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Do YOU Know I Care About You?


Sunday, November 14, 2010

As I lazily sift through Spark this Sunday afternoon, I am confronted with the reality that our time on this earth is limited. We have chances at every turn to make a difference in someone's life or even within our own. I am reminded that everything we do, everything we say, can have an impact in someone else's life, no matter how small or big those words are. We have a choice...we can halfway do things or do them all with joy, gusto and an eagerness to make things better. We can try to do it alone or we can realize it is because of other's love and belief in us that we are who we are today.

I have met people here on this site who have overcome struggles, who have fought tooth-and-nail for what they want. I have met people whose main goal is to encourage OTHERS even though they themselves have a monumental mountain to climb. I have met people whom I have wanted to take under MY wing, to somehow, someway, let them know that they made an indelible imprint on my life. This site, SparkPeople, has this WAY of bringing out the best in people, of making us feel like we are all family; brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers. We are all connected by one thing, folks...see, we are striving to become all that we wish to be in one form or the other. We are all connected by HUMANITY.

Which is why when I heard that a fellow SparkMember was called Home, it made a humongous impact within my heart and soul. I did not know this woman but I read her page, her story, saw her huge heart and her love for her grandchildren who are displayed proudly in her SparkPage photo album. Her name is Barb and I am very sorry that I did not know her while she was among us. She struck me as someone who carried a positive outlook, no matter how difficult things got for her. She was loved by many. She will be missed by many.

It got me thinking...are we really doing all that we can do for the people around us? Whether it be in our personal lives, with our families, or on Spark with our Spark families? Sure, we are all here to learn how to better take care of our bodies, to lose weight, maintain fitness or learn a new health tip or two, but aren't we also here to build one another up, to inspire, to motivate, to encourage?? I have been at the receiving end of that love and friendship so many times, more times that I can count. But I am willing to bet that there is more I can do to make Spark a better place. I'm willing to bet that I can encourage more, inspire more, motivate more.

Do yourself a favor and drop by your SparkFriends' pages today and tell them how much they have meant to you along your journey. Let them know that there was a time they have spurred you on, made a difference, made you feel special. Then give thanks for that friend. Do this here and do this in your lives at home. It's easy to always assume these special people will be here tomorrow or the next day. It's easy to assume that they already know. But what you may not realize, is that tomorrow, they may not be here or that your words of thanks may be just what they need to carry on themselves.

I love you all. I carry this huge area in my heart that is always thinking of you. I have NEVER been part of such a loving online community as I have with SP. I've tried it. I've been a member of MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, etc., but the feeling of Spark People has never been matched. The friendships have never lasted or come close to the friendships I have made here. The day I stumbled on this site almost two years ago is the day my life changed for the better. And it changed because of each and every one of YOU.

God bless and have a wonderful Sunday. If you have some spare time today, also, visit Barb's page:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge.asp?ID=SECONDCHANCE51


She always believed in second chances, thirds and even fourths.....



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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PEGJOHN1997 11/17/2010 8:14AM

    Thank you for writing this blog. It has given me a lot to think about today.

I wholeheartedly agree with you about the friendships here. Whenever I am down or scared all I have to do is say something and and I receive all kinds of encouragement.

I love the sharing amongst the Christian community, too. Prayers get answered so fast once everyone starts praying for each other. I haven't found that type of sharing on this grand of a scale in a very long time.

Thank you for being you!

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MJDSPARK 11/16/2010 11:53PM

    Do you always make people cry? My tears are tears of joy & happiness and you are an Angel from above. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 11/16/2010 6:40PM

    You are the kindest, biggest-hearted woman in the universe. I can read any blog you write and be a better person immediately afterwards, because you ALWAYS know what is important in this short life we have here on Earth. Sending love and hugs to you for letting us know about Barb.... emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/15/2010 11:50PM

    You are one of those special people that we all feel privileged to know .I am so glad you are a Sparkfriend you never fail to brighten my days thank -you!!!! love and hugs and blessings ,Cheri

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JUSTJO66 11/15/2010 2:28PM

    Thanks for this inspiring blog.

Jo

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BLAKBIRD 11/15/2010 12:58PM

    Yes dear we know! and love you all the more for it.

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Great blog, you expressed in words a truth I am beginning to understand and appreciate about the nature of the Spark People COMMUNITY.

