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That Important First Step


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Iíve had a busy week or so. Some days it seemed like I barely had time to catch my breath and then off it was to the next exciting experience. (Honestly, there were days I wished my life had not been so exciting!!!) So, to those of you who were concerned about my absence and inquired about my well-being I simply say ďNamaste.Ē I honor you for your concerns and love but Iím ok, just super busy. I had little time for Sparking. Next week proves to be a bit lighter.

I am one of those people who often wake up long before I get out of bed. I lie there plotting my daily activity. Some days I am pumped and amped, yet there are others I lie there wondering if a gremlin snuck in late at night and moved my clock forward a few hours. Out and about is the very last place I want to be!! It dawned on me that whether I am excited about the day or full of dread, the first mental step I take each morning is going to determine the success or failure of that day. My father passed away March 9. His last coherent words to me went like this: ďIíve lived a good and long life but gosh it went by so quickly.Ē My dad was 88. Thatís a long, long time. Yet those years flew by and as he lie on his death bed I could tell there were some days he would have liked to have taken back. Unfortunately we donít get do-overs. Today is THE day and when itís gone it has either been spent profitably or itís been wasted. It all begins with the first step each morning. Iím not talking about dancing around the house singing Climb Every Mountain. My day is split about 50-50 into things I look forward to doing and things Iíd rather by-pass. My attitude determines how my day will unfold whether it will be one for the books or one Iíd rather forget. When my foot hits the ground there is always a mental traffic cop waving me forward. ďRight or left, John?Ē he asks. When I greet my day with anticipation I find my exercise goes well, I eat in a healthy manner and I feel alert and relax. If I face it with dread, well I donít need to go into detail, do I?

Take a moment tomorrow, before your foot hits the floor and ask yourself which way youíre turning. It wonít only help you but may inspire the very first person you run into. Ya never know, do ya?
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NELLBELLA26 8/18/2012 2:31AM

    This is so true. Sometimes I've convinced myself that the day was going to be a bad one before it even got started. I have to remind myself that my attitude often dictates how things will go and definitely how I react to them and how others react to me. It's never too late to turn a day around either if it does have it's moments of negativity and dread.

Fantastic blog. Namaste, my friend! emoticon emoticon

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LACEYJJJ 8/8/2012 10:05PM

  Thanks for the great post John. What your Dad had to say really got to me. I'll keep it in mind!


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DOGSRULE58 8/8/2012 9:38PM

    You just inspired me to drink another glass of water....TX....

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DOTTY7267 8/8/2012 8:27AM

    Something to definitely keep in mind.

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CAROL494 8/6/2012 9:06PM

  Great words of wisdom! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/4/2012 11:32PM

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PRESBESS 8/3/2012 2:24PM

    Excellent mind pondering blog!

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LITTLEROX20 8/3/2012 12:50PM

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BEATLETOT 8/1/2012 3:58AM

    Thanks for posting this...so important and so true. I will give it a try and let you know! =)

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NEWCHINELO 7/31/2012 7:51PM

    lovely!

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LILSPARKIE85 7/31/2012 5:11PM

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ANGIEJAY77 7/31/2012 8:56AM

    Thanks for posting this. It is something I've heard over and over but never get tired of being reminded that attitude makes all the difference. Some days I succeed and some days I fail, but I keep moving forward.

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CICELY360 7/30/2012 11:52PM

  Good blog

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HEALTHYIN2014 7/30/2012 11:46PM

    Well said, what a great idea for the start of each day. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MAMAWALMART 7/30/2012 10:46PM

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BARB5970 7/30/2012 8:45PM

    Everyday we are faced with making choices. Starting each day, making a positive choice helps to have a positive day! We can choose to have a positive attitude or not. It's always up to us.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/30/2012 5:34PM

    emoticon for the info.

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JAMER123 7/30/2012 5:14PM

    Thank you for a well written blog. I hope you always leave the bed with the positive thoughts, no longer dreading the day! What fun would that be!!
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ALIDOSHA 7/30/2012 4:44PM

    Such a wonderful way to get on with a booster from the start of the day. I was so much impressed with the idea that I'll try it myself tomorrow!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/30/2012 4:38PM

  Great Advice!!!!! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2012 2:58PM

  Well said.

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BLUE42DOWN 7/30/2012 2:50PM

    What your father said reminded me of a saying from a calendar - probably a quote from somewhere else. It said: "The calendar lies. There are only as many days in a year as you make use of."

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SAINTBETH 7/30/2012 1:04PM

    Good advice. Thanks.

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KADYSMOM11 7/30/2012 12:50PM

    Thanks for the reminder! Great post! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 7/30/2012 12:49PM

    what an eye opening blog! have a fabulous day!

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GALINAZ 7/30/2012 12:46PM

    thanks for the reminder, so much of how we live is attitude. The older I get the more I want to make every day count and do something worthwhile, even if it is only to make another person smile

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NEWTINK 7/30/2012 12:45PM

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HEARTS116 7/30/2012 12:30PM

    Another awesome blog! Thanks! emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/30/2012 11:54AM

    I'm on task and on track. Thanks for the inspiration.

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DEBK0923 7/30/2012 11:49AM

    I always like your blogs, gives me something to think about or ponder over in convo with friens

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WALLINMW 7/30/2012 10:39AM

  thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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LAURIE5658 7/30/2012 10:24AM

    What an eye opening and thought provoking blog. Thank you for your words of wisdom!

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TONYVAND1 7/30/2012 10:19AM

  emoticon Always appreciate your blogs. i will take your advise.

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DJSHIP46 7/30/2012 9:21AM

    Your father was a very wise man! I've wasted way to many days and am determined to get the very most out of each one that is left to me!!! Glad your well and hope you have a GREAT week!

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FARIS71 7/30/2012 9:04AM

    Oh that is so well said. LOVED the singing Climb Every Mountain reference!! It's so true - it really does go so fast and there are no do-overs. Your blog will give me the little boost to turn in a positive direction as I get up. Thank you!

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2012 8:57AM

   
Another great blog! Thanks for sharing. You always have good advise for us.

Have a great day!







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MANDALORE 7/30/2012 8:21AM

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DIANNEMT 7/30/2012 8:10AM

    I was just bemoaning the fact that July is about gone. So--I will take this to heart!!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 7/30/2012 7:35AM

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GARDENCHRIS 7/30/2012 7:18AM

    certainly a food for thought blog! emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/30/2012 7:02AM

    thanks for the great blog

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EARNOLD09 7/30/2012 6:46AM

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SASSYLJB 7/30/2012 6:28AM

    Well Said!

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ALLTHINGSOCEAN 7/30/2012 6:04AM

    This post struck a nerve!! A reminder to really make each day count. I have to remind myself that making each day memorable for my daughters and other loved ones means a heck of a lot more than washing those dishes in the sink or catching up on my email!
Thanks John, your words were very timely and a true nudge!

Best of luck

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BECKYANNE1 7/30/2012 5:48AM

    Great advice. I will definitely think about it.

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