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Look Into My Eyes, Do They Dazzle?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I consider myself a live and let live sort of guy. As a small business owner living in a very tight economy, I know you have to watch every nickel and dime and maximize every opportunity to generate revenue. It means you stay competitive in the market place by offering your customers a better pricing structure. I get all of that.

I was a team player when Spark started posting ads for feminine hygiene products. Yeah, I know the demographic states that most subscribers here are female and yes this is free web site, and yes I’ve met some very cool people, and no I don’t want it to go away. I realize they have to generate revenue in some form or fashion. I grinned and bore it. (GIRANIMAL is bore the plural of bear?) It speaks to the success of what these fine folks have accomplished. It’s like the old song from the 80’s by Billy Squires’, “Everybody Wants You.” Way to go Spark Team!!!

However, (There is always an however isn’t there?) when I went to read my email this morning I received a notice from Spark People suggesting I “ditch my current mascara,” and use a product “as seen on The Doctors.” I could save a ton of money and my eyes would be more dazzling and brilliant in 60 Days. Oh yeah, free shipping also!!!

I ran, or what resembles a run for me these days, a sort of herky-jerky waddle, up the stairs and shouted to Joan “What brand of mascara do we use?” She assured me that we were well within the guidelines suggested by The Doctors. (Joan DVR’s The Doctors and Doctor Oz while she’s at work.) I breathed a sigh of relief and came back to my computer only to see an add on my personal page that asked what type of tissue did I use? I use what Joan buys. She handles the money. (I tried to buy a monkey one time. That’s when she took the checkbook away from me.)

Chris, thank you for being concerned with my well-being and overall health but at 6:30 AM I was a bit overwhelmed by all those decisions. Thank goodness I don’t need probiotic yogurt! I for one would gladly pay a fee for this site. I believe, as someone once said, it separates the contenders from the pretenders. Until then I’ll have to limp along worrying my eyes look okay.

Gosh, I hope I don’t have to deal with lip gloss.

Joan kissed me on the forehead and told me my eyes dazzle, just the way they always have in the past.

  
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JOANNHUNT 12/5/2012 9:44AM

    emoticon emoticon for the humour . It made my day. It is good to have humour in the morning with all the crap going on now a days. As for lip gloss it might clash with your beard. HAHA LOL Have an awesome day. emoticon emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 10/4/2012 5:20PM

    So funny

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GODSGALS 8/16/2012 8:31PM

    This was so funny I just couldn't resist re-reading it. Thanks John. A merry heart sure does a body good. You have a dry wit that shines through in all your writings, but I think this is one of my personal faves. If you're interested, I have a mascara story of my own... Ask and I'll tell it! May you continue to be the encourager you were born to be.
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JULIA1154 8/9/2012 7:46PM

  I'm pretty good at tuning out the ads (most of the time) but have to say I do get tired of all the ads for various food stuffs. Honestly, it just seems thoughtless at times.

Nonetheless, I do value the fact that the site is free - and certainly hope it stays that way.

By the way, John, I'll bet your wife would say your eyes dazzle :)

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/9/2012 4:37PM

    oh well, we're all in this together...

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LEALOWE 8/9/2012 3:48PM

    Love it. For me, the pop up ads are becoming too good at predicting what I use or like. Someone is stalking me when I do a google search. Sometimes the ads are so "on" that they are spooky. Thanks for the laughs about your less than intuitive pop ups.

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TIGRKITTN 8/8/2012 10:09AM

    *giggles* This was brilliant. I'm puzzled about the source of the ads, though- I never see any. Are they pop-ups? Because Adblock Plus is your friend!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/8/2012 9:24AM

    Yeah, pop up add are an annoyance. I would pay for Spark People if the add revenue doesn't cut it.

Why, because I have gotten results here unlike when I paid for Weight Watchers, LA Weight loss or some of the gym or other fitness classes I swore I would use and never did (in the past...consider myself a gym rat now!)

Keep the observations coming!

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STACYJANE77 8/7/2012 12:35AM

    Ha!!!

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PRESBESS 8/6/2012 7:28PM

    Hey gorgeous! Thanks for making me laugh out loud today!
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CATLADY2012 8/5/2012 9:07AM

    You are hilarious! emoticon

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CAROL494 8/4/2012 6:36PM

  How funny! Thanks for the humor!

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MRE1956 8/4/2012 7:09AM

    As someone who needs to watch the ol' household budget myself, I have come to truly appreciate useful, FREE things that life occasionally brings my way - for me to PAY would be unacceptable........I do respect and totally understand your concerns regarding cheesy, tasteless ads.......I'm sure that Spark itself would not personally recommend - you gotta know that's the responsibility of the marketing company that created the ad, eh?

I always scoff off those ads - I'm not a big cosmetic fan anyhow, so that definitely helps me!


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EATVEGAN 8/4/2012 2:36AM

    Funny blog. But those ads aren't as bad as the e-mails I have gotten in the past promising to enlarge personal equipment that I don't have. (I hope that wasn't too suggestive for SP. ; )
Janet

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LBEEKMA 8/3/2012 11:18PM

    Thanks for bringing laughter to pop up ads!

