SPARK on Monday

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Monday!  Time for an inspirational thought – a little something to get us through another week.  Everyone is invited to participate by posting their OWN thoughts on their blogs – SPARKS inspire all of us!   “SPARKS” was started by Annie McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader but ended when her blog was hacked some time ago.  It was meant to be a way to start out each week with with a meaningful thought – something that spoke to each of us and hopefully everyone else who read it.    Sometimes we need a little “spark” in our lives and these posts were meant to at least be a PART of that effort.   Please feel free to post a SPARK of your own on your blog and let everyone know you have…….we get energy from each other that way!

My SPARK today comes after a weekend of thinking about the newly changed “guidelines” for dealing with the pandemic.    A lot of people are even more unsure NOW than they were before this big announcement coming about mask wearing.     First of all let me say my husband and I will do what WE think is right for US regardless of guidelines but never going AGAINST sensibility and safety.    We have to feel RIGHT and SAFE period.    I saw this quote and figured it was the perfect time to share it!!

We aren’t going to “live in isolation” which is sort of how it’s been for almost a year now.    We want to do more, see more, feel more, visit more……..and we will.    We don’t want to do NOTHING because we fear being out there in the world again – we have done minimal movement – grocery store, doctor appointments and that’s about it.    It was partially because of fear I’ll admit.   Now we feel like we should LIVE our lives again.    Living like you think something COULD happen might just be a waste of worry.    Something may NEVER happen……the years are passing and we (hubby and I) are not getting younger.    We want to do things, see things, but SAFELY.     So it will be a balancing act and I think that’s what everyone should do…………………..WHATEVER FEELS RIGHT FOR YOU but DON’T STAY FROZEN IN TIME either!!!

Just my thoughts of course…………as always.      Have a good week!

Hugs, Pam

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  1. You are so right about all of this and we have been living exactly as you and your husband have been for over a year. And yes we will branch out now and try to follow our own guidelines without inhibiting are exploration of the New World, which includes wearing a mask when we feel necessary and avoiding crowds of those who are not wearing! And there are many especially in our little tourist town. Thank you for the wonderful jolt and we shall be inspired by your words.

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    • Oh I’m happy my SPARK didn’t come across as “preachy”…..I just wanted to share our thoughts on the new guidelines and how we will be now and into the foreseeable future about taking care of ourselves. I’m glad you are taking care too. Onward!!!! 🙂 ❤

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  2. very wise… it happens anyway and we are those who try to make the best of things what happen…. we are no ostrichs who put their heads in the sand and think it will not come to us ;O)))

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  3. I agree. I will wear a mask inside and continue to social distance until I feel it is safe not to. We have been in isolation for so long that when I booked our mini cruises for later in the summer I felt really apprehensive about it. We have merely existed for so long that now it is time to start to live again as long as we do it safely.

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    • Well said and yes we feel exactly the same way and will do that for the foreseeable future. I think if we just THINK before doing for a while relative to masks, etc. we will be MUCH BETTER OFF than those who throw their masks away now. We haven’t come this far and been so careful only to take a giant step backward!! HUGS…….

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  4. “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
    This quote has been a driving force for me during the past year, especially as I am completely alone. I do know, that like the hibernating bear it is time to venture from the cave. Yet some hesitation lingers. With each new day, small measures of acceptance return.

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    • You said it well…and that quote is apt. I think it’s a hard thing to accept at a certain age though when we see that life has not dealt us the things we WANTED necessarily but it’s a reminder that WE aren’t always “in charge” of what happens to us. I think this last year REALLY brought that home to many of us. I think for us (and you probably) it’s all about taking baby steps. At a certain stage in our lives we want to preserve the time we have left and not roll the dice unnecessarily. ONWARD – with caution!! LOL 🙂 ❤

      Hugs, Pam

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  5. I have pretty much just made necessary trips to the grocery, doctor, and so on. Recently I did go to a department store and I always have gone to the park or street for fast walking. I was wearing a mask inside but never outside. It is known that sunlight does kill the virus.

