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You Deal, You Heal

Monday, October 11, 2010

We are indeed a very busy people!!! I think we have been conditioned to behave this way.
Ē Pull this lever, push this button, put a smile on your face, feel better, now quickly get back on the tread mill with the rest of the mice and everything will be okay.Ē

We never heal. I mean, we do, but mostly itís done quickly and then all that unresolved pain and conflict and agony lays waiting around the corner, smiles, sticks itís foot out and trips us. Then it laughs, and then we cry and shake our heads and wonder what happened.
There is a small voice inside of us that says ďGet up, keep running. You donít want everyone to notice you are not like them!!! Hurry up.Ē

We stuff our feelings, our hurts, and our ďissues.Ē We work harder than the person next to us. We have come to believe that if we put enough distance between ourselves and our pain that once we canít see it anymore, once the feeling deadens and numbs, that itís gone.

You deal, you heal.

It returns. Maybe itís through compulsive and emotional eating and all of our good work and effort goes down the drain and the weight creeps back on. We hear the pain and sorrow snicker and whisper ďI still got yaÖĒ Maybe itís a pulled muscle or a hectic work schedule and we start losing gym time and that voice mocks us by saying ďSee, I told you that you couldnít do this!!!Ē

You deal, you heal.

We choose to be healthy and to be healthy means that to heal, we deal. We deal with the pain, the frustration, the failure and we take the time necessary to resolve it. Then it goes away for good. It doesnít end up waiting for us around the corner, plotting to trip us up, just when we feel the road to success is a clear and straight shot.

If you never accomplish another thing in your entire life you will be as precious, as valued and as loved as anyone you and I foolishly attempt to compare ourselves to.
Nine thousand, nine hundred ninety nine other people did not fall flat on their face Saturday, I did. Sitting in the ER with a compress on my knee and my wrist throbbing I just knew this wasnít about a physical injury. I just knew there was a lesson here.

You deal, you heal.

The lesson for me is that when I choose to take the time to examine my internal bumps and bruises and deal with them the right way, they wonít crop up somewhere to hurt me. They are gone for good.

Healing takes time and while all the good activity that surrounds it can act as an emotional ibuprofen, the pain doesnít go away until its confronted. That takes time, but I believe itís well worth it.

You deal, you heal.

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DOLLBABE56 10/12/2010 8:15AM

    Like your blog John! Sounds to me that YOU are dealing and healing, and thing that I am trying to do too! (although, mine is not a physical one) :)

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MARCYNA 10/12/2010 6:08AM

    Healing takes time, and takes you to a growth

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/11/2010 4:41PM

    How do you always manage to describe what I'm feeling ? ! ? !

Thank you.


ps. im writing that down. you deal, you heal. You're SO right.

nah, i'm printing it out!!

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WORKINGSTIFF 10/11/2010 3:16PM

    Right on, John. Well put.

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ZURDTA- 10/11/2010 3:09PM

    True... thanks.

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FREDIA2 10/11/2010 2:24PM

    Hope your knee gets better soon. Another excellent blog to which we can relate

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GEEMAWEST 10/11/2010 2:12PM

    Totally right on, John!

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SARAWALKS 10/11/2010 12:12PM

    emoticon blog, John. It takes courage to really deal. But it's so worth it in the long run. Hang in there, you are emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2010 11:37AM

    i certainly hope you have a complete recovery in every way.

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JJSSKINNYGIRL 10/11/2010 11:35AM

    I do hope you get better soon!! You are so right on with this blog. Thanks John!! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 10/11/2010 10:02AM

    I hope you take the time you need to heal.


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WANDAH3 10/11/2010 9:59AM

    Wonderful blog and so right on the money! John, I hope that your physical injuries heal quickly and that any internal injuries follow the same path of healing.

Lots of hugs,

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HLPRATT 10/11/2010 9:52AM

    So true and there's not enough of this being done. In health care, I treat people's bodies but sometimes I know there's a whole lot more than that going on. Usually it's important to the process of healing but most of medicine ignores it. People that don't are an inspiration. Heal well.

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HDHAWK 10/11/2010 9:52AM

    This is exactly what I'll be doing this time around so the weight will stay off for good! Heal quickly!