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JUDYAMK 8/3/2012 10:57PM

    Oh my gosh I love it!!! I am sitting here in my recliner laughing out loud & no one is here,I am not feeling well tonight,but gosh I am happy my laughter is still there.
Thanks I need this tonight
Judy

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STEELKICKIN 8/3/2012 10:32PM

    Oh, John! LOL! I absolutely love the fact that you tried to buy a monkey!

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JLJOYNT 8/3/2012 9:31PM

    Thanks for the laugh. I really enjoyed this!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/3/2012 8:48PM

    This was too funny! I was laughing out loud.

Thanks for that. emoticon

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BEATLETOT 8/3/2012 6:25PM

    I love this! You are so clever and cool! And your eyes do dazzle in all your pics!

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EWL978 8/3/2012 4:27PM

    Isn't it a tough life being the board "sex symbol'?? emoticon

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CARINO_PARA_MI 8/3/2012 4:06PM

  At least the next time you are at a dinner party, BBQ, or gathering you can dazzle the ladies w/your knowledge of the various products we use.....your wife may not be amused however! (grinning here)

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NEWCHINELO 8/3/2012 3:53PM

    SWEET!

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SHAR261 8/3/2012 3:38PM

    Point well-taken! Thank you for giving me my giggle of the day. emoticon

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PARKERCM 8/3/2012 3:27PM

  Thanks for some perspective!! emoticon

and your wife is a good woman!

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_MOBII_ 8/3/2012 2:49PM

    Hahahha!
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DR8561 8/3/2012 1:40PM

    emoticon for the smile today!

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LADYGSC 8/3/2012 1:10PM

    Keep on dazzling! emoticon

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TMOORE073 8/3/2012 1:05PM

    Thanks for posting this! I laughed the whole time reading it! emoticon

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GUDDIGO 8/3/2012 12:19PM

  Your blog made me smile

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FATBASTICH 8/3/2012 12:00PM

    Yes, but what sports bra have you settled on?

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DAREDEVILME 8/3/2012 10:41AM

    You have made my day, and I'm smiling from ear to ear.
Have a fantastic day, Dazzle Eyes, and keep on Sparking!

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MAXXIZ20 8/3/2012 10:06AM

    You gave me a chuckle indeed. Thanks for making this a fun place to visit!

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RITZYOGAGAL 8/3/2012 8:45AM

    LOL!! I do understand what you mean. I get a little concerned about all the emails I recieve offering to help me enlarge my manhood. So far I figure my money is better spent elsewhere (like on mascara) emoticon

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GOLFLADY11 8/3/2012 8:00AM

    Hilarious! I applaud you being able to keep your sense of humour. Great blog! emoticon

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TIMETOMOVEIT 8/3/2012 7:58AM

  hehehe...great read! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 8/3/2012 7:57AM

    LOL emoticon

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AMSPARKER 8/3/2012 7:27AM

    Very funny!

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  LOL! emoticon

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CASPIAN3 8/3/2012 6:39AM

  Just what I needed this morning -- happiness emoticon

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STALEYK 8/3/2012 5:47AM

    Glad you eyes are dazzling! Make it an awesome day! emoticon

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FAERY_FACE 8/3/2012 5:40AM

    Well said indeed. Lol.

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NEWCHINELO 8/3/2012 3:17AM

    lovely!

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Just The Way We Are

Monday, July 30, 2012

I had just finished reading some really good insights from Sparker JENNKFIT about how advertisements (even the ones here at Spark.) are often misleading. JENNKFIT was writing about an advertisement which said you could get a bikini body before the end of summer by exercising five minutes a day. I saw the add myself. An attractive, svelte model ran along the beach, the waves cascading behind her. She had that look of happiness……. All in five minutes per day!!! Sign me up, lol!!! If we were on Facebook I’d say “Everyone who has fallen for these ads at one time or another hit “like.” There would be a lot of “likes.” We all have this hidden belief that the magic formula is right around the corner. Sure it takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice, but come on dear friends, who wouldn’t want a bona fide short cut to all of that if it were legitimate? It’s like the Holy Grail of weight loss. No one I know enjoys suffering. Click your heels three times and……… Let’s come back down to earth. It’s awfully frustrating to work so hard and see so few results. It’s why we will believe almost anything. It’s why we choose to give any slim hope a shot. Remember how frustrating it was when you realized there were no short cuts. Yeah……… Me Too.
As I pondered this my phone rang. On the other end of the phone was my gym manager. She didn’t want to “put me on the spot,” but she had a question for me. Had I been on an elliptical machine a few Saturdays ago when a member had a verbal joust with one of the trainers? Yup, I had. I know both very well. They are dedicated, healthy and for the most part intelligent people, but like you and I they can be swayed by all the pressure and hype that comes with maintaining your healthy appearance.

The person on the machine next to me was “getting it.” She had sweat pouring down her face; she was breathing hard and making me look like a slacker. Oh, yeah, she was close to nine months pregnant. The trainer suggested she might slow it down just a bit because her face was red and her breathing a bit erratic. She told the trainer to mind her own business. As she dismounted the machine she stumbled and appeared dizzy. The trainer moved in to assist her. She sat her on a couch, took her blood pressure and called the EMT’s. After a while they phoned her husband to come fetch her as we say in the south. She wasn’t allowed back until she had obtained a doctors release.

