Kindness For Your Best Sparkfriend - You
...Wow, you look good. I admire what you are doing. What a struggle you have had, but you did it. You are awesome. I am proud of you. You can do this....
It would be wonderful if these words were coming to you….from you. And you felt g... Read more
Get busy living or get busy dying
(Red, in Shawshank Redemption)
He not busy being born is busy dying
I like these little quotes. We are forever moving, being born, busy living. Never simply static. If we are not in... Read more
Still Need a Framework
As I have gotten older and (sometimes) wiser, I realize that there are certain things in life that I need to frame and give time, effort and attention. Some days I still forget that healthy lifestyle choices are among them. I remind... Read more
Autumn ... Sacred Season
HI Spark Friends... Wonderful fall colors are beginning to appear in the woods and on the hiking trails in our part of Michigan. I had the joy of a early AM solitary hike on a trail along a river today. It was pleasantly warm, with abundant m... Read more
Ask the questions life, but try to keep moving anyway.
Who / what do you really want? In this process of becoming, and as we examine life, on all levels, does all seem well.? ... Read more
New Beginning for Us All
Hello Spark Friends;
This poem reminds me so much of the comments, posts, blogs I read on these pages. You express your struggles and goals so well. New beginnings are every day for us. Even days we don't think about it or dwell on it, "y... Read more
Start Close In....
Hello Spark Friends:
I want to share this poem by David Whyte, because it reminds me so much about the kind of steps we are taking on the Spark journey. It reminds me of the significance to not allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by "all" ... Read more
The Journey ( also known as "The Spark Journey)
It is easy to feel challenged when trying to make some good, healthy lifestyle changes. it is a job and and a process. Sometimes there are voices f... Read more
More to our stories...
One of my favorite hiking spots is an area called Hemlock Crossing, near where I live along the Lake Michigan coast. The trail follows along a riverbank and has a variety of landscapes. It is beautiful there in summer and quiet and lovely in... Read more
Beginning to drift from the shore.... so to speak
While I love the SP challenges.... and I am currently in the Winter Challenge, I have this unfortunate tendency , at some point in the challenge to become complacent, unfocused, and vulnerable to falling into old self defeating food habits. ... Read more
From 'One Word' to a Positive Action
"What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"
These words by poet Mary Oliver have haunted me since I first read "A Summer Day" many years ago. The poem spoke with me about appreciation of the moment and of life it... Read more
Becoming Unstuck and Moving Forward
Last 2 weeks were not stellar weeks for me as far as my participation as a Firecracker challenge team member and in particular for my self and my goals. I didn't gain any weight but I am pretty stuck and not having success with losing. . I... Read more
What To Remember When Waking
Good morning Sparkfriends. Here is a beautiful and affirming poem for starting our day. David Whyte never stops amazing me. And remember, "you are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident."
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN W... Read more
Our time.... finite and precious.
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see."
- John Burroughs
Wow.... does this quote ever speak to me as I contin... Read more
The Sabbath Poem ( just for Sparkers)
Today's poem reflects the journey we are on...... the last two lines ..... positive and full of purpose.
No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives an... Read more