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The F Word

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Did you know we are hard wired for survival? It goes back to primitive times when literally walking out your front door was a coin toss. Our bodies and minds adapted to those circumstances and as we evolved as human beings we were taught that survival was our top priority. Hopefully there is no one waiting for us outside our front door this morning. We’ve morphed in a way, though. We view each challenge, and each new experience as a threat to our security. If we’re not on top then we are surely on the bottom. Ever heard the saying, “Second place is first loser?” Since there are no dinosaurs around to snatch us off the front yard we look for other ways to satiate our survival instinct. We even use our kids. They have to be smarter, prettier, more athletic and popular than the kid next door because if they’re not, well they “won’t get ahead.” (Whatever that is!)

Okay, enough of the rant. I could go on for days telling you things you already know and some of you are starting to feel your survival mechanism beginning to kick in. So I have a question for you. It pertains to this journey we are traveling on together. You know this march towards health? Are ya having fun? Are ya looking for new ways to replace the old behaviors and are ya treatin’ them like an adventure rather than an obligation? I’m not talking about running around grinning from ear to ear. I’m talking about plain old down in the dirt fun?

Come close I’ll whisper a secret to you. I tried doing this without a lot of fun and I failed. I got close to my goal weight and because I hadn’t replaced a number of negative and unhealthy thoughts with fun activities and adventure…………..

Lemme put it this way: You pull all the weeds from the garden before you plant your flowers, right? Otherwise the flowers don’t grow. We put our minds and bodies through a bit-o-hell when we decide to become healthy. We “remove,” we “take away.” What do we replace it with other than carrots, celery and fruit? Because we are hard wired to survive after a bit our bodies take back over unless……….

We have to weed the garden, till the soil and ENJOY it. Slowly the weeds die out and they are replaced by an amazing bouquet of flowers. We don’t say, “I used to have weeds there!” We care and tend the flowers and we have fun doing it.

So maybe you had a gain this week, maybe the scale didn’t move or maybe the siren song of ice cream was too hard to resist. It’s over, it’s done and you can’t change the past. Smile and look for something energize you.
Go have fun and don’t worry a lot about survival, unless a dinosaur pokes his head in your kitchen window tonight and tries to snatch you up.

Namaste

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/22/2012 9:13AM

    A dinosaur might make me move a little quicker, but it probably would not be too much fun.

Thanks for the reminder....

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THESLIMMERME1 9/22/2012 12:50AM

    emoticon food for thought! emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/21/2012 10:48PM

  great blog thanks

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/21/2012 6:00PM

    Oh, John, what an awesome blog today! I can so relate to weeding the garden because it seems as though I did a lot of that this summer, and more weeds remain! I enjoy the dickens out of a freshly weeded yard and using that analogy for my journey to health is perfect. I need to plan better, stick-to-it better, believe in myself better. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/21/2012 1:58PM

    You are a wonderful writer! I'm thinking a lot more about how to "play" each day

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/21/2012 12:48PM

    I discovered long ago that I'm not too good at suffering so for me to do an exercise or even a certain diet it has to be fun for me. Otherwise my tiny attention span leads me astray.

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DR8561 9/21/2012 12:16PM

    I needed that today. emoticon

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KELLYPAQ 9/21/2012 5:45AM

    You helped me to start my day with a smile on my face. Thank you

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LYNMEINDERS 9/21/2012 1:55AM

    I ,love it...thankyou so much for writing this.....this is freedom

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JANIEWWJD 9/20/2012 11:32PM

    Very well said!! Have a great day tomorrow and God bless you!!!!
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CARTOONB 9/20/2012 10:05PM

    Excellent plan. I will enjoy my garden.

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JENAE954 9/20/2012 8:53PM

  Love the idea of the weeding of the mind before replanting.
Thanks much!

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JEANNETTE59 9/20/2012 3:22PM

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SGRAY478 9/20/2012 2:35PM

    I like the idea of weeding the garden of our minds before re-planting. Well said John!!

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FITBODME 9/20/2012 1:16PM

    Thanks John, I'm going to have some fun today choosing and eating a healthy lunch. emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 9/20/2012 1:13PM

    Really liked this and you are so right! I like how you pointed out about what we are striving for (e.g. the kid analogy) only to realize that "whatever that means". How often don't we say things exactly like that without giving any thought to what it really means to us, or to others. Too much of life is just "filler" for the sake of "filling" whether it's thoughts, food or wasted activity and opportunity. Just incase, though, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for dinosaurs. lol.

