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Giving it away is getting it back


Saturday, August 06, 2011

I work with a colleague who has way too much stress in her life. Pressures of being a single parent with two sons and elderly parents who are in denial about their current infirmaties have really taken their toll on her.She has been watching my journey since I started Sparkpeople in late April. Shes quiet and private so she doesn't say much. (the very opposite of me)I was pretty open about what I was attempting to do and read THE SPARK at lunch every day. After about four months its pretty obvious how attempting to live a healthy lifestyle has made positive and noticable changes in me. So she started asking questions and I was glad to answer and honest about how difficult it was for me to commit to taking care of myself. It struck a chord with her. Last week she asked me if she could borrow THE SPARK. I gave it to her because i have already read it 5 times and was happy to pass on a good thing. I put a note inside." this all starts by just committing to paying better attention to what you are eating and just ten minutes of any kind of exercise. I believe in your ability to do this!" The next day at lunch she was reading THE SPARK. As she looked up to say hi I could see the glimmer of a spark in her eyes.It feels great to pass it on!
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VAWHITE 8/7/2011 7:38AM

    I identify with your friend's stress. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read the Spark yet. It's time for me to get that spark going. Thanks for the encouragement.

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NOMORESTALLING 8/6/2011 12:09PM

    Just reading this morning my heart swells with overwhelming emotional warmth at what you just did for another soul in "distress" and I thank you! Every time I help another or see another being helped by someone and see the transformation beginning even with just the smallest of glimmer of hope in their eyes, the emotions I feel are indiscribable.
I'll do it all again and again and again.

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