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Co-Leading

Friday, November 16, 2012

I want to take this opportunity to thank Joy a.k.a. Lilac Lane for asking me to co-lead the Peppy Party. Every day I go through the blogs and try to support people the best I know how and yes, it takes a few minutes to do it. However, the rewards so outweigh any time spent. I am so grateful to be able to practice some leadership skills in retirement and to develop another side of myself. When I worked I was always asked to be Union president and I always declined. I never wanted to lead mostly because I like participative democracies. With me, I see all sides of a picture. In one way it makes me fair minded, on the other hand, that slows down any decision making I do. I am not the most decisive person on the planet. Getting to co-lead, I get to make a lot of mini-decisions - maybe post a topic or a challenge or try to find the right words to motivate others. I am sure sometimes I hit, sometimes I miss. But the Peppy Party members are too sweet to mention the misses.

I never imagined when I joined SparkPeople that I would have these virtual friends that are sometimes more supportive that real ones LOL. A finer group of women and one brave man (Ellish) I could not have dreamt up from my imagination. No matter what the problem I have, some one in the group will treat it with dignity and respect and help me. No one trivializes feelings expressed and unfortunately that is not always the case in the real world.

The shared stories and challenges mean that you are never alone in your struggle. It is empowering not only to give but to be accepting of what is given.

To sum it up, even though the Canadian Thanksgiving has passed I want to give thanks just in time for the American Thanksgiving for all that has been given by you to me. emoticon emoticon
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A-NEW-TARA 11/16/2012 11:17PM

    We are so blessed to have you as one of our leaders. Your constant encouragement and support means so very much. Thank you!
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CANDOSUE52 11/16/2012 7:25PM

   

I agree, you are a wonderful co-leader and we are so blessed to have you. emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/16/2012 7:22PM

    Thank you for being here for all of us..
You are doing a great job !!
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CINDYAST 11/16/2012 5:46PM

    Thank you to you! Your faithfulness and positive outlook in this job as co-leader has been so helpful! You're emoticon !

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ELLISH 11/16/2012 11:33AM

    :) Awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1EMMA2011 11/16/2012 11:09AM

    We are the ones that are lucky! You are such a gentle person and a true leader. Thank you for all you do for us! We appreciate you!! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLISE 11/16/2012 11:02AM

    emoticon emoticon I know you'll do a good job! emoticon

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 11/16/2012 10:35AM

    Oh REFFIE! We are the luckiest Peppers in the world to have you as co-leader. It is a great responsibility and time commitment to read and respond to our blogs while finding words of support and encouragement. I can't tell you how many times I have read your note and smiled.

This is one Pepper of many that is truly thankful for you !!!!!

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