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July 17, 2013 - Day 47 on Atkins - "When the Student is Ready. . .


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

the teacher will appear." I don't know who said it, but I sure think they were right! Yesterday I blogged about giving up control. . . because me trying to control everything in my life had created nothing more than total chaos. I said I was living in hell and I really meant that! This morning I woke up to find not only an outpouring of love and support from my spark friends, but also "real" solutions. My spark friends showed up yesterday with love in their hearts and advice, information, website referrals, testimonials and much, much more! Do you know what an awesome feeling that is? That I was not only "heard", but that people showed up with "real", "concrete" possible solutions! To say that I was completely blown away is an understatement! I am short on time this morning so I can't respond to each person individually. But from the bottom of my heart, I thank you! This morning I feel a peace that I did not feel yesterday. There is somehow this "knowing" inside that all will be fine - in time. And that peace? Was created by each of you.

I woke up with morning thinking about my spark friends. I thought about women like me all over the world sitting at their computers connecting with others with nothing more than a computer screen, a keyboard, a mouse and an internet connection. When I first joined SP, none of this seemed "real". Today? It is very real. It's as if I know each and every one of you personally. When I close my eyes, I can "see" each of you in my mind's eye. I can envision you sitting at your computers reading and replying to SP email messages, blogs and message board entries. But! More than that, I can see you with your families, your children, your spouses, your significant others. I can see you on your jobs, going for walks, exercising in other ways and writing in your food journals. I can see you stepping on the scale and doing the "happy dance" when the number before you is less than it was the week before. I can see you grocery shopping and cooking and planning next week's menus. I can see you engaged in your communities, going to church, playing with grandchildren and loving your animals. This morning I woke up "seeing" each of you as real - living - human beings. No longer are you just names on a computer screen. Instead, you are very real to me. As I thought about all of this, I wondered if any of you ever felt like this or had these thoughts cross your mind.

Do you see your spark friends as real, living human beings? Do you get a sense of real connectedness with others on this site? Is your life better because of the friends you have made here? Throughout the day, do you find yourself thinking about this one or that - wondering where they are and what they are doing in that very moment in time? If so, how long were you a member of SP before you had this sense of connectedness and belonging?

Once again, I want to say. . . THANK YOU for circling the wagons and making me feel not so all alone. You are the best! And, wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope and pray that your day will be full of SPARK! Love to all. . .

Karen
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HEALTHYMLB 7/17/2013 6:48PM

    Yiu are the best I do feel connected and I agree it is so amazing when yiu write things that I feel and I read posts from yiur friends and then we all realize how alike we all are and how we all pull for eachother is amazing thank yiu for sharing and connecting us my friend on spark and my friend, period,

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KAZZIE531 7/17/2013 11:22AM

    Colleen and Donna...I couldn't have expressed this any better.

I too Karen have a lot of chaos happening in my life right now. Lost my job, health care, A/C broke and need a new one, being foreclosed on . It's like...WHAT"S NEXT???

It's pretty sad when your own real family knows the hardship and pain you are going through and plain and simple "Don't give a hoot".

But I somehow keep on going by the seat on my pants and pray that something good will happen.

Karen you have been blessed with your expression of writing...Thanks!!! Kaz

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COLLEENROSTE 7/17/2013 8:23AM

    you have a way of putting into words what my heart feels. Thankyou for sharing this blog. we are surrounded by a host of people we may never know in person while on earth, but our journey is common and our bond is real. Use those tools shared by others and continue to build your weight loss success emoticon emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/17/2013 6:39AM

    Wonderful blog. Yes, I do feel the way that you do. You expressed this beautifully.



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DGFOWLER 7/17/2013 6:22AM

    I told you yesterday Karen and I'll tell you again. You are loved! The internet has made it so easy to become family without even meeting. We feel each others pain, happiness etc as if you were sitting across from us. I felt that yesterday as you blogged and oh how I wish you were closer. I would have loved to have actually given you that (((((((((hug))))))) I sent you yesterday. Have a great day. I'm happy for you that today is better emoticon emoticon Donna

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SIFUMARY1 7/17/2013 6:14AM

    Thank you, I love this concept.

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