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Getting Back With The Program..

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Monday, September 10, 2012

So far, nothing has changed on the job front and that is all the blog time I will give to it, it isn't worth any more discussion than that. Now for the good stuff....

I have been taking alot of inventory of the things I am thankful for and the positives in my life and that is what I have been dwelling on. Taking thought of all the good things is like medicine to a worry-sick soul. Why is it that the first thing that gets discarded in a situation are the very things that bring empowerment and reinforcement? What is it about human nature that drives a people over the proverbial cliff like so many mindless lemmings and causes us to pass over the things that bring strength in time of need?

I suppose that question has been asked millions of times.

Last night I thought about all of the scrapes I have been in and how my family and I have been brought through, sometimes in a way that is akin to Moses parting the Red Sea. As hard as it is to do, I choose not to live in fear. It drains and disables me from making the best choices that, in the end, will affect how we do if and when the time comes. As a leader of my home, I cannot afford such self defeating and reckless behavior. To every thing there is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven. Even the strongest of soldiers need to go somewhere and let it all out, but then there is a time to reload your clip and lock n load.

That time is now.

I got back on my bike yesterday. I would love to say that it was like a reunion with an old friend. Mentally, I felt estranged and out of the game. My faithful bike was a distant lover.
This is where a saying that came to me a long time ago when I first started this journey applied.

Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through.

Empowerment comes, not as a result of "riding the tide", of surfing a wave of driving motivation that carries you to your goal. There have been those times for sure and its awesome when it happens. Rather, empowerment comes from getting the job done when every thought and feeling screams at you to the contrary.

After 30 minutes, I had a good ride.

Time to "rinse, lather, repeat" until the momentum builds.

Today, I am empowered.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DUXGRL1 9/23/2012 1:56PM

    This is great and thoughts that I really needed to hear today, even though you said it a while back.

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/19/2012 7:53AM

    "Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through. " LOVE THIS...truer words have never been spoken. Thank you for another great blog!

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    Awesome! Keep pushing forward on to Victory! You can and will overcome the negative, you have experienced the positive. Embrace all of life's changes and challenges, that is what makes us who we are. That is how we really appreciate our successes.

One of my favorite sayings that helped me through some very tough times is:
Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

The world needs more "Leaders" like you! emoticon

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TURNINGTABLES21 9/17/2012 1:05PM


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CHARTHESTAR 9/16/2012 9:56PM

    Reminding us what we're thankful for is definitely a great way to improve the day and the outlook on how to deal with everything else

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GRAMMYTINK 9/16/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon emoticon

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LOGOULD 9/16/2012 5:57PM

    Ahhhh, my favorite Spark Quote - "Success is what you do when the WOOHOO is all through!" Believe it or not, it almost used that one in my last blog post comment to you! Great minds really DO think alike!

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DRGNL80 9/16/2012 2:53PM

  Love the though about the woo hoo - thanks for sharing, and for sparking me today!

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CHRISTINECAN 9/16/2012 7:48AM

    After a recent depression, I read about the concept of a Gratitude Journal. This is just a formalization of your stressing the positives and it has helped me immensely.

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BESSHAILE 9/16/2012 6:47AM

    So much of what you said today is the stuff of true momentum - the momentum of a lifetime. And when you choose to lead your family with strength and positivity you do so for the whole world. You do it for me as well as those standing beside you.

I thank you for that.

Now - back on that bike today. emoticon

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ROCKETGIRL229 9/16/2012 12:30AM

    Nice. Really nice blog!

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LUVTOBOWL 9/15/2012 4:18PM

    Way to hang in there, I know you'll emoticon . Thanks for the inspiring words. emoticon

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SBNORMAL 9/15/2012 3:19PM

  Hang in there and stay positive and motivated!

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CJOHNSTON2001 9/15/2012 12:34PM

  more people should have your atttitude,I love it,stay positive emoticon emoticon

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LDEHNKE6 9/14/2012 9:34PM

    Thanks, my hubby is out of work and I needed your attitude adjustment emoticon

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KATYDID412 9/14/2012 11:12AM

    Rinse, lather, repeat is right. Nice!


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PENOWOK 9/14/2012 8:50AM

    Great motivation!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/14/2012 5:24AM

    Welcome back, Robert.............. and thanks for all your honesty and insight. You truly are a Motivator!

