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Are you feeling lonely and upset? Bored??

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I answered a post called "feeling lonely and upset" this morning and realized that maybe more people need to know they are not alone. What follows is my very short but from the heart reply to this spark-member. Feel free to copy & use it yourself if you know of others also feeling lonely and upset.

"I saw your "feeling lonely and upset" post - honey, we've all been there and still visit sometimes.

For a species that revels in individuality - we are no better than any other species on the planet - we still like to travel in packs for safety and comfort.

SparkPeople is your new pack. We are always here, 24/7, all you need to do is come online and start cruising the spark pages when you feel bored and lonely. It helped me through the early, rough days and it can help you too."

Hugs,
Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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T2SEE140 3/8/2011 4:20PM

  That was some of the best advice that I have heard in a LONG time. No one is alone even when you feel that way.

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JENN03275 3/3/2011 7:15PM

    Great comment!!

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CHERLYNHOLT 3/1/2011 9:54PM

  Each of us are alone in so many ways. That is what makes us unique.Enjoy your alone time. A time to reflect and then know that we are here when you really need us.

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CHERYLMIRABAL 3/1/2011 1:41AM

  That is exactly what we are here for, to support each other through this journey toward a healthier happier life. Thank you!

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JOANOFSPARK 2/28/2011 10:28AM

    great post....and how true. we all have that need for an encouraging word, a pat on the back and a need to know that someone cares. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GWENAEL 2/24/2011 12:24AM

  What a great reply!

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FELICIARN 2/23/2011 7:15PM

    Perfect advice Linda!!! Just perfect. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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COOKOOLULU 2/23/2011 4:52PM

    very nicely put emoticon emoticon

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HEART_N_GRACE 2/22/2011 11:11PM

    Aw so sweet! And voted for your blog as well, and hope others do! emoticon

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MERRY40 2/22/2011 8:17PM

    Thoughtful response, Linda. You're insightful and generous in sharing your words of wisdom with others. Nice job!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/22/2011 6:24PM

    Great response Linda. I voted for your blog.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/22/2011 5:46PM

    awesome comment Linda! You're a gem! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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MARTY19 2/22/2011 2:36PM

    Lovely comment. With SP, we are never alone.


Hugs,
Marty>

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 2/22/2011 1:10PM

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PRAYINGSUZIE 2/22/2011 12:13PM

    Thank you Linda! Sometimes we all just need to be reminded that SP is here!

Suzie

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ABELLEE 2/22/2011 11:58AM

    Awesome post! Your pictures are truly inspirational!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/22/2011 11:44AM

    I loved it, I am very much an advocate of the "pack" or "village". It is modern society that promotes individuality to the exclusion of the village that we all need. We used to have huge extended families that helped each other both physically and mentally. Now we live in our separate little boxes!. And I agree also we now have this alternative pack or village here on Sparkpeople where we can connect with others and reach out for support. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/22/2011 11:30AM

    You are such a kind soul, Linda.
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DESTINYE 2/22/2011 11:20AM

    Good to reach out and SP is such a supportive community! We have all be there - on both sides I am sure!

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A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My BIL sent me this link today - watch it, extraordinary!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

I have satellite internet so I downloaded the video to watch on Real Player.

  
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RAINBOWANGEL99 3/4/2011 7:49AM

    A - MA - ZING!!! Found this really interesting. emoticon for sharing this! emoticon

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MIMISCHENK 3/3/2011 1:30PM

    This is amazing. The remarkable thing is that I can see this happening for some people. Will this just increase the economic divide between the haves and have nots?

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SUECHRIS50 3/2/2011 9:11PM

    It's closer than we think~!

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MAWDOT35 2/28/2011 9:07AM

    Wow! and double Wow! That's amazing! emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 2/22/2011 1:17PM

    Amazing, but SO many more devices needed! If feel like technology becomes the goal rather than the means to an end. Do we loose ourselves in the process???

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WENWIN 2/22/2011 12:52PM

    Thanks for sharing what the scientists are busy working on here in Corning, NY! I hadn't seen it before so thanks for sharing!!

