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Who's Your Spark?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


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SLIMMERJESSE 7/19/2012 1:10PM

    On my list of upcoming blog topics is a thank you to my sparkfriends. Such an invaluable gift.

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GARDENQE2 7/19/2012 1:08PM

    John, what considerate and thoughtful blog.
I feel impelled to make more effort at saying thank you to my sparkfriends and motivators!
Here is a little story from "real life" that I'd like to share with you.
After my kids were grown, I started on a difficult career path. One of the things my mentor told me was "never smile, it's a sign of weakness." So I cultivated a stern look and worked like a slave and finally reached retirement age with a good pension. Success!
One day I met a former coworker. We smiled and hugged and he exclaimed, "What a beautiful smile you have! I've never seen it before! It's like sunshine!"
That gave me to think, and since, I smile at everyone I see, and say hello as you do. I feel it's my duty as a happy successful person to share my sunshine!
Brighten the pathway where you are! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 7/16/2012 12:26AM

    Another great blog. You are one of my favorite for inspiration. However, there are also several others that touch me each day.

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LINDA7668 7/15/2012 3:25PM

    Thank you for this vlog! You always have thought provoking things to say. I had made the comment to a friend that I really needed to know that there were others that were struggling just as I am. Sometimes I am actually discouraged by the ones that have had amazing success.

Again, thank you for sparking my journey.

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SILLYHP1953 7/14/2012 3:41PM

    You are one of the main sparks on here for me. I do try to let the people know when they've written something that moved me. Thanks for letting us know how much a smile and hello can mean to someone.

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CHANGING-VICKI 7/13/2012 5:26PM

  John, I've left and come back to spark people 4 times over the last year and I ALWAYS hunt you up and friend you and get your blogs because YOU make an otherwise dreary day just a little bit better. You make me think, and I feel like you're there cheering me on even though you know nothing about me. I feel truly blessed to hear from you whenever you're up to posting a message or reading a new blog or listening to one.
Thank you and hope your trip goes well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 7/13/2012 9:28AM

    You, of course, are one of those inspiring people John!
I had a spark friend who recently came back. Same story, no internet. She now has it on her phone and can check in from there. I was very thankful to see her back here.

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CALLIKIA 7/11/2012 4:54PM

    You are one of the most thoughtful and considerate people on Spark. Thank you for always thinking of others and know that we are always thinking of you as well. emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/11/2012 12:17AM

  you are such an inspiration

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 7/10/2012 12:59PM

    John - as always your blog is inspirational. Thank you for pointing this valuable lesson to me. Have a great trip and "see" you when you get back!

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STEADFASTNSEE 7/10/2012 12:11PM

  John, as always, Thanks. And truly YOU are counted as one who inspires me and lifts me up. Thank you for that! Enjoy your week in Milwaukee. I wish I could get there to meet you. I'm in Fort Atkinson (a tad far off as the scooter flies!) HUGS Laurie

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MAUITN 7/10/2012 10:34AM

    John, thanks for reminding me how important it is to share a kind word, a thank you, or even just a smile. It not only encourages the other person, opens my eyes to the world and others and lifts my mood.

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DEARTOMYHEART 7/10/2012 10:14AM

  Great blog John. Thanks for your inspiration. You inspire me! I can't wait to read your next blog. I always come away with such a great feeling and a sense of hope. Also a lot of information to think about. This blog made me think about the times when someone took the time to talk to me or say hi or wish me a great day. I feel a lift of spirit each and every time. I hope I to can give a lift to someone I see or meet or talk to or write to. It's the little things that seem to make a difference. John, you have a great trip and enjoy all you meet. God Bless You John emoticon emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 7/10/2012 9:41AM

    Great blog today, John, very thought provoking. Have a wonderful time in Milwaukee, and if you ever manage to get up to Madison instead, drop me a line, perhaps we can do lunch or something.


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NOCALORIES 7/10/2012 8:58AM

    Wow! I am glad I have joined Journey to Success for I get to know you John. Have a good week and enjoy your trip. You speak with words of kindness and I appreciate your sharing.

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PATTILYNN224 7/10/2012 8:19AM

  Hmmm. Yesterday I went through my sparkpage and deleted all of my blogs and information about myself and all but one picture as I'm thinking about leaving the site.

Thanks for your blog today. I will take the time to thank those that have gotten me through.

Thanks John for blogs and your insight. You have made a difference. You speak and write with kindness and your gentle spirit is one to aspire to.

God Bless.



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