Two days later my fellow gym member had “never felt so humiliated in her life.” She phoned the gym manager demanding not only to be allowed to work out as she determined but she wanted the trainer fired. My view was the trainer acted professionally. She explained to the member what her concerns were and did it calmly. If there were any epithets’ thrown around it came from my fellow road warrior.

Now, I’ve never been pregnant, not even close, but I can tell you I have acted that irrationally myself, in the past, when someone told me to dial it down a notch. How dare they??? Later on, when I processed all the info it dawned on me it wasn’t how healthy I wanted to be it was how I wanted to look – Running down the beach, grin on my face and people murmuring in amazement. I’d do anything to feel that.

I look amazing. I am handsome, healthy and sexy. So are you, just as you are. Now have an amazing day you healthy, happy, sexy person --- Just the way you are

  
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GODSGALS 8/16/2012 8:54PM

    As a certified trainer I can tell you from experience this happens. More than you'd expect. But I also know one other thing. When I see one homo sapien humiliate another fellow of the species, especially in public, it tells me WAY more about the insulting than the insulted. Just sayin'.
Kari

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ASRMOM 8/2/2012 9:45AM

    Great blog!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/31/2012 2:32PM

    To be honest if it only took 5 minutes a day there are those of us who are stubborn enough and lazy enough to not be able to do that at times. I won't mention any names. emoticon LOL.

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CBRIGGS1956 7/31/2012 2:07PM

    Thanks John, but would any of us be here if we were happy with just the way we are?

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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/31/2012 8:28AM

    If I was 9mo preggo and pushing hard at my exercise it's because I'd be busting my chops to jiggle junior out!
"Here's your notice Small Fry!" *jiggle-jiggle.

If her indignation was due to her healthy, happy, and sexy vanity she'd be of the elite of 'Great with Child' women. I don't remember feeling like a healthy, happy, sexy mama in the latter part of pregnancy...so, although I'd agree that her tantrum was immature I'm actually quite impressed the more of her. She works hard and loves the results and is not ashamed to make herself look like a fool before letting go of her dream of being the elite preggo ~ not letting her sexy go.

blessed brat.



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LYNMEINDERS 7/31/2012 5:46AM

    Awesome as always

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NASFKAB 7/31/2012 12:25AM

  great as usual

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MYOWNHERO 7/30/2012 11:22PM

    I hope the trainer knows she behaved perfectly well. But with that said...pregnancy hormones made me somewhat irrational at that stage. I might have done a few things that would be considered over-reactive now that I think about it.

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GEEMAWEST 7/30/2012 11:08PM

    Yes John, you are amazing and thanks for reminding me that I am too! emoticon

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CARTOONB 7/30/2012 10:48PM

    Yes you are!

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LDRICHEL 7/30/2012 4:44PM

    So hard to listen to the trainer! But they are usually right! ;)

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ANGIEJAY77 7/30/2012 12:53PM

    I hope you have an amazing day yourself!! Thanks for posting! This blog is right on!

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SJKENT1 7/30/2012 11:08AM

    Sometimes the "right thing to do" is tough. Good for that trainer - that's one of the reasons she is there. I hope the woman will be able to see the truth through the sweat.

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BLUEROSE73 7/30/2012 10:53AM

    wow. What a difficult situation. That poor woman. Something is eating away at her. I hope everything settles down soon. Pregnancy horomones can be so hard on a woman.

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GINA180847 7/30/2012 10:33AM

    I too agree the trainer did the right thing and deserves a medal. What fruitcakes we are sometimes and we should be careful not to act like spoiled children. Thank you I am every bit as happy, healthy and sexy as we all think I am.

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DEARTOMYHEART 7/30/2012 10:22AM

  God bless the trainer.. I'm so glad God loves me for who He created me to be. We all have unrealistic thought of what we should be, but in all honesty, God love us know matter what and we need to remember that we are made in his image. We are to be healthy and physically active, that is how we were made. We are meant to be active. How ever, active the healthy way, not over doing it to the point of physical harm.
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SPARKENISTA 7/30/2012 8:47AM

    There is definitely some information missing here. The gym member is completely out of line. She is endangering herself and her unborn child. Perhaps she is feeling pressure to look great or get back into shape after her pregnancy by working out during her pregnancy. Some women feel that they should snap back the way celebrities do.

When I was pregnant (24 years ago) I was doing Jane Fonda's Pregnancy CD. My La Maze trainer and my doctor told me to dial it down. Believe me, it was not as strenuous as what this woman is doing.

The trainer in your gym should get a medal. She is 100% correct, as is the gym's requirement that the woman bring a doctor's note. If, heaven forbid, the strenuous workout precipitated a medical crisis for this woman and her baby she would not hesitate to sue the gym b/c they should have "known" better.

I hope that all works out in the end with a healthy mother and baby.

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DOODIE59 7/30/2012 8:34AM

    I'm puzzled by that member's over reaction ... the trainer had her best interests at heart. And the baby's.

Separately, the most important lesson we need to learn is the absolute miracle of our body and souls. We are what we are, and it's amazing. If we work from that base of true and positive energy, the synergy will be astounding. Together, we are more than the sum of our parts.

Wishing you a wonderful day, John:)
Deirdre

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/30/2012 8:26AM

    We are all amazing..made in God's image...Thanks for the blog.

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HDHAWK 7/30/2012 8:17AM

    That's a tough situation for both of them.
Your last sentence is still one I struggle to believe when it comes to myself. Thanks for the reminder!

