Giving it away is getting it back

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I work with a colleague who has way too much stress in her life. Pressures of being a single parent with two sons and elderly parents who are in denial about their current infirmaties have really taken their toll on her.She has been watching my journey since I started Sparkpeople in late April. Shes quiet and private so she doesn't say much. (the very opposite of me)I was pretty open about what I was attempting to do and read THE SPARK at lunch every day. After about four months its pretty obvious how attempting to live a healthy lifestyle has made positive and noticable changes in me. So she started asking questions and I was glad to answer and honest about how difficult it was for me to commit to taking care of myself. It struck a chord with her. Last week she asked me if she could borrow THE SPARK. I gave it to her because i have already read it 5 times and was happy to pass on a good thing. I put a note inside." this all starts by just committing to paying better attention to what you are eating and just ten minutes of any kind of exercise. I believe in your ability to do this!" The next day at lunch she was reading THE SPARK. As she looked up to say hi I could see the glimmer of a spark in her eyes.It feels great to pass it on!
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    I identify with your friend's stress. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read the Spark yet. It's time for me to get that spark going. Thanks for the encouragement.
    2845 days ago
    Just reading this morning my heart swells with overwhelming emotional warmth at what you just did for another soul in "distress" and I thank you! Every time I help another or see another being helped by someone and see the transformation beginning even with just the smallest of glimmer of hope in their eyes, the emotions I feel are indiscribable.
    I'll do it all again and again and again.
    2846 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2011 12:10:18 PM
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