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TIME4AFITME 10/11/2010 9:51AM

    Sorry about your knee hope it is all better soon. Excellent blog!

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NJMATTICE 10/11/2010 9:34AM

Hopefully you are dealing with just that actual physical pain. The one thing that I am slowly learning is that pain is inevitable. Learning to deal with the actual pain without heaping on the extra pain of the SHAME, makes for a quicker healing process. I disagreed with the statement of "gone for good". I think it's cyclical. I may think it's been dealt with, but it often crops up again and surprises me. Then I have to feel that pain again and let go of the shame of "if I had done a better job of dealing, this wouldn't be back here to haunt me!" For me, learning to accept the cycle and develop healing regimens helps me move forward in a more efficient manner.
Heal well, my friend. You are doing a great job! And thanks for the inspiration that helped me get motivated and out for my walk on the bayou this morning. I even mixed in some interval running. You're a good motivator!
Enjoy your day.

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CROBINGO 10/11/2010 9:18AM

    So true about the merry-go-round we put ourselves on...even the one of healing. I agree thast if we take the time to really deal, we really heal.

Excellent blog and a wake up call to many of us. Sorry about your fall but it also sounds like you leanred something important...and chose to teach it to us. Thank you.

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MSSUNBUG 10/11/2010 9:00AM

    So sorry to hear of your fall, pal. :-( But there's so much truth here: we have to confront what's in our path and DEAL with it in order to heal it. If we don't, we put ourselves at perpetual risk of stuffing it down with self-destructive behavior. Simply being with feelings--physical or emotional--takes a lot of courage--a lot more than putting on that happy face and plowing forward does.

I hope this week is full of healing for you.

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CAHUNO2 10/11/2010 8:53AM

    Another insightful Blog!! Sorry you hurt your knee. I bet you do GREAT getting through this! emoticon

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YOGINI_JACKIE 10/11/2010 8:33AM

    So sorry to hear about your knee, but as always, it seems like you have a good handle on things. Keep up the positive attitude and get well soon!

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TEACHING1ST 10/11/2010 8:31AM

    Yes, yes, yes! Reflection is painful, too, at times...but we live and learn. You have such insight, John. Thanks for sharing yours with us.


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And Sometimes Things Dont Go The Way You Plan Them

Saturday, October 09, 2010

John falls down............ hard

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_AIYANNA_ 10/12/2010 4:20PM

    I'm so sorry you hurt yourself John. I hope you soon feel better. I have two left feet so I know where you're coming from :P

Hugs and kisses all the way from Greece xxx

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GIRANIMAL 10/12/2010 3:56PM

    Ohhh, John, this sucks! I am so sorry to hear this, but I am glad you were not hurt worse. I can see the disappointment in your face. emoticon But it makes your resolve to just nail the next one that much more powerful. I am indeed inspired by you! I hope your knee and wrist are better already. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HLPRATT 10/11/2010 9:53AM

    I put speakers on my computer at work so that I can keep up with your video blogs

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MSSUNBUG 10/11/2010 9:07AM

    You know, sometimes the lesson is as simple as s*** happens. :-) It's what we DO with it that matters. And you, my friend, are out other end confronting it all with honesty, authenticity, AND a smile.

In all seriousness though, I'm glad to hear your injuries are not terrible since they definitely could have been. Take good care of yourself and rest easy and heal up--pride too. Most people never even take a STAB at running a race--and you did, FOR THE SECOND TIME. I know in my heart that you have lots more in your future.

Take good care.

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TEACHING1ST 10/11/2010 8:29AM

    Oh, John, I'm so sorry! Please do have the wrist may have done more damage that you thought. You have so much determination and are willing to share your triumphs AND your trials. We're behind you, no matter what! And if your leg hurts, I have this big black boot that I can't WAIT to pass along to someone....


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JPRICE217 10/11/2010 7:59AM

    emoticonabout the fallbut like you said you fell the right way,I did not know that ther was a right or wrong way. But you are still a emoticon emoticon emoticonand you got the care that you needed emoticon emoticon

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DEE_DEE1972 10/11/2010 12:22AM

    Wow, that was really sucky. I am sorry! You'll definitely get back on your feet. Just pamper yourself a little bit and make sure you recover (pride 'n all) really well.

