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Sunday, May 22, 2011


A Sioux Indian story...
My grandfather took me to the fishing pond
when I was about seven, and he told me
to throw a stone into the water.

He told me to watch the circles created by the stone.
Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone person.

"You may create lots of splashes in your life,
but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb the peace
of all your fellow creatures," he said.

"Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle
and that circle will also touch many other circles."

"You will need to live in a way that allows the good that comes
from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others."

"The splash that comes from anger or jealousy will send
those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both."

That was the first time I realized each person creates the
inner peace or discord that flows out into the world.

We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with
inner conflict, hatred, doubt, or anger.

We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside,
whether we speak them or not.

Whatever is splashing around inside of us
is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord
with all other circles of life.

Remember the eternal wisdom:


~Author Unknown

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    Simply beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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CATIATM 5/24/2011 11:29AM

    That's a great story, Lita. Thanks for sharing it with us

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WILLOW49 5/23/2011 11:17AM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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HOPESINGH 5/23/2011 10:01AM

    emoticon for reminding me that inner peace is not just "inner"...

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DDOORN 5/23/2011 9:19AM

    An eloquent reminder of Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world!"

Thx for sharing!


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TRYINGHARD1948 5/23/2011 4:36AM

    How beaurtifully put.

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MOMFAN 5/23/2011 1:26AM

    "Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle
and that circle will also touch many other circles.

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/22/2011 11:51PM

    I'm glad you shared that today. I was feeling a lot of disharmony and confusion at work... I didn't feel as if I could move forward with the interruptions and bombarding of queries.
My little circle was disturbed today!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011


Look out, look in. Every day has a sunrise.
Wherever you are, like a magic circle, the world is all around you.
Everything has a purpose. Every action a reaction.
All around you there are happenings.

People, places and ideas, all offering you opportunities.
Some to be touched and changed by the very nature of your uniqueness.
Others to be left alone for they are not worthy of you.
Life is a love affair. Love the people around you, love what you do.

Every day dawns with a sunrise. Always, high days and low days.
Blue skies of pleasure, there to enjoy. Celebrate.
Dark clouds of storming hurt, however black, they always pass.
Today was yesterdayís tomorrow; yesterday is gone. History.
And the wonder of yesterday is whatever we didnít like is behind us.
Make a change. Unlimited you. Greatness from within.

There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences.
Some things are easy to learn, others hard.
What is easy for one may be hard for another.
Lessons to be learned, not burdens to be carried.
Everyone is different. Everyone is special.
We are all creative. We are all tool makers.

Greatness and humility. Both are you.
Leader and follower. Warrior and water carrier.
Teacher and student. Champion and cheerleader. Who is to say?
One day you are one, the next day you are the other.
Pace setters tread the untrodden path.
Never given away your sunrise day of action to an excuse.

'When the time is right.' 'When I feel like it.' 'When I've enough money.'
Sometimes itís too easy to justify not taking action.
Sometimes you have to say 'no' to your inner voice ...
when it tries to keep you too comfortably where you're at.
Always a new light. Always a new day. Each day a gift of opportunity.
There is always a sunrise even when it is far from our view.

There is always a door. We simply have to seek.
There is always a key. We simply have to persist.
And, sometimes, we just have to wait a while. Patience does have virtue.
There is always a future. The future is hope and the magic is faith.

It begins with you today. Today a new day. Always.
Today our decision to be the person we really want to be.
Today our choice of courage to accept what we cannot change.
Today our choice to rise to the challenge of changing what we must.
These are the choices of happiness.

Always an answer. You simply have to believe.
The dawn. The magic of a new day given to us.
A love affair. A love affair with today.
Today, a gift of opportunity; to laugh; to learn; to achieve;
to make someone happy, to be happy.
Always a sunrise.

~ By Rex Barker

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SHARON10002 6/2/2011 8:12PM

    I really needed something like this today. Lita. What a positive, uplifting poem.
Thank you for finding it and posting it.

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/15/2011 8:08PM

    This is a great poem tostart the day with. Thank you.

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DDOORN 5/15/2011 6:01PM

    Thank you for such a beautiful share!


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WILLOW49 5/15/2011 4:12PM

    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing with us :)
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KAREN1924 5/15/2011 3:13PM

    So much truth in this and also so much inspiration.

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HOPESINGH 5/15/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon for another touching poem. The kind of thing I always have to remind myself.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

i got this email the other day and thought it worth posting here....


