Overcoming obstacles one at a time
Your goals may not come easy. There is no accomplishment without work, and no "win" without something to beat. It's easy to get discouraged when roadblocks appear--in fact, it's only natural. You've invested time and emotion into creating the pe... Read more
How do you keep everything in perspective?
The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.
- Ziggy, cartoon foible
Is there anything that Ziggy doesn't know? In the cartooning universe, he's often placed in hopeless situations, pitted ... Read more
SPARK friends QOTD
"Take pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go." Anon
A light supper, a good night's sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man, who, by indigestion, a restless night and a rainy morning... Read more
Living according to your true values
The best intentions matter little if your daily life doesn't reflect those values. How can you make sure that your thoughts and actions match? Good or bad, your values are shaped by your actions just as much as they do the shaping. Actions that ... Read more
Are you paying attention to how your time is spent?
Days don't get shorter. Our attention spans do. How can summer be over in a blink while it seems like the weekend will never get here? Because we're not paying attention. Five days out of seven, we're waiting for something else to happen in the ... Read more
If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weakne
Playing to your strengths
It's tempting isn't it? It's so much easier to see what's wrong with yourself and your life than to take advantage of what's right. The problem is, too much focus on the negative can affect your attitude and opinio... Read more
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Didn't get much sleep last night due to congestion, was happy to get through half my emails. Did some retail therapy & found the kids brand new backpacks for next school year for less than $5 each & a new lunchbox for less than $3 ... Read more
Do you really know what you're made of?
It's easy to stay true to our values when life is sunny. But because sometimes hope disappears, options run out, and bright days can turn dark, all you can really count on to be there is your own inner strength. These low points are chances to l... Read more
What do you take a stand for?
Courage comes in many forms. In Hollywood, courage involves evildoers and daring deeds. In real life, rescue workers, police, and the military have the courage to lie their lives on the line for someone else or a cause. Even for those of us who ... Read more
Finding and celebrating the joy in life
Each day is a new chance to find joy and to dance. If you let it pass or think it useless, the chance is gone and you'll never get it back. When was the last time you played? Or just did something for the sheer fun of it? Joy is not found in the... Read more
Are You Neglecting Your Body?
If you crave chocolate as much as Aunt Marge does, you know that nothing else could possibly come first. Her tastes aside, food can actually be more of a foundation than a passion. To have an enriching & healthy life, fitness is a must. Good eat... Read more
Believing In Yourself
Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit. When you look at your abilities, do you see boundaries and limits, or do you see possibilities and potential? Obsessing about weaknesses can blind us to the untapped abilities we... Read more
How Can You Share Your Spark with Others?
Light is meant to be shared. If you try to hoard it or keep it covered, out of everyone's sight, you'll just end up smothering it. Try to close it in your fist so it doesn't get away, and it burns you. You can't possess light. All you can do is ... Read more
Pay attention when an old dog is barking. - Old Proverb
Pay attention when an old dog is barking.
- Old Proverb
Learn From Someone Who's Been There
You can learn a lot from someone who's been sniffing his/her way around the neighborhood for a while. "Experienced" individuals have uniqu... Read more
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The Value of a Supportive "Family"
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
- George Burns, comedian and television personality
The Value of a Supportive "Family"
Ha. But seriously folks: Your family can be an undiscov... Read more