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HLPRATT 10/10/2010 9:05PM

    Oh well It'll be better next time. Clumsy runs in my family- I understand that

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MEREDIE02 10/10/2010 7:39PM

    There's no shame in taking a tumble! I hope you heal quickly and are back out there soon. I know you won't let this throw you off track.

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JENNY888 10/10/2010 5:01PM

    Glad you are still smiling. Your positive attitude is still inspiring even in this time John. I'm glad you weren't hurt worse.

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BEANPOD77 10/10/2010 12:50PM

    Thanks for sharing John..So glad you were hurt worse..It happens so fast..
I can relate to the mental struggle, as I have been off running and biking for about 3 weeks now, due to a sciatic nerve irritation..I have had to give up on 2 additional races I had planned..It's so difficult , mentally, to take the time off, when you have worked so hard to make physical activity a routine part of your day..But. we all know, we gotta get healed so that we can return better than ever..
You WILL heal, you WILL feel better...And , as others have posted, there will be other races we can participate in..Take it easy stay strong mentally..I know you can do it!! Cheering for you!!!!.

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MARCYNA 10/10/2010 11:39AM

    emoticonI'm so sorry John...I'm sure you'll recover soon and I'll pray for this. I have found that , even in difficulties, once you've changed , you never go back to old habits.
You still inspire me with your smile emoticon emoticon
PS A battle is NOT the're still on the winning side.

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/10/2010 8:18AM

    Oh John, OUCH! Things don't always go the way we plan, but it's true, it could have been a lot worse; that sounds like something I'd do, I'm so coordinated I've managed to fall going UP some stairs.

Hope you have a quick recovery with no lasting after effects; take care of yourself and don't push it too hard, too fast when you get back out there.

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SLIM242 10/9/2010 10:04PM

Thanks for sharing your story. You're right, things never go as we plan them. I'm glad you will have a short recovery and can get back to running soon.
Yes, there is a lesson in all of that. "Nothing is by accident, everything happens for a reason".
Best regards,
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FXYGMA 10/9/2010 9:53PM

    Thank you for sharing! There will be a next time and you will finish then. You could have been hurt a lot worst so it is a good thing the worst was your pride. You are still an inspiration.

Melinda emoticon

Darn those expansion joints anyway! emoticon

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EDWINA172 10/9/2010 8:45PM

    I'm so sorry that you were injured and could not finish your race. But, you ARE a runner. You received an injury while running! Did you ever think that you could say that? You weren't sitting at home one the couch. You were LIVING! You ARE living life! No standing by watching the parade called life pass you by. I am proud of you. I am proud to say that you are my friend. Feel better soon.

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DOLLBABE56 10/9/2010 7:57PM

    Oh Geeeez John. Bummer. I know you are disappointed and frustrated with this. Just remember that there will be other races to run. Make sure you give the injuries time to heal before jumping back into one. You will run another - start planning.

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REJ7777 10/9/2010 7:16PM

    What a disappointment! emoticon
I'm sure glad it wasn't worse.
Make sure to give yourelf time to heal before running again.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/9/2010 7:10PM

    It could have been much worse! Thank goodness it wasn't!
Watch the knee and have it rechecked it you start feeling any pain in the next few weeks - same with the wrist.
I'm clumsy, too - took a fall when out walking on Tuesday - fell on my left side and aggravated a previous serious leg/knee injury. I'm back walking now - like you, I refuse to give up. My steps are shorter and slower at the moment - but they're not stopping!
Remember - on steps - up on the good leg, down on the bad.

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HDHAWK 10/9/2010 3:18PM

    There will be another race John! So glad you weren't hurt worse than you were!

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BTINTERNET 10/9/2010 3:16PM

    Ow! Sorry to hear it, glad you are mostly okay! *hugs*

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TRIPLE_EMME 10/9/2010 2:52PM

    Ouch! I'm sorry to hear that you got injured, my friend. emoticon

I wish you a full (and quick) recovery.

Now that you are an atlete (yes, you ARE -- you are a runner, now), it was only a matter of time before you faced your first race-related injury.

You will be ok and you will come back stronger.

Take good care!

