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Oops! Yes, Virginia, There IS Some Magic!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pardon the post-holidays reference to Miracle on 34th Street...but I had some afterthoughts to my last blog and realized that there really IS magic! Miracles really DO happen!

Here's the catch: It is all within us! I will still maintain that there IS no magic "out there." It lies within our hearts and minds. This is not some fanciful rambling. We all hold within us the potential to listen to our inner selves, to enable ourselves to SING through our lives and accomplish TRULY AMAZING feats!

For example, consider some of the accomplishments people have made under the most ADVERSE conditions such as the POW who is finally released after years of existing in an environment deprived of even basic stimulation yet has thoroughly mastered the piano via years of practice on an imaginary piano drawn on the dirt floor or imagined in thin air. Or under less adverse conditions such as the musical composer who "hears" their final masterpiece before ever putting pen to paper; the artist who "sees" their artistic masterwork before ever picking up the paintbrush; the writer who envisions their novel or poem before putting a single word down on paper or the inventer who has conceptualized their final product before any tinkering begins.

They are not unique, they are tapping into their own magic, their own potential for creating miracles...something we ALL can do!

It is SO IMPORTANT to inspire yourself by dreaming of accomplishing things that will make your heart SING!

SEE IT! FEEL IT! There is TREMENDOUS POWER within us to TRANSFORM our lives! And we can't do this by beating ourselves up, wagging the finger at ourselves...forget about guilt, regrets, shame...just set all of that aside at least for a moment, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to DREAM and to flesh out every detail of your dream within your mind's eye.

It is this VISION that can light and sustain that fire 'neath us to tempt, nudge and lead us into *being* the change we want to see for ourselves!

As I've lost the weight I've been THRILLED to take on challenges I had never previously DREAMED were possible in my past:

Kayaking
Running (well, maybe let's call it 'jogging'...running is NEXT!)
Cycling (best outing was 175 miles in 2 days...woo hoo!)
Cross Country Skiing

Every one of these have been such a THRILL! I have other ideas for the future: to run a 5k, spinning, dance class (although I have two left feet my heart just SINGS along with music...hoping to celebrate that through DANCE as well!). Many of you already know my grand plan for this year: to cycling a multi-day, possibly multi-state trip...! Courtesy of my local SparkTeam I'm also considering being the third leg of a Triathlon team in which I'll cycle 12 miles up and down some of the most challenging hills upstate New York can serve up to a cyclist!

How would YOU love to celebrate the new and healthy you?!?!

Dream it! Feel it! Start building those baby steps that will slowly, surely MAKE IT HAPPEN!

This is what THE SPARK is all about! And that, I believe, is an even better word for all of this magic and miracles! Find your SPARK and fan it into a BONFIRE!

Finally, although no one can "make" that magic within happen for you, there are people who can be SO INVALUABLE in supporting your efforts, acting as BELLOWS for your SPARK! I cannot thank my fellow members of SparkPeople enough for all the tremendous support, words of encouragement throughout my time here as part of this wonderful community! For a myriad of reasons it has been a very difficult winter for me thus far. I had taken some serious backsteps in thoughts, feelings and actions. I'm turning the corner on this, locking myself down on what I know will lead me back to MY SPARK!

Spend more time with people who are BELLOWS, less time with people who are buckets of water!

Another hearty thanks & shout out going to the new members joining our SparkFamily as your enthusiasm, hope and dedication has also been an invaluable SPARK which has helped me to re-capture my own!

Yours in SPARK!

Don
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  • DETERMINEDBABE
    Yes, I do believe! Thank you for this blog! Hugs
    2159 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Spark buddies are the best. I do wish there was a more active local group here. Many have tried (myself included) just doesn't seem to ignite.

    I am working on those dreams . . . right now trying to simply figure out what they really are. Thank you for the reminder!

    Don't think I'll be making JASR, but DH is interested in the Dempsey Challenge since our friends are doing it -- it includes cycling events, ya know (it's in Maine, but a lot closer to me than Pittsburgh is!).
    2159 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2160 days ago
  • GETUP-N-GOGIRL
    It is all within us! I will still maintain that there IS no magic "out there." It lies within our hearts and minds.
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    True! True! True! True!
    2160 days ago
  • ETAGGEL
    Really good blog! I realized this a couple of years back when I joined Spark! Yes I had the desire to change, there was enough magic left in me to dream it. But I could not have done it without my friends on SparkPeople! They were there to encourage and support me all the way! And though I reached my weight loss goal a while back, through Spark I am still learning about me! SparkPeople is so much more than a weight loss program!
    Thanks for posting!

    2160 days ago
  • MRDPOLING
    Well put!
    2160 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    EUREKA!

    You're right about the magic, Don and I had an AHA! experience last night concerning your first blog as well...and you've kinda' sorta' spoken to it in this one...another HUGE example of MAGIC is the support and encouragement and downright love that I have felt showered upon me from friends in the SparkCommunity. The support here via people and systems are pure magic...yes they are!!!
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    Maha
    2160 days ago
  • DAYHIKER
    What a great post and what a great encourager YOU are!! emoticon

    Cindy
    2160 days ago
  • DAISYBELL6
    Thank you for a great blog, Mr. Bellows!
    2160 days ago
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