Wendy

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 2/22/2011 10:28AM

    emoticon and very interesting


thanks for sharing!

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MEADSBAY 2/21/2011 10:30PM

    Wow! emoticon

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SHERRY257 2/21/2011 6:44PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very interesting!

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JENIFIREHARP 2/21/2011 3:40PM

    Interesting concepts.

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DAYHIKER 2/21/2011 2:37PM

    Oh, wow! Thanks for sharing this link, Linda!

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MARTY19 2/21/2011 12:27PM

    Amazing! But do I really want this? Not sure.

Marty

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DESTINYE 2/21/2011 11:57AM

    Interesting!

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Please, please, read this blog -

Saturday, February 19, 2011

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008635


I was so touched by this blog that all I could say is, "WOW!"

I voted for it because it is just so much from the heart! I am asking you to read it because "this is what sparkpeople do!" We comfort and encourage each other.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 2/22/2011 10:21AM

    Thanks for sharing Linda!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/20/2011 8:01PM

    I voted for it too.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/20/2011 8:56AM

    a great blog that you sent me to!

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AZTLAN777 2/20/2011 3:51AM

    Thanks for providing link to the blog. It is amazingly real!

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MEADSBAY 2/19/2011 9:17PM

    Very moving story.
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HUNGRYWOMAN2 2/19/2011 8:14PM

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Thank you so very much for sharing this inspiring blog. It has helped me to put some things I have been working on in perspective.

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MARTY19 2/19/2011 7:23PM

    That blog was awesome.

Marty

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SHERRY257 2/19/2011 7:15PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/19/2011 7:14PM

    I read it. I was awesome. Thanks for sharing with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/19/2011 5:50PM

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DESTINYE 2/19/2011 5:37PM

    Wow!

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"weebles wobble, but we don't fall down"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I was answering a comment on my previous blog - It's All or Nothing - - - NOT!
when I thought of the phrase from the '70's - Weebles wobble, but we don't fall down!

It just seems so appropriate. We Sparkers struggle - but we don't quit!!

We have a "less than optimal" day sometimes, but we don't give up!

It's ok to wobble - life is wobbly! I'm going to be like the Weebles - I know I am going to wobble but I am not going to fall down (on myself)! I am not going to give up on myself.

Let's all be Weebles together!

We can hold each other up to keep us from falling down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SOUVIE 3/3/2011 5:06AM

    Thank you

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TUDI4480 2/17/2011 11:11PM

    Hey Linda, Thanks so much for stopping by my blogs and leaving comments. I really appreciate your support and I love sharing the Walk to Rivendell with you.

As to the fire-walking, it was a great experience and learning tool in understanding that even seemingly immutable laws of nature are not always true in every circumstance. In other words, we know to our core that "Fire Burns!" Except...when it doesn't. It was a great lesson, that I don't always remember. Even something that seems impossible...isn't. This is something that I don't always remember, but, thanks to Sparkpeople like you I get the message loud and clear. Every day is a new beginning. And, no matter what, Nothing Is Impossible!!!

BTW-I'm a weeble too!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2011 10:07PM

    Great -- absolutely great -- Blog, Linda!! Of course, I voted for it. It should become a classic! You fellow weeble, Marsha

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/15/2011 9:28PM

    Excellent blog! I agree... we ALL need to be Weebles! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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GRALLEN 2/15/2011 9:15PM

    Reading the blog and loving the blog. Good idea.

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GWENAEL 2/14/2011 7:10PM

  I absolutely loved this blog! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/14/2011 5:31PM

    Yeah! I"m with you! I've used the analogy of how I'm like a Weeble before and always get chuckles! But I'm with you! If you wobble too far, I"ll try to catch you and hope you'll do the same for me!! Wobble, wobble, wobble!!!