Thank you for bring tears to my ears yet AGAIN.
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Have a wonderful ______________________ you've earned it.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 11/15/2010 12:33PM

    Another WONDERFUL BLOG by you, but we know and look forward to your wise words. Thank you.

Often times we think of each other but might not ket those feelings or thoughts become known to our friends/family. You struck the nail on the head.

Thanks for being you and thanks for SParkin' us to do better.

We all needed a swift kick to motivate us. Me eSPecially

Thanks for being there for each of us and have a SPlendid Day!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 11/15/2010 11:45AM

    Great Blog , you are so right , after the past two weeks I totally understand this one !!!
Stayc

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FLEMIDG 11/15/2010 12:21AM

    Oh, Michelle, what an awesome blog. Thank you for the reminder that we need to do more to love our neighbors as God has loved us. I want to thank you for being such a wonderful, caring, loving person. It has been such a pleasure to be your friend. I tell everyone that I have a best friend that I have never met, but she means the world to me.
Thank you for being there for me, and may God richly bless you for your loving kindness.

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THAMLEY 11/14/2010 9:13PM

    Michelle, These have been my sentiments, exactly for the past month or so. Life it way to short. I've been missing being here so much. My life is all encumbered with making my Dad's days as good as they can be. He's at the point, he won't eat unless I'm there. By being there for him, it also brings sunshine to many other who are in a similar situation as his. I try to carry treats for many of them on a daily basis. So many of them, over the past 14 months, I have never seen have a visitor.

We have to be sure to spread as much sunshine as possible to all those we come in contact with. However the venue may be.

You are that kind of person. I know. You have lifted me many times. And, I sincerely thank you for that.

Thank you for this blog. In my time of extreme tiredness, It gives me the little spark I need to "keep on, keeping on"!

God bless you so much and all those others who reach out to touch and encourage others lives.

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KAILYNSTAR 11/14/2010 8:42PM

    It is so true about Spark and friendships.

I have never had such warm and loving and caring friends than I have here.

Just so you know, I always look forward to your blogs. Be they humorous or serious, or just thoughtful.

Thank you for being you.

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DARLENEK04 11/14/2010 8:21PM

  Thanks for letting me know punkin. I left a message
on Barbs' page.

Loveya,
MommaD

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/14/2010 6:44PM

    Michelle, I swear, your heart is as big as Texas! You are such a kind, loving person, and I think about you quite often! I am so glad that you are Sparking, and that we are friends! As I have been incapacitated with my foot cast, I have seen the kindness of people from so many angles, and it just makes me want to reach out and be kind to others! Hey, this thing could catch on, and we'd really have something going on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEVENGO2 11/14/2010 5:52PM

    Michelle,

Thank you for reminding what an important part of life Humanity! In the middle of reading this blog, I took time out to first call my Mom~to tell her to take care and that I loved her. Fortunately she was home, but just about heading out the door to eat dinner with my Sister and Nephew. Then I called my Aunt and Uncle to ask about my cousin Beth who just had foot surgery on Friday! So thank you for your blog it was perfect timing for me!

God Bless,
Steven

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TERR59 11/14/2010 4:19PM

    Wow, how true. We all live such a short time on this planet. What counts is how we treat others, how we love and how we live. In the long run it is not what we own or who we are that leaves the lasting impression, it what we do and how we love.

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KATVHALE 11/14/2010 3:57PM

    Michelle, none of us can ever do enough here on earth but if we set goals each day just like we do here on Spark, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

We all need to start in our neighborhoods! Say hello to folks walking by or to your neighbors walking to their cars or to their homes. Wave to fellow drivers on your street. Smile and say hi to folks in the supermarkets or at the gas station. Your smile might be the only one they get that day!

You have nothing to worry about Michelle, because your smile and your blogs resonate across the internet airwaves to all of us who follow you here and we are proud to be your friend!

You are a sweet soul and wonderful little sister!

Kat

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PJSTIME 11/14/2010 2:00PM

    Thanks for the reminder and the privileage of your friendship. You are truly a beautiful person inside and out.

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GEEMAWEST 11/14/2010 1:54PM

    That's a really sweet blog. Thanks for the much need reminder.

Love and Hugs, Cheryl

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BKNOCK 11/14/2010 1:35PM

    Michelle, you have such a beautiful heart and soul! Thanks for the beautiful blog and for your friendship!

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