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Overcoming obstacles one at a time

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Your goals may not come easy. There is no accomplishment without work, and no "win" without something to beat. It's easy to get discouraged when roadblocks appear--in fact, it's only natural. You've invested time and emotion into creating the perfect plan, and then something has to come along and muck it all up. Sometimes, though, all you have to do to beat that barrier is to get back up and move forward again. Obstacles are like the Wizard behind the curtain--they're a lot less intimidating once you see them up close. Next time you take a step back, don't let guilt pile it on top of your previous "stumbles." Just take two steps forward and you're still farther along than you were before. It doesn't matter how many walls you face. You only have to get the better of that last one.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/12/2011 9:26PM

    awesome as usual ;p

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LHLADY517 11/12/2011 7:19PM

    Thanks for sharing

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HISOWN1 11/12/2011 4:17PM

    Great post to remind everyone KEEP SPARKING or chugging along - WE WILL GET THERE!!

THANKS for being so positive and encouraging in your blog!


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IMASPARKPERSON 11/12/2011 3:30PM

    Good post -- thank you for the reminders ... I appreciate your upbeat post! I especially appreciated "... You only have to get the better of that last one." Hope you have a great weekend!

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How do you keep everything in perspective?

Friday, November 11, 2011

The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.

- Ziggy, cartoon foible
Is there anything that Ziggy doesn't know? In the cartooning universe, he's often placed in hopeless situations, pitted against a world that doesn't make sense. He's an agreeable punch line for the quirks of human nature. Yet he's able to brush off his mishaps and focus on the opportunities that today brings. He can also look to the future with hope, knowing full well that more struggles may lie ahead. Most of all, he can look at himself and have a good chuckle. Do you make yourself anxious about things that might happen or stew over mistakes you've made? Don't let a preoccupation with tomorrow or yesterday rob your ability to face that crazy world with a smile. For Ziggy, today is today. It's not a good day; it's not a bad day. It's a day. And he knows that it's important to give that day the value it deserves.

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HUTCHISDM 11/12/2011 10:50AM

    Ziggy used to be one of my favorites when I as a kid. And even then, some of it made a lot of sense. I for one, and a person who tries hard to see the whole picture, and see things from several points of view. I've been called a daydreamer for it, and many other things, but yet I never let that get me down. I've made my share of mistakes, and I will continue to do so. What sets people apart if is they learn something from those mistakes, and better themselves or others with that knowledge. No if only I coulf find a way to make my kids realize that :-)

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SUPERSYLPH 11/11/2011 9:22PM

    I got that today too! I love the healthy reflections!

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GERIKRAGH 11/11/2011 5:56PM

    It all makes sense.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/11/2011 5:30PM

    Awesome dont I know it :) balance and living

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SPARK friends QOTD

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Take pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go." Anon

A light supper, a good night's sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man, who, by indigestion, a restless night and a rainy morning would have proved a coward.

- Lord Chesterfield, diplomat

Gaining the energy to face the day

Every day you have the choice to be a hero or to take the easy way out. Sounds like an easy decision. After all, who wants to let their goals down? The thing is, courage takes energy. To step up to the plate, you first need the strength to carry the bat. Sleep has far reaching effects on your mood and outlook, in ways you may not even realize. Success starts with a belief that it can happen. Sleep debt can kill that optimism faster than an iceberg can sink a ship. It can also make you more vulnerable to the low-down blues that ruin productivity. Most of all, sleep debt crashes your energy level into a wall. Who feels like staring down a challenge when you can't even keep your eyes open?

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/11/2011 8:41PM

    I never get tired of saying, I love your blog!

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ALL4MYSPIRIT 11/10/2011 10:00PM

    Love this!

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LHLADY517 11/10/2011 9:40PM

    Thanks for sharing

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APIRLRAIN888 11/10/2011 5:27PM

    Awesome thx u

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ROCKYCPA 11/10/2011 3:42PM

    Wow - what great quotes!!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 11/10/2011 3:25PM


Thank you for this!!

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Living according to your true values

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The best intentions matter little if your daily life doesn't reflect those values. How can you make sure that your thoughts and actions match? Good or bad, your values are shaped by your actions just as much as they do the shaping. Actions that are true to your values build a stronger personal foundation that others can see. Why are the memories of our greatest personal and public heroes so powerful and timeless, long after they're gone? They stood for something. They were living, breathing examples of the values they prized. It takes courage, a belief in yourself and strong determination. But it can be done. Do one thing today that shows the world what you believe. Do one thing that you know is right. Do one thing that would make your hero smile.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/8/2011 6:34PM

    Good words to live by. I have noticed the correct and moral thing is not always the first thing that jumps out at us. I have often reflected on some of my choices and thought "How could I have made a better choice?"

I have also realized we not only do this this for ourselves, we do this for our children as they watch us modeling for them everyday.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2011 12:35PM

    Very true! And karma :)

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REBECCAMA 11/8/2011 9:17AM

  Right on! :-) emoticon

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Are you paying attention to how your time is spent?

Monday, November 07, 2011

Days don't get shorter. Our attention spans do. How can summer be over in a blink while it seems like the weekend will never get here? Because we're not paying attention. Five days out of seven, we're waiting for something else to happen in the future, and we don't take advantage of the day that we hold in our pocket. Have you ever had someone ask what you did last week--or even yesterday--and had trouble coming up with an answer? You probably wouldn't have had any problem at all if your time were spent on something meaningful for you. Don't wait for tomorrow! Ignore the calendar and work with one day at a time. Fill that one day with stuff you'll pay attention to, the stuff that memories are made of. A little bit of focus will help you get rid of that hectic blur.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/7/2011 6:01PM

    Argh!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol didn't get what I need done :) but did get a lot done in my world not hubby' s

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/7/2011 9:53AM

    This is more true of nonworking people who have no daily routine with set commitments. Making a schedule for yourself can help.

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LORETTA24 11/7/2011 8:54AM

    This is "Great" thinking. Keep smiling sunshine.

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    Great advice.

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