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... A milestone of sorts ...

Sunday, April 20, 2008


OK y'all!! I hear you (ahem, especially YOU, My Precious Erica (WESTSLOPERUNNER) !!!) ...

It has been a while since I have blogged... and, with the visits of so many -- almost 20,000 to this little Spark page, it is a milestone that I did not want to pass without some sort of acknowledgment and honor that it deserves -- that all of YOU deserve. Last October I came to Spark via brother Dave (PIR8DAVE) who "thought it would be cool to share" my story ... And, perhaps like some of you, with the passage of time, my story has evolved into this: a safe place to for so many of us to fall ... And really, that is what it was always meant to be because I am sure it is Divinely Created; Divinely Inspired. I take no credit for any of it -- although it bears my name and likeness, it is really the story of each and every one of us, individually and collectively --- the story of you and me .... Of untold pain, of hurt, of lost love, of shame, guilt, frustration, of feelings of worthlessness -- and more .... all of those things that have come to define our lives -- by our own choosing, we have come to learn. And, in all that we learn that it each of us who must first learn to forgive and accept ourselves for allowing us to ever feel -- even for a moment, pain, shame, guilt or feeling "less than" ... To know that we never deserved it -- that we are worth so much more than that. We are all ages, religions, genders, races, creeds .... it matters not .... Because our story transcends all of that ... And now we look to a place of forgiveness, acceptance, healing ... And, this little page, this safe harbor, is a place for all of us to learn that we can be greater than what we have been in the past -- what we have seen around us for far too long that somehow became acceptable in our politics, our work place, our families and our lives ... We can look for the higher good in someone --- we can touch someone's heart and life -- Just Because. We can choose to extend an olive branch and bring peace to a situation rather than being right to validate who we think are because we think we're small and don't matter .... You are already perfect in your Divinity and none of that old stuff that is rattling around in your head that you are allowing to define you matters one iota in the grand scheme of things... I promise. What really matters is that you stand in your personal Truth. That you get that YOU matter in this world ... That YOU can make a difference just because you are YOU. And, through a life lived with gratitude, love and grace, we count our many blessings --- not lack -- and it is in that space that will bring us to who we ***really*** are ... This is where we will find our True Selves ... True joy and True happiness!!

I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart .... Each time y'all leave me a love note, a message and comments, goodies and emails, I am honored and humbled by each and every one of them -- I truly am!! I treasure them all and hold them close to my heart -- just as I tell y'all in my replies. Not for one single moment do I take for granted the power of two beings coming together to share their True Selves and, in the space of possibility, experience the love, acceptance, peace, forgiveness that has thus far, been elusive ... It is in each of these moments, with each and every one of y'all, that I have come to live my life ... in Presence; in my Personal Truth ...

God Bless you all!!!


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A special thank you and acknowledgment to Dave for the pix above entitled "Calm Before The Storm" taken at our home in W. Palm Beach just before Hurricane Gilbert's arrival 1988.
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  • SHERMITCH
    Thank you so much for your encouraging words. You are such an inspiration and you would be someone I would love to be able to get to know. What a positive up lifting soul you have! May God bless you as you have blessed so many.
    4000 days ago
  • SARIE27
    I don't even know you, but I just love you... all of your blog inspired me so much to be all I can be. The shame, the guilt, the fear I've experienced, and then the gratitude - all of it is mine to forgive myself for and to move on toward the light of Divine truth in knowing who I am and what I can be. Thank you for writing this.

    xox,

    Sarie
    4026 days ago
  • PRAYERANDPRAISE
    Hi Joanne,
    I do think of your gentle sweetness and thoughtfulness and I am sorry I don't keep in touch been baby sitting other peoples kids and my husbands been working long hours so I made a point of coming on here just to tell you that your not forgotten at all. ana
    4027 days ago
  • SUMMERCHANNY
    oh my gosh, What a milestone! Congratulations again on all of your success and for being such an awesome inspiration to soooo many people, including myself! You are definitely one of the biggest treasures on Spark!

    Sparkle on Sister! ;)
    CC
    4117 days ago
  • no profile photo SKINNYCHIC8
    PROUD OF YOU! MILESTONES ARE SO IMPORTANT! emoticon
    4123 days ago
  • ODETOLIFE
    Love,
    You transferred me to a different place, while I read your blog. for an instant, I felt like I was a part of this whole big world. And I am, and you are, and she is, and he over there is, and Shampers down there is. Its sometimes hard to remember that we're all kind of suppose to work together in some way. Thanks for putting that all back into perspective. Its easy to lose sight of in our busy "little" worlds. we all have to remember to get out of our own little worlds, and take a look at the big huge picture.

    I loved your blog. I loved it. Thanks Sweets. That was so refreshing. We all struggle! We all celebrate! We all lack sleep sometimes, like I am going to tomorrow! lol

    You're too cool girl. Just too cool.

    MMMWWWWAAAA! emoticon
    4138 days ago
  • PIGLETSMALL
    What a beautiful blog! You are all inspiring and such a beutiful person too!

    What a blessing it is to know you! emoticon
    4139 days ago
  • GRAMMABENJI
    joanie l just love ya. great blog and beautiful pic you do so well at writing just like everything you have done. amazing!!!!
    4139 days ago
  • SASRA1
    WOW! Your story is so inspirational that I don't have the words to express it. So, I'll just leave it at "WOW!"
    4140 days ago
  • MICHELAR
    This is so beautiful Dollface and it is I who thanks you for being the wonderful, remarkable woman that you are and for all the love & caring you give to all of us. I am truly blessed to have you as my friend.
    Love you!
    Hugs Michela emoticon
    4142 days ago
  • EMMASMART
    The feeling is mutual.
    4142 days ago
  • ACACIA21
    OH my. You are awesome.
    4142 days ago
  • LIZACARTER
    personal truth and being true to ourself, that is something for me to explore, thanks for opening the door. Liz
    4142 days ago
  • MRSGOFARR
    I love hearing from you. Thank you for your inspiration.
    4142 days ago
  • BOOTS
    Thanks for the reminder to count our blessings. You are on my list of counted blessings. Thanks Joannie.

    Carol
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    4142 days ago
  • DTBTSSANDFLUFFY
    hello
    i was just visiting and reading. you have the greatest blogs. and page.. and give such incouragement. to me ..
    i was wondering how you are doing after your foot surgery ... did it heal properly and are you able to go and walk out in the beautiful sunshine yet??
    hugs and best wishes fr donna
    4142 days ago
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