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What does it take to inspire you? I've met many in 'people form' in Sparkland!!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

emoticon I just heard from one of my dazzling sparkie friends and it gave me reason to reflect on the word inspiration. We are at the threshold of a brand new sparkling year right now and rather than set a bunch of new year resolutions that I will trash within the first month I've decided to distill my resolutions into inspirations.

In this creeky ole' famished for fame world...most people look towards the movie gang for inspiration on what begets success...but my observation is that they are a pretty sad crew as far as human substance and gravity. Most all of them measure their worth at the foot of the grand totem...'this is WHO I am...because this is what I've GOT!

Now in my younger and more gullible days I would gaze with adoring eyes at powerful people in powerful places. Those places were always pretty posh. I never was jealous of what other powerful business people had obtained I was more inspired to keep pushing myself to obtain those material comforts myself.

And...we did! In our heyday with the construction biz we were very, very comfortable from a material point of view. But...let me tell you those comforts were not without sharp edges that constantly kept me in a state of sleep deprived stress. You see...it's SO very true..the more you get, the more you want, the more you want, the faster the hamster wheel flys, and here's the REAL kicker. When you can get pretty much everything your little heart desires it no longer holds much pleasure once you get it.

Think the kid that has 500 presents under the Christmas tree, rabidly tearing through the pretty Christmas paper, clawing off the ribbons and tape, opening the present, examining the present, then tossing the present, still box intact...in a big heap to the side and starting the process all over again.

I'm telling you...save yourself from the disappointment. emoticon

The ONLY thing that will truly give you long lasting peace and satisfaction of soul is giving something that is entirely 'free'...that's the gift of yourself.

Sooooo many of our sparkies do this EVERY single day! Day in and day out...they tell you about their lives, and their challenges, and their dreams, and their hopes. And they...I'm talking YOU here...give of their own TRUE selves and encourage you and comfort you, and let YOU know that you are NOT alone in the adventures and mis-adventures of the world....and don't cha know that by sharing a little piece of each of our lives...the circle grows and grows and widens simultaneously!!

I have SO many sparkling friends that I'm close to. Sometimes closer to than my large circle of what I call 'fleshy friends'. It's rather astounding. Lots of times I'd rather sit down to my keyboard and share with my virtual friends more than I'd probably feel comfortable sharing with my 3-D friends...and these are friends that I've had for some 20 years.

Now why do you think that is? Most likely it's because as a whole I think we as fellow sparkdoms....are ALL more compassionate. I think it's because we all have a common goal of getting healthy, and happy, and that we focus on the baby steps that get us to that mile marker. We can see that if someone is capable of losing weight, no matter how many set-backs, restarts, lurches, and launches it takes...it CAN be done. If THEY can do it...WE can do it.

And...most importantly, I think that the internet connects us to a very special place in the cosmos that is actually pure soul energy. It is the highest and most efficient form of connection in the universe.

I have SO many sparky friends that inspire me in different ways. I have sparkers that are into the health and fitness purely for the benefit of looking hot and attracting attention, not exactly the reason that I'm into the community, but never the less...VERY inspiring to see and read about their adventures in getting to that goal post.

I have a totally self~less and totally BEAUTIFUL sparkling friend that goes into 'no man's land' simply for the purpose of service to humanity.

I have another friend who is so spiritual and so 'right on' in her buddha like observations that I feel a connection that could be sisterly. Probably was in a former lifetime.

I have a friend that is so positive and so upbeat and so encouraging that you just want to clone her and make her a bobble head to pass out to every household on planet earth! emoticon

I have a friend that has gone through some poop and is restoring herself and her little home into a peaceful and beautiful space that she now flourishes in and who now has the energy and the focus to concentrate on her own beautiful self.

I've adopted a beautiful 'virtual daughter' that I truly dote on and love and support and relish her every victory in absolutely no less manner than a birth mother would.

I've lost my 'virtual son' for now, but I know he will come back to the fold in his own time and continue to make himself available for all the love and caring that this beautiful spark community affords him.

I have a captivating friend that amazes me with her house restoration and her true grit and singular choice in frugality. Who chops their OWN firewood...who CAN even wield an ax with that accumen to get it done in this day and age. Her bicceps must be made of steel! emoticon

I love my male friends that are brave enough to fly by my blogs to read about my observations on life and then be even braver by leaving their take on things in comments to prove they care! I love the fierce love they have for their wives and the health they are spreading throughout their families. It's ALL so inspiring! When they write some private spark messages sharing something from their own lives that is personal and relevant to what my blog was about it makes my heart happy.

I love my sparky friends that blog every single day...YES...every SINGLE...about their little part of the world and what is going on in it. Just simple daily routines that almost ALWAYS teach me something that I didn't know about before. It's pretty awesome that one person's routine could be another person's ...eureka!

I know there are some that I'm forgetting right this moment...but today is me birthday~and I'm allowed to plead some 'senior' moments.

Awh....pa~shaw! 61 is the NEW 41...so keep em comin! emoticon

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my dazzling sparky's YOU know who you are...and you know that's the truest statement that will come out of my mouth in this brand new year of opportunity!

Go out there and DAZZLE the world...we need you to inspire us...and you DO! emoticon
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JAZZEJR 1/14/2013 2:52PM

    And do you know WHY you have so many awesome friends, because you just bubble over with cheerful exhuberation yourself! A more upbeat, talented person I've never met. And OMG what is this about a birthday! Missed that announcement totally! Hope you had a happy, snappy, peppy one! emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 1/14/2013 1:46PM

    I love how you mention everyone with such gratitude. Sorry that I have been MIA and missed your birthday but I hope that you had a great one! Take care my dear friend!