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SANDRALEET 7/30/2012 8:14AM

    Self will rudeness and wanting the unattainable Youth worship is the way of the world fast and without effort and right now is the way.I am so glad God likes me the way I am and I will get where I can be .I am who God made me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/30/2012 8:11AM

    What a difficult balance for the trainer to have to strike. My humble opinion... keep the trainer. Worth her weight in gold. I have to wonder whether if the trainer had been a guy our PG member friend would have had the same reaction.

Sigh. Human emotions, hormones, and image seeking... volatile. Hope it works out well for all concerned in the end. Including that precious child about to be born!

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That Important First Step

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I’ve had a busy week or so. Some days it seemed like I barely had time to catch my breath and then off it was to the next exciting experience. (Honestly, there were days I wished my life had not been so exciting!!!) So, to those of you who were concerned about my absence and inquired about my well-being I simply say “Namaste.” I honor you for your concerns and love but I’m ok, just super busy. I had little time for Sparking. Next week proves to be a bit lighter.

I am one of those people who often wake up long before I get out of bed. I lie there plotting my daily activity. Some days I am pumped and amped, yet there are others I lie there wondering if a gremlin snuck in late at night and moved my clock forward a few hours. Out and about is the very last place I want to be!! It dawned on me that whether I am excited about the day or full of dread, the first mental step I take each morning is going to determine the success or failure of that day. My father passed away March 9. His last coherent words to me went like this: “I’ve lived a good and long life but gosh it went by so quickly.” My dad was 88. That’s a long, long time. Yet those years flew by and as he lie on his death bed I could tell there were some days he would have liked to have taken back. Unfortunately we don’t get do-overs. Today is THE day and when it’s gone it has either been spent profitably or it’s been wasted. It all begins with the first step each morning. I’m not talking about dancing around the house singing Climb Every Mountain. My day is split about 50-50 into things I look forward to doing and things I’d rather by-pass. My attitude determines how my day will unfold whether it will be one for the books or one I’d rather forget. When my foot hits the ground there is always a mental traffic cop waving me forward. “Right or left, John?” he asks. When I greet my day with anticipation I find my exercise goes well, I eat in a healthy manner and I feel alert and relax. If I face it with dread, well I don’t need to go into detail, do I?

Take a moment tomorrow, before your foot hits the floor and ask yourself which way you’re turning. It won’t only help you but may inspire the very first person you run into. Ya never know, do ya?

  
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NELLBELLA26 8/18/2012 2:31AM

    This is so true. Sometimes I've convinced myself that the day was going to be a bad one before it even got started. I have to remind myself that my attitude often dictates how things will go and definitely how I react to them and how others react to me. It's never too late to turn a day around either if it does have it's moments of negativity and dread.

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LACEYJJJ 8/8/2012 10:05PM

  Thanks for the great post John. What your Dad had to say really got to me. I'll keep it in mind!


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DOGSRULE58 8/8/2012 9:38PM

    You just inspired me to drink another glass of water....TX....

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DOTTY7267 8/8/2012 8:27AM

    Something to definitely keep in mind.

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CAROL494 8/6/2012 9:06PM

  Great words of wisdom! emoticon

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PRESBESS 8/3/2012 2:24PM

    Excellent mind pondering blog!

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BEATLETOT 8/1/2012 3:58AM

    Thanks for posting this...so important and so true. I will give it a try and let you know! =)

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NEWCHINELO 7/31/2012 7:51PM

    lovely!

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ANGIEJAY77 7/31/2012 8:56AM

    Thanks for posting this. It is something I've heard over and over but never get tired of being reminded that attitude makes all the difference. Some days I succeed and some days I fail, but I keep moving forward.

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CICELY360 7/30/2012 11:52PM

  Good blog

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HEALTHYIN2014 7/30/2012 11:46PM

    Well said, what a great idea for the start of each day. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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BARB5970 7/30/2012 8:45PM

    Everyday we are faced with making choices. Starting each day, making a positive choice helps to have a positive day! We can choose to have a positive attitude or not. It's always up to us.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/30/2012 5:34PM

    emoticon for the info.

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JAMER123 7/30/2012 5:14PM

    Thank you for a well written blog. I hope you always leave the bed with the positive thoughts, no longer dreading the day! What fun would that be!!
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ALIDOSHA 7/30/2012 4:44PM

    Such a wonderful way to get on with a booster from the start of the day. I was so much impressed with the idea that I'll try it myself tomorrow!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/30/2012 4:38PM

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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2012 2:58PM

  Well said.

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BLUE42DOWN 7/30/2012 2:50PM

    What your father said reminded me of a saying from a calendar - probably a quote from somewhere else. It said: "The calendar lies. There are only as many days in a year as you make use of."

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SAINTBETH 7/30/2012 1:04PM

    Good advice. Thanks.

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KADYSMOM11 7/30/2012 12:50PM

    Thanks for the reminder! Great post! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 7/30/2012 12:49PM

    what an eye opening blog! have a fabulous day!

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GALINAZ 7/30/2012 12:46PM

    thanks for the reminder, so much of how we live is attitude. The older I get the more I want to make every day count and do something worthwhile, even if it is only to make another person smile

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NEWTINK 7/30/2012 12:45PM

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HEARTS116 7/30/2012 12:30PM

    Another awesome blog! Thanks! emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/30/2012 11:54AM

    I'm on task and on track. Thanks for the inspiration.