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DEBRITA01 9/20/2012 12:05PM

    Sometimes we have to let our inner child loose and have fun. I loved the garden analogy, too. emoticon

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ADELE66 9/20/2012 11:24AM

    I absolutely love the garden analogy! And I am completely with you!

Adele (planting flowers as we speak!)

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SLIMLEAF 9/20/2012 10:42AM

    Hello John.
I'm tentatively posting on Spark People again and I like your blog.
Thought you'd like to know.
Slimleaf / Lindsay

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/20/2012 10:22AM

    Great way to look at things! I always enjoy your blogs.

Hey, maybe the ice cream is today's "dinosaur!" emoticon (closest to a dinosaur they had! ) RAWR!

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STEADFASTNSEE 9/20/2012 10:17AM

  Having FUN on this journey; or another way to see it JOY-filled Journey. Good idea. Maybe that's why I gained back. Hmm.

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PATTERD707 9/20/2012 10:13AM

    I've had the privilege of marrying two family members (via internet ordination) and in both I talked about a marriage being like a garden (you have to weed it, and feed it). I think our inner self is like a garden too, as you've alluded to it.

I also like the idea of "getting over" the concept that it's bad to weed, that we should be "above that" or "beyond that now." That's just our inner self trying to trick us, maybe for the survival-type reasons you mentioned above.

Thanks for your blog.

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Diners, Drive-In's and Dives (With Apologies to the Food Network.)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It would be nice to plan for a perfect route when I’m preparing for a trip. There’d be no detours or delays. I’d arrive ahead of schedule and the road I’d travelled would be smooth and pot hole free. I’d only use one tank of gasoline and there would be no speed limits. Unfortunately, that world doesn’t exist but I use it as a metaphor to describe my life during the past week. My grandmother was much more succinct. She often said the road to hell was paved with good intentions.

I maintained my calorie level this past week it’s just that the quality of calories might best be called “suspect.” Even though I planned well, I hit a few potholes and detours. Close to 70% of my meals were in restaurants. If I could have swerved and avoided them trust me I would have but it’s hard to tell a client you are going to wait in the car eating the meal you packed while they are having lunch. I navigated as best I could avoiding fats, sweets and the dreaded basket of rolls and french fries. In many respects I did pretty well. I made sure my breakfasts were full of fruit and veggies and some whole grain. My snacks were fruit. I decided not to stress because I was doing the best I could given my circumstances.

So when I got on the scale this morning it showed I lost .6 pounds. I have to tell you I had mixed feelings. I was glad for the loss but I started feeling some shame and a bit of embarrassment and well you guys know the stuff that goes with the perception that you failed. I paused for a moment and I received a moment of inspiration from of all people the country recording artist Toby Keith. Through my head ran the lyric “I aint as good as I once was but I’m as good once as I ever was.”

There was no failure, a bit of delay, for sure, but no failure. I LOST .6 pounds and I have to tell you that considering all the detours I encountered last week it feels pretty good. Perspective is what counts and living in reality. I stayed true to my exercise regimen and I hit my meditation target 50% of the time. I got lazy for a few days and opted to do some other things. The lesson wasn’t lost on me.

There are no perfect trips; just the ones you and I travel each day. Those trips have more detours than we’d like. Pat yourself on the back when you get through the maze. You are stronger, wiser and much lighter.

Namaste

  
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FATHINSN 10/6/2012 9:35PM

    I wish I'm much better in control at work events but I do try to eat smaller portion :D
Congrats for your pound losses!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/25/2012 11:05AM

    Wish I had read this before I took my business trip this month! You did GREAT! Congrats!

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    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are a emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/21/2012 12:27PM

    At least you made the effort instead of giving yourself a good excuse to just let your nutrition go completely. I'd have totally done that in the past. Until I became aware that I was failing myself by doing that.

Good for you!

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TXLIBRARYLADY 9/21/2012 11:54AM

  "Little by little, a little becomes a lot." Keep it up! emoticon

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KATHIC2 9/21/2012 9:07AM

  Love that song and your blog!

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TERID816 9/21/2012 7:03AM

    Yeah, those great big rolls can be a b*tch! Good for you for conquering the dreaded restaurant challenge! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 9/21/2012 1:50AM

    Tough "assignment"! Way to go!

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KHALIA2 9/21/2012 12:50AM

  You did well! Good luck on the rest of your journey.

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WHITEANGEL4 9/20/2012 11:22PM

    Congratulations on meauvering the detours and bouncing with the potholes. We all have these days in our lives. You managed well and planned for the detour.

