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SPARKS on Monday

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Monday is here – again – isn’t that great?   A new week………a Monday for us to use as a springboard to the rest of our week.   A chance to maybe read something that pumps up the volume and gives us something to focus on the rest of the week and who knows – maybe always and forever?    SPARKS is the idea of our host Annie from McGuffy’s Reader – she felt there just wasn’t quite enough light to go around in this world and that if we shared some ideas/thoughts/inspirational quotes maybe it would hit someone’s heart and mind “just right” that it would light up some dark corners for them and everyone else!     Want to join in?  Please do – just click on the graphic above and go to Annie’s blog – fill out the LINKY form and join us.    Inspire………….!

My SPARK today says it all.    I won’t even add to it as I usually do with my own thoughts because Hemingway said it best…………it needs no further explanation.

Make today the start of a GOOD week……….. 

Love, Pam

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SPARKS On Monday

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Happy Monday!   Time for those of us who are happily enjoying this wonderful Blog Hop started by our friend Annie of McGuffy’s Reader to share a little inspiration with others who like starting their week off with the spark of power.    Annie believes that the world needs more positivity and this is a wonderful way of “releasing” some of that when we share thoughts on Mondays – maybe we’ll think about something we read in another Sparks post that will “stick” with us all week, all month or maybe forever.   Want to join in and share a spark of your own?   Just click Annie’s badge above – fill out the LINKY tool and join the “movement”.

I have passed my 70th year on this earth in this life and while aging has never really bothered me – I know a lot of people who find it very difficult to have yet another birthday.   When they think about aging or even just look in the mirror, they focus on what was instead of what might lie ahead.    I grew up with an age-obsessed mother so perhaps that’s where I got my “grateful for every day no matter how many of them I have” attitude???

I saw this quote and thought – YES!!!!   Maybe you’ll feel that way too.

I don’t really think this quote needs an explanation……………but I must say that I am so happy that I know people who are so BEAUTIFUL in this way………..they inspire me.

Love, Pam (and Teddy too)

SPARKS on Monday

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Happy Monday!    Time to spread a little positivity, inspiration, light and a SPARK to start our week.    This is a super blog hop started by Annie at McGuffy’s Reader……Annie’s idea was that beginning each day (or week) with a spark might just spread that power around and bring light into the dark corners we all have lurking around us.  Our world can be a difficult place to maneuver through but together – and with some “light” – we can do it!    Thanks Annie for allowing all of us to contribute a thought that may strike a chord with someone else.    Want to join in?   Please do – just click on Annie’s badge above and add your link so we can visit you.

My Spark today is all about kindness.   Kindness is probably something many of us really don’t think that much about – either we experience it (giving or receiving) or not.    But have you ever thought about the POWER kindness has?  Not just to those who GIVE it but also those who RECEIVE it?

I always get a lot of joy out of seeing people’s reaction when I do what – for me – is natural.   Being appreciative of someone else’s kindness to me or for someone else……or even recognizing something that is really a “day to day” thing.   An example is thanking the person who rings up your grocery tab and bags your groceries for you.    They are doing what they’re paid to do but do you thank them for it?   I always do but this Sunday when I was at the grocery I observed someone ahead of me being rude to the checker – grabbed something out of the checker’s hand as she was scanning it to price it and saying “you’re so slow and I’m in a hurry”.    The checker was taken aback but apologized to this rude person anyway.    When it was my turn I didn’t make reference to what I observed but I did my usual thing of THANKING them when I was ready to push my cart out to go to the car.   She got a HUGE smile on her face and said “thank you for thanking me – you made my day” – it made me feel like my kindness MIGHT have made up for the rudeness of the lady in front of me.     It’s a simple thing to be kind – it comes from your heart and is received INSTANTLY by someone else.

Once, not long ago, I was at that same grocery and there was a VERY pregnant checker who really just looked tired and uncomfortable as she processed someone’s groceries……..I had picked up a bouquet of flowers to take home and they were in my cart…..when it was MY turn to be checked out, and after she’d scanned the bouquet I pulled a bright yellow mum from the bouquet and handed it to the checker.   I told her to have a nice day and the smile she gave me lit up the entire grocery store!

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT……………..Be kinder than necessary – you will absolutely LOVE the result.

Love, Pam

SPARKS on Monday

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It’s Monday – yet again!    Another week begins and it’s time to share another bit of HOPEFUL inspiration with a SPARK.    This is a wonderful Blog Hop started by our friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader…..our chance to join in her idea that if we put a little “light” out there to start our week, we can all stand in that light together and let the power of our shared inspiration carry us through another week.    Thanks so much Annie for giving us a place to share our thoughts and beliefs relative to getting through our lives with power and purpose.    If you would like to join us with a bit of LIGHT of your own today please do – and add your link to the Hop by clicking on Annie’s badge above and filling out the LINKY tool – then we can enjoy your thoughts as well………..

My SPARK today is pretty darn simple!

You’ve heard the expression “living up to expectations”…………well I think you can also “live DOWN to your expectations”………if you decide life stinks, you’re not happy with it, you will never get anywhere – you probably won’t and you probably will not be as happy as you could be.    If you believe that around every corner there’s an opportunity – there’s a chance to begin again – or a chance to be better and happier you WILL GET THERE.

So THINK about HOW YOU THINK!    THINK about WHAT YOU THINK………keep your eyes up and look ahead and not behind you………..and BELIEVE that things are worth achieving.

Happy Monday!

Hugs, Pam

Sparks on Monday

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Sparks on Monday!