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DEBK0923 7/30/2012 11:49AM

    I always like your blogs, gives me something to think about or ponder over in convo with friens

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WALLINMW 7/30/2012 10:39AM

  thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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LAURIE5658 7/30/2012 10:24AM

    What an eye opening and thought provoking blog. Thank you for your words of wisdom!

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TONYVAND1 7/30/2012 10:19AM

  emoticon Always appreciate your blogs. i will take your advise.

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DJSHIP46 7/30/2012 9:21AM

    Your father was a very wise man! I've wasted way to many days and am determined to get the very most out of each one that is left to me!!! Glad your well and hope you have a GREAT week!

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FARIS71 7/30/2012 9:04AM

    Oh that is so well said. LOVED the singing Climb Every Mountain reference!! It's so true - it really does go so fast and there are no do-overs. Your blog will give me the little boost to turn in a positive direction as I get up. Thank you!

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2012 8:57AM

   
Another great blog! Thanks for sharing. You always have good advise for us.

Have a great day!







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DIANNEMT 7/30/2012 8:10AM

    I was just bemoaning the fact that July is about gone. So--I will take this to heart!!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/30/2012 7:18AM

    certainly a food for thought blog! emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/30/2012 7:02AM

    thanks for the great blog

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SASSYLJB 7/30/2012 6:28AM

    Well Said!

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ALLTHINGSOCEAN 7/30/2012 6:04AM

    This post struck a nerve!! A reminder to really make each day count. I have to remind myself that making each day memorable for my daughters and other loved ones means a heck of a lot more than washing those dishes in the sink or catching up on my email!
Thanks John, your words were very timely and a true nudge!

Best of luck

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BECKYANNE1 7/30/2012 5:48AM

    Great advice. I will definitely think about it.

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The Sacrifice of Love

Friday, July 20, 2012

The story goes that there was a ladder suspended in space and time from a thin rope. On the ladder were twelve people, eleven men and one woman. As the ladder twisted and creaked under their weight the rope began to break. The group decided that one person would have to jump off the ladder so the other eleven could survive. The woman raised her hand and jumped while the men applauded her action.

It most often goes unnoticed. In the midst of life’s activities the small day to day sacrifices are made to keep a relationship whole and flourishing. In most cases it is the woman in that relationship who gracefully acquiesces and sacrifices so the relationship can thrive.

So on this hot July morning, so similar to the one we experienced thirty eight years ago, I raise my glass to my wife, my friend and my partner and wish her a most happy anniversary and a sincere thanks for the love and sacrifice she’s shown me.

Happy Anniversary Joan

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/27/2012 8:37AM

    A month late, but no less sincere!
Happy Anniversary to John & Joan!

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JMARIES51 7/29/2012 11:49PM

    What a wonderful toast! I hope you have many, many more years to celebrate together.

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RACINGSLUG 7/24/2012 7:27PM

    What a beautiful sentiment. Love is truly amazing, and yeah, it requires sacrifice.

I know it's been forever since I've posted but I hope you're doing well!

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SILLYHP1953 7/23/2012 3:37PM

    I raise a glass in toast to you both!
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MARITIMER3 7/23/2012 2:48PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your wife. I hope you both had a great anniversary, and that you will enjoy many, many more together.

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MYOWNHERO 7/23/2012 11:47AM

    Happy anniversary!

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    Awww! emoticon

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HEALTHYKIM101 7/23/2012 7:20AM

    !Happy Anniversary to you and Joan! Wishing you both many more years of love, laughs and happiness! Have a Great Day! emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 7/23/2012 1:05AM

    How sweet!

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NEWMOM20121 7/22/2012 11:13PM

    Congratulations. Very nice blog.

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    I hope you both had a wonderful day! Congrats! emoticon

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LINDA7668 7/21/2012 4:21PM

    Happy anniversary!

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GINA180847 7/21/2012 1:01PM

    Happy Anniversay to you and your wife. It turns out we share the anniversary date of July 20, though ours is only our 16th it is nontheless an incredible milestone considering my husband's health problems. We married in 1996, he was 54 and I was 49. We'd both been married before and were nervous that failed marriages might be our lot in life. But that was not the case as we were a lot wiser than we'd been before and it has been 16 yrs. of marital bliss. Here's wishing you many more good yrs. like we are sure we have ahead of us.

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NASFKAB 7/21/2012 12:08AM

  lovely

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ERLYWA 7/20/2012 10:43PM

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! :)

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BELDONDOG1 7/20/2012 8:35PM

    Happy Anniversary to Joan and you! Cute story too! Have a great one!


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LDMCNIEL 7/20/2012 8:30PM

    Happy Anniversary. Your wife sounds like a wonderful woman and you seem like a wonderful husband. I wish you both many more happy years together.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/20/2012 7:39PM

    ROFLMBO!!

Happy Anniversary to you and Joan. She has earned her stripes. LOL. emoticon

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UNICORN212 7/20/2012 7:37PM

    Congrats on your anniversary. You are definitely a "keeper"!

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NOCALORIES 7/20/2012 7:10PM

    Live in the circle of love where there is no beginning nor end. God is Love. You are each His child so be grateful for His love that is ever presence which is with each of you.