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ELSCO55 9/20/2012 11:17PM

    Way to go.

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YOBOELI 9/20/2012 10:49PM

    Good Job

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LOGOULD 9/20/2012 10:16PM

    Perfectionism is not all its cracked up to be. Given all the curve balls thrown your way, you're doing GREAT! I heard a message yesterday relating to baseball that really drove the point home to me. (and I'm not even a baseball fan!) A truly great baseball player is doing awesome when they bat 350 (out of 1000) - so who am I to say I'm a failure or any less of a success when I am only on target 8 or 9 times out of ten?!?!

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HYATTI1 9/20/2012 9:54PM

    Its a tough road but someone has to drive it. You and I have a lot in common. I enjoy reading your blogs from time to time. Keep up the good work.

Joanna

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QTEALADY20031 9/20/2012 9:21PM

    Well, said. I think too may times our detour can be through the fast food drive-thru. I think you did well with a loss. A loss is a loss and it sure is better than a gain! Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 9/20/2012 4:39PM

    Well said!

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LSIG14 9/20/2012 3:04PM

    Fantastic perspective!! I have been going through life sailing along and then hitting a pot-hole and staying there. I guess I need to accept that I can get out of the pot-hole and go on with the trip. Thanks so much for this post and congrats to you for making the reality of life work well!

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JANEINE 9/20/2012 1:34PM

    I think your metaphor about the pot holes is so right. None of us are perfect, nor is our world. I had done very well until I had to eat out this week. My conclusion is that restaurant food is not what I want...but I will be more careful on what establishment I pick when it is necessary

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CRYSTALJEM 9/20/2012 1:08PM

    And sometimes those detours make the trip more worthwhile than expected. Sounds like you learned, succeeded and managed to enjoy for the most part. Wow! Way to go! No wonder this blog was voted most popular. Have a great rest of the week. CJ

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GINA180847 9/20/2012 11:51AM

    The way I see it you did very well in spite of the fact that it wasn't exactly as you might have planned. I totally understand your confusion. You had a map, were unable to follow it but got there anyway, hence the confusion as you thought you would be good and well lost but weren't. I would take that as a sign somebody up there is looking out for you and you are careful in spite of confusion.

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NATRONA32 9/20/2012 11:28AM

    I understand & can relate! It's hard to congratulate yourself when you feel like you failed (going out to eat so much!) But when that scale shows a positive movement you have to wonder, 'why do I work so hard, when I can slack & still make progress?'
confusing!
I think the bigger part of our journey is to be able to look in the mirror & be happy with what you see. And there is DEF. something to be said for FEELING at the top of your game! When we dont' like what we see or how we feel, then what the scale tells us is irrelevant.
Sounds like you learned a lot from this week & I am glad you shared this blog with all of us!!
Hugs my friend!

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/20/2012 11:21AM

    You are not a failure!!! emoticon

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PEANUT9157 9/20/2012 10:59AM

  Congratulations on your weight loss! Stay with positive thoughts and stay
motivated. You are definitely headed in the right direction. Also, you have the Spark People with you for any support you should need. Good luck with the rest of your weight loss! emoticon

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TINY67 9/20/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like a journey that I've been on.

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SJKENT1 9/20/2012 9:40AM

    here's to the journey... including the bumps, detours along the way and victories. Sure makes some good stories too

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CICELY360 9/20/2012 9:40AM

  Good blog

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DENDYLYNN 9/20/2012 9:32AM

  just think, had you lost 3 or 5 pounds it may have given you a license to think you got away with it....you know the way our heads work? You did the best you could with what you had and I think that your weight loss is terrific and humble and is natures way of protecting us from ourselves and our crazy thinking. I know if I had lost several pounds after a difficult week I would take it as permission to do it again.

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/20/2012 9:05AM

    Congratulations on your .6 weight loss! It was a LOSS so don't beat yourself up! We are all proud of you!!!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/20/2012 8:48AM

    emoticon You still lost weight, so it means that you have learned a lot from SP. Everyone gets sidetracked once and awhile.

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AMBERD239 9/20/2012 8:45AM

  Every step in the right direction is a good and productive step. Just keep in mind that .6 one week is still an added loss to the big picture and this journey is about the big picture. I say celebrate the fact that even with the detours and pot holes you still accomplished something that goes toward your goal. Great job and here's hoping those pot holes get less and less in the way, life makes it hard sometimes.

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WALLINMW 9/20/2012 8:28AM

  Way to go!

