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Installing Love

Friday, February 05, 2010

Tech Support: Yes, ... how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?
Customer: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge, and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longerdisrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?
Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.
Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is thatnormal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - Program notrun on external components." What should I do?
Tech Support: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?
Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.
Tech Support: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system willoverwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.
Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart.Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give itand its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some coolmodules back to you. (author unknown)


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    How clever! And how TRUE!

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GETDONE 2/18/2010 1:29PM

    emoticon emoticon GREAT DIRECTIONS!! emoticon

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SHANTISHANTI 2/17/2010 8:55PM

    This was so uplifting to read. Thanks for sharing.

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/13/2010 9:45PM

    I LOVE this blog willow, I am emailing it to my lo tech and hi tech friends!

hilarious metaphor, human - computer systems...

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TESSAMARIE3 2/9/2010 11:11AM

    Thank you for sharing this, I will share this with my family.

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GROOVY_GURL 2/9/2010 9:28AM

    emoticon for sharing that!! What a reminder on life!

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DASEEMAN 2/8/2010 11:37PM

    That is awesome! Thank you for sharing!!!! I love motivating phrases and stories. They really get the heart in gear to give that love!


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URBANLOTUS 2/7/2010 5:08PM

    Lovely, Willow emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/7/2010 11:48AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing. I hope you don't mind if I share with my daughter.
Blessings and hugs,

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SHASTA11 2/7/2010 1:59AM

    My, oh my, you do come up with some great words of wisdom.

Thank you for you motivation and encouragement. I hope we give enough back.

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LINDA! 2/6/2010 11:56PM

    Love it!

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TRUELOU 2/5/2010 10:22PM

    So great!
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JESSICA_0029 2/5/2010 10:20PM

    I loved this Willow Thanks emoticon
You could't have posted this at a better time for me!

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/5/2010 8:21PM

    Sending love to you for sharing such greatness! Thank you :)

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LDY_ALI_79 2/5/2010 7:44PM

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Thanks for sharing this! I just forwarded this to a couple of my friends. I really appreciated this blog.

Take care~

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/5/2010 7:09PM

    Awwwwww this put sucha smile on my face. thanks!

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    This is a wonderful blog!
Thanks for sharing.

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/5/2010 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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    Thank you for stopping by my page this morning to perk up my weekend even more.

I really enjoyed this blog today, especially the important message about self acceptance and loving oneself. I think everyone needs to read that message.

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 2/5/2010 11:47AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I LOVE it! Do you mind if I snag it and share with others? It's very worth the read!

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SATYAGRAHA 2/5/2010 11:40AM

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this!

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2010 10:33AM

    love it.................thanks for sharing...................blessings and hugs.................lita

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DTCELLO 2/5/2010 10:20AM

    Thanks for sharing. I added you as a friend because you are very positive. I could not believe I found another "Willow". there is a woman in our town, Salina, Kansas, whose name is "Willow" and she is an awesome survivor. Her positive attitude reminds me of you, and you are very inspiring. Thanks for being on Spark, sharing all the good vibes.

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FRECKS96 2/5/2010 10:02AM

    Aw, this is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/5/2010 9:24AM

    Willow, this, like YOU, is wonderful!!!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/5/2010 8:53AM

    I love you Willow! You are the best!

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ten Commandments of Human Relations

Speak To People — there is nothing so nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile At People — it takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call People — the sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of his own name.

Be Friendly and helpful, if you would have friends, be a friend.

Be Cordial — speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.

Be Genuinely interested in people — you can like almost everybody if you try.

Be Generous with praise — cautious with criticism.

Be Considerate with the feelings of others — there are usually three sides to a controversy: yours, the other fellow’s, and the right side.

Be Alert to give service — what counts most in life is what we do for others.

Add To This — a good sense of humour, a big dose of patience and a dash of humility, and you will be rewarded many-fold.

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/13/2010 9:42PM

    Lovely principles to live by, esp need to remind myself at home : "Be Cordial — speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure".
That is for the domestic front!!!
I try singing as I do my daily house blessing insteadof moaning about housework!