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2BEATIT1 10/9/2010 2:49PM

    Well John,
I can just imagine your frustration at not finishing but you did run well as far as you went.
Thankful you didn't break any bones. Otherwise it would be a lot longer before you can run again.
You Kept a healthy attititude and that counts for a lot.
Hope you heal quickly. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/9/2010 1:19PM

    Sorry for the disappointing outcome...I know how much it meant for you to finish. Glad your injuries are not too severe and hope you get to enjoy the rest of your plans for today. Take care of yourself...there are always other're still a winner because you tried and you gave it your all...

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MISTYLEE410 10/9/2010 1:17PM

    awww.... I'm so sorry to hear about your fall and injuries!!
Like you said, there is a lesson in this, and maybe that lesson is to let people know its ok to fall down and to just pick ourselves up and start again.
Good on you for staying positive and committed!!
You are soooo inspiring to me and it lets me know that everyone has good and bad days. Thank you for sharing!!
Hope you have a speedy recovery

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/9/2010 1:00PM

    John, you still inspire us. Your open honesty is what keeps people going. There are a lot of people who post only good and fluff, but those who share all of their journey are the ones I'm most invested in because it's genuine. We all fall in some capacity... and anyone who says they don't is lying. I gain strength by watching and listening to your journey, so thank you!

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RENA1965 10/9/2010 12:55PM

    Better luck next run..

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/9/2010 12:40PM

    I still think you totally rock and can relate 100% to your experience, cept mine wasn't a race. (

I bet your scab is 10x worse!!!!

OK, now you can add running hero to your resume! emoticon

.............. and you did do your best pace ever so HIGH FIVE! im sorry about the week off though GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!! ST IT UP!



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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/9/2010 12:08PM

    Ouchie! I'm so sorry to hear that you fell. I'm hoping that you will heal quickly but even more than that, I'm hoping that you will give yourself a break. Please take it easy for a few days and meanwhile, try to remember how well you did on the last one. Don't beat yourself up. We all stumble and fall from time to time. I'm truly sorry it had to be today for you though since things were going well.

I'm really thankful that you weren't hurt any worse than you are. Sending you big hugs! Take care!


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MKPRINCESS007 10/9/2010 11:39AM

    Hey there, my friend.........well, as they say, "S!!T happens"...and always at the best times, right! Sorry about your injuries, sorry you couldn't finish. I share your clumsiness, part of the reason that I don't run to this day! I would make what happened to you a daily event! lol

As you said, heal up, and then start preparing for the next.

Forward focus!

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PATTYCAKE17 10/9/2010 11:27AM

    Wishing you well the next time around. emoticon

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Getting Ready for my Second 5K

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Saturday morning. I am amped!!!!

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HDHAWK 10/9/2010 10:05AM

    Sounds like a fun filled Sat. Enjoy your time with family!

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KATRIONAH 10/9/2010 9:23AM

    Sounds like you have a busy but fun filled saturday. Good luck on your 5k run. WOO HOO! I may not be there in person but, I am cheering you on in spirit. Karen emoticon

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QUADCMOM 10/9/2010 8:48AM

    What a great day you have planned. Thank you for running.

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DEBRITA01 10/9/2010 8:24AM

    emoticon Have a great 5k!

Sounds like you have a full and fun day planned with your family...a perfect way to spend a Saturday. Enjoy...

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VTORIA3 10/9/2010 8:18AM

    Good luck with your run today. emoticon

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KATHRYN1955 10/9/2010 7:45AM

    Listening to you almost makes me want to take up running!! I am a little leary due to a bad break of my lower leg and ankle a few years ago, but with the proper guidance and preparation, it is not beyond the realm of possibility!! Anything is possible!
Take care,
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REJ7777 10/9/2010 7:34AM

    Wow! Sounds like you have a lot on the agenda this weekend. Have a great race!
Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/9/2010 6:45AM

    I can feel the excitement!!! Good luck! OMG your eyes are so blue today!

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God Knows We're Trying (He Told Me)

Friday, October 08, 2010

I am a very light sleeper. The smallest noise, inside or out usually wakes me up and when I am up I donít fall back to sleep right away. Mostly I just lie there. Iím not complaining. Iíve gotten used to this. My neighbor leaves for work around three thirty and his car wakes me up.

