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Making A Commitment To Life

Friday, July 06, 2012

Years ago, the motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar defined commitment this way "When you want to understand committing yourself to something look at a plate of bacon and eggs. The chicken made a contribution, the pig made a commitment."

I met Kait Seyal in November of 2011. She waited tables at a restaurant I frequent and not only did she provide excellent service emoticon we soon became friends. Kait told me of her love for animals, especially dogs, and her commitment to animal rescue and pet therapy for the sick, disabled and elderly.



She and her husband John were looking for a way to bring attention to abused and abandoned animals and the real value of using pets to aid people in their recovery. So they decided to do something small and insignificant (LOL) They quit their jobs, packed up their belongings and decided they and their two dogs would hike from Delaware to San Francisco. They began their journey in late March and as of yesterday had reached Iowa.

I could go on and on but I'd rather give you the link to their blog. It speaks to their journey and commitment to their cause more eloquently than I ever could. As I follow them on their journey I examine my own commitments. If you get a chance stop by and follow their journey.

Here is the Link

http://www.dogblogusa.com

  
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GIRANIMAL 7/17/2012 5:13PM

    Ohh, John, this is so amazing. I fell in love with these two from their first, oh, I dunno -- three words on their blog? emoticon Thanks so much for sharing, and for this shining example of commitment. I find myself inspired but sad -- likely because I lack this kind of fire these days. Apparently I need a new cause! (And should be darn happy and grateful that this healthy-living thing feels more like an old friend these days.) emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 7/10/2012 10:12PM

    I just recently heard about these folks. How inspiring!

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CRYSTALJEM 7/9/2012 10:55AM

    Looking forward to checking the link. Just reading your synopsis of it makes me remember how much I respect people who do more than think about things, but that make things happen.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/7/2012 1:23PM

    I love pets too and think this is a great cause. Love it.

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HDHAWK 7/7/2012 10:26AM

    I just heard about this yesterday. What a wonderful thing they are doing.

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NASFKAB 7/7/2012 3:08AM

  awesome work

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LYNMEINDERS 7/7/2012 1:50AM

    Awesome...a great cause...we need more people like them....
Will look at the dogs blog....thankyou

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CARTOONB 7/6/2012 8:59PM

    Wow! Good for them. That is quite the feat. I hope they accomplish their goal.

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SPARKENISTA 7/6/2012 6:03PM

    This is an amazing story. I will definitely check out their blog. Thanks for this.

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SUPERACHIEVER 7/6/2012 2:32PM

    John, this is awesome. I am definitely going to look the blog you mentioned over. I can't wait to read more about their journey.



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SILLYHP1953 7/6/2012 1:43PM

    Well, when you look at it that way, there is a BIG difference between contribution and commitment. I think that is a lot of my problem. I've been making contributions toward my weight loss...it's time to make a commitment.

I will check out their blog. Thank you.

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MARCYNA 7/6/2012 1:29PM

    Hey, what a committment, thanks!!!

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HLOCHRIDGE 7/6/2012 12:08PM

    Getting ready to check out their blog! How wonderful!!

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MISSROCKABILLY 7/6/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this, John. Their story, dedication, and courage are amazing! I'll definitely be following their blog.
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EGALITAIRE 7/6/2012 10:07AM

    That's great

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/6/2012 10:03AM

    emoticon for sharing this and also to Kait and her husband for doing this. We live in a rural area where many dogs are just dumped..We have rescued 3..so sad to see the shape these dogs were in when we got them..Glad someone is making a difference.

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/6/2012 9:46AM

    Thanks John. I visited their website and it is a very cool project and cause.

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LDRICHEL 7/6/2012 9:22AM

    Seriously cool. Oddly enough, I've been pondering part of my Bible reading this morning (Acts 16) and was really confused about vs. 3. That quote from Zig Ziglar shed some light on it and gave me a bit of understanding on the matter. I also think it's hilarious that it's talking about a pig (considering the whole issue in Acts 16 is the Jewish culture). Made me giggle. :)

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TRISTAROSE 7/6/2012 9:20AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing .... such a great thing they are doing!