    The trip I want to take is by car, and I-26 is torn up for construction and the rest areas are closed. They have been for 2 years, and will continue to be so until 2024. I think NC also has closed rest areas. Not anxious to ‘hold it’ so to speak for 5 hours+ delays on the road. 😦

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    • Oh yeah…..we actually can’t make road trips much anymore because it’s just tough PERIOD to be sitting in a car for 5 hours. I will visit my sister – she’s 2 hours away – but that’s the extent of my “trips”. Other trips we do will be on an airplane. We’re going to Maine in October and will wear masks in the airport and on the plane. It’s a weird time right now. I think we all have to find our “comfort zone” and it may be different for everyone! I think our rest areas are open in Virginia – at least the one or two I’ve seen have been – maybe on MAJOR roads like I-95 or I-80 they are closed – I don’t know because I’ve not been on those roads in a year now!

      Hugs, Pam

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      • Bruce comes in from Charlotte several times a year (and calls Katie a Pot Roast) and he keeps me up on rest area closings. It’s easy. All of them. TN has theirs at the NC-TN border open and then, that’s it until Charlotte. Oh man. Far as it is to now, I-40’s is closed.I-26 def is closed. I’d have to get off the Interstate and search for a place kind enough to allow me to use their restroom. Not everyone does.

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  6. I am with you and your Spark is perfect. I will continue to wear my mask when I feel the situation warrants it. It’s going to be some time before I feel safe in retail stores without a mask even though I am super over wearing masks. I have had a cough since I started wearing masks a year ago and since I have stopped wearing it when with vaccinated people and in all outdoor situations that are not shoulder to shoulder it is almost gone. I will be watching the numbers as people begin to go without masks and time will tell. We were out and about yesterday and even though most of the stores we go to still had signs that masks were required people were mostly without masks. It’s going to interesting!
    SSNS has had it with masks but still continues to wear one in Publix where we food shop… it is always busy and it has a festive gathering place kind of feel.
    Good Morning!

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    • GOOD MORNING FLORIDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I knew you’d probably TOTALLY “feel” the SPARK this morning. Makes no sense to me to do something out of my comfort zone even if someone says “go ahead you can do it”. Not me. I like my comfort zone and will keep it wrapped around me like a taco shell until I feel I can be comfortable enough to dip my toes into the salsa pool of maskless life (OMG did I actually say that???? Tacos? Salsa??? Toes???). HAHAHA You know what I mean. David has a horrid time with masks – his nose constantly drips – I just can’t seem to figure out how to NOT have my glasses get foggy so we’re not sticking with masks because we LOVE THEM, it’s because we think they protect us. THE END. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      love ya! Pam

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  7. Good advice. I’ve been at home for so long that it will take some time to get used to going to stores again and being around people when this is all over.

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  8. Great Spark. Mom got out of her comfort zone by attending in-person Church a few times. She still won’t go into a super Walmart but does go to our little beachside one (although not on weekends when it’s crowded).

    The Florida Furkids

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  9. Amen PAM… we have been in limbo for 15 months. Now we need to gradually try to carry on.
    Wegman’s today said those fully vaccinated did not need a mask; however, their employees would be wearing masks and those not fully vaccinated must mask up…who is checkin?
    Anyway we kept ours on. I might see how things go w/o mask mandate for a few weeks before I debut my smile again.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    • David and I feel like we know when we should and when we needn’t bother to wear our masks. They will be with us ALWAYS but if we’re in a park with not a soul around – off they come and we’ll breathe in the fresh UNFILTERED air……in a store (or eventually a restaurant although that hasn’t happened yet!) we will wear our masks if we feel we should. We go to the grocery and big box stores early mornings when there’s just a couple other humans there. We can easily avoid people – at checkout the masks go on. But we frequently just have them on all the time. We’re so used to it – you begin to feel NAKED (eek) without them!!!!!

      Hugs, Pam

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  10. This is a great spark. In our county you just have to wear masks but; the surrounding counties do not. Except like I think Dr offices and such in those areas. I still don’t go everywhere I used to even though I have been vaccinated. Guess I am just used to living this way now. Enjoy your day. 72 and sunny so far. Rain all week after today.