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JESSICA_0029 2/4/2010 9:02PM

    All of these are great ideas!! Thanks Willow emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 2/1/2010 7:29PM

    All emoticon principles to strive for and live by. emoticon

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 2/1/2010 1:53PM

    Thanks. They are great reminders. I am going to print them out and put them on my door! It never hurts to smile or laugh a little more or try to make someone's day a little more special. I know for sure, so many people have made my life a lot better over time. I owe a great debt to the love that exists beyond imagination to give back to the world a little sliver of what has in the past been so gratefully given to me, both when I have been aware of it and when I haven't. And when I chose to look the other way.


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TRUELOU 2/1/2010 1:10PM

    Thanks, You wrote the book on being a great sparkfriend:)
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RITAROSE 2/1/2010 6:55AM

  Thank you for sharing that! emoticon emoticonHave a great Monday, the first day of February! It's going to be a good month to work our plans! Ritarose

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GROOVY_GURL 2/1/2010 6:03AM

    emoticon for the reminder!! emoticon advice to follow each and every day!

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RASCALOO 2/1/2010 5:48AM

    emoticon Thank you for this wonderful reminder!

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L*I*T*A* 1/31/2010 10:48PM

    nice reminder.........thanks for sharing...............blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/31/2010 10:46PM

    I really liked this a lot, Willow! Thanks!

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BARNFISH 1/31/2010 10:45PM

    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing this.


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CMDEERWALKER 1/31/2010 10:44PM

    These are all good peacemaker habits to build! I'm also working on keeping the focus on me and not brooding over hurts. This is me getting over it, already! :-)

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LAURIES_SISTER 1/31/2010 10:41PM

  Such a good reminder that we really are here to take care of each other. Thank you for sharing.

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Life Is A Journey

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Life is a journey through many terrain
From gardens of pleasure to deserts of pain
From an ocean of love to a jungle of hate
From mountains of glory to canyons of fate

There's a highway for joy and a highway for sorrow
A road for today and a road for tomorrow
So choose your path wisely and walk with care
If you follow your heart, you'll find your way there

I've been to the garden and planted seeds there
I've been to the desert and felt the despair
I've swam in the ocean and drank of it's wine

I climbed up the mountain to touch the sky
I went to the canyon and started to cry
I've traveled both highways,
Both today and tomorrow
I've basked in the joy and wallowed in sorrow

My path has been chosen and
I'm walking it with care
I follow my heart and I'm on my way there
So I'll just keep walking till I find what I'm after
to mountains and oceans and
gardens of laughter!

~ Author Unknown ~

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TESSAMARIE3 1/31/2010 1:30PM

    that is very beautiful.

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2CATS2LOVE1 1/29/2010 4:13PM

    Thanks for sharing that. Good points to ponder.

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SLCB1023 1/28/2010 10:03PM

    Thanks for thinking of us and sharing. emoticon emoticon

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KIMMYCRIS 1/28/2010 9:51PM

    Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you on your journey!

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CNTRYMUM2 1/28/2010 6:06PM

    Thank you Willow.


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GROOVY_GURL 1/28/2010 8:30AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing this!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/27/2010 10:18PM

    AWESOME!! Thank you for posting!!

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TRUELOU 1/27/2010 9:26PM

    Enjoy the journey:)

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/27/2010 8:53PM

    Both wise and lovely!

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JESSICA_0029 1/27/2010 8:18PM

    Beautiful poem Thanks Willow emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/27/2010 3:54PM

    I love this! thanks Willow!

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~INDYGIRL 1/27/2010 2:24PM

    Very nice!

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DAWNO64 1/27/2010 1:22PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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L*I*T*A* 1/27/2010 12:36PM

    very nice!!
thanks for sharing...................blessings and hugs...............lita

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/27/2010 12:31PM

    Thanks for posting this! I really enjoyed reading it!

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BETTYAHE 1/27/2010 11:09AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for posting! Hugs, Betty

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BIGMOMMA60 1/27/2010 10:21AM

  I really liked this and true life's a journey not a destination

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Michael Pollan on Oprah tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

(A team member alerted me to this.)

