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Monday, July 14, 2014

This morning I found my blog about "The importance of PLAY" featured in the daily mail. What blew me away though, was what I perceived as a common thread through all three featured blogs:

SPARKGUY himself was featured with this one about his current streak and getting through challenges, showing that we all have families and are all human and have to *do* something about those tough times! www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Then my Spark Friend BROOKLYN_BORN was featured with her blog about going the extra mile for her community and church, and upping her game to do so.
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Mine rounded out the three in that e-mail.

The common theme that I saw is that family and community keep us going as humans! Spark for me serves as an extension of my family and community. It's a safe place where those who self-select to read and listen come to pull themselves up when they are flagging a bit, or to write to share their excitement over a new goal. I think it's so important that those who are doing well share that it's not always easy, share what gets them pumped up.

Because each of us is different, but at the same time, we are alike. The paradox of humanity! I have to say I love you all. emoticon We're in this boat (LIFE) together, like it or not.

And LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. Every bit of effort, discipline and training has been WORTH it. Life is at its best when I have the chance, a bit at a time (so I'm not overwhelmed), to get to know the kindred spirits out there on their own journeys. Consistently (not perfectly), consciously (mindfully), and creatively (opportunistically) making choices that support a healthy life, I refresh my GRATITUDE for every single day!

Spark on, my friends, and Namaste.
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TRUE-NESS 7/16/2014 9:25AM

    God, Community and family have certainly been pivotal along my journey. So, I'd have to agree. Congratulations on the featured blog!

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SWEDE_SU 7/15/2014 12:53AM

    congrats on the featured blog - you deserve it! every day i look for your blogs, because i want to read that life is good - and why. you provide such a positive contribution, such inspiration, - spark on, dear spark friend! emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 7/14/2014 10:12PM

    Congratulation on your award. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/14/2014 8:55PM

    Congratulations-really enjoy your blog!!!

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DLDMIL 7/14/2014 4:51PM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/14/2014 2:41PM

    Congrats on the well-deserved award for a delightful blog. Yes, SP is an extension of my friends & family, but SP is the only place I get to communicate with others who understand what it is like to change your life and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Although, come to think of it, my nephew is getting there!! -Marsha

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2014 2:24PM

    Your blog deserved to be featured and I'm glad it was. Read the other ones as well.

Well said, well said.

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LINDAKAY228 7/14/2014 1:57PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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MJREIMERS 7/14/2014 1:44PM

    emoticon and very emoticon Many of us are on the same page here at spark and it really helps. Thanks for all you do and know that many of us think you are emoticon !

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PHOENIX1949 7/14/2014 1:41PM

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DALID414 7/14/2014 10:53AM

    emoticon namaste

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COASTAL6 7/14/2014 10:36AM

    Yes, Life is good!
Thank you for sharing, it made my morning!
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KANOE10 7/14/2014 9:53AM

    Spark does serve as an extension of family and friends. I am truly amazed at the caring and warmth that people give on this site. I agree with Watermellen. That was a warm and moving blog you wrote.
I liked both of the other blogs as well. I was interested to see that the tiny step of walking faster to the hospital helped the Spark Guy and that he really kept some small step of exercise daily during his troubled times.
I had a difficult argument with my sister and literally walked off my anger for three hours. I believe in the power of exercise for health.

You are well appreciated here for all of your warm compassionate comments.
I also agree that it is important to share that this journey is not always easy.
Life is better when you are fit! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/14/2014 9:15AM

    Congrats on the featured blog, that is so totally cool and your blog was great! Today's blog is great too, you are right, in our differences, we are so much alike. I am grateful each day that I have SP and my SP friends. It keeps me going on this journey!

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MSLZZY 7/14/2014 9:02AM

    You are in a very elite group and we all know why. You ROCK!

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LEANJEAN6 7/14/2014 8:57AM

    Life is easier when one is fit-er--I agree!--I have calmed down--What's a butter knife anyway--?--LOL----Lord Love A Duck!!!-Lynda

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KALIGIRL 7/14/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon I agree - support is what makes it happen!
Here's to your continued healthy journey.
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HMBROWN1 7/14/2014 8:12AM

    Great read! It is always more rewarding when you are helping others! Bless you and have a great day!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/14/2014 8:01AM

  way to go

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GABY1948 7/14/2014 7:59AM

    You three were in EXCELLENT company...can't think of any better reading! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/14/2014 7:54AM

    I noticed that too! We really do think alike. If only I could get over my fear of open water swimming, I'd follow your tri example.

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WATERMELLEN 7/14/2014 7:53AM

    So glad to see your blog featured within that stellar grouping -- both of which I also "liked"!

What a warm and moving blog you've written today as well: right to the heart of things, right from the heart!!

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