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You Can Grow Your Own Way (With Apologies to Fleetwood Mac)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As many of you know I've been blessed and honored to lead a team of new Sparkers. The word blessing is an understatement. These folks are really keeping me on my toes!!! There are all sorts of things I didn't realize I didn't know about the site. (I do now, lol)

But here we are, one week and one half into their new found journey and I can feel the tiny tide of discouragement starting to creep into our otherwise peaceful little cove. You see, they are doing what many of us have and will continue to do: We find a successful person and we compare ourselves to them. Naturally, being successful, means they have been at it a bit longer than we have and many of us, myself included, decide that the measuring stick is pointing to the category of "failure." Trust me, I been there and I have done that. (More than once I might add.) So we throw our hands up and sorta utter a furtive "What's the use."

Come closer dear ones, I've gotta secret for you: "It's your journey and there is no one quite like you, anywhere on the face of this earth, in all of the universe plus the entity of God's creation." You are you and with you comes your own unique set of requirements.

We are no longer in middle school. It's okay that the cool kids don't invite you to their lunch table or their parties. You are you and you will succeed upon your own merit.

I get sucked in from time to time myself. I see the latest and greatest and I say, "Yup, uh-huh, that's for me!" Then I discover its not and usually I've set myself back a few days.

I don't care how long you Been-O-Sparkin' its easy to get way off track and find you're in a land you're not familiar with. I think the Goal Board is a great idea. It gives us an opportunity to set some reasonable goals that are ours and ours alone and then they right there, each day when we log on, to review.

No one said this would be easy but it is sure fulfilling to know your making progress. Do it your own way!!!

If you are of a mind to please send love, thoughts and intentions to our new friends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/20/2014 6:47AM

    Thanks for your service!

Put it out there John and don't get caught up in those that can't see the benefit. I wax and wane myself, so I can't blame the rockets of desire that often fizzle into the nearest bowl of cheetos.

If they are seekers, the will keep seeking and they will find what works for them. Spark or otherwise.


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WATERDIAMONDS 3/20/2014 5:46AM

    It surely IS fulfilling to make our "own progress." I'm always happiest when I unlock a padlock to my health myself.

Best of luck to you as team shepherd!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/20/2014 4:22AM

    A big welcome from NZ to our new sparks....

They can so do you is all our own journey and we have to be true to ourselves....

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NASFKAB 3/20/2014 1:50AM

  welcome & all the best to the new Sparks

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KOHINOOR2 3/19/2014 11:11PM

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AJDOVER1 3/19/2014 11:41AM

    Great reminder, John! It's time for me to update my Goal Board. emoticon

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JLLOVETT 3/19/2014 11:10AM

Like you said, John, I'm back on track- DAY 3! emoticon
We can't beat ourselves up - after all - that was yesterday and it is gone. emoticon
Hello beautiful today!!!! emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 3/19/2014 10:22AM

  emoticon Blog John. I so agree with all that you said. I to compare at times but I soon get back on track because I know I am me and there is only one me. God created me.
My journey is mine. What works for me. Willing to share what works for me but you are still you. Love the fact you are helping new SP. You will be so good at it. emoticon
John. Keep sharing what you are learning from SP. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/19/2014 9:54AM

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TRISTAROSE 3/19/2014 9:47AM

    Thanks for the uplifting words .... Needed them today!


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HDHAWK 3/19/2014 9:35AM

    Yep, I've fallen into the comparing thing way more than once!

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    I hope you are enjoying the new team!

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SANDRALEET 3/19/2014 8:52AM

    Always remember life is to live. Joy peace wark play learning are part of it So is movement exercise Eating healthy Sleep rest We do not have to be in a race or competition with each other

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AUNTRENEE 3/19/2014 8:32AM

    Amen to what you said in this entry.

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