The Oprah Show

Before You Grocery Shop Again: Food 101 with Michael Pollan

Do you know where your food really comes from? Food guru and best-selling author Michael Pollan helps clear up the confusion.

Tune in on 01/27 to watch this show

I am not an Oprah fan, but I might just watch tomorrow!


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JESSICA_0029 1/27/2010 8:14PM

    I did manage to watch this. Very interesting! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/27/2010 12:23AM

    Yes, this sounds similar to Dr. Kessler's book, The End of Overeating. Once you learn the real scoop about what's in the food we eat, it's repulsive.

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LINDA! 1/27/2010 12:14AM


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L*I*T*A* 1/26/2010 10:09PM

    thanks for letting us know......will try to watch it .......have a great week.........blessings and hugs...............lita

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TRAVELNISTA 1/26/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks so much. I will make sure I set it up on my DVR.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/26/2010 4:55PM


And I hope you are getting your notifications now.

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/26/2010 4:18PM

    Thanks for the info! I'm not an Oprah fan either, lol. But I just may watch this showing.

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SLCB1023 1/26/2010 3:43PM

    Thanks for the info. I will try and tape it for later viewing. emoticon

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JELLIS1 1/26/2010 3:39PM

    I've already got it DVR-ed!!!!! I just wish Oprah would ask better questions when she's got interviews like this.

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MARLOU4 1/26/2010 3:35PM

    Thanks for the info. I'll try and watch.

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May You Always Feel Loved

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


May you find serenity and tranquility in a world
You may not always understand.
May the pain you have known and conflict you have experienced
Give you the strength to walk through life
Facing each new situation with courage and optimism.
Always know that there are those whose love and understanding
Will always be there, even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness in others
To believe in a world of peace.
May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours
Every day of your life,
And may you give these gifts as well as receive them.
Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those who know hate,
And let that love embrace you as you go into the world.
May the teaching of those you admire become part of you,
So that you may call upon them.
Remember, those whose lives you have touched
And who have touched yours are always a part of you,
Even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter that is more important than it's form.
May you not become too concerned with material matters,
But instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.
Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.
Realize that each person has limitless abilities,
But each of us is different in our own way.
What you may feel you lack in one regard
May be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
May become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.
May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself,
And not be dependent on another’s judgment of your accomplishments.
May you always feel loved.

Sandra Sturtz Hauss

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KITKATSGRACE 1/24/2010 7:11PM

    Very beautiful, thank you!
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STOP-IT-KNOW 1/19/2010 9:16AM

    I needed that so much thank you. you are the best have a great week emoticon emoticon emoticon

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R-U-JELLEN 1/14/2010 9:18AM

    Thank you for a wonderful blessing. I have already sent it on to several friends and family.
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CWISEMAN1 1/10/2010 11:44PM

  Wow, that is beautiful!!!!
How true i totally agree, words to live by.
If it is ok with you I'd like to print it off and posted it on my fridge as a reminder.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/10/2010 10:28PM

    Thank you for sharing this...I really needed to read it tonight. It just made my day!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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SLCB1023 1/7/2010 11:27PM

    Thanks for sharing with us, emoticon

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TARAPOTTS 1/7/2010 9:35PM

    I needed to hear this. Thanks.

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BETRME100 1/7/2010 8:42PM

    Beautiful, Willow!!

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TRELLY70 1/7/2010 3:49PM

    love it, needed it, thanks for sharing

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DAWNO64 1/7/2010 12:05PM

    Wonderful!! We should all remember to think this way.

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SUNBEAMJANEAL 1/6/2010 11:42PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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LINDA! 1/6/2010 11:27PM

    Very nice!

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L*I*T*A* 1/6/2010 11:05PM

    very nice.................thanks for sharing..............blessings and hugs................lita

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JESSICA_0029 1/6/2010 10:33PM

    Thank you for this blog. A really positive loving reminder.
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TRUELOU 1/6/2010 10:27PM

    What a beautiful example of walking in love.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/6/2010 10:26PM

    Thanks for sharing this, Willow!
I enjoyed it.

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