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LDRICHEL 7/20/2012 6:09PM

    She's a blessed woman to have a sweetie like you and you are blessed to have her. So happy for you both.

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SPARKENISTA 7/20/2012 4:57PM

    John--

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Happy 38th to you and Joan--and many more returns of the day. I'm sure that your appreciation of each other is a big part of what gets you through from day to day!

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GOOFIERNU 7/20/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Anniversary!!! emoticon emoticon

How cool, we share today as an anniversary. 21 years ago today, I said, "I DO" to my best friend and the love of my life. emoticon

Here's to many more for BOTH of us! emoticon

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  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JOHN AND JOAN! emoticon emoticon

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    Happy Anniversary to you both!!
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DOODIE59 7/20/2012 1:42PM

    Happy Anniversary to both of you, and may there be many more, spent in good health and harmony:)
Blessings
Deirdre

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KATIEKAT475 7/20/2012 11:50AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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    Happy, happy Anniversary! emoticon

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    Happy Anniversary to the both of you!
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BAMAJAM 7/20/2012 10:42AM

  What a special reason to celebrate! Happy Anniversary, John and Joan!
I hope that Joan gets to choose her favorite restaurant for this occasion...when she has made all the sacrifices!! lol
My beloved husband of 42 years is my true hero and best friend--- also, he is the best father and grandfather that I know! A happy marriage is such a blessing indeed. Keep God and prayer in your marriage (and a sense of humor) and you and Joan will make it to 50 years. Hope you are still "Sparkin'--" and you will let us all hear about it!! Congratulations to BOTH of you!!

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GIRANIMAL 7/20/2012 10:40AM

    Oh MAN -- all choked up before 9:30 a.m. :)

Happy anniversary to a positively lovely couple. You and Joan have given me the gift of one of the few examples of a good marriage I've ever had in my life. You're really something special!



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SLIMLEAF 7/20/2012 10:40AM

    Happy Anniversary!

May God bless you both.

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RUNNINGOMA 7/20/2012 10:04AM

    She is very blessed to have such tribute paid to her. I think you have to be such an awesome pair and the years together is such a testimony of many years of love and sacrifice on both your parts!
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    Awww!! Happy Anniversary to John and Joan!! May you have many more!! emoticon emoticon

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  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH. MAY YOU BE RICHLY BLESSED!!! emoticon

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    Congratulations to you and Joan. My husband and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary yesterday. emoticon

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MS_CURVEY24 7/20/2012 9:15AM

    That is beautiful! Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! I hope the both of you have a fabulous day!

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    Happy Anniversary John & Joan! May you have many more ...

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    Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more.

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_AIYANNA_ 7/20/2012 8:12AM

    Happy anniversary, John and Joan!!! May you have many more to come :)

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LEANJEAN6 7/20/2012 7:18AM

    Woo Woo!!!--I'm all for sending Kudos to the wife!!!! --The heart of the home!--- emoticon

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    emoticon John & Joan....
May today be happier than the day you wed.....may life bring you both its most exclusive blessings.... emoticon

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It's Easy To Do But We Often Forget Our Spritual Health

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

I walked into the grocery store last. There’s a foyer of sorts where they store the grocery carts. Standing off to the side, struggling with a three wheeled bike, was a young lady. She was trying to get on her bike, turn it around and head for home. You could tell she’d been struggling for a while because sweat was pouring down her face. As people walked out of the store she’d ask them for help. I recognized a couple of those people. They sit in church with me every Sunday. They sing loud, they shout “amen,” and are quick to point out everyone else’s sins and shortcomings and why I’m going to rot in hell for what I believe. As the young lady asked for assistance they sped up, moving quickly towards the parking lot. One little boy asked his mom if they should help. She told him they were in a hurry and yanked him away. As I watched this unfold I walked over and asked if she needed some help. She smiled, brushed her hair out of her eyes and asked me to hold the bike steady so she could climb on the seat. She had a difficult time talking and her gait was stiff but between the two of us we figured out a way to get her on her bike. She couldn’t get her legs over the bar in the middle of the bike. As she struggled, I made a couple of suggestions and in a few minutes she was ready to roll. While I was assisting her two employees asked me to hurry up so they could move the carts out of the way. No one, I mean no one, made a move to help.

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

When I was a freshman in high school there was a young man in my home room everyone made fun of. While the rest of us had started to mature physically, he hadn’t. His voice was high pitched and he had a youthful chubbiness about him. He was teased mercilessly. The day after school finished for summer he walked into his basement and hung himself.

I never teased him. Quite the contrary, I stayed as far away from him as I could. When he was tripped in the hall I laughed. When people squashed his lunch I giggled. I’d walk real slow as we approached the bus stop. I didn’t want to be put in the same group as him. When I found out he had killed himself I didn’t really react one way or the other. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started thinking about him or rather my behavior towards him. In a nutshell, I wasn’t proud. I found his grave and every time I am in Milwaukee, I stop by for a visit. It’s a painful reminder to me that my inaction was a harmful as all the teasing. Understand me; I am not one of those folks who believe he can save the world. I don’t know if my actions would have made a difference or not, but ya know what? We’ll never know.