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NEWTINK 9/14/2012 1:22AM

    Love your enthusiastic attitude emoticon emoticon

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CHRIS3874 9/13/2012 11:50PM


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JIBBIE49 9/13/2012 11:32PM

    Wonderful to see you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:30PM

  I love this line:

"Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through."

Thank you for putting it in your blog.

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MICKEYMOUSE86 9/13/2012 11:05PM

    Great post! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/13/2012 10:09PM

    Great attitude will get you a long way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/13/2012 9:18PM


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    Very nice and thought provoking. Love that! Keep it up!!

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KIPPER15 9/13/2012 8:38PM

    Well done. emoticon

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JILLIEWILLIE1 9/13/2012 7:56PM

    Nicely said. I am encouraged not only by your attitude and honesty...but moving forward past the estrangement where it becomes "good" in spite of the conflict and turmoil . emoticon

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HONDO410 9/13/2012 6:17PM

    thank-you thank-you for putting my own feelings into plain english. i clearly identify. and will re-up tomorrow am--- no I'll re-up on my treadmill this evening.

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TONYVAND1 9/13/2012 6:10PM

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SPSPSP1 9/13/2012 4:07PM

    Very inspiring to see you push through the plateau!

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CAYCESMOM 9/13/2012 3:36PM

    I am so glad that you are here. I don't know you of course, but I feel like I do. When I am out walking and I find it a bit challenging, I always imagine that my SparkFriends are behind me cheering me on and you are one of the people I am always reminded of.

Kelly emoticon

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SJKENT1 9/13/2012 3:25PM

    Cheering you on!!!

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OKLAMEG1 9/13/2012 2:51PM

  You have a wonderfful gift of honesty and forthrightness and are able to express your thoughts beautifully! I know that sometimes it must feel like you are hanging on by a thread and I believe that when you share your struggles with us, you are showing us that even with just a minute amount of courage and want-to, we can continue working towards overcoming our own struggles. You are someone to look up to and we thank you for sharing.

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IDAHOFLOWER 9/13/2012 2:08PM

    I Love your power and strength. I
need to think on what I'm thankful

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LISA_FRAME 9/13/2012 1:03PM


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LESSEPH 9/13/2012 12:32PM

  That is the most inspirational thing I've read in a long time!! I admire your self awareness and resolve!! AND it was just the "kick in the pants" I needed.

Struggling with joining the ranks of the unemployed, I decided I would go to the gym 4 times a week since I no longer have the "I don't have time" excuse. I went twice the first week, once the second week. It is now Week 6 and I haven't back since... what the heck is WRONG with me? Self-sabotage?

Not sure but today, I am going back to the gym. Thank you for encouraging a (not so) perfect stranger!! emoticon

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IMELECTRIC 9/13/2012 11:27AM

    You have a good outlook.

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HFAYE81 9/13/2012 11:15AM

    Stay strong!

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ROBYNLN 9/13/2012 10:54AM

    Glad you are getting back in the groove. emoticon

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SMEENJEAN 9/13/2012 10:27AM

  Thank you for sharing what a lot of us feel. I am new again on here. Today begins a new day. Hello old friend, my bike and I are taking a ride.

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/13/2012 9:29AM

    Great blog!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 9/13/2012 9:09AM

    Wow! Thank you so much! Perhaps my glass can again be half full!

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FARIS71 9/13/2012 8:51AM

    That was so well put - I just keep reading it over and over. Thank you so much.

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INTRIBUS 9/13/2012 7:54AM

  I just started back in again too!

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HAPPYJUD 9/13/2012 7:52AM

    Very well written and encouraging both for you and others reading your blog.
Sounds like you are taking the bull by the horns and using all the positive
strengths within you. It's always good to be thankful for the good things in our lives.
Negatives are water under the bridge and stepping stones to learning.
We take from everything what we need and leave the rest behind.
But the statement you made that really got me was " Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through." You're so right. Always have to keep focused on the goal.
With your gratitude and positive outlook, you WILL succeed.
Best wishes in all you do. emoticon

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NCSUE0514 9/13/2012 7:35AM

    Go for it!

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CIPHER1971 9/13/2012 6:44AM

    Today I needed this. emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 9/13/2012 6:10AM

    Great job!!!

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