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NOW2DAY 9/20/2012 8:17AM

    Done good.

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AMARILYNH 9/20/2012 7:51AM

    Such is life - you did GOOD!! emoticon

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INTRIBUS 9/20/2012 7:26AM

  Great post!

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LAURANCE 9/20/2012 7:08AM

  Good for you!

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CAMAEL100 9/20/2012 6:38AM

    I think it was a great victory that you carried on with your normal life and managed to eat well enough to record a loss. Surely in past times you would have put on weight being in restaurants that many times. I think our aim should be to be able to live 'normally' and chose good choices.

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THESLIMMERME1 9/20/2012 4:15AM

    emoticon emoticon I can appreciate how challenged you were - but you stuck to your principals and 'loss'. It's a dilema eating out - as one item can consome your 'alotment' for the meal and your still hungry...so I think you did great. emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/19/2012 9:47PM

    Reminds me of our recent trip and the "diners, drive-in's and dives" that we ate in... and yet I lost 3 lbs, which really pleased me. Eating out is such a challenge. I know that my fat, protein and carbs were way off track, but I did the best I could. Congratulations on your loss.

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CAROLINAKIWI 9/19/2012 8:51PM

    I guess the trick is staying on the road!! Sounds like you were successful at that!! Congratulations!!!

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FERGSGIRL2 9/19/2012 7:56PM

    You did great, and sounds like you still made the best decisions possible! It's all about taking the detours and still living in reality!

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Losing My Mind Monkeys, If Only For A Bit

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yesterday my mind monkeys wouldn’t let go. No matter how many bananas I tossed them they rode the edges of my brain whispering all sorts of negative mantras. You see, I had just stepped off the scale with ONLY (lol) a 2.2 pound loss. It certainly wasn’t the seven pound loss from the week before.

I was slipping back into old patterns and behaviors, wasn’t I?

I had walked this road before only to stumble and skin my knee and remain, well remain FAT.

At least that’s what those monkeys swinging from my synaptic junctions kept telling me. We’re hard wired for the negative. Everything in our world screams “Make you better.” When we fall short of whatever better is, usually on the cover of US and People, we slip into a state of depression and the monkeys go wild. At least mine do. Yesterday I tossed them a few emotional bananas and while it didn’t totally satisfy them it quieted them down long enough for me to have a really good day that didn’t revolve around what I put in my mouth.

My clothing has begun to fit better. It’s not baggy or anything like that. Let’s say it’s less snug. I noticed it around mid-week. This road has been traveled well too. The mind says something like “Ooooooo you’re gonna weigh in with a huge loss!!” The day comes to weigh in and you want to see if your scale is broken. “But never mind, ignore the nice feeling lose clothes give you it was ONLY 2.2 pounds.”

In reality whatever I am doing is starting to work. I’m following the path of my September goals; portion control, thirty minutes of movement or exercise each day and ten minutes of quiet time each day.

The week following a huge loss is like winning the Super Bowl or the World Series. What do you do the next week; lose eight pounds, then nine the next and suddenly you are on life support? There is a lot of pressure to succeed and when we put it on ourselves only one thing is going to happen; someone finds the key, opens the door and the mind monkeys go wild.

I sat at church yesterday and heard the beautiful gospel reading about Jesus curing the man who was deaf and mute. He uttered the words “Be Open.” The monkeys quieted down. He asked that we open ourselves and our lives to everything that comes our way, good, bad or indifferent. In this story he opens us up to all sorts of possibilities if we only stop for a few minutes and really listen to them.

I am 2.2 pounds lighter, my clothes fit better, I am sleeping better and I am more alert and much more active. When I sit and close my eyes those are the images that dance before my eyes.

What monkeys?

  
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GOOSIEMOON 9/19/2012 10:18AM

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MANILUS 9/15/2012 11:07AM

    Congratulations on working the plan, 2.2 is a good weekly weigh in!

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RAINBOWMF 9/14/2012 1:06AM

    non-scale victories that is what you need.

Sending you an e-mail with a link.

Go over some of this gals blogs--- she was a 3X and is now a large - in 190 days
she did not touch the scale-- she did not let the scale rule- she went by her clothes.
BTW she has weighed now but will not weigh again until Jan. 2013.

Mary

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SPSPSP1 9/13/2012 10:52PM

    Every week your mind and body are getting stronger and healthier. Congratulations!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/13/2012 12:58PM

    Way to not listen and out smart those negative mind monkeys!