Iím lying there this morning and I start thinking about things I want to do in my life which inevitably leads me to think about everything Iíve messed up in my life. Itís sort of like you canít have one without the other. I beat myself up for a few minutes and now Iím even more wide awake. This leads me to asking God why it is that I cannot seem to get a streak of more than one thing going as it relates to getting it right. Ya know, like, why is it so hard for me to be ďperfect,Ē LOL.

Godís response to my heart:

ďI know everything youíve ever done and as a matter of fact I know everything you are ever going to do and when all is said and done it doesnít change the way I feel about you. It just changes the way YOU feel about you.Ē

I hate it when Heís right.

ďI havenít always eaten right or exercised ax much as I should. Gee, itís not picture perfect. Maybe I should just give up. Iím just me, Iím not likeÖÖ..Ē

ďI was meant to be fat. Iím not one of those people who can just go out and create some sort of plan. I have issues.Ē
ďMy lifeís too busy, too complicated and I have a lot of drama. Too much stress. Itís not a good time for me.Ē

I know none of you use those excuses.

God asked me to tell you that it doesnít matter how many times you fail or give up or get plain old frustrated. He wants us to know that as long as we keep coming back and keep trying that He is right there.

Then I fell back to sleep
Usually I would add my own thoughts here, but, uhm, considering this message was pretty strong and Who it came from, Iím going to leave it at that. He doesn't need my help. LOL

Have a blessed Friday and oh yeah, I love you too!!!

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JPRICE217 10/11/2010 7:52AM

    Thank you John for the message from God. It is sad that we forget that God loves usno matter what we look like or do. If we could only love our self. emoticon

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EDWINA172 10/9/2010 8:47PM

    Love this.

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MARCYNA 10/9/2010 8:41AM

    Are you sure? I must have used these among all other possible excuses BUT it's meeting people like you thank makes me want to stay on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/9/2010 6:46AM

    Again, sort of creepy. Had a bit of a rough day yesterday and this was so in tune with what was going on, that it was perfect, thank you!!! :-)


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ACIMPEGGY 10/8/2010 10:29PM

    Great reminders! God has also said to me that my Spirit is more important than anything...the love I AM, the love I give...the help...sigh. Isn't it beautiful?

Just like SP and YOU! emoticon

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SAL2525 10/8/2010 5:20PM

    Thanks for that heaven sent message! It was wonderful!

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REJ7777 10/8/2010 4:06PM

    I had to laugh out loud when I read: "I hate it when Heís right." You must often be frustrated!
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I also agree with your statement: "It just changes the way YOU feel about you.Ē I believe that time, from the first moment of creation to the last moment of the cosmos, are as visible to the Lord as the present moment. In the same way that we see the two ends of a ruler, because we are outside of it, God can see the beginning and the end of time because He created time, and He's not limited by it. All that to say that nothing we do surprises Him! It sure does surprise US though! emoticon

The older I get and the longer I know the Lord, the more I rest in His love. Jeremiah 31:3 says: "Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee." He LOVES us with an everlasting love!

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DEBRITA01 10/8/2010 3:30PM

    emoticonGod knows everything about us and loves us anyway. Why is it often so hard to love ourselves? I like the saying "God doesn't make mistakes" gives me encouragement to be kinder and gentler with myself.

Wishing you a blessed weekend...and some sleep! emoticon

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    It's the weekend. I hope you get to sleep in.

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KATRIONAH 10/8/2010 2:39PM

    Thank you John, for sharing the message... Have a joy-filled day, Karen emoticon

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STORMTMB 10/8/2010 1:47PM

    From the book God Doesn't Blink, this is roughly paraphrased... God loves us because of who HE is, not because of who we are. We can't earn it. We'll never be good enough. HE just loves us and accepts us anyway.

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INGMARIE 10/8/2010 1:06PM

    Thanks, I needed that and so true .
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2BEATIT1 10/8/2010 12:06PM

    Another wonderful blog John.
I am reminded of Psalms 139 which shows how much God loves you and me and He knew us before we were born.

I am glad God speaks to you also like He speaks to me.

God bless you.
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PRAYINGSUZIE 10/8/2010 11:59AM

    Thank you! I really needed to hear this.


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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/8/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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AUNTIEB82 10/8/2010 11:51AM

    Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/8/2010 11:04AM

    I love this! I keep reminding myself over and over that He doesn't measure me by my mistakes. Some days it's easier to believe than others. Thanks for posting this!