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SANDRALEET 7/6/2012 8:43AM

    So with her .I to look after strays emoticon

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The Independence To.....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012



She looked up at the sky, eyes wide with amazement and awe. I saw the joy only a young child has for the simple and truly awesome things of life. As I watched her it struck me that she is the embodiment of this holiday we celebrate in the USA. She is independent to make any choice she wants for her life. She is free to walk any path she chooses and there is no retreating from the magical and mystical life she lives.

She is free and while she gazes skyward beside her stand thousands, nay millions of people, each who made a sacrifice, large or small, so she had the right to choose her own path; her own destiny.

Over two hundred years ago a group of men gathered to put their names to a document that read in part "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal." There we no exceptions. Those independent men had the courage to separate themselves and define a new existence.

As she stood in the field commemorating that event, all those who came before her stood there also.

  
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NOCALORIES 7/5/2012 10:22PM

    Thank you! We are blessed to live free. I went to church last night and thought of our Freedom of Religion and how grateful to have the privilege to Praise God through my own understanding.

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SILLYHP1953 7/5/2012 10:59AM

    I do celebrate our freedoms, and I also pray for peace.

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BAMAJAM 7/5/2012 10:31AM

  Indeed this 4th of July was a day to celebrate our freedoms---I have profound gratitude for the men and women who fought for our liberty. Bless all our brave heroes--- However, there are now exceptions to freedom for all. The lives of the unborn babies are not protected in the great land of America---

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NASFKAB 7/5/2012 6:55AM

  Loved it

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LYNMEINDERS 7/5/2012 6:43AM

    Awesome...enjoy the celebrations

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LKEITHO 7/4/2012 6:53PM

    Great blog! Thanks!

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DEARTOMYHEART 7/4/2012 5:43PM

  God bless the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I to pray this young person will forever know freedom.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/4/2012 4:31PM

    If only everyone could see the light like we can. Too many can't see beyond their own noses. Have a good one.

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LDRICHEL 7/4/2012 4:27PM

    Beautiful!

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TRISTAROSE 7/4/2012 2:58PM

    Happy 4th of July!! emoticon

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SIMPLY-VICKI 7/4/2012 2:52PM

  HAPPY 4th, my friend! emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 7/4/2012 1:46PM

    Happy Fourth!

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SANDRALEET 7/4/2012 12:54PM

    Freedom is a right some want to replace with there form of dictatorship.Believe only like I do.

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/4/2012 12:39PM

    Let's just pray that her independence remains when she grows up.
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NUMD97 7/4/2012 12:07PM

    Nicely written. Thanks for posting.

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Never Quit Pledge, Read, Agree, and Share With Those You Love

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Never Quit Pledge

Friday, June 29, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)
04/26/12

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)
04/26/12

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)
04/27/12

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56


Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

  
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WALKNLOVE 7/6/2012 8:52AM

    Never ,ever, ever giving up! emoticon

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BABY77A 7/4/2012 4:47AM

    Wow! This is great. I have printed it out and signed it. Thanks you very much for this blog.

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SILLYHP1953 7/3/2012 9:43AM

    I printed and signed this pledge today.
Thank you!

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NUNZIATA43 7/3/2012 9:21AM

    I will NOT quit! Thank you for the comments and reminders! I need to TAKE IT EASY, and for me this is not simple. Your words hit my very core! THANK YOU!!!

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NEWMOM20121 7/2/2012 10:20AM

    consider it signed from me.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 7/2/2012 9:11AM

  I have already signed this in my spirit a very long time ago and will never give up or quit and am loving myself and all others as I am keeping on in this journey and life long quest and adventure of living a large life of faith and over coming any and all obstacles that come my way because I have the love, grace and truth of Jesus making me a winner all the time in the name of Jesus

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LYNMEINDERS 7/2/2012 5:38AM

    Am blogging this now....