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BARB5970 9/12/2012 10:17AM

    Don't let the monkeys live rent free in your head. That's not only negative, but a waste of mental engery. 2.2 down is wonderful. As a matter of fact, even if it was .02, that's still good. For me even staying the same has become a success. As long as I'm no longer gaining, I'm on the right path. emoticon

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LADILADIDA 9/12/2012 9:43AM

    For me, yoga became a practice of not quieting the mind but more like recognizing it's lack of importance of it's monkey business. Your 10 minutes of meditation, or quiet time as you call it, is a huge win for you. Success is the result of our actions. The action is the present and the present moment feels good. Stick with the present and let the weightloss just be a surprise rather than an expectation. emoticon

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/11/2012 10:18AM

    Well done John, 2.2lbs off is awesome! Good luck for next week

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LYNMEINDERS 9/11/2012 5:25AM

    Woohoo John...2.2lbs...thats awesome...go you...keep doing what you are doing...

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 9/11/2012 12:25AM

    It all adds up over the long haul. Sure, We all want the big loss..but, sometimes we just have to add up the 2 pounds here and there to get that number.
You are doing it.

It all works out in the end. Right?

Love the Mind Monkey concept. I have several of the dang critters I fight off...sometimes daily. Rebuking the negative thoughts in JESUS Name will help. One day there will be less of the little buggers hanging from the tree limbs.

You will reach your destination...

It's a great journey that we share, full of great people to help us along the way. YOU are one of those people . God Bless. Imogene

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CARTOONB 9/10/2012 10:52PM

    Mind monkeys? LOL! Love the visual.

And you didn't lose ONLY 2.2 pounds. You lost an entire KILOgram. Kilo is for one thousand!! Look how great you're doing to lose over TWO THOUSAND grams. emoticon

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AHAVAH123 9/10/2012 9:46PM

    Excellent!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/10/2012 9:38PM

    Mind monkeys? I love it. What a great visual. I certainly have my fair share of mind monkeys. Keeping focusing on those non-scale victories and those mind monkeys will be long gone.

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KELLYPAQ 9/10/2012 9:22PM

    Don't let those negative thoughts creep in. Stay strong and you will see results.

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SAGELADY2 9/10/2012 8:55PM

    Mind monkeys...I'm going to keep that one. They come in all flavors you know? Work, diet, excercise, hair.... I'm visualizing Dorothy on her way to Oz. emoticon

Congratulations on the 2.2 pounds. It's a darn sight better than the alternative on the measuring stick.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2012 7:19PM

    Monkeys be banished! This is John's house! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/10/2012 7:04PM

    Hey, I think you're doing great!!! Monkeys or no monkeys, lol; keep up the good work!!!
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REFFIE1 9/10/2012 5:05PM

    I wish I could lose 2.2 pounds in a week, so celebrate. Also, even if you did not lose a pound after the 7 pounds it would still be great because you would have maintained that 7 pound loss. Think of the alternative of emoticon gaining 2.2. pounds and you will realize the great progress you made. Those monkey need to swing elsewhere.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 9/10/2012 4:50PM

    don't disregard 2.2 lbs.. and feeling better and clothing fitting better. YOu're doing GREAT!

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NASFKAB 9/10/2012 3:03PM

  all the best

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REGILIEH 9/10/2012 2:42PM

    I'm glad the monkey's are gone!

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DOODIE59 9/10/2012 2:37PM

    Yes, be open. All kinds of wonderful things can happen. Weight loss is only one of them:)
Deirdre

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SBNORMAL 9/10/2012 2:31PM

  Monkeys are mean and cure and like to kick us when we are down!! I wish I could send my monkeys to the jungle or at least the zoo.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2012 1:53PM

    Yep, you have to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Good old Bing!!

Congrats on the weight loss!!

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SMOCKON 9/10/2012 1:32PM

    If only we could all lose 2.2 pounds each week (which is PERFECT) . . . Let's face it, we want to get off 50-100 pounds overnight. But you know, 2 pounds a week until goal weight gets us to the same place in the end.

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DEBRITA01 9/10/2012 1:30PM

    Oh, how we focus on the scale as the indicator of our success ~ even when we know better!. 2.2 down, improved sleep, and looser clothes reflect great progress. Let's keep feeding those monkeys those bananas...one day they will be off our backs for good! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/10/2012 1:14PM

    Wow 2.2pounds in a week would be like winning the lottery for me..I do good losing half a pound a week and I'm not complaining...at least I'm losing!!! Feeding my monkeys now.