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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/8/2010 11:02AM

    What a great blog! I was really needing to read this. Hope you have a blessed Friday! Thanks for sharing.

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TXNANA_4 10/8/2010 10:59AM

    Thank you! I needed this message today because I have some of the same feelings! God Bless you and have a WONDERFUL weekend! emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 10/8/2010 10:29AM

    Great blog...and a new idea for what to do when I can't get back to sleep!

Happy Weekend!

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BAHAMIANJENNI 10/8/2010 10:13AM

    Great start to the day, thanks for this blog. And not that I am admitting to using any of those excuses (you know how stubborn we can sometimes be), I will at least admit that I needed this, and that I embrace it as a direct Word from Father God to me ..... thanks again for sharing.

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Have a beautiful weekend!

I love you, too!


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GETFIT2LIVE 10/8/2010 9:40AM

    Yes, God knows us better than we know ourselves AND knows all the things we're going to mess up in the future--and yet He loves us right here, right now. And as a speaker I have heard says it, God has factored our stupidity (our failures, our mistakes, etc.) into our destiny. He's going to get it done through us in spite of us.

Run well, John.

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GROGGYFROGGY 10/8/2010 9:33AM

    Thanks John. You really made me stop and think.

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BTINTERNET 10/8/2010 9:25AM

    Great way to start the day John, thank you!

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LHIEBEL 10/8/2010 9:25AM

  Thank you--I needed this...

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AZCUPCAKE 10/8/2010 9:19AM

    You made my day with your blog, ONCE AGAIN. Thank you for helping all of us "soldier on" even when the positive results we desire seem so impossible to attain. Hope you have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend! emoticon

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NJMATTICE 10/8/2010 9:08AM

    When I was talking to Him, he said "You know that John guy? Tell him that he's doing a great job and remind him to forgive (=love) himself for his missteps."
Hope that you are in fine form for your busy weekend. Run like the wind, John!
What costume are you sporting at the zoo?
Batman? emoticon
Ninja Turtle? emoticon
Hobo? emoticon
Pirate? emoticon
Have a fabulous Friday.
I think you're fabulous because you are working that healthy lifestyle!
emoticon I'm going for the fairy princess look this year.

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MINENA1 10/8/2010 9:04AM

    Wow this is awesome!! It put a smile on my face which I REALLY needed this morning considering I'm super frustrated at work. BUT this blog right here put me at ease. THANK YOU for sharing.

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Two Words That Can Change Your Day

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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FAIRVIEWBONNIE 10/10/2010 4:42PM

    Good job, John. I tell this to my husband all the time. And John.................Thank you.

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MYRTROSE 10/10/2010 9:29AM

    I work at a convenience store and it is SO nice to be appreciated.
Most of the time I let it roll off my back if people are nasty.
Occasionally though, I can't bite my tongue and I say "you're welcome" when they haven't thanked me! Especially when I've really overextended myself.
I hope it makes people think, because I firmly believe 90% of the rude customers I get just aren't aware of their own behavior.
Also, please take the time to hand your cashier the money, instead of tossing it across the counter. Or setting change down on the counter where it's hard to pick up, while the whole time the cashier had their hand out for you to drop it in.
Believe me, it makes all the difference in the world when you're treated with respect!
Most people that work retail/foodservice are grossly undercompensated for the work they do. Did you know that my job is rated the most dangerous in the country?
Let alone the damage you do to your body standing on concrete floors for 8+ hours/day. With no health insurance.

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MARCYNA 10/9/2010 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI have no words to thank you enough, thanks for writing your blog today it changed my day emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 10/8/2010 4:19PM

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KML410 10/8/2010 9:00AM

    John thanks for the blog. I work with the public every day and jprice217 said it all treat others like you would want to be treated. It's funny sometimes I think if people actually saw how they acted they would be surprised at what they saw.

When I have a cranky customer they become my project, the next time they come in I kill them with kindness and I do it again and again. You would be surprised how after a couple of times they come around and start to act alot nicer. Thanks for saying what a lot of us are thinking! emoticon

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JPRICE217 10/8/2010 7:34AM

    emoticonfor the thought. Just think how much better this world would be if every one would treat others the way they want to be treated.

