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The ABC's of motivation: mission

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today's word is mission. According to my trusty Webster's, one of the definitions of mission is "6 the special task or purpose for which a person is apparently destined in life; calling"

What harmony we have with goal-setting and goal-reaching in this little word! Notice how in the Spark, the first thing we do is identify our values? What is important to us? Why it is we desire to develop these healthier habits? Lose weight (if that indeed is part of what brought us here)?

Mission is all about the why! To be able to fulfil one's mission is a great motivation. Maintaining one's body and mind are part of being able to fulfil one's mission!

But what if you are at a point in life where you have no clue what your mission might be? Why not start figuring it out by developing self-nurturing, self-caring habits that will result in fitness for whatever reveals itself as your mission in life?

As the old Girl Scout motto says, "Be Prepared!"

That said, life is good. Having a purpose in living, priceless. "My mission is to Spark!" (at least for now)

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 2:52AM

    Another food for thought blog! Be prepared indeed. You are the Scout Leader here for sure!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/18/2012 9:43PM

    Right now my mission is to survive some stressful weeks at work. Hope we get a new manager soon. Doing double duty and then some is starting to take it's toll.

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2012 9:42PM

    Mission: yeah.

Becoming who we're meant to be. Which is a continuous process . . .

Mission is huge in sustaining motivation.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/18/2012 7:19PM

    Another great blog, Barb!! Yes, having a mission is very motivating. Being prepared for the opportunities that present is a very good point, too.

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DLDMIL 10/18/2012 2:55PM

    Well Said. Another great thought provoking blog. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/18/2012 11:06AM

    Sometimes we only find what our mission is when we take time to find ourselves. We can get so busy in every day activities we don't find ourselves because we are lost in others. Taking time to take care of ourselves including food, fitness, and spending some time alone with ourselves is so important.

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TAGSUIT2 10/18/2012 10:48AM

    Well said, always preparing for what's ahead and never looking back. I'm on a mission. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2012 10:26AM

    That's it! Be prepared! No matter what the mission is you still can accomplish it much better with healthy lifestyle habits. HUGS for this blog series, but I appreciate this one in particular! Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 10/18/2012 9:47AM

    Spot on!!!

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 9:05AM

    I don't know what my mission is right now, but I know I want to be fit enough and healthy enough that I can do whatever needs to be done.

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DNRAE1 10/18/2012 8:03AM

    My mission is to be "fit to do everything I want to do"! Great blog, Barb. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/18/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon Great blog Barb emoticon emoticon

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The ABC's of motivation: legacy

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

According to my little Webster's, a legacy is "2 anything handed down from, or as from, an ancestor".

Legacy comes to my mind as motivation in terms of "living legacy". Anytime I do something "in memory of" or "in honor of" someone I admire or love... I am becoming a living legacy to them.

So when I run a half marathon, "for the November 5th Family" of those who lost lives or functionality in the Fort Hood shooting... or "for my sister in law (who has ALS)" I'm using this as a means to my motivation.

Today I have that sis in law very much in my thoughts. Since I can't make some things in the lives of others better, best I can do is something worthwhile in their honor or memory. Taking care of my own health, spreading the word, making donations where appropriate... and holding them near and dear to my heart... that is my legacy.

So, if you can, do! Live your life in such a way that those who also lived honorably and with good intent are the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2012 9:41PM

    This "legacy" concept is an inspired way to sustain motivation and to battle that hopeless feeling we get when we want to help . . . but can't. Love it!

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ANDI571 10/17/2012 11:20PM

    Well said. I use you as an example often on my journey. I know you have left your legacy with me. emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 10/17/2012 11:09PM

    This is great. My toddler daughter passed away from complications from her special needs a little over two years ago. She would be four on October 27th. I am running a 5k that morning in her honor.

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KAYLA0041 10/17/2012 10:42PM

    as always very articulate and touching.

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COMPUCATHY 10/17/2012 10:01PM

    I so agree! When a friend's father passed away, he was very distraught. In praying for him, I realized I had a message for him...while he was grieving his father...he could not bring him back...but he could be a legacy. That really meant a lot to him. As I grieve for my mother, that is what I also strive to do...to live her legacy. It's what we CAN do...we can be the legacy for those who have come before us. Hope you are having a good October! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 10/17/2012 9:37PM

    Very nicely stated.

