Monday, September 14, 2009
I am not sure where I got this idea from but this is my today's huddle in my various teams.
We can all help someone every single day. We can smile at the senior and hold the door to the post office. We can make a funny face to a squirming infant in a shopping cart. We can even pet the head of a dog or cat to make them feel loved.
Here at SparkPeople there are many people in need of a smile, hug, funny face, just an acknowledgment that they are indeed alive and not invisible.
I try not to get so bogged down in my own SP Teams that I might forget the millions of strangers needing a helping hand.
Please consider visiting the Introduce Yourself Forum www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
oard_topics.asp?imboard=14 and extend the hand of friendship to a new member. Invite them to your favorite teams or just let them know that you saw them and wanted to say hello.
Visit the Blog Page www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_bl
ogs.asp and read a random blog - not all blogs are read and too many never get comments on them.
Go to the SparkPages page www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_home.asp and say hello on a brand new SparkPage. I cry when I see so many never having a comment on them. It only takes a minute to say, "Hey, I like your spark page!"
Who can YOU help today?
Today I put my name in for leader at a team who's leader has been absent for 90 days. Why? Not because I want to be leader - but because I can then send a team email and find out who would like to step forward to help lead the team. It is a good team, an active team, but like all teams - it needs a leader or leaders to let them know they are wanted and needed on the team. We are all fragile creatures. I don't want to be invisible anymore.
Invisible = lonely.
We too are pack animals; we are herd animals. We find safety in numbers and we tend to get rowdy in groups. But to truly break out and have fun we mostly need to be surrounded with friends. We need to feel needed and wanted.
Even at the lowest point in my life, when I was a fat, 4-eyed youngster, I would have welcomed being part of a group. Any group. But I just never made the cut.
I cannot allow this to happen if I can prevent it by saying hello to a new member, or a lonely stranger.
Who Can You help today?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We had to laugh this morning. I keep getting on the scale dreading and anticipating 120 - today I dropped 1/2 pound after eating 2600 calories yesterday! I even ended the day with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter trying to put my calorie deficit into negative territory. I went so far as to count the amount of time walking my sisters dog, even though that is a very slow walk indeed.
And I lost weight! That is just the funniest thing for me! But I don't want to go crazy with putting back 5 lbs. I want it to be more natural. So again, one day at a time.
**back to needing to regain 5 lbs today
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
What kind of emotional atmosphere are you creating?
Positive people are almost always natural leaders and motivators. People gravitate towards them, just as they avoid individuals who continually mope or complain. Take a look at your own attitude. Is it one that others would want to emulate in their own lives? Instead of jumping to throw in a negative comment, try to think of something good to say instead. By no means hold in your feelings, but remember that no one likes to be surrounded by constant pessimism. Attitudes are contagious so fill your environment with happiness, enthusiasm, and optimism!
This is the same premise as smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone. But sadly that isn't the whole truth. A bad attitude is contagious. A person having a lousy day can turn around totally happy people just with negativity. I try to remember to smile.
I think it was in Reader's Digest, "if you can't say something nice, say nothing at all." Another good one to live by. Sometimes I have to look really deep but generally something positive can be found to comment on in most situations. If not, offer to cry with the other person rather than chance making things worse. Not always doable, but well worth the trying.
I do try to create a happy atmosphere.
"Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?" - Anonymous quote from Healthy Reflections.
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