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HDHAWK 7/1/2012 6:04PM

    After nearly 5 yrs. on Spark and gaining the weight back I'd say I'm in it for the long haul. I'd be happy to sign!

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SLIMLEAF 7/1/2012 11:17AM

    If I'm really honest (and it's foolish to be otherwise), I'm not ready to sign this pledge just yet. Particularly not the bit about being my own best friend and not critical of myself. It's something I need to work towards and indeed I am trying to already, but I'm not up to pledging yet because once I promise something I HAVE to stick to it.

It's really good to see that lots of people are signing up to it, though. I wish you all well in keeping your pledge each day. The world will surely be a better place for it.

Maybe one day I'll be able to join you.

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DANCING4UJESUS 6/30/2012 8:47PM

    This has come at a good time. I just recommitted myself last night and today has been my first day back at it.
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STEADFASTNSEE 6/30/2012 7:13PM

  Consider me pledged. Laurie aka STEADFASTnSEE June 30,2012

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/30/2012 3:08PM

    I signed this back in 2011

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WORLDSERIES11 6/30/2012 3:05PM

    I'm in! Will spread the word:)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2012 12:49PM

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NASFKAB 6/30/2012 11:54AM

  want to sign it also its great

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JEWELLE217 6/30/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks! I signed and shared on my blog!
Spread the Spark!

Deb

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This Is The Control Tower, Can You Read Me?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I’d been in a foul mood all week and it wasn’t getting better. Starting today our temperatures are supposed to be in the triple digits. We had planned to attend a three day blue grass festival starting this evening and now are plans are in a state of flux. That makes me angry!!!!Does that rant make me feel better; hardly? I was investing in something I had absolutely no control over – the weather. Like everyone else in my neighborhood I took every opportunity to blame the woes of the world on something so inanimate it couldn’t even defend itself.

I sat down and pulled out my frayed and dog eared legal pad to make a list of all the things I THOUGHT I could control but couldn’t. It was pretty long. It’s the proverbial flight of fancy. I asked myself how much time I devoted to things I had no control over. It was a lot more time than I had imagined. I started another list, the things in my life I could control. If I stopped stressing out over stuff like the weather maybe, just maybe, I could attack the real issues in my life, the beliefs that are barriers to my success. But, ah-ha, they have faces and names and OMG they can fight back and they require moderate to severe introspection and the dirty and nasty H word --- Honesty. There are three things I know I can control

1. I deserve to be successful.
Please note I am not entitled to be successful. My success depends on my perception of myself. Nothing about my age, my gender, my education, my race or sexual orientation has a hoot to do with my success. I can stand here all day and go toe-to-toe with you about people I know who looked at those things as being challenges to their success, not obstacles or reasons to give up. No one, parent, partners, friends or employers are going to believe in your value until you believe in it. What can I control? I can start with the perception I have of myself. No one owes me anything, except me. I owe myself the honor and dignity of believing I deserve.

2. I am worth all the effort I put into myself.
I have a nephew who runs in marathon races. He told me that just about anyone can run the first twenty three miles of a marathon if they train correctly. He went on to say that it is the last three miles or so that require maximum effort. How often do I reach the point in my development whether it’s personal or professional and pull back in fear or anxiety? How often do excuses abound? Excuses like “lack of time,” “bad weather,” not enough support.” What excuses do I use to not push those mental last three miles?

Don’t believe me? Here’s a challenge. The next time you walk into a bookstore notice how many books have been published on self-help and on dieting. Next time you clean out your spam folder notice how many “miracle weight loss” e-mails you receive. How often do we gravitate towards the quick fixes in lieu of the positive and often painful effort required to assure long lasting success?

3. You are who you hang around with.
Years ago a boss of mine gave, me a pearl of wisdom I’ve not forgotten. “There are two types of people in this world, People that make things happen and people that let things happen!”

