others!

Most jobs that are available are paying $10 an hour, which would hardly cover the cost of a bachelorette in the grimiest part of town. It is tough all over, isn't it?

This region of Canada has the highest cost of living, due somewhat to being located on an island. More importantly, I think, it is because of the temporate climate and great views! If I were retired and living on a great pension, it would be an optimal situation... but I am not.

I am trying to be the support staff that ensures others can enjoy their community and keep it functioning. It may take two jobs to 'get 'er done', so I'm keeping that idea open.

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 7/14/2009 12:37PM

   
Don't give up, Karen. I've been in your shoes before, and not in an expensive place to live and it's still not fun. I can't completely imagine what you're going through, but I can sympathize.

Have you considered doing any work from home? What if you did receptionist/administrative assistant-like duties until you found something? Typing that people need done or something like that? You could do it from home, while you continue to look for something more permanent, and maybe it could bring in some extra money?

Or what about gardening jobs? They're hard work, but if you found a landscaper, they might need someone since it's summertime. Your flowers are lovely and could prove to them you know what you're doing, and you're still helping your community with beautification!

Just some ideas. You're in my thoughts.

M.

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LACEEJO11 7/13/2009 5:37PM

   

Behind you all the way!! I am a single lady, not getting any younger, with a back and hip problem!!!

I was used to working 7 days a week...for several years, but now am just getting by on what my day care brings in!!

I will be praying you find what GOD wants for you, my friend, as HE only wants the BEST for you!!Hang in there!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/13/2009 2:07PM

    It sounds fustrating karen, and I pray you will find a job that you like and pays a decent wage. I guess I am lucky that I am not out in that as I stay home with special needs daughter, and hubby works, I feels so sorry for those that are struggling looking for work right now.

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