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Saturday, February 23, 2013

emoticon Most of the time we come on to these pages and just blog about our daily lives - the ins and outs of exercising, eating right and coping with it all. Yet, in the process of doing such seemingly every day, ordinary acts, the extraordinary happens. We make friends, sometimes just virtual pals, sometimes we actually meet up in real life. Friends that impact our life's journeys. We care about each other, offer advice and support one another. At times, we reveal candid, honest details that perhaps we cannot bring elsewhere. We confide our disappointments, hopes and dreams.

Since I joined Spark and started co-leading the Peppy Party we have lost two of our members who have passed away. One was Aithley (Winningbattle) gone at 25 years of age, the other Tara ( A-New-Tara) gone at just 50 or 51 years of age. What I hear in my head is the quote, "the good die young" and in this case it is sadly true. These were wonderful loving, supportive and gifted individuals who brought so much to all of us and have left us much too soon. It is comforting to know that we helped them too - that we saw them bloom with energy, hope, enthusiasm and purpose.

I suppose I should not be shocked when passages happen. It is the circle of life and we have so many members on this site. Yet, shocked and saddened I am. The take away here for me is how much us Sparkers end up meaning to each other. I have grieved these losses as if I lived next door to these women and saw them daily. In a way I did see them daily as I do many of you on blogs and chats even if it is just on screen. We are so blessed and richer for the knowing of them. The final take away for me is to live each day with import, as if it could be the last one. I need to give it all I got. You never get another chance to live this particular moment.
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ANGGEL40 2/23/2013 8:39PM

    You are so right, I have gotten to know some wonderful people on her far and near..and you will always hold them near your heart..May God Bless you for sharing this blog!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/23/2013 1:43PM

    We never know just how much our life can influence another's life. Whether live in-person or virtual, Whether it be a smile, a tear, a cheer, a hug, an 'I believe in YOU'. OR, maybe because you did not leave a little piece of you as a comment or a cheer.

Thank you for sharing this... it is an excellent reminder to cherish others and allow others to cherish you.

Audra

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FELINEBETTER 2/23/2013 12:05PM

    You make a very good point here, as always. I am still reeling from the sad news. As you say, the connections made, even virtual, bring meaning and often enjoyment to our every day lives. This is yet another reminder of how delicate life can be. As well, another opportunity to appreciate the life we have and the people who contribute.

Thank you for your willingness to share your wisdom & your gifts.

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CHRISTINASP 2/23/2013 11:19AM

    Thank you. That's true, it's good to realize that we need to enjoy our life as much as we can.

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MAMISHELI53 2/23/2013 10:52AM

    You are so right! Spark not only offers great resources, but the commnity is so precious, offering an opportunity to make friends beyond our borders. It's a great support network. My teammates have been with me through the death of my husband, through my re-engagement, then break-up - and reconciliation. Blessings to you as you coninue this journey of a healthy lifestyle.

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