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DLDMIL 10/17/2012 11:53AM

    very motivational. Thank you for reminding us of what we can do for others.

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_LINDA 10/17/2012 11:44AM

    A woman I met at the bridge club very early in my time there has inspired my by her legacy. She had breast cancer and was given three months to live it was such a virulent strain. But she fought for ten years with everything she had to survive. In spite of the extensive surgeries, the treatments that sickened her, she always was upbeat and postive with a mile wide smile on her face. She used to provide me with support when I was going through my surgeries and pain. She was a special and amazing woman, and why I always support breast cancer research and make donations in honor of her name.
Yes, legacy was an excellent choice!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/17/2012 11:14AM

    I hadn't thought of it that way. Such a special legacy to do the things you are doing in honor of others.

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LESLIELENORE 10/17/2012 9:50AM

    emoticon Our legacy is what we create with our intentions and actions. Great blog!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2012 9:14AM

    What a touching blog. Sometimes we just don't realize how much of what we say and do really IS our legacy!

Prayers for your SIL. ALS is such a devastating disease. **SIGH**


HUGS

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DNRAE1 10/17/2012 7:37AM

    We are all legacies and I choose to try and make mine better, healthier, and more full of life and joy. Thank you, Barb. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 10/17/2012 7:30AM

    We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, and that is our legacy I think. May the traces always carry with them the love that never dies.

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NEW-CAZ 10/17/2012 7:08AM

    wonderful of you to do such things Barbara, truly insprirational.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/17/2012 7:01AM

    Beautiful! Well said. You are a living legacy! That is motivational. I will more consciously live aware of my legacy. Being a role model for my child and my grandkids is certainly one of my big motivators.

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Bonus blog: Eek!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A bat in the house! OMG! How did he get in here?

It started (my little adventure) with having the TV streaming (swear this is the truth) an episode of Quantum Leap. Remember? Dr. Sam Becket leaps into other lives? It must have been the Halloween special from some year or other, because he leapt into a vampire.

So, the episode has run out, I'm cooking breakfast, and the cat is meowing like crazy. Being me, I go to see what the Prisoner wants to draw my attention to. And this bat flutters out of the stairwell! Eeek!

I screamed and scuttled to the kitchen to get a flyswatter. I start to lay out strategies in my mind... how to herd the bat outside? I head down the stairs, where the cat is sitting, looking proud. The bat, wings spread, is on the floor at his feet.

Retreat and acquire garbage bag. I don't care to touch the thing. I try to decide how to shuffle it into the bag, and when I touch it with the fly swatter, it moves! Aaargh! It's alive! Or maybe not... I tell myself it could be like a chicken with head cut off. They are dead but their muscles still move.

I cover it with the garbage bag and swat at the bag with the fly swatter. OK, I'm not terribly rational at this point. Then I peek under. It has retracted its wings. Gingerly, I pick it up WITH the bag, and shuffle it into the bag, like I would a doggie turd. Out the door, into the garbage can, which is at the curb this morning, it being Tuesday.

If that bat wakes up when they come to collect the garbage, I sure hope the garbage men don't react the way I did. Might frighten the neighbors!

Anyway, the Prisoner has won my heart all over again. This is why we keep animals, right?

Have a great Spark Day!

  
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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 10/18/2012 11:14AM

    I used to always watch Quantum Leap with my mom when I was little. Loved that show! And what a fun Halloween surprise! Or maybe not. lol

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_LINDA 10/17/2012 2:38AM

    Score one for the cat! Personally, I find bats fascinating but would rather not have one in the house.. Hope no more find their way in.
I loved Quantum Leap, that stirred up some memories!

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KARIDIAN1 10/17/2012 12:21AM

    emoticon Much better than finding the dead chipmunk in the dryer like we did.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/16/2012 8:06PM

    Can't believe your the 2nd friend of mine with a bat in the house(My friend Charlotte too) Whats with the visitors?? How do they get in?
Her son picked it up with a Shop-Rite bag (alive) and a glove while his mom hid in the bedroom. From what I heard she screamed her head off too.
It must be the season!!
Keep the cat!
Have a good evening and thanjs for the smiles " )

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/16/2012 6:02PM

    FINALLY getting back to reading some blogs. First of all I have to apologize because I laughed so hard just picturing you in this situation. The reason I laughed so hard? I've been there/done that. In fact, we've had bats in our past two homes. Each time it happened I made Tom buy me a new house. LOL! We've been in this house for 20 years and so far, so good. So glad you were able to get it out of the house. Were you wearing gloves when you picked it up in the garbage bage? I just worried a bit when I read that because I was thinking it still could have bitten you through the garbage bag. Fortunately, that did not happen.