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    • As long as we listen to our hearts and heads and do what feels right FOR US, that’s all we need to do. Others may do something different but this is one time we shouldn’t “follow the pack”. Do what makes you feel safe. That’s what matters!!!

      Hugs, Pam

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  11. Miss Pam you ‘hit THE nail’ on THE head~~LadyMew sayss shee feelss frozen inn time~~ trubbell iss wee are inn seereuss 3rd lockdown to June 2nd an LadyMew can only go shoppin fore essentialss. Efurrything else iss closed…
    Yore SPARK iss thott purrvokin fore sure. LadyMew tiess to not wurry~~howefurr shee can not get vaccine so shee iss stuck….purrhapss still a bit ‘frozen’ butt doin what shee needss to bee safe 😉
    **purrss** an ~~head rubss~~BellaDharma~~

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    • Just stay safe…….it’s the very best thing all of us can do. It’s hard dealing with things that we’ve not faced before but we can do ANYTHING. We’ve all proven that in our lives and we must just keep doing that………..this really and truly isn’t FOREVER.

      Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

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  12. I love your Spark and I am adding it to my affirmation wall. I now live One Day at a Time. Not only is it a recovery mantra, but it gives me the opportunity to access what is the right thing right now for ME! It makes tough things more manageable. Now I don’t waste energy worrying about things that may or may not happen, I focus only on the problems I have to deal with today. Tomorrow’s issues can be handled tomorrow—they are not going anywhere. Even the biggest life challenges feel more manageable when I tackle them one day at a time. It is something that I learned after David has his accident and it has been perfect for me going through the Covid reality. “Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen” sums it up perfectly. Thank you! Barb

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    • We learn from adversity – most of us have learned that by this time in our lives (mostly!) and some of those lessons are TOUGHER than others but if we come out feeling better about ourselves and our world then so be it. We are tougher than we think – but these times are scary AND tough – whatever feels RIGHT and wherever our comfort zone is if we address that for OURSELVES with others in mind, then that’s what we should do. I agree about worrying about things that might not happen – it’s a waste of energy. One day at a time has never meant so much to so many!

      Love, Pam

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  13. you are one wise woman Pam! Purrfect advice! I am always going to carry a mask with me……I put mine on today when I went to the gas station and pet store and both places are still requiring them. I actually feel better now when I wear a mask…..crazy, I know!

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    • Not crazy – I think that our brains understand all of this and some people just haven’t caught up to what their brains know to be true – caution is best – feeling comfortable with what we are doing is best……but nothing is more important than that. CARRY ON CAREN! LOL

      Love, Pam

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  14. Well, we’re starting to get back to normal…but honestly, I don’t think it will be the normal we used to know. It’s going to be a new normal…kinda like what we had before but with a little more cautiousness. Nothing wrong with that. ~Island Cat Mom

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    • Absolutely and totally how we feel…………new normal………and if being more careful is part of the new normal then YAY – we only have this life – we need to be sure we stay as safe as we can!

      Hugs, Pam

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  15. That is such a great attitude to have. Live life to the fullest you can all the while maintaining good safety protocol. That’s what the peeps here are doing too.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  16. I agree with your philosophy, Miss Pam!

    If we sit at home shaking in our boots, the enemy will win…its evil has done its job…breaking up our daily doings and so on. No More. We…well a lot of us are fully vaccinated and we need to get out of this sort of jail.

    I do wear a mask when I go to places other than the store or my work…such as Church, simply because of the fact that I work in a place where it IS possible to more easily acquire/pass on this evil virus, and I don’t want to endanger others.

    Us ladies were going to have an outing to a touristy area, but it had to be cancelled…but not due to anything related to covid, else I would have gone on my own!

    Thanks for a great spark!

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    • I sure was thinking a lot about this whole thing (obviously) this weekend and when that SPARK popped up I thought – THAT’S IT! We need to move on but at our OWN pace – not someone else’s!!!

      Hugs, Pam

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  17. Mom is struggling our way out of quarantine. She tries to do a few more normal things each week. It’s tough…She’s still not shopping, but she walked inside a store to return something. That doesn’t sound as huge as it was, but it was!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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