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2/4/14 7:28 A

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"DON'T QUIT""

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won, had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure, turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It maybe near, when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight, when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worse, that you must not quit.
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"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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12/7/13 2:31 P

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In a few short days many of us will be part of Spark People for 4 amazing years. Would you like to share your experiences?

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8/19/13 8:34 A

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“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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5/12/13 7:00 A

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Happy Mothers Day, Moms!

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12/19/12 7:09 A

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Have a blessed holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate it. Thankyou all for your love and support this past year!!!

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11/18/12 9:41 A

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Hope you have a great holiday

A Thanksgiving Prayer
In the spirit of humility we give thanks for all that is.
We thank the great spiritual beings who have shared their wisdom.
We thank our ancestors who brought us to where we are now.
We are grateful for the opportunity to walk this planet,
to breathe the air,
to taste the food,
to experience sensations of a human body/mind,
to share in this wonder that is life.
We are grateful for the natural world that supports us,
for the community of humankind that enables us to do many wonderous things.
We are grateful that we are conscious,
that as intelligent beings we can reflect upon the many gifts we have been given.
Tom Barrett


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8/31/12 8:17 A

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You Can do it!!!

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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6/30/12 11:50 A

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We control what does and doesn't go into our mouths

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6/4/12 4:34 P

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"When in doubt, take the next small step."

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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5/8/12 7:19 A

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THIS is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.

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3/28/12 8:44 A

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"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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2/26/12 5:02 P

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"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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1/23/12 10:13 A

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Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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11/26/11 7:28 A

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Close to two years now

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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10/23/11 3:49 P

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wow

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9/23/11 10:07 A

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Do you realize we have been here almost two years????

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9/20/11 7:28 P

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Lets get back to basics!!!!

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9/6/11 12:00 P

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We can do this........ yes we can

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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8/26/11 12:05 P

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lets go team

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8/8/11 7:30 A

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Make it kappen!!!!

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8/5/11 7:12 A

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It's Freaky Friday

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8/2/11 9:31 A

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Let's Do It!!!

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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7/25/11 7:09 A

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Spread The Spark

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7/20/11 8:19 A

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Every day in every way you are getting better and better.

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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6/25/11 8:26 A

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Dont Give up , dont ever give up

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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5/28/11 8:55 P

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We can do this!!!

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

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5/15/11 11:08 A

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Keep on keepin' on

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4/29/11 8:39 A

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Spread The Spark

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"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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4/10/11 8:28 P

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Hope everyone is getting motivated with all the good weather

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3/19/11 12:12 P

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Keep on keepin on

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"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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3/3/11 9:48 A

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I lost 3 pounds

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2/14/11 8:42 A

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Happy Valentines Day all!!!

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2/12/11 8:09 P

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Keep up the good work!!!

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2/12/11 6:23 P

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Hi ,
Actually my year was the wnd of December.
I hardly ever write because I try to do so much on Spark reading and the videos and stuff but I heard your call.LOL
Good luck with your running.

Focus on moving forward.


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2/2/11 7:49 A

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I keep hoping someone other than me will show up here!!!

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2/1/11 9:00 A

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I'm excited about begining to work with a running trainer later today

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Things are starting to come together for me once again. I began my new 10k training program today.

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"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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It's getting awfully lonley here, LOL

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I'm working hard to be the very best John I can be

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12/21/10 11:54 A

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For most of us here, it's been one year at Spark during the past week or so. If you could single out one or two things that have helped make you a success what would they be?

For me it's been working the program, making sure I track my food and get my exercise in at the right time and in the right amounts.

"Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation." — Andre Gide

"There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein


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