Am I responsible for others' failure?
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Let's cut to the chase. I haven't checked my sparkmail in over 2 years (almost 3). The main reason was because of the multiple daily emails I would get from my spark groups...I wouldn't call them "junk mail" per se, but they were of no interest to me. So I quit checking my mail and let the messages pile up. Today, I decided to sort through my mail and clean out my inbox, and I stumbled across 20ish personal emails from spark members asking for advice or encouragement. I, not only felt like an awful person for allowing these people to think I was ignoring them, but also feel partially responsible for those who last updated their sparkpages 768 days ago. People nominated me a motivator and came to me for advice, and I completely ignored their messages (not on purpose). Maybe if I had responded, they would have stuck with it. Maybe I could have said the right thing or lit that fire inside of them to keep them on the path toward a healthful lifestyle. At the end of the day, I know it is their own personal decision as to whether or not to stick with the program, but I still feel like I let people down.
However, I like to think that I have motivated or inspired at least one person to continue on the path toward their fitness and/or weight loss goals. If I have accomplished that, I have succeeded