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POOLPARTY0611 2/14/2011 11:54AM

    This is cute! Great idea! :)

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MOMGABE 2/14/2011 8:40AM

    Great blog! You reminded me that I may stumble on this journey but I won't quit. Thanks for sharing. emoticon Donna

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SUNNY2DAY2 2/14/2011 7:51AM

    So cute. love the blog. emoticon emoticon

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HEARTANDMUSIC 2/13/2011 10:14PM

    So cute! Your blog has made me smile today. A really big smile!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/13/2011 10:11PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/13/2011 10:08PM

    Once again, you hit the nail right on the head. Great blog...I voted for it.

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JENIFIREHARP 2/13/2011 9:47PM

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JHADZHIA 2/13/2011 7:52PM

    Never heard of this character, but its very appropriate!
Thanks for sharing! Learn something new on Spark People every day :)
Enjoy your evening!

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REBECCAMA 2/13/2011 7:13PM

  The Weebles are such classic toys! I love that you brought them into the Spark-verse today. :0)

And great graphics too!!!

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DESTINYE 2/13/2011 7:12PM

    Some days I am very weebly!

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MARTY19 2/13/2011 7:06PM

    I've been calling myself a weeble for years. It certainly fits me.

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Marty

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MEADSBAY 2/13/2011 6:23PM

    Okeedokeee!
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elizabeth weeble westcott

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SUSIEWHITE1109 2/13/2011 6:17PM

    Love this!! I just wrote a blog about falling down and getting back up!! I think the Weebles wobbling is an even better way to tell the story! Thanks for sharing!
Susie

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It's All or Nothing - - - NOT!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I was reading blogs when this thought occurred to me and I wanted to share it.

How often does this thought occur - it's all or nothing! It's a self-defeating thought.

This past week had me going way over the top on the day I had to take Pop to Jackson - a 90 mile drive and then turn around and take him to Hattiesburg - about 120 miles from Jackson - and then go shopping and come home to fix lunch, another 25 miles of driving.

For the first time in months I had a chocolate urge and yes, I fed it. So what! This was only one day out of my life. I calculated about 600 calories in "fun" bars. I gained one pound the next day.

I got back on track and lost the temporary gain. Life goes on.

It is NOT all or nothing - it is life and I determine how fun it will be. I continue to look for the fun in my journey and enjoy it.

Have a great day, thanks for reading my blog today! emoticon

  
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AMBUSH0908 2/15/2011 7:37AM

    I agree. All or nothing could be setting yourself up for failure.

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JHADZHIA 2/13/2011 7:55PM

    I see nothing wrong with the treat -you probably needed a pick up after all that driving.
Sparks gives the 80/20 rule. As long as you follow a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time, you are a success. Way less pressure, because we are all human and simply can't be on it 24/7!
Here is to the 80%'s!!

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POOLPARTY0611 2/13/2011 11:49AM

    I am definitely all or nothing in every situation... your idea shocks me! I like it, though. It's something we should all practice. :D

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SOPHIADARE 2/13/2011 10:47AM

    Three cheers for you for being there and HELPING your dad, even when it's hard.
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Good for you, also, for giving yourself some slack when you needed it: it was clearly a bear of a day!

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Not everybody has the sense to take care of the self that they are when that's needed. Good for you that you do have that sense. I think it's really AWESOME-- I mean totally

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that you have that much sense!

For that, you get a blue ribbon and a gold trophy, too!
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JENIFIREHARP 2/12/2011 10:01PM

    Totally agree!!!

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MARTY19 2/12/2011 2:36PM

    You have a realistic appreach to this jouney. It is NOT all or nothing. It is finding the balance that works for you. You give hope to so many.

Bless you,
Marty

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/12/2011 1:44PM

    I like the way you think. You always encourage us.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/12/2011 9:57AM

    Excellent blog & advice. I need to take this to heart. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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DESTINYE 2/12/2011 9:13AM

    Very true! Balance is key!

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BEYOURBEST1 2/12/2011 8:58AM

    You have the right attitude. The "all or nothing" idea needs to be dumped.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/12/2011 8:42AM

    You're right....it's really about balance and there will be swings in one direction or another along the way.

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