There is nothing wrong with imitating positive, successful and healthy behavior. We are largely a “monkey see, monkey do” society. Imitating and mirroring positive behavior in another person only raises us to their level of excellence and performance. Who do you associate with and why do you associate with them? Coaching and mentoring professions are growing rapidly because we are identifying with people who practice positive behaviors that can help us reach our life goals. You can apply them to any aspect of your life. I use them with my coaching clients and now, I’ve found the magic of applying them to myself as I weed out the worries and cares I have no control over. It’s a lifelong practice, but if I eliminate worrying about the things I can’t control, I should have plenty of time.

  
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EGALITAIRE 7/6/2012 10:14AM

    Wishing other people were different, or did things differently is one of areas that is an unproductive use of my time. From stressing about little things like the garbage person missing when dumping the can and leaving garbage on the street to wanting to reform my kids behaviours.

Wouldn't it be useful to sit down and do a comprehensive inventory of all the things we can't control but try to anyway.



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LYNMEINDERS 7/2/2012 5:37AM

    Calling the control tower....
ready to start making changes....thankyou

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NOMORESTALLING 7/2/2012 12:06AM

    The empowerment is ours!

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SUPERACHIEVER 7/1/2012 5:50PM

    Very encouraging words and you nailed it. We all have to keep doing a self-perspective on ourselves so we can keep ourselves in check. I'm glad you brought it out here for all of us to share.

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LIVINGFREE19 6/30/2012 3:51PM

    I love these situations when you have to 'come clean'.
We should always do a 'checkup' from time to time to keep things headed in the right direction! LOL!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/30/2012 3:40PM

  This is life and the only thing that we can control is ourself.

So, I will myself to be filled with joy and smiles and laughter and happiness for being me and strong and healthy and a good sound mind.

It makes such a difference not to lose control over one's emotions.

Just roll with the punches and stay strong and smile and laugh and enjoy what we do have which is a whole lot more than many people I can think of.

Life is so much fun and a huge adventure of figuring out ways to get around the obstacles that one thinks he does not have control over, just rest and relax in the love of Jesus and His grace.

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NASFKAB 6/29/2012 8:45AM

  great thanks

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WORKINGSTIFF 6/28/2012 8:29PM

    And add this: we spend time on that which is important to us. Be it watching TV, eating too much, playing with the grandkids, or complaining.

Our actions tell us what we value and tell others what we value.

Food for thought...how tasty!

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/28/2012 6:51PM

    We too are in that heat wave and expect it to remain this way for the rest of the summer and it is so much earlier this year..It makes us all crabby..but I'm taking heed and realize I can't change it and that I can change the way I act and feel...so I'm choosing to be happy no matter what...even if I have to go out and sit under the sprinkler..I will enjoy life!!!

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/28/2012 4:13PM

  Each day is such a beautiful gift. Why is it so hard for us to let go of worry and things we have no control over. John, I hope the rest of the week goes better for you. We must remember the blessings. The US is having a heat wave!!!! This to shell pass.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/28/2012 3:37PM

    I have a hefty list of things I wish I could control and the weather is way up there on it but after weeks like I've had lately I am happy just to be in control of my bladder and bowels. LOL. Anything else is just icing on the cake.

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STEADFASTNSEE 6/28/2012 3:16PM

  Number 3 is SO true. According to the Scriptures "Bad associations spoils useful habits" Oh and I did try yesterday's experiment for the 24 hours. I need to KEEP trying! emoticon emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 6/28/2012 2:46PM

    One of the most fun weekends of my life was spent at a bluegrass festival in a camper with two of my girlfriends. After the concerts were over all the musicians sat around their campfires and picked and grinned most of the night. We just walked around the campground and found little parties going on about every 5th or 6th camper.