Just beware that where there's one, there's probably more. Hopefully they'll decide to stay in your attic and/or walls and not invade your personal space.

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MOBYCARP 10/16/2012 4:50PM

    Gotta love the cats! I hope the bat didn't have any ticks or fleas to pass on to the Prisoner.

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DALID414 10/16/2012 3:36PM

    How scary! I think I would have ran out and let Prisoner deal with getting it out! emoticon

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DFROMTX 10/16/2012 2:35PM

    emoticon for The Prisoner!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/16/2012 11:47AM

    Haha Barb....I LOVE Quantum Leap. Haven't seen an episode in years, but it was absolutely my favorite show when it was on regularly.

Regarding the bat....after my scream, I believe I would have fled barefoot out the back door and down the block. You are braver woman than I.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2012 11:37AM

    OMG! That would scare the bat guano out of me!!!

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LESLIELENORE 10/16/2012 9:25AM

    I had a Grackle find its way into my bedroom once. Totally freaked me out! I can sympathize, but I also like bats, so I feel a little sorry for the creature.

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DEBRITA01 10/16/2012 8:48AM

    What a way to start the day! You coped well with the challenge...I wouldn't be so calm and logical. You would hear me screaming from here :) emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2012 8:39AM

    Bats for me are a bit like leeches at the beach: totally irrational fear reaction. (Vestigial pterodactyl memories? No, historically impossible even at my age!)

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SYNCHRODAD 10/16/2012 8:27AM

    No bats, but many a bird. We just catch and release before our cats get them, hopefully. I feel sorry for the bat. It didn't want to be in your place. Just lookin' for another bug to eat. They are very helpful to us humans. Scary, certainly, and also very scared. I love our cats also, so I am not anti-cat by any means. Just pro-bat I guess.

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LAURIE5658 10/16/2012 8:26AM

    I would have liked to have been a mouse in the corner watching this little adventure. Oh wait, then you would have had a mouse to deal with. I don't think you could have taken two varmints in one day LOL.

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/16/2012 8:00AM

  Well, good now I'm not the only one. I've had TWO bats in my apartment. My cat reacted like it was a bird and watched it flying round in circles. The second one I trapped in the window. They were just harmless fruit bats. No Biggie. HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2012 7:46AM

    Eeeek, indeed! I've had a bird in the house and I've had a snake in the house but never a bat. Bless that dear cat. Hope the rest of your day is far less exciting!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:34AM

    Ewww, so freaky. You are lucky your cat got it. We had three before - they flew around the house in the middle of the night. Roxy and I stayed hidden under the covers while my hubby killed them with a tennis racket! He had to go around the outside of the house inch by inch and seal any little crevice he found - haven't had any since, thank God! I hope you don't get anymore!

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DEBRA0818 10/16/2012 7:25AM

    WOW, that will get your heart pumping! Good teamwork!

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The ABC's of motivation: key

Monday, October 15, 2012

My little Webster's defines key, in one sense as "3 something regarded as like a key in opening or closing a way, revealing or concealing, etc.; specif. a) a place so located as to give access to or control of a region [Vicksburg was the key to the lower Mississippi] b) a thing that explains or solves something else, as a book of answers, the explanations on a map, the code to a system of pronunciation, etc. "

I personally believe the key to motivation may be as individual as each of us as human beings are... and perhaps the feeling of finding a "kindred spirit" along the journey to health and wellness is at least in part finding others who have a similar key to unlocking our potential.

Here's to finding our keys, and unlocking that elusive motivation. Spark is a piece of that key, at least for me. Writing these blogs to boost my own motivation is another. Seeing the echo in the comments? Priceless. Spark on! emoticon

  
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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2012 11:35AM

    Yes! Motivation truely comes from within and the key is knowing ourselves inside and out; being brutally honest with ourselves; assessing ourselves and making our plans to move forward. Those are the keys. And the assessing continues as we make sure that our plan is working! If not . . . time to change yet again!

Fantastic blog, Barb!

HUGS

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LESLIELENORE 10/16/2012 9:28AM

    Spark is definitely an essential key for me. It helped start me on this journey, and has kept me going even when I want to quit.

