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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,
IT IS NOW.
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.
HAVE FUN.
DIG DEEP.
STRETCH.
DREAM BIG.
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.
PERSIST.
Because with an idea,
determination, and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect,
and your heart, guide you.
TRUST.
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.


update.....
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! :-)

Don

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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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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/2/2011 12:17AM

    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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HAPPY EASTER......

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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THE INVINCIBLE YOU

Sunday, April 10, 2011





THE INVINCIBLE YOU

There's nothing to fear - you're as good as the best,
As strong as the mightiest, too;
You CAN win in every battle or test
For there's no one just like you.

There's only one you in the world today
'Cause nobody else, you see,
Can do your work in as fine a way:
You're the ONLY one there'll be!

So face the world, and all life is yours
To conquer and love and live,
And you'll find the happiness that endures
In just the measure you give.

There's nothing too good for you to possess,
Nor heights where you cannot go:
Your power is more than belief or guess -
It is something you have to KNOW.

There is nothing to fear -
you can and you will,
For you ARE the invincible you,
Set your foot upon the highest hill -
There's NOTHING you cannot do.

~ Author Unknown ~





  
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AUNTC321 4/19/2011 8:32PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/12/2011 8:00AM

    Nothing to fear but fear itself. Thanks for reminding us of what we can be if we have faith in our own abilities. emoticon

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CATIATM 4/12/2011 2:31AM

    *sigh* Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not feeling all that invincible at the moment.

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/11/2011 11:44AM

    GREAT reminder!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/11/2011 11:21AM

    thanks!! i got back on track yesterday and this was JUST what i needed to see!! HUGS!!!!

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KARENE10 4/11/2011 9:01AM

    Thank You! emoticon

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KELPIE57 4/11/2011 4:16AM

    So true, just need to put it into action!

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WILLOW49 4/10/2011 7:18PM

    This is GREAT! Thanks for sharing with us!
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MOMFAN 4/10/2011 6:59PM

    We will do this because we are invincible!

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/10/2011 6:39PM

    Thank you for the inspiration, sweetie! You're the best!

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The Daffodil Principle

Monday, April 04, 2011


The Daffodil Principle

The Daffodil Principle Clearly Shows In A Profoundly Inspirational Way, That It's Through Small, Focused and Consistent Steps That Can and Do Impact The World In A Big...Big Way




One day at a time and one small and seemingly insignificant step at a time
yields the most incredible harvest when it's done intentionally and consistently.
Keep on keepin on. It's more powerful than you may realize.



The Daffodil Principle

by...

~Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards~

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead "I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.
"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"
My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.
"But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."
"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.
It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.





"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.
On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."
For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.
That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world ...
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.
She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"
Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....
Until your car or home is paid offUntil you get a new car or homeUntil your kids leave the houseUntil you go back to schoolUntil you finish schoolUntil you clean the houseUntil you organize the garageUntil you clean off your deskUntil you lose 10 lbs.Until you gain 10 lbs.Until you get marriedUntil you get a divorceUntil you have kidsUntil the kids go to schoolUntil you retireUntil summerUntil springUntil winterUntil fallUntil you die...
There is no better time than right now to be happy.Happiness is a journey, not a destination.So work like you don't need money.Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching.
If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special.I just did!
Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!
Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

  
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QUESTFORLULU 7/13/2011 6:22PM

    Oh wow! This is wonderful. LuLu emoticon

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NSPLADY 4/5/2011 1:58PM

    Amazing!!!! I need to read this everyday.... Thanks Lita for posting it!

Barb

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/5/2011 1:19AM

    Wonderful, magical! How many times do we not do a thing that seems too small to be important. Thank you for this wonderful story. I cant't wait to share it with my children!

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PEARL-LADY 4/4/2011 4:00PM

    have read this story before and find it inspiring...reminds us all what we can do if we set our minds to it!


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DREAMS2LIFE 4/4/2011 11:37AM

    I heard the story before, but never related it to one's weight loss journey. Thanks for the reminder. Have a beautiful day! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/4/2011 11:35AM

    Start now. Again. Once more. Like it's the first time.
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GIANTPANDA 4/4/2011 11:34AM

    Thank you for an absolutely beautiful story.

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1HAPPYSUSAN 4/4/2011 11:25AM

    Absolutely beautiful, and thank you so much for sharing! Very timely, as well, with daffodils blooming, spring springing and a new opportunity TODAY to begin.

Bless your heart. Thank you!
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WILLOW49 4/4/2011 10:15AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/4/2011 9:52AM

    Beautiful!!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/4/2011 5:10AM

    What a wonderful way to show how each small step adds up a to a great achievement. Thank you.

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KELPIE57 4/4/2011 3:04AM

    I have read this before, however it did me a lot of good to be reminded of it. I thank you. emoticon

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HOPESINGH 4/4/2011 2:04AM

    Thanks for another inspirational story. I'll try to remind myself that about my career - it's really hard for me to take another baby step if the last one wasn't very successful...
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24 Things to Always Remember. . . And One Thing to Never Forget

Sunday, March 27, 2011




24 Things to Always Remember. . .
And One Thing to Never Forget


Your presence is a present to the world.
You're unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You'll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don't take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people . . . together.

Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don't ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.....

~~Author unknown

  
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MOMFAN 4/1/2011 1:54AM

    You are so special to so many people! We are champions!

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BECKY1960 3/31/2011 11:39PM

    Thank you, I needed that

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/29/2011 6:19AM

    thank you Lita..you are special too!! HUGS!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/28/2011 5:54PM

    So true!

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TEXASGIRL48 3/28/2011 8:17AM

    You always post things just when I need them. You are amazing.
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    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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CATIATM 3/28/2011 12:06AM

    These are important things to remember, for sure!

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MOMFAN 3/27/2011 11:16PM

    I am sharing this with a friend. Thanks for posting the perfect poem for me to share with her. I am blessed!

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WILLOW49 3/27/2011 10:45PM

    You always post the best things! Thanks :)
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I especially like: "Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way." !!

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CAROLJ35 3/27/2011 10:10PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

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