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Who can YOU help today?

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/mysp
ark/messageboard_topics.as
p?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/mypa
ge_recent_blogs.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/mypa
ge_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.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FINFIN2 9/15/2009 7:32AM

    Great blog, Linda. I try to help and say hi to people I meet... It is really sad when people just turn their head when you say "Hi" to them.

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BOOKWORM100 9/14/2009 8:44PM

    Great Blog, Linda! I didn't know those links existed. I'll check it out!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/14/2009 8:24PM

    GREAT info Linda,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful insight! emoticon

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EMMABE1 9/14/2009 8:19PM

    Unfortunate, but so, so, true!!

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GINILEE4 9/14/2009 5:05PM

    Thank you Linda. I did go to one of said sites and found, as you said, a blog with no response. Well now it has a response and a goodie. Hope she comes to my page too. I need all the friends I can get. I just wish I lived close enough to spend more time with you. You are amazing,

Gini

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MARTY19 9/14/2009 4:28PM

    What a wonderful reminder of what SP really is. I am always surprised when a new face comments in my blog and leaves a comment. I makes me day and at the very least, I could return the favor. Thanks

Marty

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/14/2009 2:17PM

    EXCELLENT BLOG!!! We all want to feel included and acknowledged!

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MSLZZY 9/14/2009 11:18AM

    I printed this so I can refer to it often! Thanks for sharing! You are such an inspiration-a very
loving, caring person. I'm glad you are here at SP! emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/14/2009 9:46AM

    Linda,
I could not have said it better! I totally agree with everything you said and I
make it my intention every day to brighten the day of those I come in contact with and to have a positive impact on every situation.

The need to be heard and acknowledged is strong.

I know that sometimes I feel like I am wearing a cloak of invisibility and I love it when someone can see through it. I am following your lead once again and making a renewed active appearance on more blogs and message boards.

What a GREAT way to start the week! emoticon Janet

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BLUETEDDY 9/14/2009 9:26AM

  I like your attitude emoticon Very positive and you have passed it on to me. I read blogs now and then but have only commented once before. You are right it is nice not to feel invisible.

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BIONIC2 9/14/2009 9:01AM

    Well said! You helped me today! I'll pass it forward RIGHT NOW!

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