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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Yesterday I actually got to save a life. It made my day! And on the last day of winter! Here's what happened--I changed the water to our beautiful bird bath--which is white and the fresh water glistened in the sun. The birds are going to love this," I thought.

Early afternoon I decided to walk out back again to see how warm it was getting. I noticed a small black speck in the bird bath, so I got close to examine. I saw it was a lady bug on it's back and struggling hard! I quickly scooped the palm of one hand under it, and raised her up, allowing the water to go through my fingers. I started taking to the lady bug, saying, "You will be ok, just wait a minute and dry off. You're going to be ok." … The little bug ran around my hand and forearm, and I kept saying, "Just let the sun dry you off-you're going to be ok. Suddenly, the lady bug dropped or fell from my arm and I looked down to see where it landed. There on a blade of grass, it crawled to the top and flew away!

I was so happy, I was dancing on sunshine! .. emoticon … And to think I was about to leave soon, and would not have come into the back yard to discover this little one.

Then I realized, the blog I wrote just a few days ago--had me feeling just like the little lady bug--helpless and struggling! I like to write blogs that inspire, and encourage, and Saturday's blog was one where I was literally 'worn down' from the chronic pain I live in. But YOU .. so many of you read my blog and reached out in the most caring and loving way ever!!

The outpouring was tremendous! You told me--I did not have to be 'perfect' or upbeat every single day, that I was inspiring to others, but told me-now it was my turn. You told me you appreciated me being honest--that it really was ok to have a bad hair day and share it with the spark community.

I can't thank you enough--and I want each and every one of you to know--your compassion definitely lifted me up! … (I started thanking each individually for the blog love and goodies--and still have to watch computer time for my neck) so I decided to write one thankyou.

And last, I have to give you a big hug! emoticon Not only did you show empathy and support, but so many of you shared what you are going through as well. If we keep things to ourselves, then no one 'out there' knows. My heart goes out to those of you who also have autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, and more. I am certainly never happy to know others are suffering--but what is comforting is knowing we are never alone!

I won't try again to thank each person later--so I will say THANK you now! I am so happy to be a part of sparks--where friendship is a very real thing! … On that, HAPPY spring--it is officially here today! ..

(This is the link to the blog I was referring to) .. On Being Honest ..
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    46 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    emoticon for you!!! Love this story, and I would have done the same thing. I talk to the birds, and other creatures, too. I even have talked to a huge silver maple tree we had to cut down in our front yard because the roots were right up to our foundation. I thanked it for shielding our house from the hot afternoon sun, and providing such cool shade to sit under and sip a cold drink, or just chat with family or friends. I wrapped my arms around it the whole time to give it a big hug. I hated to see it go, but we had no choice.
    51 days ago
    Thank you!
    52 days ago
  • AURA18
    I grow to love Sparks more every day -
    emoticon emoticon 2B for sharing struggles with HOPES and DREAMS
    emoticon I like LadyBugs (outside) ~ Thanks for rescuing our little friend emoticon
    Great pictures to enhance your blog - the bird bath is so cool :))
    emoticon "The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital."~ Mark Hyman
    56 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2019 9:13:55 AM
    Yep--we're really all in this together
    59 days ago
    Love hearing about your help to the little ladybug. You were the most important entity in the universe to her yesterday! No matter how bad a day can be, offering yourself to help like you did makes it better. For her. For you. For all of us, really. And THANK YOU for sharing that! emoticon
    61 days ago
  • SWILSON2347
    You were that little lady bug's guardian angel! Bless you for your kindness to all things in nature! emoticon

    62 days ago
    love your pictures
    63 days ago
    Woo Hoo you! emoticon
    63 days ago
    We love you! Thank you for your blog. Always remember that you have to be the one to take care of yourself.
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    63 days ago
  • NANCY-
    We all have our ups and downs, especially when dealing with chronic pain. Sometimes breathing helps, sometimes venting helps. We do what works for us.
    Who knew that you were a lifeguard.

    64 days ago

    Hugs to you, dear girl. You just keep being YOU!
    64 days ago
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    65 days ago
    How nice to save a life! Glad you are feeling better. I bet the birds loved their sparkling clean bath water too! The Suzie's Zoo pictures are very cute. My mom used to use a lot of Suzie's Zoo stuff to decorate her classroom when she taught kindergarten. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming story!
    65 days ago
    This is life. Ups. Downs. And sometimes others put a hand out to help us so we can fly again!
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    65 days ago
    One of the best things about SparkPeople is that no one is ever alone. There are so many caring and wonderfully inspiring people on here. I'd also like to THANK YOU for being YOU! You not only motivate and inspire me, you are always thinking of others in all you do.

    Saving that Lady Bug proves that you have a heart larger than the sky! Keep on Keepin' On!


