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Risk Poem

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Risk Poem

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your dreams, ideas before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their certitudes, they are a slave: they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is truly free.

- Anonymous

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HEALTHY_BEACH 2/8/2013 8:04AM

    Have a Blessed weekend

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COPE782 6/4/2011 3:25PM

    Great poem!!

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2MUCHRUTHIE 3/2/2011 7:57AM

    I believe every word of this poem. Thanks you for sharing
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    Beautiful, love it. emoticon

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    emoticonfor sharing this awesome poem!

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Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem! It's so true and definitely are words to live by.

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    emoticonGreat poem!

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IAM_HIS2 3/1/2011 12:10PM

    This is a blessing and I truly I am grateful for this...especially today!!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/1/2011 11:57AM

    Thank you for sharing this poem about truly risking free's us! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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DIANE7786 11/28/2010 11:12AM

    I love the poem. Thanks for sharing!

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NANCYRUBIO 11/28/2010 9:58AM

    Thank you for bringing that poem back to me. We get caught up in our own matters, we tend to forget how to think. This poem tends to bring us back down to true living.
Slowest Loser

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/28/2010 8:46AM

  Thanks for sharing the poem! - food for thought - calorie free

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The Politics of High School Football.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tonight I went to my son's football game, and drove home in tears and feel so frustrated and angry. My son has been conditioning all year, played Lacrosse so he would be better in football, lifted weights since last football season ended. He currently is one of the top weight lifters, the fastest defensive player and can pancake almost everyone on the team. Yet he sits the bench so a kid who was cleared this Monday could start tonight while my son stood and watched missed blocks, runners allowed to go down field because of missed blocks and watch his team lose because this kid who has not practiced one single day since practice started and another who he was not aware of was playing defense because he played offense for the scrimmages till the last one and only the simple team is starting in front of him. The boy with the knee operation has a popular last name, and the other boy his dad coaches Youth league football.

I know life is unfair but to do this to a young man, is so wrong, and to tell him he has improved 10 fold then totally ignore him because this kid with the last name can play without ever proving himself to anyone, just showed up and played. The same kid had someone sitting in front of me while watching the game and I said something about he should not be playing informed me the doctor cleared him on Monday and he was allowed to play now, and that I needed to shut up. What was worse was that was not even talking to the B$$@Qh.

I know that he could easily go to college he had colleges tell him to send footage this season from a one day camp and one of the colleges is a Division I college - West Virginia. But that is not going to happen because he is not playing so those who he pancakes in practice can play because of their daddy's.

The thing that upset me probably more than anything was that his father, my ex came to the game with my other son and his mother. They drove 3 hours to the game and are driving 3 hours home, and he did not look good at all, and has stage 4 Renal cell carcinoma or Kidney Cancer and he looked the worse that I have ever seen and he was not walking with surety and seemed frail and weaker than last week for some reason. It is not that I love him, but it upset me that he drove that far to watch his son be in 5 plays.

God is not suppose to give us more than we can handle guess he thinks too much of me because I am really at my wits end right now, and it seems like everything is wrong and just keeps getting worse. My Mom says that if were not for bad luck then I would surely not have any and seems that is what keeps happening, but why my son?

The final insult of insults tonight was several kids are now playing both ways and no matter how bad they screw up they continue to play and yet most kids stand on the sideline and do nothing while these kid wonders miss tackles, let players slip through there hands and run down the field. I can not in any way shape or form understand how a team of 85 players would need to play 5 or 6 kids both ways. Yet we have a complete different group to go out for kick offs and punts, then back off the field so the so called 5 or 6 wonder boys can go back out and lose the game because they think they are better even when in practice they get their butts handed to them.

SORRY for venting, but I am so angry and so tired of pretending that life is good when it is the pits and just keeps kicking me down.

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/28/2010 8:54AM

  The Serenity Prayer would be a good thing to focus on - Congratulate your son for doing the best he can to keep in shape and be ready when his turn does come to play. It may be years before you see the results of all of his inner strength. Please don't teach him to whine but to see things as they are - dealing with flawed human beings. His efforts are not in vain. They just aren't visible yet. Keep going and celebrate the good things no matter how small they are. Then you will see them increase.

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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 11/18/2010 10:38PM

    There is a lot to highschool football-expense, time, and the politics. Wishing you and your son the best of luck and patience during the season. I hope things improve for the both of you.

