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.
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!
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!
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!
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!