The Serenity Prayer is one of my favorites, it helps me remember what I can and cannot change. I have it taped up across the top of my computer monitor at work.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/28/2012 1:34PM

    A great reminder that the ONLY person we have any control over is ourselves!!! We make all the decisions and choices about our own life - so can't bit** and whine about the results - and consequences.
You are who you hang with, is one of my favorite life lessons that I have tried to pass on to my son especially during his teen years - thankfully he has always made great choices in this area.
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GIRANIMAL 6/28/2012 1:09PM

    Thanks for this somewhat painful but oh-so-useful reminder. It's hard for control freaks (like me) to come to terms with this!

For most of my life I have spent far too much of my time worrying over things (and especially other people!) that I can't control, and then marvel at how little time I have left for me. I've been working on disassociating myself for some time now, but as we are all too aware, old habits are awfully freakin' hard to break most of the time! emoticon

God grant me the serenity...

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IDEBORAH 6/28/2012 12:58PM

    I'm glad I found you. I am enjoying your blogs. I think you have identified the missing ingredient: honesty. I honestly wish I could control, well everything, but I need to focus on my own life and making healthy choices.
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KLEONIKI 6/28/2012 12:01PM

    This struggle is so common and well known ..
maybe the difference lies in the "beyond the words area"
i know i must not only ACCEPT the uncontrollable
not only define it well and put my frustration into words but also
INVENT new controllable approaches always new ,
always fresh and ready to RESTART.
Running those last 3 miles as if you had just began your race.
Thank you for the motivational and supporting words, dear friend.

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BAMAJAM 6/28/2012 12:01PM

  Heat waves are hitting our country--- but here is a sobering thought!

Our brave troops in the war zones have battled during extreme hardship.

My brave nephew was one of these warriors. He told of HEAT, 130 degrees, with sand blowing everywhere....

John, we can all be thankful to be able to sip a lemonade when it's 105 in the U.S.---- God bless America, and make us grateful for YOUR blessings, Lord.

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SIMPLY-VICKI 6/28/2012 11:52AM

  Isn't it funny how often we complain about things beyond our control?
I try to remember to remember the Golden Rule:
God grant me the strength to accept the things I can not change and the wisdom to know the difference. ( I think the wording is a little different but the meaning is the same) emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/28/2012 11:38AM

    We think we earned deserve A good life God builds up the devil destroys We only think we control things.

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I Don't Complain THAT MUCH!!! (Do I?)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I hung the phone up and smiled that smug little smile I have when I believe I am superior, not just to those around me, but to the entire universe. A friend had issued a challenge. He asked me to go an entire day, twenty four hours, without complaining about anything. I couldn’t whine about how hot it was outside, the neighbor’s dog, co-workers, children or friends…… Just go twenty four hours without complaining about anything. Turn all those negatives into positive possibilities!!! No problem, not for an amazing guy like me!!!I had some errands to run. I told Joan how wonderful she looked today, how great supper was last night and bounded out the door. “Gosh, I’m on fire!!! There is no stopping me now.”

I unlocked the car and saw the seat had been pulled forward. Our son Tim had used the car and he likes to sit up further than I do. I pushed the little lever to move it back and muttered something to the effect of “You think the little so and so could have put things back the way they were. I got stuff to do!!!” The little voice, which I abhor at moments like this, said “Let’s see, you lasted all of what, three minutes?” (I hate that little voice.) “That one didn’t count. I wasn’t ready.” I started the engine and moved away from the curb only to travel about twenty five yards to a stop sign. In front of me was an elderly neighbor who was taking her time before proceeding through the intersection. You can only imagine what went through my mind.

As the day unraveled I found myself complaining about things I had no control over. It was way too hot for my taste, traffic lights took too long to change from red to green, and why did people with more than twenty items in their basket get into the express lane at the grocery? I worry and complain about the things I couldn’t possibly change so I don’t have to focus on the things I do have control over. Life doesn’t mirror self-help books or fairy tales. We don’t turn on a dime when it comes to modifying behavior. Usually I read a pearl of wisdom only to file it under “The World Needs This Not Me.” I’m the coach. I’m the expert!!!