God puts angels in our paths each day and those angels, whether they appeal to our private notion of what’s right or wrong give us an opportunity to share some of our joy, our peace and our love. They are not always size zeros or 28 inch waists with rippling muscles. They have trouble getting on their bikes or can’t quite seem to get the hang of making friends, but they are angels. They are our gifts from God Many of us utilize personal trainers to help us reach our fitness goals. Yesterday, I believe I was given the opportunity to “train” and practice what I really believe.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Unfortunately, I often reconstruct that line to read “Love one another as long as you live where I do, believe what I believe and think what I think. If you do, then I love you.”

In our desire and zeal to become fit and nutritious we leave out the most important part. It’s the part where we nourish our spirits and souls.

Namaste

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/27/2012 9:04AM

    A wonderful sermon to start the day! Thanks!! It's sooo true!

Julia

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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:49AM

    Thank you for the reminder to be caring and compassionate.

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ZORAHGAIL 8/10/2012 2:04PM

    Thank you. Needed to read it today.

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MOMOFFOUR68 8/3/2012 6:22PM

    Great reminder! We may be the only Jesus someone sees!!

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PARKERCM 8/3/2012 3:33PM

  We all have those same moments John. There are times I have looked back and lamented over things I have said and done as well as things I have FAILED to say of do. Praise God for He is gracious. He gives me soooo many chances in hoped I will learn--I figure. It sounds like you have!!

Bless your day.

Chris

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PRESBESS 8/3/2012 2:26PM

    I loved this blog. Excellent!

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GOLFLADY11 8/3/2012 8:08AM

   
Thanks for the great blog! I also have had the thought that a certain situation was a tes for me. Turn the other way or lend a helping hand. Unfortunately in our society today there is an element of evil lurking and sometimes we are afraid to respond. I have often thought ' there but for the grace of God go I" and I do try to lend a hand when I can. Blessings! I love the thought of God putting angels in our path!

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MARCYNA 8/2/2012 2:24PM

    We should never never forget those who suffer and let's help them, whenever we cross them!
Thanks for reminding me, and for the beautiful example you're giving us!!!
hugs,
marcyna

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NELLBELLA26 7/31/2012 12:37AM

    This was a truly beautiful blog. We do forget that god puts people in our paths for many reasons and we keep rolling on by sometimes without thinking to stop and help others.
Had to share this blog with others. Wonderful words of wisdom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 7/29/2012 2:15PM

    That was a wonderful act of kindness on your part. This is the main reason I quit attending organized religion. I spend a lot of time nurturing my soul, but I found myself coming away from "services" feeling judgemental of some of the souls around me which was not nurturing in the least. I also found many people 'attending' just to push forward their buisness/work.

I think disney had it right in the Goofy cartoon from years ago about how wonderful Goofy was until he got behind the wheel of his car. So many people become such hellions behind the wheel.

What the world needs now is love sweet love!

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MARCYNA 7/29/2012 1:05PM

    Hey, John, this blog's great, love, hugs
Marcyna

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CADILLACSMITH 7/27/2012 10:33PM

  Beautiful blog! We so often tend to forget that we are ALL Gods children, and that our actions or the lack of them can make such a difference in someone's life. This is a great reminder and I appreciate your willingness to share and bring this to our attention.

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DR8561 7/24/2012 12:29PM

    An excellent reminder. Thank you.

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KARINSKY1 7/24/2012 1:19AM

    Amen and amen. When I was young, I was someone who almost did what that young man did. I was made fun of, bullied and taunted. I thought about suicide daily, told my friends and planned how I would do it. However, God intervened, found me and gave me a reason for living and hope. I have to confess, that I struggle with being one of the people that are often in too much of hurry, but I am trying to be more mindful about reaching out when I see the need. I don't ever want to forget, that I could be that person needing some kindness. Thanks for the reminder. We get it backwards and put the physical before the spiritual. We can't have lasting success with the physical, until we deal with the spiritual.


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DEBK0923 7/23/2012 11:10AM

    great blog

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HERBIEDS 7/22/2012 5:46PM

    Wow!! What an amazing post I agree its is so easy for all of us to put blinders on, thank you for the reminder and the boost i needed towards spiritual health as well as physical health

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IAMLOVEDBYYOU 7/21/2012 11:29PM

    Absolutely. I think about this a lot as it is easy for me to get caught up in physical health and get distracted from my spiritual health. We should be good stewards of the bodies that God has given us, but it is meaningless without love.

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BRENDABEEMAN 7/21/2012 9:57PM

  great article there John JT. Most people don''t understand that no matter WHAT they look like people will SEE you as you act/react around them. thank you for the reminder. emoticon

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FLOWERDIE345 7/21/2012 9:02PM

    Thank you for this. emoticon

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WELSTEACH 7/21/2012 1:05AM

    Acting love is different than talking love. I am glad you helped her out.

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MAVERICK59 7/21/2012 1:01AM

    Namaste to you my friend.
I think you are one of those Angels put here for the rest of us.

God Bless you.

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LILLI56 7/20/2012 11:53PM

    Thank you for this. I, too have a friend who committed suicide in between Jr and Sr high. His mother kept looking for a reason he killed himself. She still talks about it (and I am sure she will always) although it has been over 30 years.

Jesus is a reason to love the lovable and not so lovable.

