I don't pretend to understand how things affect me. I've blogged before about how the longer that I have be "clean" from compulsive emotional overeating, the more emotional I am. Today is Christmas. My husband, family and friends have all gifted me with some wonderful "things". I am very grateful and feeling very blessed today. I have been able to give gifts this year. I made a lot of homemade gifts and was able to buy some as well. This has perhaps been one of the best Christmas holidays that we have ever had. I have been relatively stress free for the most of the holiday season. I am feeling healthy, happy and grateful.
However, a miracle has occurred in my life today. Perhaps it won't appear so to you, the reader. But to Dawn, the writer, the gift that I was given this morning was the greatest I have received and nothing short of a miracle.
Some of you reading this blog will be new to DawnRobin2. You may never have met me before. Others who will read this know me through my blogs, my posts in various threads, be my fellow team/family members or maybe just play some of the trivia games that I love here on Spark People. If you know much about me at all, you will have figured out by now that I am very passionate about my friends. I truly consider my Spark Friends my family of choice. When I accept a "friend" request, I believe that you will be my friend. When I post that I love you to someone, I mean it. Spark People has brought some of the most wonderful, creative, spectacular and awesome people into my life. You inspire me. You motive me. You lead the way for me to follow down the path to better health and a better ME. I am writing all this in prelude to sharing "my most amazing Christmas gift" because I want you to understand how very serious I am about what I am writing. This is coming from the bottom of my heart.
Since I received this gift this morning... I have been crying on and off all day... Not tears of sadness mind you, but tears of absolute joy and gratitude. Today I feel blessed beyond words. I am grateful. I am happy.
This morning my very special Angel Friend, "Bonnie", ANGELFIRE4U, post a "WooHoo" moment in our Team thread for celebrations. Today Bonnie entered "onederland". This precious special LADY has been an inspiration, motivator and friend to me since I joined Spark People. Her generosity and sweet spirit have kept me in awe of her much of the time. She has persevered despite a sluggish stubborn scale, long lingering illness, financial and personal struggles, and many roadblocks along the way. She has shared honestly and openly about her journey. She is always there with good cheer and encouragement for others, all the while struggling to push herself toward her goals. When she posted her accomplishment this morning... her glorious news that the scale said "199" on this wonderful Christmas morning... it was as if I were the one getting the happy news. I just started crying. I felt pure unadulterated joy at her news. I KNOW how she must be feeling today. Thank you Bonnie, for sharing this journey with me, with us. Thank you for showing us that dreams DO come true and that we can ALL DO IT if we continue to keep on keeping on.
Spark People is full of men and woman who are DOING IT. Brothers and sisters traveling this road to better health, better fitness, better lives together. WE are the gifts that we give to one another. Every time the scale gives us happy news; every time that we stumble and get back up again instead of giving up; every time that we reach out and help another Spark Friend... we are giving one another the gift of love and friendship. We've been taught all of our lives that THE GREATEST GIFT IS LOVE. That is what Spark People is all about. It's about loving ourselves. It's about loving and helping one another. It's about loving and caring for strangers. People ask me why SPARK People works for me and I can tell you that easily... it works because we LOVE.
Bright blessings for the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year full of Fun & Fitness, Happiness & good Health, and most of all lots of Love & Laughter! Be blessed and be well, Love, Dawn