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FUN2BAROUND 9/10/2012 1:12PM

    I like the idea of "being open". Think I'll practice that today.
THANKS!
Ellen
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ADELE66 9/10/2012 12:54PM

    Ah... the Silencing of the Monkeys....'tis a wonderful thing!

:o)

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DR8561 9/10/2012 12:26PM

    John 10:10 says the thief's goals are to steal, kill, and destroy. I think the thought monkeys are his little minions. They try to distract us and get us to lose our focus and our confidence to make the thief's job easier. I've been struggling against some of those monkeys myself. I like your goal of setting aside quiet time in your day. I've been missing that in mine.

emoticon We're stronger than we think!

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SHERIO5 9/10/2012 12:24PM

    Ah yes, the monkeys...I think taming the monkeys is the biggest part of the journey...but you are right, when I'm with the Lord, the monkeys are quieter, if not absent.

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GIRANIMAL 9/10/2012 12:16PM

    Stupid monkeys. I JUST wrote an email to my best friend (who also struggles with weight issues) about how my jeans are uncomfortably tight today, and I know it's my TOM and I sure did eat like it all last week, but come ON, at my worst I am not topping 1800 calories and HOW CAN IT BE that I am one of the ones who seems destined to struggle, struggle, struggle with this for the rest of my life?! It's so unfair! How can you still have an uncomfortable spare tire at 130-135 pounds?! Why does this battle still have to present ALL day EVERY day for the REST of my life?!

Stop it, you silly, screaming monkeys!

All I can say is it's a good darn thing I am FINALLY going to start properly learning yoga. I got a great deal on some classes at a very conveniently located studio. My BF is even going to take some with me! Because seriously, I need to quiet my mind and gain some perspective. These tiny struggles are nothing compared to losing 70 pounds. At least, they shouldn't be. Time to distract the monkeys!




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CHESSARIA 9/10/2012 12:01PM

    This helped me a lot today. I've been watching what I eat, and logging about 90% of it for a week. My exercise goals have been met 90% of the time for the last month. And I have yet to see the scale dip any lower. It's nice to know I'm not alone with my monkeys!

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The Voice of God

Sunday, September 09, 2012

As cats go Mickey wasn’t with us very long. A little over five years after we rescued him he became listless and wouldn’t eat. He spit up a lot. The vet gave him the once over and closed the door to the examining room. I’ve seen that look before. Over 39 years we’ve had four dogs and four cats. Based on the blood work his determination was Mickey suffered from pancreatic cancer. There was a large mass in his abdomen. Treatment was expensive and had about a ten percent success rate. This type of cancer was extremely rare in cats.

We were shocked and not quite ready to part with Mickey, so we bundled him up, made an appointment to have him euthanized the next morning. We took him home. He slept with us that evening, lying at the foot of the bed, curled up in a ball. I didn’t sleep too well and when my anxiety washed over me, trying to figure out why this poor cat had to suffer I would hear a soft “meow.” Somehow, for some reason I couldn’t explain until today, it soothed me. Lying there in pain; Mickey was sending me a message that it was going to be okay.

This morning at church I thought about Mickey and his soft “meow.” Amidst the choir trying to reach a decibel level not known to man, readers reading, and preachers preaching I closed my eyes, a bit perturbed at all the noise. As I sat there I heard that divine “meow,” so soft and gentle like a rain washing over me. There was a moment of warmth, security and peace and then a bit of a chuckle inside as I saw the voice of God through my long gone cat and again as The Scripture says in the whispering of the wind.

  
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NEWME1213 9/18/2012 7:30AM

  Beutiful!!! God is emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/11/2012 7:25PM

    Wonderful blog!

God whispers...and if you don't listen he throws a brick. I've learned to listen to the whispers!

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BABBINA 9/11/2012 12:21AM

    Wow!! Once again, so beautifully written!! I love yr spiritual understanding & yr ability to convey it to the masses!! emoticon

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ORANGECOWCAT 9/10/2012 11:55AM

    Ah, so true...i have often said I wished God would speak to me the way he spoke to others long ago. Sometimes when things are so tough, I just wish my roof would open and God would come down and just sit with me for a while. But isn't it wonderful when we can find the comfort of God through someone or something else? I am so sad to know that you must go through the pain of losing a pet...we lost a young cat to cancer last year and it was just heartbreaking. I am thankful, however, that you are able to still see God's hand through all of it.

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LADILADIDA 9/10/2012 9:46AM

    John, you are destined to write an inspirational book. Please write it and publish it, your eloquence deserves to be preserved.