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KTISFOCUSED 7/20/2012 10:55PM

    What an awesome blog! It reminds me of the point that it is so easy to love the loveable but we are called to love everyone. Thanks for this blog; it could remind many to do the right thing. I can tell that you truly learned something from the tragedy of that young man taking his life. I had a similar thing happen where someone took her life and I wished I had taken a little more time to try to help her. She had many problems and it would have taken time and patience--just like the time you took to help yesterday. Beautiful!!!!

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SASKANNE 7/20/2012 10:34PM

    What a remarkable post! Thanks for your clarity - it is always right in front of our faces but often we overlook humanity and kindness.

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GRAPHICS2 7/20/2012 9:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are spirit having a human experience

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KALLIE1958AR 7/20/2012 7:19PM

    Awesome I know how you feel and yes I know plenty ..

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2012 6:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I try to live as Jesus dictates--sometimes I do it right and other times, I am too human. This was a great reminder.

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JRFINLEY14 7/20/2012 2:17PM

    Very well said. When I was overseas in the Navy, I tried to do just one nice thing every day for someone else. I did not do it for praise or any type of gain other than it just made me feel good inside. I noticed that after a few week, it got to be contagious with my ship mates. Maybe we could try that here!

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DOTTY7267 7/20/2012 1:22PM

    Thank you so much for being there for her. If we can all do what we expect of others, this world would be great! Keep your faith and hope in your fellow man, we are not all "walking graves", but are encouraged by living examples of what is right.

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ANNADIAZ01 7/20/2012 12:03PM

  Great post! Oh so true. Sometimes we mean well, but when we are presented with opportunities to reach out to others, we miss it. thanks for the reminder. :-)

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KATIEKAT475 7/20/2012 11:48AM

    Amen. Definitely makes me think about how I will react to others today. Thank you!!!

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GODSGALS 7/20/2012 11:08AM

    One more thing. Have you noticed that there are a ton of videos cropping up exposing bullying at school? It seems to be the "in thing" right now, but it's soul-destroying and I'd rather build up than tear down. We all have issues, and we're a work in progress. Who are we to think we're better than anyone else? Who has the right to determine our self-worth other than the One who made us? How can we show the world that it shows more character to encourage than destroy? Any suggestions?
Kari

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ANGELBABIES2 7/20/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon and God Bless emoticon

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LAURIE5658 7/20/2012 9:47AM

    John, I read this blog yesterday and I just had to come and read it again. Thank you so much!!!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 7/20/2012 9:16AM

    Such an awesome blog!! I pray God will open my eyes to the angels around me and give me the courage to do what is right to help those in need.


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LISALGB 7/20/2012 8:41AM

    John, this blog touched my heart deeply. I work for the school system and I see bullying so often. It just breaks my heart to see people treated this way - child or adult - it is cruel.
Thank you for reminding us that we need to live as Jesus lives and to walk as He walks - and most importantly, love and He loves.
Many blessings to you, John!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/20/2012 8:37AM

    Very well said.

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LYNMEINDERS 7/20/2012 4:15AM

    such a true blog John...thanks so much for the reminder of how we should act....not how we often do

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LEANIE64 7/20/2012 1:49AM

    Your post was so touching and very true..Thanks so much !! I will be more aware of others needs..and try to be Christ's hands..!

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    Amen! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 7/19/2012 11:45PM

    I have a grandson that has always been there for the excluded. I am so proud that his faith show in this way! emoticon

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TORAMPAUL 7/19/2012 9:14PM

    Great post. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Could you please add some scripture references to your posts? Thanks :)

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SPARKENISTA 7/19/2012 9:04PM

    John--Thank you for this. I cannot believe how cruel those people in were in passing by this young lady. I am not at all surprised that you helped her. As far as those employees who asked you to rush, you can bet I would have a few choice words for them!

As far as that boy in school--I don't know whether you saw the recent movie, "Bullies" or something like that. It is a limited-release documentary. The story of that boy, unfortunately, is not an isolated incident. My heart breaks for the kids who are "different" and who cannot see beyond this phase of their lives to a brighter future.

At that time, you could not have predicted the depth of his despair or that he would take desperate actions so you cannot hold yourself responsible. You also learned a valuable lesson and are hyper-sensitive to the needs of others now.

Perhaps he was put here to teach those in his sphere the degree of cruelty that can be caused by their words and actions. Maybe all of those who hurt him are better people for it now. We can only hope.

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SLUDERCATS 7/19/2012 8:40PM

    Really enjoyed this blog. A very enlightening piece that outlines the way the world is going. I pray that i do not follow in there footsteps.

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SHEPIL 7/19/2012 6:43PM

    You have a heart for people. That's very special. It does take conscious effort to be kind and helpful.

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TEMPERANCE88 7/19/2012 6:22PM

    Wow! Great reminder. Thank you for reminding us to live as Christ lives.

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KIN59VARA 7/19/2012 5:26PM

    Very well said.

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2BOYSMEMA 7/19/2012 5:22PM

    WOW!!!! So many times I could have been the good samaritan, but instead I was to busy or maybe even thought "I was better" than the person needing help, maybe I thought the person with me would think I was "not cool" if I took the time to help someone else. Yes, I have been the good samaritan before and it felt so good. Thank you for the reminder.......next time I have the opportunity to be the good samaritan, I willmake the choice to not be a walking grave.

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MARGARITTM 7/19/2012 3:19PM

    Beautiful post Thanks

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