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CARTOONB 10/7/2010 11:29PM

    You're welcome. emoticon

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IZZYAGGY2009 10/7/2010 11:01PM

    emoticon For your vlog today! The Golden Rule.... If we all followed it we would be a much happier society.

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ACROSONIC 10/7/2010 9:24PM

    Being raised in the South, we're big on thank yous! It's the way we were raised! And the way we raise our children. I've always said thank you to people who help me. That and a smile are so important! Just to acknowledge to someone that you see them.

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DEBRITA01 10/7/2010 6:15PM

    emoticon Two simple words that can make a difference for someone. Taking time each day to recognize others with a smile, hello, or thank you takes so little effort and can have such a positive effect.

emoticon John for the reminder...kindness and compassion are contagious, so let's help spread them!

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STORMTMB 10/7/2010 5:07PM

    Thank you, John! I really liked what you said about dignity and respect. That acknowledgement is so important. I'm thinking of a housekeeper at the hospital that once I started saying "Hi George" to him, he'd get a big smile and stand a little taller. Then again, I do the same thing...

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BRENDABUNNY 10/7/2010 3:01PM

    John that was a wonderful blog...very well put...I believe in please and thank you ALWAYS and some people just have bad days..we never know what there situation is in their life on that day...they may have lost a loved one recently but still have to go to work.
So yes always as you say "try to be polite"...Thank YOU for this wonderful reminder to be a nicer person always emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/7/2010 1:48PM

    emoticon Thank you, John. Sincerely. I was hoping this new blog was going to be a video, and it was, and it turned my frown upside down. :-)

Have a great rest of the day


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EXTRACUDDLEY 10/7/2010 11:54AM

    Nice one

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EXTRACUDDLEY 10/7/2010 11:54AM

    Fantastic!!!!! I really really enjoyed your post. I am from the UK and I come across a lot of grumpy people and I smile at them and say good morning or how are you. Looking them in the eye is also so important. I generally get a nice response. I like to chat to strangers on the bus, plane or train.
Thank you so much for sharing and spreading love across the water!! emoticon My no.1 post of the day xx

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2BEATIT1 10/7/2010 10:23AM

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We can't say it enough John. Thanks for the reminder.
Just to give you a smile for the day, I went up to someone in a train because he was doing something that inspired me.
That somebody ended up being my hubby of 43 years.
One never knows where their actions will take them. lol

Thank you again for your reminder of how our words and smile can change another. We never know what the person on the other end is going through.

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MRSAGRIFFIN 10/7/2010 9:52AM

    Thank you for spreading LOVE!

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KAT573 10/7/2010 9:52AM

    It is always great to know that the art of saying Thank you, Please, with a genuine smile is not lost! I am glad I don't let what dearth I DO see, lessen my own realization and actions from following this very basic, integral response to all who offer their 'presence' every day, no matter what. Thank YOU for sharing this and reminding us all of these compassionate acts.

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SATYAGRAHA 10/7/2010 9:47AM

    Wow, this is wonderful. THANK YOU!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/7/2010 9:44AM

    It's amazing what a smile, a look in the eye, and saying 'thank you' can do for a person's day. I know how much it brightens mine, and I try to make it a point of doing that when I am out and about. Thank you for the reminder, John; it's so easy to forget in the busyness of life to do that!

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DOLLBABE56 10/7/2010 9:35AM

    Very nicely said John.

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CRYSUNSHINE714 10/7/2010 9:22AM

    Thank you for putting this out there... I work for a Pharmacy as a manager and I bet that my employees would be a little more keen at being better at what they do if just once in a while they heard please, thank you, or have a nice day. Don't get me wrong I do understand that the people who come to my store normally are sick but like you said a little really can go a long way... that goes for my employees too. Again just want to say Thank you for speaking the truth!!
~Chris emoticon

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KATRIONAH 10/7/2010 9:15AM

    This is so right on. I sa y much the same thing....and...I listen to their answer...and reply. They are often so suprised that someone listened effects them.....and we both end up smling. I also look at name tags and say the persons name and Have a good day. I know tings like that make me smile, and it works for others. SO, Johm, Have a nice day. Karen emoticon

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