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JENNY712 10/6/2010 10:20PM

    That was sure hard on your son. Life is not always fair. Praying for your husband, son, the couch and as well as the team. Jenny emoticon emoticon

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PJGABRIEL 9/7/2010 4:19PM

    Yes my ex is still doing the Budwig Plan, and he looked bad to me. However the Cancer is being defeated, and his last test most of the cancer that had spread through his body is almost completely gone, and he continues. He had a good talk with our son, and it actually helped because he reminded him of his fight, and he said he had to go fight this out. There are still colleges interested, which in more than we can say for the other two who are playing. In fact the interest is based on a 1/2 day football came at Otterbein College, which says it all.
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    So sorry about your son not being allowed to play, the scholarship, the missed opportunities, the unfairness of life. He is being taught a valuable lesson however bitter that influence can make the world go around.

I don't know what your spiritual beliefs are but I will pray that other doors be opened for him - "doors no man can shut".

I'm sorry I just have to ask - your ex that looked horrible and much worse, is he still on the Budwig diet do you know?

I hate that verse sometimes, it often seems MORE than we can handle . . .

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NACOLESWORLD 9/7/2010 11:36AM

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Sometimes life seriously sucks. I am sorry that this happened to your son (and you)!! Hopefully the coach will get some sense nocked into him!

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DOCTORWHO24 9/7/2010 7:56AM

    I'm sorry to hear about all the trouble you are having,it doesn't seem fair that they treat your son that way. It's a team sport and the whole team should be able to play no matter their last name or who their daddy is. I hope everything works out for the better! emoticon emoticon

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DIANE7786 9/4/2010 2:57AM

    I feel badly for your son. The same thing happened to my friend's son his first year of JV. He excelled in football and baseball since pee-wee league. Every coach and trainer said he was so good because he had natural athletic ability. He made he JV team last year. The coach preferred playing his friend's son. My friend's son stood on the sidelines, playing a few seconds most games. His parents stressed the team concept. He didn't sign up for football this year. Now he plays baseball, your son can play lacrosse. Both boys learned a hard lesson. Life isn't always fair even when you do your best--are the best--but you pick yourself up and move forward. Maybe the experience will turn out to be a valuable lifelong lesson.

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Plugging along this road of life.

Friday, July 02, 2010

I have been working out, tracking and posting now for 109 days, and can't believe this because it does not seem like that long ago when I signed up and started. I have went from walking 2 miles and struggling to walking 3 miles no problem and couple times a week walking 3.5 to 4 miles because I want to keep going. This last week I joined the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge and found my self struggling to stay motivated. Then one of my spark friends joined and now we have several people working on this together and it is what keeps me working to do this because I have to because we are a team and I have to support the team.

I have made several friends and last night went completely through my friend list and sent everyone a goodies because it felt so good to do. Also those who I had requested to be friends with and never responded I removed them if I could because they are not either logging in regularly or they did not want to join the fun. I love the people I have meat all over the world, and the friends who are always there and giving their encouraging words and get such a feeling of joy encouraging them along as well.

This weekend is the 4th of July or Independence Day and one that we need to step back and remember is the turning point in American History where we made the important decision not to be ruled by a Tyrant Government any more. Many people lost their fortunes, families and lives so we could be a Free Nation. Today we are looking at a situation that mirrors that time because our Freedoms are being chipped away, because for too long now people did not think there vote or what they believed matter. While you watch the fireworks all over this Great Nation of ours remember who helped make that possible and what sacrifices they made so we could become the Great Nation and why everyday people dream to come here and live freely and succeed.

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    Hello spark member. I am stopping by some of my teams I usually don't have the time for. I live in Arcanum Ohio which is north of dayton darke county which is famous for high wind warnnings and level 3 road disasters. Stop by and say hello prayers for you and keep your challenge going

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PAULA3420 7/22/2010 5:18PM

    I am so glad I decided to stop by and tell you thanks for your support. I look forward to your comments and support on my blogs and my daily feed. YOU are a true Spark Friend and what makes it so much FUN.

I am happy to see how much progress you are making. GREAT RESULTS with your increase in the miles you are walking. I bet it feels wonderful. Keep on KEEPING ON!!! emoticon emoticon

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POOHBER26 7/3/2010 8:22PM

    your doin great, keep up the good work, and YAY for independence!

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SISTERDOE 7/2/2010 11:34PM

    I completely agree!

SparkPeople and all the friends we make here - AWESOME!

U.S.A. - Independence Day should surely be a celebration and knowledge of WHY we celebrate should be history taught at home & at school. I pray and act so that I have done my part to keep what our forefathers fought so hard for!

