Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Don’t misunderstand me. I love the Spark Goodies, the emoticons and those amazing computer generated images that create a cool picture. But it’s not what I am here for. I am here to learn, to change my life style and to be healthy, happy and successful. That happens to when I work hard, and am honest with myself and hang around with great people who are motivated in the same form and fashion I am. It happens when a Spark friend suggests a healthy meal alternative I haven’t seen before or points to an article that motivates me to do more so I’ll be more.
I bring this up John, because recently I have read a number of blogs and received a number of Spark Mails from people who are worried they lost “the Spark.” I think they are mistaken. I don’t think they have lost a blessed thing. What they call the Spark is the raw and positive emotion you get when you first start something new. It sustains you for a bit, it even encourages you and then all of a sudden a voice says “You know you are going to have to live like this forever?” You get a bit depressed.
If you are anything like me John, you find yourself fooling yourself, from time to time. You find yourself running ahead and believing that when your ticker reaches its magic number you can begin inhaling all the things that got you out of whack to begin with. When you realize you can’t bargain with your body you contemplate giving up. You pick your sweetest Spark friend and you send them an “oooshy-gooshy” Spark Goodie and you feel better because you know they will send you one back telling you how super special you are.
Pass the plate of cookies please.
You know how you always say “You are who you hang around with?” Maybe you should look at the people around you who want to succeed because they really do believe they are worth it. It is definitely hard work John. It’s kind of like falling in love. You walk around all “gaga” for a bit and then you wake up one morning realizing that person lying next to snores and doesn’t always trim their toe nails. You see them as they really are.
Don’t misunderstand me John, you are wonderful, beautiful and more special than you will ever realize. You just need to be aware that it takes more than that blissful moment. It takes hard work, dedication and the self-satisfaction of knowing that if you never get another Spark Mail again or a Spark Goodie, that all of this has been worth it. When you look in the mirror and see progress or when you say “No thank you” to the plate of brownies, that you really achieved something. Until you get there my friend, you won’t see lasting success.
I tell you this because I care and because you are beginning to realize that no matter how many people you surround yourself with, me and you John are still the number one priority.