You have to start someplace and the thought struck me that right around the next corner is a person whose day may be affected by my attitude. I can greet them with hope and possibilities or I can be the proverbial downer. We all carry baggage around and sometimes we forget about a piece or two that affects our demeanor and interaction with other people. My complaints with another person have nothing to do with them. It easy to take those monkeys off of my back and put them on yours!!!

I have to start someplace, so I’ll begin with ten minute increments. I have found that when I focus really hard on solving issues rather than complaining about them the load I carry seems lighter and I appear to smile more often. Least that’s what I’m told

Namaste my friends.

  
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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:40PM

    It is so easy to fall into the complain complain place. It takes effort to look for the good, once you get into the habit, complaining that becomes an effort. Thanks for the honesty!

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NASFKAB 7/28/2012 6:03AM

  great blog as usualy

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/16/2012 11:57AM

    Great reminder. I'm going to try that today. What does Namaste mean?

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TONI-ANN_L 7/12/2012 3:46PM

    Read this at just the right moment. Namaste to you too.



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BABY77A 7/4/2012 4:49AM

    Well said. Thanks.

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HUNNAWANNA 7/1/2012 10:57PM

    Thanks, I needed to read that.! emoticon

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LOGOULD 6/30/2012 12:58PM

    What a GEAT challenge for ALL of us. I have been working on it for YEARS, but find when I let go of the things that are outside of my control and focus on thankfulness rather than complaining, my life is 1000% better!

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WYTCHHAZYL 6/30/2012 5:18AM

    Bless your friend for challenging you and bless you for giving it a go!! I realized after a couple of life-changing events in a two-year span (having a stalker try to murder me at work, having a breakdown and getting fired, being diagnosed with cancer and having to move cross country for treatment, my father dying shortly after, then my fiance dying from cancer) that it's up to me how I see the world. Every day is a Gift, Open it, Live it, Love it, Look forward to the next. I now live in a very quiet little village, work from home at a job I love, been cancer-free for 10 years in May, wished on a full moon for someone I could trust to share my peaceful place, my wish was granted and we were hand-fasted two years ago. We try to leave 'em with a smile, it may be the only one they get! Blessed Be!

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REENIE131 6/29/2012 11:28PM

    Terrific blog! Thank you so much!

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CIRANDELLA 6/29/2012 8:15PM

    Namaste, and yours is a day of namaste itself! What a lovely practice. I tried that once...it took quite an effort! I guess I'm a whine-and-cheese gal, but you're so right: There is a ripple effect for those who were the beneficiaries of your pleasant attitude. It will have made their day so much easier! You're an inspiration :)

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:55PM

    Nice! Being more positive rubs off on other things in our lives.

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FRENCHMARKET 6/29/2012 12:28AM

    Thank you!!! I needed to hear this!!!

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FATHINSN 6/28/2012 10:50PM

    I believe in not wasting time thinking about small things, things that you've no control of. Just go through life with smile and laughter, try to make things much more lighter and spend my energy more on things that I can can control, on my goals. Which is why some people hard to accept this, they get frustrated LOL Such as how I still can joke at time when I get lost trying to find my grandma's house - my reason, whyever I want to be more gloomy, it's not such a big thing and still can be fix and besides, my mom (my passenger) already worry enough for two people!

Smile & laughter, those are the best way to start beating the whinning and complaining!

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GEEMAWEST 6/28/2012 8:38PM

    I so needed to read this today. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart my friend.
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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/28/2012 4:01PM

    namaste!

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PRESBESS 6/28/2012 3:44PM

    I like your humorous style of writing about something we all need to work on. We "think" we've got it together until the spotlight is shined upon us... and then, well, a different story is revealed. I think your ending was just right... approach it with small time frames and go from there.
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SILLYHP1953 6/28/2012 2:39PM

    I don't consider myself a complainer, but you've put a new light on it.

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STLOUISWOMAN 6/28/2012 2:32PM

    Great blog. Unfortunately, now I have to do something about it in my own life. Thanks for sharing!
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TRYAGIN 6/28/2012 1:53PM

    I was complaining about how people drive with my son in the car, and he
said hey dad they probably have a hard and unhappy life so maybe you should
be wishing them well not being mad at them. It changed my perspective when driving.

