Friday, August 27, 2010


What are they?

I guess most of us would say they are just for fun! Humor is one of the most powerful things you can use to chase your emoticonmoods away! Humor and laughter have proved to be one of the best medicines there is emoticon!

Quotes I feel can uplift your spirit, inspire you forward, and they are just a great way of refreshing your mind!

I have used them a lot this month of August trying to combat stress! So I guess I could say this is another use for them! emoticon

But, most of all I feel we can learn valuable lessons from them! Some of them can really make us burn a emoticon at both ends! emoticon

Here are just three points I would like to elaborate on, that I have learned this month about myself from quotes, as it has been a really tough month for me and my progress!

1) I've learned that "It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it!" Author Unknown "You can do something in an instant that will give heartache for life!" Author Unknown

I have watched this happen with a so-- called-- friend this month! To make herself look good emoticon in front of others! Things were made up, lies told, friendships severed, and a Christian reputation destroyed , and Oh, how the emoticon loves these moments!

One Lesson learned!

2) Several quotes, but hitting me in the same area:

"Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever." --Author Unknown
"Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment."
--Cyril Connolly
"Never let your doubts and fears stop you." --Author Unknown"
"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers

Now to elaborate on these quotes just a little. I have decided that I have became complacent with my job, with my life, and with my level of learning. So much that I feel like I have lost everything that I worked so hard to accomplish in college. Which has lead me to being bored disappointed, and this isn't helping my obesity picture in the long run ! I intend to change this!

When I took my job at the hospital this was just going to be a stepping-- stone, a foot in the door! Communications, is an area that is covered by my Associate Degree! Wow! Did I ever have bigger plans though! I let fear of the economy, fear of job stability, keep me from taking action! I let fear just lead my life, and I lost my momentum, my energy, and my enthusiasm for life! No wonder I'm obese!!!

Second, lesson learned!

Thirdly, to sum it all up! I don't think this point needs elaboration!
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life--It Goes On!"--Robert Frost

"Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right!"
--Author Unknown

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  • DLG0505
    April, My beautiful friend......

    Sometimes there is a point in life where we stop and go "oh nuts" this is not where I want to be, this is not what I want to do. And fear holds us back from pressing on. I fully understand your thoughts on the job. I am the same - my job can be difficult at times, especially with the heat and a cranky boss, and I don't leave because of the money. But about a month ago I thought - do I want to be miserable for the next 5 or 6 years until I can retire. It takes a lot of reflecting and soul searching. And putting a plan in place.

    I sometimes think we are related - I'm big on quotes. I look them up - I use them at work. Have them all around the house. My personal favorite is the one I have when I post - "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined" - Thoreau. I'm not living the life I imagined but each day make a little step toward that life.

    Just remember when things are making you go "gggrrrr" that you do bring a smile to people's hearts. And maybe you can't leave that job right this instant but you are making an impact on lives in a positive way. You've made an impact on me and I'm very grateful for you!

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    Comment edited on: 8/30/2010 4:52:50 AM
    Great blog! Enjoyed reading your thoughts on the quotes! emoticon
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  • DBELLE39
    Wonderful blog sis. It's good to reflect over the past month, I find it helpful to see what I've learned from my struggles. Many times these struggles make us stronger --if we would put to use the lessons learned. You are an awesome person ----success will be yours!
    3639 days ago
    I love quotes. Some of them just speak to me. I have a binder of them on my desk at work and change the one showing almost daily (except for the last 8 weeks that I have been stuck at home). Different mood different quote. And I am like you, I learn things about myself by reading them and really understanding them. You are doing great!!
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  • SAMI199
    Fantastic blog-you put quite a bit of time & thought into it-thank you. I love quotes-have many notebooks full of all kinds.They do help put things in perspective,or just make me
    me laugh. I think your goals are very admirable-I also have a long road ahead,but have found all the support & advice from my fellow Sparkers has made it easier. Enjoy the rest of the day!
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    " You must do the very thing you think you cannot do."
    ~Eleanor Roosevelt
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    Comment edited on: 8/28/2010 4:46:09 PM
    This period of reflection is going to pay off for you with big gains. You sound recharged and ready to face your fears that have been holding you back in various areas. And seeing all the comments on this blog post alone reinforces that you have lots of support as you choose to tackle new challenges again.
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  • CHRYS13
    Wonderful quotes, wonderful blog! I'm still chcukling over the "brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever." emoticon
    You've learned valuable lessons, thanks for sharing!

    3640 days ago
  • REJ7777
    "Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right!"
    --Author Unknown
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    Maybe you're due for some new challenges, but while you're at your current job, you can do the absolute best you can. And of course, sometimes that's what opens doors to other opportunities.

    I agree with one of those quotes, though. When I'm bored, I unfortunately find eating to be a very distracting "activity"!
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  • no profile photo THIAGRAM
    Press forward my friend!
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    3640 days ago

    Sounds like you have spent a good portion of this month in reflection! Congrats on taking stock and realizing where you need to make changes. You are an awesome woman and you can do whatever you put your mind to, you have proven that! Take that same determination and apply for those other jobs (best time to find one is when you have one) and don't let fear get in the way. What a sense of renewal that will give you.

    The one area I disagree with you is that you are a dedicated student of life and you learn and try new things each day. Don't sell yourself short!!

    3640 days ago
    Your quotes this month have been inspiring and gentle reminders. Sometimes reading the words of others puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing them, April.

    Sounds like your month has been challenging, stressful, and a time of unsettling for you. I think this journey calls on us to re-evaluate all aspects of our life and how those many facets impact our weight. And you're doing that April.

    After evaluation, comes action...What steps can we take to implement change? We always have a choice about which path to chose...the one of least resistance (our current path) or a more challenging and unknown path.

    Continue to take small steps each day towards change and go for your dreams! Sometimes what is perceived as a risk is actually an opportunity just waiting to happen.

    Good luck sorting this all out...I know you will make the right decisions for you.

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    Comment edited on: 8/27/2010 8:25:33 AM
  • no profile photo RITAROSE
    Hi April, my old friend! It is so good to read your blog first thing this morning. It's pumped me up for the day, moreso than my coffee! I enjoyed it all very much.

    I thought it interesting the point you made about how trust can be destroyed in a moment and yet it's built over a long period. I find that so true and fascinating at the same time. In my work, (taking care of elderly in their homes) I am very conscious of how much trust people must put into me to let me have access to their homes. I work very hard to guard their privacy and respect their things. My heart's desire is that they could relax with me there and know that I will not abuse their trust.

    I wish you the best, dear as you persevere and work your program! Enjoy your work while you look at new opportunities! emoticon
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  • SROUS1340
    Great blog April. You are ready to go for it!
    I like the quotes too! emoticon
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    3640 days ago
    emoticon Most of us regret what we didn't do more than actions that we took. Go for it!

    My quote, from Monday's Spark calendar:

    "In our lives, we have two or three opportunities to be a hero, but almost every day, we have the opportunity not to be a coward." - Spanish proverb

    Gotta love those quotes!

    3640 days ago
    I agree with Kasey. Even if you are happy in your current position the career advice I have heard is to always be looking for a better position and keep improving your skill set. Network with anyone you can. Get that resume updated and go for it!

    Remember you can do anything you set your mind to do. Reach for the stars kiddo!

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    Comment edited on: 8/27/2010 6:33:27 AM
    April, there's no reason not to apply for other jobs while you keep the one you have - that way you won't have to worry about having a 'downtime' without an income. For that matter, there's nothing stopping you from accomplishing ANYthing - except yourself, so I say GO FOR IT, hon! emoticon
    3640 days ago
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