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CONCHA77 10/16/2012 9:05AM

    Always looking for my keys, Barb. Literally. haha. Great Blog.

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2012 8:38AM

    . . . the key changes from juncture to juncture as we keep changing . . . and that keeps it challenging for sure.

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DEBRA0818 10/16/2012 7:28AM

    The key to my motivation comes from some mysterious place influenced by a wide variety of things I try to keep in place: tracking, regular exercise, prayer, blogging, reading success stories, results. If I let these things fall away, I find myself slipping away. So, here I am! Reading a success story!

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2012 6:56AM

    you keep me motivated Barb-----I'm still shaking here remembering our ""bat"" in the house--Did you let it out? emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/16/2012 6:31AM

    SP is a huge part of the key to my motivation, too emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/16/2012 2:59AM

    You're so right Barb, whenever I feel at a loss I turn to SP and my friends on here.


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_LINDA 10/16/2012 1:50AM

    Spark works for me too. The key to motivation for me is finding food and exercise I love to do so I will always want it. This leads up to keeping out of the wheelchair and maintaining both my weight and independence!

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DALID414 10/16/2012 12:00AM

    I have my key!

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The ABC's of motivation: juncture

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today's word is "juncture". The senses of the word I want to expand upon in my alphabet of motivation is from my little Webster's here. "3 a point of time 4 a particular or critical moment in the development of events; crisis 5 a state of affairs".

At this point in time (NOW), we each have the opportunity to make a particular and critical difference in the development of our lives. We may or may not feel a sense of crisis about the now, or the state of affairs we find ourselves in, but NOW (at this juncture) is the only time in which we make decisions and choices.

So the idea of applying a juncture to motivation? Is simply to use WHATEVER is my current state of affairs as fuel for my motivation to take care of my self and my health!

Every fresh moment, a new juncture... a new decision point. What shall I do in this moment? Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2012 8:36AM

    Be here now, indeed . . . since it's the only option, gotta maximize it!

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KAYLA0041 10/15/2012 9:23PM

    Your positive attitude is so infectious. Thank you for being you!

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CEHALLA 10/14/2012 11:13PM

    This really made me think. Each moment in our life holds infinite possibilities for us to take advantage of. I can choose to be a better person from one moment to the next if I just stop and take a minute to look at what I'm doing.

I live too much on auto-pilot and let the minutes just pass me by. This is the time to change!

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_LINDA 10/14/2012 11:00PM

    Another great choice! Every day is certainly a juncture and its only you that can choose the path you want to take -today I overate on the treats. I just can't resist that incredible Farmer's Market Flapper pie and super sized chewy ginger molasses cookie :P But I also did 2 and a half hours of tough hiking so not all sloth..

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DEBRA0818 10/14/2012 9:40PM

    CS Lewis said that each choice we make is taking us a little closer to heaven or a little closer to hell. We get to decide. Which is scary sometimes.

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KARIDIAN1 10/14/2012 8:27PM

    Good word choice. emoticon

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DALID414 10/14/2012 2:51PM

    Love the J!

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NEW-CAZ 10/14/2012 2:45PM

    emoticon Barb another hit blog emoticon

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 10/14/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog! You're always so insightfull

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DNRAE1 10/14/2012 1:42PM

    Joining SP was a juncture in my life where I made a decision and continue to make those decisions and choices daily! New junctures daily! Thank you, Barb, for another thought-provoking blog! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/14/2012 1:09PM

    Hey, you did okay with J!! Very good. We can use NOW for motivation. It really is the only time we have, isn't it? -Marsha

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LAURIE5658 10/14/2012 12:47PM

    What timeing for this blog. I hit a weight that I did not like on the scale this morning. I am at a juncture and hitting the reset button. The time is now.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2012 12:47PM

    What a profound blog, Barb! You're exactly right. Sometimes we don't realize how the NOW ahd HERE affects our futures! For the positive or negative, so it is really so important to thoughtfully decided what we are going to do for NOW!

Fabulous blog.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/14/2012 12:42PM

    I do believe this is "YOUR" purpose!! You make us all think!! AND in a very positve way!

Thanks Barb : )

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LESLIELENORE 10/14/2012 12:21PM

    Now is difficult to deal with at times, but you are correct that NOW is when decisions must be made. Interesting blog!

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