    65 days ago
    Hugs and thank you for your inspiring blogs!
    65 days ago
    I believe you are a lovely person. Your blogs always lift me up, much like the lady bug you lifted up!
    65 days ago
    I'm so glad you found the lady bug and was able to help it. I'm not a fan of spiders but I won't kill them just because I don't like them. I trap them against the wall with a glass and slide a piece or several pieces of paper under the glass being careful to not hurt the spider. Eventually, it will crawl up the side of the glass. Then you can trap it in there with the paper, go outside and toss it into the yard or let it out gently. Hubby even tore apart his office one day when a little skink had gotten into his office and was rummaging around his books. It took several hours but he was able to get a hold of it. He latched onto hubby's thumb and it hurt a little but he was just trying to defend himself not knowing what was going on. He took him outside to let him go but he stayed attached to hubby's thumb for several minutes before he decided it was okay to let go and run off. lol I'm glad all of us were here to help you on a day that you felt so helpless. We all have times when we need someone to come along and let us know that's it's okay to feel what we are feeling. It's okay to cry, be mad, be frustrated or whatever else. If every day was good they wouldn't be good they'd be normal and not actually good. A good analogy is if you went and plaid slots at the casino all the time and won every time you pulled on the handle it wouldn't be cause for joy or anything else. The good thing about SP is that if you let your Spark Friends know when you are having a particularly difficult day they are more than willing to jump in and do what they can to support you and encourage you. Your blogs help inspire, support and encourage all of us. You never know when someone may be having a particularly bad day and your blog(s) may just be what they need at that moment in time. You are a blessing to all of us! emoticon emoticon
    65 days ago
    You are the perfect combination of humor, compassion, & honesty.
    65 days ago
    65 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thank you for sharing
    65 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    65 days ago
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    65 days ago
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    65 days ago
    Thank you for including me into this wonderfully supportive group of folks. I received inspiration not only from your sweet blog but from each of the people who support you ( and vice verse) .thank you for a cheery day! emoticon emoticon
    65 days ago
  • no profile photo TRIMNUP
    emoticon What a beautiful Thank You. Not only did you inspire but the comments from SP members rippled waves more. That's a gift! emoticon
    65 days ago
    Hugs! I am feeling down--weight is up, world seems to be going to h#ll in a handbasket, a friend has pancreatic cancer, it is raining.... and your little story about the ladybug helped.
    65 days ago
  • JULIEA7201
    emoticon My friends are ALL cracked, as am I! Perfection is not only subjective but boring!!! Have a great day and keep watching out for those emoticon and your fellow Sparkers!!!
    65 days ago
    I am so glad that you saved the poor bug that you went back out and did that

    you inspire me all the time thank you
    65 days ago
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  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Great blog. emoticon
    65 days ago
    That's what friends are for emoticon
    65 days ago
    A great community emoticon love the support
    65 days ago
    If we never had any bad days, we would not appreciate the good ones. emoticon emoticon

    Oh I love lady bugs!! emoticon

    I had one on my arm the day I got married. emoticon
    65 days ago
    What a wonderful blog somehow I had missed the other one.I too live in constant pain and try to be upbeat you don't know how treasured your words are.Thank you!
    65 days ago
    I love SP, always there to support no matter what. You hang in there....thanks for the nice blog. Have a good day and hope it's less painful day. Big emoticon emoticon
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    65 days ago
    emoticon Those of us us whom have suffered so much will always help those that are suffering ..

    Not only do you touch this community .. I am sure you have touched another community ..

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    Mom/Dad got to come home because of you!
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    66 days ago
  • LORI-K
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    66 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    Jan, no thanks are necessary but are greatly appreciated. You have supported so many of us and continue to support and inspire us all. It seems like such a little thing but to those of us who have been supported in our darkest times by you it means the world! emoticon emoticon emoticon You are the... emoticon
    66 days ago
    Like i told another spark friend you don't need o write every one a thank you note we know you are thankful as you share your story to help us along the journey . I always think of Bad Penny and when i want to quite I see her doing the happy dance the live you saved the emoticon you save me from giving up . I thought of you today when stepped on the scales and it said 142..8 I have not been that close to the 130's in over since 1989!
    Thank you and keep blogging and don't worry about thank you notes
    we know you love us .
    66 days ago
    You've touched a lot of lives! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Beautiful blog, Jan. I have to share with my DH that you indeed did save a life. Gave us lots of smiles. You are definitely a writer and enjoyed by many!
    I do find it's hard foe me to share my personal pain as I feel like I complain. But it's easy to share with others on their blog a short comment. Thanks for that too. I know many people here personally as we camp together and feel the "family" way just as we have on line.
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    66 days ago
    Cute blog, so happy you were there to save the lady bug emoticon And so happy all your spark buddies were to save you too. You give so much, we were showing our appreciation. emoticon
    Happy Spring Jan emoticon
    66 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    No matter what we face in life whether it's a downer or an upper, I find after reading this blog that it best describes our challenges and that there is support no matter what...… I do get inspired by all your blogs especially this one as it shows that we have all been in that same boat and after the reading of this blog it will be easier to admit downer times and also to be bold and reach out like you did to that ladybug …..I too have been in your shoes and happy to admit that I am here to support you in everything …. We are not just married we are friends in love....
    66 days ago
    66 days ago
    Ah, Jan. Thank you for this great post of a Thank you to everyone for your last blog. I so wish I could write as you do. When I read your blogs, it's like I know EXACTLY how you feel. Especially when you're feeling down. It's at times like those when you pull yourself up and put on a Happy Face again that helps pull me back together.
    Thank you for your caring, especially when saving that ladybug. Thank you for your uplifting thoughts and words. And thank you SO MUCH for your friendship.
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    66 days ago
    Love all the duck pictures. Too often we are afraid to let people know things are not going well but that is when someone can step in and help.
    66 days ago
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