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JOANNS4 9/10/2012 8:38AM

    I understand what you are saying. It was a blessing to have Mickey in your life and you were so kind to him. Thank you for sharing. God bless.



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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/10/2012 7:40AM

    What a wonderful post. So often, in the busyness of life we often overlook God and his presence. Thank you for the gentle reminder that he is always with us; if only we take the time to listen. Thank you so much for sharing.

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LYNMEINDERS 9/10/2012 4:53AM

    Thats awesome John....
Mickey was blessed to have you and Joan even if it was only for a short time....and maybe it was for this purpose

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TJCADDO 9/10/2012 2:13AM

    emoticon On winning Popular Blog. I believe it! This was such a beautiful story from such a tender hearted man. Thanks for the gentle story of God touching your life in such a profound way thru a cat.

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Nan

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REGILIEH 9/10/2012 12:53AM

    You should write full time! What a gift you have!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/9/2012 10:28PM

    Poor Mickey. You gave him 5 wonderful happy years he would not have had. Mickey is still able to send you words of comfort from a higher power beyond the grave.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/9/2012 9:09PM

    Tears fill my eyes - I'm so sorry. I think its wonderful that you had that one extra night with him. We lost our beloved kitty on Jan 31st this year. Her last night here, I held her as she laid lifeless on my lap :( I took her to the vet first thing the next morning and found out she had kidney failure. Treatment would be expensive and not a sure chance of her recovering, so we had to put her down. She was 12.5 years old. It was so hard on the family, especially our younger children (age 3 and 6 at the time) as they never knew life without her.
We have since adopted 2 kittens and they have brought so much joy into our home. We still miss our Skuttles dearly and the kittens aren't to "replace" her.


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JENNY888 9/9/2012 8:03PM

    Beautiful story but I am so sorry to hear about Mickey. It is so difficult to lose our pets. They are like family.

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GRAMMAP1 9/9/2012 6:10PM

    jWe recently lost our beloved 23 yr. old Socks to Cancer and could well relate to your thoughts. I am sorry for your loss. We had to make that decision also. emoticon They are never forgotten.

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SUGARPUNK52 9/9/2012 1:47PM

  Thank you for sharing this with us.GOD bless.

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KNIBARG 9/9/2012 1:34PM

    Beautiful!

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DEBRITA01 9/9/2012 1:05PM

    A touching blog...God speaks to us in many ways emoticon

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MORNINGSONG1 9/9/2012 1:04PM

    Yes beautiful. Tears dropped with me. And the words of a song also "and the rain drops were tear drops cause the angels all cried. A love born in heaven never will die."

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/9/2012 12:53PM

    Sad but lovely!!!

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 9/9/2012 12:03PM

    Great blog . . . I used to tell my son to be quiet so I could listen to the news, then one day he said to me "Mommy be quiet so I can listen to the birds". I realized then that sometimes we need to be quiet and just listen.

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ANDYINBC 9/9/2012 11:27AM

    Sorry to hear about Mickey. It is amazing how these little creatures become such a part of our family.

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NASFKAB 9/9/2012 11:24AM

  thanks so much

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    Beautiful Blog!!!

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The Breath of God

Saturday, September 08, 2012

A strong cold front blew through late last night and so we were able to open the windows this morning for the first time in what seemed like months. I sat in my chair and began my morning meditation period. I try to take ten minutes each morning to open myself to what is present inside of me andto the workings of God within me.

As I relaxed I became aware of a breeze blowing gently across my face and upper body and the thought rolled through my mind that within that breeze lie the breath of God. My inner self smiled a bit. I asked myself how many times I’d shook my fist at heavens and asked God to “show himself!!!”

He’s been there all along, just as the scripture says, in the whispering of the wind.

Namaste

  
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SUPERSYLPH 8/23/2013 11:45AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CATNCAG 6/19/2013 1:18PM

    Wow, that's awesome! These are things we need to stop & realize!

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  thanks for sharing

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BUSMOM27 9/19/2012 1:03PM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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TRINITY4001 9/18/2012 8:24AM

    Thank you...just what I needed to hear this day!

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JEN0817 9/16/2012 12:38AM

    What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing that powerful experience captured in a simple moment. God never ceases to amaze me. Be blessed.

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TERRIJ7 9/15/2012 3:19AM

    In that still, small voice~

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TEALHAWK 9/14/2012 4:34PM

  We may fail God but He is always patiently waiting for us and never leaves us nor forsakes us.

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KITTYKRS 9/14/2012 3:32PM

  Awesome post!! Thank you for the reminder. We ALL need that from time to time.