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BOMBCHELL23 1/5/2013 8:30PM

    Inspiration is blogging about the variety of life just as you have done here. I was thinking long blog but hey take the time to read it and boy am I glad I took the few moments because it reminded me that I love reading inspirational stories and how we are on a journey together. Do you ever wonder how many lives you have impacted positively because of Spark? I do! I continue on this journey as you do to better ourselves and help our fellow sparkies! Thank you for sharing your insight it has been inspiring to say the least. Feel free to check out my latest blog!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/5/2013 4:18PM

    Happy, happy birthday to sweet, wonderful, talented you! Hope you have a fantastic day and please putting out your amazing blogs that inspire me and so many others! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/5/2013 12:00AM

    You, my dear, have been the inspiration this Eleventh Day of Christmas! I praise God for the great SparkFriends, like yourself, who come through for us when we really need a little extra encouragement. It's great that we all dance to a little different drummer at times -- makes for a wonderfully diverse world!

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/4/2013 11:03AM

    Nice of you to steathily sneak in that it's your birthday! The way you put it in there one almost could have very easily not even noticed or seen it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You said, "You see...it's SO very true..the more you get, the more you want, the more you want, the faster the hamster wheel flys, and here's the REAL kicker. When you can get pretty much everything your little heart desires it no longer holds much pleasure once you get it." I completely agree! While I'm glad we moved out here to the sticks because it has made me appreciate lots of things I took for granted when we lived in the city, I am ready to move back to the city for at least part of the year. There are so many conveniences that I miss that you get when you live in the city.

"Think the kid that has 500 presents under the Christmas tree, rabidly tearing through the pretty Christmas paper, clawing off the ribbons and tape, opening the present, examining the present, then tossing the present, still box intact...in a big heap to the side and starting the process all over again." That's like DH and I were talking about Jaime Johnson from the Johnson & Johnson family! He was born with a platinum spoon in his mouth and no material thing will ever hold any value to him. Unlike a kid who was born dirt poor and never had even a baseball to play with. If someone were to give him a baseball he would be one of the happiest kids in the world. Do you think Jaime Johnson would care if he got a baseball?? I don't think so!

Spark People is a very unique place on the internet I think. There might be others out there but there are so many Sparkers out there that give encouragement and support without really thinking about it. Of course, there are a few stinkers out there but they are a part of life and you can't have the good without having some bad or not so good too.

You said, "And...most importantly, I think that the internet connects us to a very special place in the cosmos that is actually pure soul energy. It is the highest and most efficient form of connection in the universe." I never thought about it like that but I think you have a point.

You also said "I've adopted a beautiful 'virtual daughter' that I truly dote on and love and support and relish her every victory in absolutely no less manner than a birth mother would." Aw, thank you so much! I do love you like a birth mom and in many ways you fill in the gaps where my birth mom has left open. Don't get me wrong, I love my birth mom! I do, but fulfill some of the "motherly" things I need / want that my birth mom doesn't provide.

You will always hold a very special place in my heart! I am so glad that you adopted me as your virtual daughter!!

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DS9KIE 1/4/2013 9:57AM

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AZIMAT 1/4/2013 9:40AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear one! Keep on Sparkin'!

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2ABBYNORMAL 1/4/2013 12:12AM

    Happy Biological Birthday, but each new day is a birthday for me.
Enjoy your day!
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KERRYG155 1/3/2013 8:58PM

    Happy Birthday! Great blog. I've found some great friendships here which has surprised me since we've never met in person. About having everything -we can never have everything we want because the more we have the more we want just as the more money we have the more money we spend. Be happy with what you have would be the moral!

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MTRACHEL 1/3/2013 8:36PM

    Oh I love a good writer, an old soul and a Capricorn! You are a truly a gift to so many Sparkers, especially me. You seem to find the words I need to hear. Happy Birthday!

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GOING-STRONG 1/3/2013 6:28PM

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LMB-ESQ 1/3/2013 5:39PM

    I heard from your virtual son a few days ago. He's okay. Hanging in there.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/3/2013 5:38PM

    You said,,,,,

" I think that the internet connects us to a very special place in the cosmos that is actually pure soul energy. It is the highest and most efficient form of connection in the universe. "

That's a really interesting thought. I believe there is a lot of truth to that. No wonder why the internet is so powerful. We are connected in very strong ways with like-minded people around the world.

Spark on!!!!

Hugs,
Kay

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/3/2013 4:14PM

    You are my inspiration. Thanks! emoticon

And Happy Birthday! emoticon A doughnut because there's only one and nothing else to go back to for seconds.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/3/2013 2:01PM

    Happy Birthday and sure hope you had a great day, and would you mind letting me knwo who the sparker is that is doing her own restoration and such. I would love to read her blogs etc.

Have a super great day! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 1/3/2013 12:37PM

    Very tricky how you snuck that "my birthday" comment in there. And sorry, but 61 is way too young to be using the "senior moment" excuse. I can use it, but you can't.

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Happy Birthday!!!

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MPARKER67 1/3/2013 10:36AM

    Happy Birthday emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/3/2013 10:35AM

    I love your engaging ways and how brave you are to share your story so generously.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/3/2013 10:29AM

    Awesome blog- right on the money. Happy 2013 to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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