After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to
take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She
said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves
you and would love to spend some time with you.'
* * *
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been alone for 20 years,
but the demands of my work and my two boys had
made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
* * *
That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner and a movie.
* * *
'What's wrong, aren't you well,' she asked?
* * *
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
of bad news.
* * *
'I thought it would be pleasant to spend some
time with you,' I responded. 'Just the two of us.'
She thought about it for a moment, and then said,
'I would like that very much.'
* * *
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick
her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her
house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous
about our date. She waited in the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the
dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
birthday on November 19th.
* * *
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an
angel's. 'I told my friends that I was going to go
out with my son, and they were impressed,' she said,
as she got into that new white van. 'They can't wait to hear about our date'.
* * *
We went to a restaurant that, although not
elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my
arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat
down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only
read large print. Half way through the entries, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at
me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. 'It was I
who used to have to read the menu when you were
small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and
let me return the favor,' I responded.
* * *
During the dinner, we had an agreeable
conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up
on recent events of each other's life. We talked so
much that we missed the movie.
* * *
As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll
go out with you again, but only if you let me invite
you.' I agreed.
* * *
'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I
got home.
'Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,'
I answered.
* * *
A few days later, my mother died of a massive
heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't
have a chance to do anything for her.
* * *
Some time later, I received an envelope with a
copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place
mother and I had dined. An attached note said: 'I
paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two
plates - one for you and the other for your wife.
You will never know what that night meant for me. I
love you, son.'
* * *
At that moment, I understood the importance of
saying in time: 'I LOVE YOU' and to give our loved
ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is
more important than your family. Give them the time
they deserve, because these things cannot be put off
till 'some other time.'
* * *
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back
to normal after you've had a baby.... somebody
doesn't know that once you're a mother,
'normal' is history.
* * *
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by
instinct. somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
* * *
Somebody said being a mother is boring ....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.
* * *
Somebody said if you're a good' mother,
your child will 'turn out good'....
somebody thinks a child comes with
directions and a guarantee.
* * *
Somebody said you don't need an education to be a
mother.... somebody never helped a fourth grader
with his math.
* * *
Somebody said you can't love the second child as
much as you love the first .... somebody doesn't
have two children.
* * *
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother
is labor and delivery...
somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus
for the first day of kindergarten .
or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'
* * *
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her
child gets married....somebody doesn't know that
marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a
mother's heartstrings.
* * *
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last
child leaves home; somebody never had
* * *
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so
you don't need to tell her.... somebody isn't a
* * *
Pass this along to all the 'mothers' in your life
and to everyone who ever had a mother. This isn't
just about being a mother; it's about appreciating
the people in your life while you have them....no
matter who that person is.......

have a wonderful day on sunday as we celebrate" mother's day"a day for all women................
blessings and hugs..............lita

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    I cried and cried like a baby. What a touching story and so true. I am losing my own mom and I remind myself daily that I have few precious days left with her, this reminded me even more.

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CATIATM 5/12/2011 3:08PM

    Awwww ....

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MOMFAN 5/12/2011 1:28AM

    Thanks, I missed spending the day with my mom because she had to cancel the trip because she has been sick. Had a lovely time with my dd's though.

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JUSFOLK 5/10/2011 10:14PM

    Touching...all those "somebodys" in the stroy don't know much about motherhood, do they?

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/7/2011 10:17PM

    Lita, you made me cry. Have a wonder filled day. Hope you don't mind but I put it on my Facebook, just didn't want to lose it. emoticon

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/7/2011 8:02PM

    Very nice blog, happy mothers day emoticon

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DDOORN 5/7/2011 7:53PM

    What a Special Share!

Thx so much for all you do and all the SUPPORT!

...and have yourself a MOST Special Mother's Day as well!


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AQUAGIRL08 5/7/2011 3:00PM

Thanks so much for sharing. You brought tears to my eyes. Have a Mother's Day filled with blessings....

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/7/2011 1:46PM

    tears here too!

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GRITS46 5/7/2011 1:41PM

    OK, Lita, I'm sitting hear tears streaming down my face -- I wish my brothers had done something like this. They lived nearer mom than me (I was 2200 miles away) and rarely, if ever, visited or took her out. In her last year, I moved her closer to me because they weren't keeping an eye out at the nursing home where they had placed her, and I found out she was being abused there. Although my life with mom had been a difficult and somewhat abusive one, that last 10 months healed our relationship through the grace of God, with no words passed about the past and no dredging up of painful history. We just learned to really love each other. I never thought I'd miss my mom, but I do, and this made me ponder those last few months with her in a way I'd never done before. THANK YOU!!!

