Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Before my SPARK days, quite a while ago, in fact, I was vacationing in Florida with friends and still married. The guys went deep sea fishing for the day, and Cheryle and I strolled down to the pool area. While making our way to the pool we took turns lamenting over our weight, taking turns wishing our legs, our midsection, or whatever part of our bodies we were hating on that day, were different; and suddenly we came face to face with someone who put a whole new perspective on our self-loathing. Sitting there basking in the sun, was a friendly- faced woman enjoying the air and her surroundings, making eye contact with strangers loving the whole experience of hearing the soothing sounds of the waves in the background, drinking in the Florida sunshine, laughing and living in the moment. She wasn’t wearing a bikini, she wasn’t even thin, but there she sat drinking in the sunshine, living in the moment, spreading her contagious joy, loving every second. The mere fact that suntanned stubs replaced her legs and feet didn’t seem to matter to this lively and spirited woman. But it made an impression on us. It made us realize that there are always those dealt a worse fate than our own. That we should relish what we have and where we are and make steps to change what we do not like; and more importantly, to love what we cannot change.

So today, join me, and celebrate the you you are. The you with extra pounds, or thinning hair, the 300 lb you, the 200 lb you, the you with a walker, in a wheel chair, or without legs at all, and celebrate your life. Let’s all work together to make each day a more enjoyable, and healthier experience. We may not don that bikini right now, or EVER, but we can work towards a sweeter, more spirited and healthier life!


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  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for the reminder, Caren.
    2345 days ago
    Thank you for this post. It is exactly what I have been trying to do for sometime now, living in the now, and loving it, myself and others. However I can always use a reminder now and then. It tells me I am on the right path. Blessings to you my dear.
    2356 days ago
    Wonderful blog, Caren. That woman knows how to live!
    2359 days ago
    Thank you, Caren, for this timely reminder that our lives are much more than what people see on the surface; may your fountain of life run deep!
    2360 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your blog with me. Always a reminder to relish what we have instead of worrying about what we don't...

    2360 days ago
    Caren, Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story. It is one that is making me rethink a few things. emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Thank you so much Caren we all need to be reminded to love ourselves just as we are and to count our blessings. emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Caren, thank you for directing me to this blog. It is awesome and oh so true. Well said! Have a wonderful day!


    2360 days ago
    Thank you so much Caren, I needed this eye opening reminder. Hugs! emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Thanks for directing me to this

    i really needed this
    2360 days ago
    I so agree Caren - Thanks for directing me to this!

    "In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet."
    Albert Schweitzer

    I hope you are continuing to heal after your fall! emoticon
    2360 days ago
    Well said! I join you in proclaiming/vowing to LIVE!!! (That's how I interpret all that you said.) Amen!
    2360 days ago
    YES I will join you and thank you for sharing and asking us to join you.LIVE and don't just exist,enjoy life no matter where your weight is. emoticon emoticon Diana
    2360 days ago
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