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GINIEMIE 9/13/2012 10:53AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I look for Him in the clouds, the birds, flowers, etc, but I forgot to listen to Him in the breeze.

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KASPER10779 9/12/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon Truly inspirational post here! I am glad I stumbled upon it today :)

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/11/2012 10:38PM

    Namaste, John. emoticon

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LUCYTMCM 9/11/2012 9:32PM

  thanks for the reminder. God is everywhere and always with us. it nice when He sends "a quick kiss" to remind us. blessings, lucy

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HAPINANA 9/11/2012 7:50PM

    So wonderful is our God! If we would just remember throughout the day to just listen and be aware of his presence....it could be a perfect day! You were "touched by Him" this morning.. What a blessing!
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KGWINDER 9/11/2012 4:14PM

    The breathe a thousand before me breathed, I breath
through time we are all connected with the Being of the universe.

Namaste and blessings.

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KARENTHEFIT 9/11/2012 4:11PM

    "Be still, and know that I am God."

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PINKPUFFYSOCKS 9/11/2012 4:01PM

    He is with us always. I am so thankful for that.

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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THETROUT 9/11/2012 1:11PM

    Great perspective.

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NYARAMULA 9/11/2012 12:19PM

    So true. We are never still enough to realize that God is always present. We are too busy chasing things and when those things don't work out, we wonder where God is.

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MINISANDY 9/11/2012 12:12PM

    Thank you for sharing. Wonderfully encouraging.

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JLEMUS1 9/11/2012 10:46AM

    Amen, Thank you so much!!!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 9/11/2012 10:02AM

    The breath of God...it will sustain you.

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GAMMAH 9/11/2012 9:12AM

    Amen!

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NEWTINK 9/11/2012 8:13AM

    Wonderful

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STALEYK 9/11/2012 5:53AM

    How true...we just don't take the time to notice! Thanks for sharing!

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LOVEROFJC 9/11/2012 3:15AM

  S0 True!

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/11/2012 1:52AM

    emoticon Well said!

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BABBINA 9/11/2012 12:11AM

    Beautifully written, love it! Reminding me to take a closer walk with God & meditiate in his Presence as soon as I rise int he morning so set the tone for the rest of the day. Glad you experienced that Breeze, that whisper that lets you know that He is Ever Present with You! emoticon emoticon

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 9/11/2012 12:06AM

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless. emoticon

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LWADE1963 9/10/2012 10:37PM

    so refreshing!! i love the presence of God!!

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NANAGO1204 9/10/2012 8:42PM

    What a lovely awareness! I love the wind...often for the same reason...especially the rustling of the leaves in the trees...it is evidence of things not seen. emoticon emoticon

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MACPAM 9/10/2012 8:09PM

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Our God is an awesome God! We do ourselves a great favor when we nurture our spiritual side. So many people neglect it. Thanks!

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DORIAN4182 9/10/2012 8:00PM

  Just goes to show if you take time for
god ,he will open your mind

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MISSLISA1973 9/10/2012 6:35PM

    Beautiful.

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POOTERMANPATTY 9/10/2012 6:00PM

    Need to hear that today. Thank you!

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JEWELMOTI 9/10/2012 3:37PM

    John you are God's inspiration to me.

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PRESBESS 9/10/2012 2:32PM

    Simply awesome!

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AZJAN22 9/10/2012 2:19PM

  Namaste to you! In other words, the God in me sees the God in you. Blessings!

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ANNE1123 9/10/2012 1:49PM

    Thank you, I'm reading this Monday morning and it was a good start to the week. Take care

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DOTTY7267 9/10/2012 1:38PM

    Thank you so much for sharing and personally helping me to put things in better perspective.

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GODSBEST 9/10/2012 1:17PM

    What a great feeling so early in the morning.

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POPS4939 9/10/2012 12:35PM

  We should all be more aware of God's presence in our daily lives. Thank you for reminding us to look for the real things the God brings to each of us every day emoticon

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CMILLER61 9/10/2012 12:30PM

    Thanks, we tend to take so much for granted. I always have to remind myself to keep my ears open for God's answers to my prayers. When I think he is not listening, it is always me who has closed ears to his answer which may not be what I was wanting to hear.

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URGETTINTHIN 9/10/2012 12:27PM

    That was beautiful--thank you.

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PEACOCK15 9/10/2012 12:19PM

    I know exactly what you are referring to. Thank you for sharing this with all of us in Sparkland. It is very easy to forget.
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