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TERRIH8118 6/28/2012 12:51PM

    Great Post..I never really thought about it but it does seem like were constantly complaining about things that we have no control over. and that can't be good for a good self image. I like the thought of going 10 min at time to not complain. There's definitely a lot more things we should be concentrating on emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 6/28/2012 12:30PM

    Gutsy move, although more and more I'm finding Sparkies who step out, knowing we know where they're comin' from. Thanks to you, I'm going to give it a try today, "I don't really complain that much, do I?"

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MISSB8604 6/28/2012 12:10PM

    WOW! I seriously needed to hear this! All I ever DO is complain about my life and things that are going on! Can I last 10 minutes?! I'm going to try!

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CTTAGENT 6/28/2012 10:47AM

    Great words... I will have to remember this when I am ready to complain about something I cannot change.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/28/2012 10:44AM

  The only way I have been able to live a complaint free life in not in my ability but in the ability of Mr. Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of Love Himself.

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LINDAK25 6/28/2012 10:42AM

    Thanks for making me laugh. Ah, but we do complain about the things we can't control, don't we? Oh, dear, now I'm going to be obsessing over this. I know the more positive I am, the less complaining I do. Ten minute intervals are doable. I'm not so sure about twenty-four hours!

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CATDUG19 6/28/2012 9:58AM

    hahaha thanks for the humourous yet very insightful blog that I will have to try myself. Not complaining hmmm new concept

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CRYSTALJEM 6/28/2012 9:53AM

    I love it! This one is so meant for my husband - not me of course, I never complain! LOL. I like your idea of 10 minute increments. That process works for so many other things... why not this too. Namaste my friend, today I endeavor not to complain - at least for 10 minutes at a time! Thank you. CJ

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MCHILSTR 6/28/2012 9:53AM

  Oh, so true - great blog, and great reminder.

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KDYLOSE 6/28/2012 9:51AM

    I have a feeling I would be very embarrassed at how often I complain.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/28/2012 9:36AM

    I'll do this challenge...later.

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/28/2012 9:32AM

    That's a really good challenge for everyone to try. I'm trying really hard to turn into an optimist and I think that a challenge like this would help a lot. Thank you and Spark on!

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CAROLZ1967 6/28/2012 8:57AM

    Love this! I have heard of these challenges before and in all honesty, never wanted to try them as I'm sure I'd fail. I know it would be hard. But I like your 24 hour idea. As it's shorter, it seems more "possible".... If I really, really, really focus my energy and try hard!! :-) I know the point of it all, but I think actually taking the challenge will teach me more and hopefully open my eyes too. Thanks for the push I needed!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/28/2012 7:41AM

    What an interesting challenge, it's quite tempting to give it a go and see how long I could last. I think I'm in the same boat as you; it's time to focus on solutions rather than complaints.

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SLIMTHICK2 6/28/2012 6:35AM

    Very insightful! emoticon

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LITTLEROX20 6/28/2012 3:40AM

    Good insight!

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CAROLIAN 6/28/2012 3:08AM

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GOANNA2 6/28/2012 2:21AM

    Namaste.
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JAMER123 6/27/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon emoticon Terrific learning process!

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ALLIGATORKATE 6/27/2012 7:58PM

    :)

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REGILIEH 6/27/2012 6:35PM

    TERRIFIC!!!

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CYDNEYLEECH 6/27/2012 5:46PM

    Thanks. I think we all may complain to much about the little stuff. Good reminder to let the little stuff go and focus on the stuff we can change, ourselves.

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SUSIEMT 6/27/2012 5:05PM

    As they say easier said than done! I agree though! I will practice being more patient. Thanks for the reminders.

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LELERS 6/27/2012 4:45PM

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TERRIJ7 6/27/2012 4:15PM

    We all hate being around whiners--especially if they are US!

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