Happy Mother's Day with hugs and blessings,

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HOPESINGH 5/7/2011 1:22PM

    A very touching text - thank you so much. emoticon

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COOLPOODLE 5/7/2011 10:49AM

    gosh you made me cry. i love being a mother. I hope my son someday gets to have kids of his own. thanks!

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DRASADAF 5/7/2011 10:41AM

    OMG that was awesome...my tears cudnt stop flowing...omg..it was simply amazing...i love u so much for this LITA...wish u a Happy mothers day too....

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WILLOW49 5/7/2011 9:49AM

    Wonderful blog! Happy Mother's Day!

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Anything is Possible.....

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Anything is Possible

By Unknown

If there was ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
Not for any grand cause, necessarily...
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your inspiration,
something that's your dream.
You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up, and call it quits.
Those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
determination, and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect,
and your heart, guide you.
Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new brings the hope of something great, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

am waiting for another mri appointement for my knee issues
i am not sure where i am anymore with this weight loss journey so will be making some changes in order to get some control of things..........
have had several problems with the lap band.have had to have 1- 1/2 cc removed from the band over the last month and 1/2 or so and have gained almost 10 pounds.....as it turns out my latest problem has been esophageal spasms.........so for now am just going to try and maintain and if lucky lose some weight but am no longer concentrating on weight loss..........just trying to stay healthy............this journey of mine has been fraught with lots of little and some bigger problems which so far have not helped me no matter how hard i try...............
i have removed my ticker from my page at any rate..am refocusing myself to maintain what i have for the moment and allow my body to do whatever it needs to do.....

thanks so much for your help and support as without everyone here i would have quit a long time ago.............
i have been so inspired by so many here it is what keeps me coming back everyday for more
my world is a better place because you are all so special to me.....
much appreciation and gratitude
blessings and hugs..................lita

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 4:07PM

    Thx for sharing such great thoughts and inspirations...there just is NOTHING that compares with our SparkFamily! :-)


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GOSPELCLOWN 5/3/2011 10:33AM

    WOW L*I*T*A you hit on sometbing today that made me say "Hey, wait!"

I've never heard of esphageal spasms.... help me here. Does it feel like you are having hiccups in the wrong part of the body? Does it give you the sensation of 'bubbles' or is that something else.

I will be printing out your encouraging blog today!

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WILLOW49 5/2/2011 9:58AM

    I'm sorry to hear about all of your health problems, but you have a great attitude, and it will take you far. I am in the same boat as you...not losing, but at least not gaining. I know sooner or later I'll get it figured out and start to lose again. Until then I keep reading positive blogs (like yours!) to help keep me focused.

I sure hope things turn around for your soon. Stay positive!
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TRYINGHARD1948 5/2/2011 6:13AM

    I so understand your desire for good health. Take any stress away and work on getting healthy first and foremost.. Hugs and positive vibes coming your way, emoticon

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KELPIE57 5/2/2011 2:42AM

    Your positive attitude is your biggest asset! And it helps the rest of us too! Hugs

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SKLUCE 5/2/2011 12:58AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your health issues...in spite of it all, you remain a great positive influence on so many of us! It sounds like you are taking a wise, healthy approach to finding the answers to the medical questions. Remember that losing weight was only a small part of getting healthy. Don't worry at all if it has to wait awhile. Let your body continue to tell you what it needs...You know it well! The poem says it well "Let your instincts, your intellect,
and your heart, guide you. TRUST." I believe you can hang in there and trust!

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    Nice Poem! Thank you for sharing. You are a very special person to me also.

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CARLYG8 5/2/2011 12:13AM

    Sending you lots of hugs and prayers that you recover from these latest setbacks quickly!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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CATIATM 4/28/2011 4:57AM

    Rejoice! He has risen! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/22/2011 3:47AM

    Thank you Lita, beautiful.

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GRITS46 4/21/2011 7:09PM

    Lita, thanks, and a happy Easter to you too!

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/21/2011 1:54PM

    Thank you, and Happy Easter yourself

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WILLOW49 4/21/2011 10:15AM

    Thank you! Happy Easter to you, too!
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MOMFAN 4/20/2011 10:27PM

    Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot

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JUSFOLK 4/20/2011 10:05PM

    Love your photo blog and the message!

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