Thanks for posting this.

Gentle hugs,

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KATHYJO56 7/2/2010 10:09PM

    Excellant blog. You are so right, people get caught up in the hoopla, but I do think that most people, especially here in Columbus, really stop and think about those who have protected us and those that have given us this country to live in and raise our children in. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CSHAVERJ 7/2/2010 8:21PM

    I love what you had to say about July 4th. I also agree with you that having others doing it with you helps in so many ways. You are a true encouragement and I am blessed to have you has a friend on this journey of my life. emoticon Candy

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NIXXIBEAR 7/2/2010 4:13PM

    Thank you for the goodies! You are an inspiration to so many people here!
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How to see life in One Word

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Have read this on a couple of blogs and it is fun and yet you have to really think. Copied this to post for myself. Copy if you please, and do it for your page too. Only one word answers...its a little harder than it looks

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?
Last Night

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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RAVIN382838 7/1/2010 4:47PM

  Hugs, hope you are already feeling better

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DIXIECHIC60 7/1/2010 1:54PM

    Ohhhh, I got sad when I read your blog. It sounds like you are lonely. Just remember you have all of us who love you and are here for you, as much as we can be at least. Hang in there. emoticon

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TERESATUCK2 6/28/2010 1:05PM

    emoticon A great big hug coming your way!

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DEBNICU 6/27/2010 11:24AM

    Sending you a big hug and a shoulder to lean on. Know that youbhave friends here at SP and that you can come here and let us know how you feel.
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HEWIES 6/27/2010 11:12AM

    PJ, I had no idea. You are the one who always comments on my activities and made me feel as if I was accepted and could make Spark People work for me. You must be a wonderful, lovely person.

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POOHBER26 6/26/2010 7:34PM

    dont be sad nor feel lovelss for we love you here!!!

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    nice idea for a blog.

Next time you ride along that bike path go slow and look for miracles .. you'll find them once you start looking .. like everything else it takes practice


edited: I should have looked at your previous blog .. you are already finding miracles :) ... so now my two cents is ... it's okay to be unhappy once in awhile .. and it's always ok to cry when you need to. I'd print this one out and save it and do it again in 6 months and see how the answers have changed.

Hang in there!

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GREENGEENY 6/26/2010 5:23PM

    Awe...you did it too! Why so sad though? Your responses to my blogs are always so positive, I would have never guessed that you are sad. I hope that things cheer up. Just smile a little bit...I always say, fake it until you make it. Even if I am not in the best of moods, if I smile, I start to feel like I "should" be in a better mood. Things seem a little better then. emoticon

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June 21, 2010 - Longest Day (Summer)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today is the first day of Summer, even though we have felt like it has been here for over a month. Today as I walked it was more humid that I like, and yes I was really sweaty when I finished walking 4 miles. But regardless of the heat and the sweat I felt really great when I finished because I did it, and it was so happy to be able walk this without any trouble.

When I started just 98 days ago, just walking 2 miles was so hard and it was hard to get up and go each day. Now I have to do something everyday even if it is just walking because Curves is not open on Sunday, but I still go for a walk.

Walking the bike path lately has been really interesting because the chipmunks are running across the path. Last week a big brown Barn Owl swooped down to a tree and the flew off, and earlier a White Tail Deer went running off. Then there is the gophers that are on the path and have to clap to get their attention and the man rabbits that go hopping across and off. I don't ever remember seeing so many animals in the past, but then I did not walk everyday before as I am doing now with Spark.

Each day just seems to get easier and easier. The other day while at work was told I seemed happier and had a glow that made me seem healthier. It was so nice to hear, and was thankful, in the past would have felt uncomfortable and said something stupid like"Not Really" and been uncomfortable. However this time just smiled and said that is was nice she could see that.

Spark has been the best thing that I have done in years, and really glad that I made the decision to join and be committed to making this work for me and my boys. Thank You to all my friends and team families because without you, would have given up by now and went back to the old habits that was not working at all for me.

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EVEINCOLORS 6/24/2010 10:16PM

    you're great! we need you here...

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MARGARETVEGA1 6/23/2010 10:13AM

    Thank you for inspiring others!
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PHYL220 6/22/2010 12:25PM

    Way to go on the walking! emoticon emoticon

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I am so glad that your life is improving so much!!

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MSWANDACHAN 6/22/2010 2:00AM

    It really is amazing how Spark people can transform your life. Way to stick with walking and make it a habit rather than a chore. Each day I get out and do it I know that this is something I can learn from and grow. emoticon

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