 

SPARKS is the idea of my good friend Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.   She thinks it’s important for us to share something uplifting to start our week and we think so too.   We are happy to be part of this positive Blog Hop and hope you will join in – just click her badge above and enter your blog link and share your SPARK!!!

It’s Monday again……..already………another week gone but another week ahead.    Time is like that – disappears then reappears and gives us HOPE.    Speaking of HOPE, that’s the subject of my SPARK today.   Something I keep in my heart as much as possible and it seems as time moves on I try to have MORE and MORE of it “standing by” in my arsenal of weapons to get through life one day at a time.   HOPE is also a big part of my mantra of positivity.    You can’t lose hope and be positive.   At least I can’t!

Another Maya Angelou quote that speaks to me.    I have room in my life for MANY things and always have in my 70 years here…….but given a choice between Hope and Fear and allowing one of them to RESIDE in my day to day living, I’ll choose hope every time.    Fearing sort of says “I’m beat and nothing can help”…….Hope says “I may be facing something scary but I have hope and I will win”………much more powerful.

My “heavy thoughts” for this Monday!      I am choosing to be HOPEFUL today – how about you??

Hugs, Pam

 

SPARKS on Monday

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Here we go – starting another week in our lives……………and what better way to do that than with a bit of inspiration?    SPARKS Blog Hop is the idea of Annie at McGuffy’s Reader – we gather together to share some LIGHT to start our week.    A bit of inspiration that may not just speak to our inner core but radiate OUT into the world which sometimes seems like a place WITHOUT inspiration.     Thanks Annie for giving us a place to share our thoughts.    Would you like to join us?    Good!   Just click on the graphic above and fill in the LINKY form and share!

I think my SPARK this week is perhaps a rather simple thought – and it’s an EASY one to say but not so easy to LIVE IT sometimes.    I am not by nature a worrier but my husband is.    He worries about everything and that’s how he has always been.   I believe things happen for a reason and that there’s no sense in worrying about anything – it just IS and we learn from the bad and good in our lives.    I have concern FOR others who worry……..but not for myself.    I will keep both feet in the light for as long as I’m here and be AT PEACE.

 

I hope you have a Worry-free week……………….just remember you have the power to focus wherever you want to!

Love, Pam

SPARKS for Monday

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Happy Monday!    Ready to start out the week with HOPE?    So am I……………without hope – well – we just trudge along in what sometimes feels like a rut!     That’s what’s great about SPARKS on Mondays – I think we can share some powerful thoughts with each other to help give us a push to keep going with an open heart.    SPARKS is the idea of our good friend Ann at McGuffy’s Reader.   She felt that those of us who want to share a little “light” and a little “inspiration” with each other to perhaps brighten the corners of our OWN lives or of others SHOULD share.    A thought, a graphic, a photo, a quote – anything that might strike a cord in the heart of someone else.    If you’d like to join us – please do – click on Annie’s SPARKS badge above, fill out the linky form and join in the LIGHT of Mondays.

My quote today is all about HOPE.   It’s a VERY simple quote from an unknown person/source, but it says it all.   Having HOPE can be very powerful and propel us through all kinds of dark times into the light.    Without HOPE, the downward spiral can take us to dark places but with HOPE we can soar……………..higher than high.

It can be an exciting thought – keeping hope in your heart means you believe that all things are possible………………..and they are!    Have a HOPE-filled week.   I know I will !

Love, Pam

SPARKS on Monday

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Monday is back again…………!    Time to start another week with a dose of light – some focus maybe………letting us see that there is a whole NEW week ahead and it’s our choice to spend it in the light or not.    SPARKS is hosted by my good friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader……….her idea was that within each of us is the ability to be engaged in our OWN life – we aren’t just blobs waiting to be pushed and pulled along – we have our own power within.    Sharing a quote or a photo or an idea every week helps!     She’s right……….this blog hop is a great way to start our week.    Thanks Annie for hosting this Hop.   If you want to join in just click on the graphic above and join in spreading some light with us all.

My quote this Monday is a little different from most of the ones I’ve posted on previous Mondays.     But it still is totally ME and it still may “register” with you!

I guess all of us – if we’re honest – can say that our lives weren’t exactly what we thought they would be back when we used to read fairy tale stories that always had happy endings.   But you have to admit that if you’re looking back and recognize all those bumps in the road of your life, the bumps just MIGHT have made you stronger as a person.    You may not have figured you’d be HERE when you had dreams of your future but know what?   THIS IS WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.    It is your life path.    So what we have to do is make it OURS.  Own it.   All the good, bad and ugly of it.    We are stronger because of it.    Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way but that’s because we’re choosing to see the negative side of it.

Anyway, that’s what I think………….and I really do believe that I am now, where I was MEANT to be…………….

Thanks again Annie for a chance to stand up on my “life soapbox” for a little bit on a Monday……….now I’m going to make today and the rest of this week MINE !!   Happy Monday everybody.

Love, Pam

SPARKS on Monday

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Time for SPARKS on a Monday – a blog hop Annie of McGuffy’s Reader is hosting that has a goal of starting our week off with some inspiration – lighting up the corners of dark days – giving power to the positive things around us…….by sharing an inspirational quote, thought, photo and putting it “out there” for everyone to think about too!    Thank you Annie for giving us all a forum for sharing some inspiration.    Want to join us?  Click on Annie’s badge above and sign up on the Linky form……….

It’s interesting but when I was looking for something that would be a good SPARK today, I found a quote by a former President that REALLY, TRULY, is “me”………..those who know me know I am always touting “POSITIVITY”……..looking at the positive side of anything rather than the negative side.    Apparently our former President Abraham Lincoln was a fan of positivity too.    Since today is President’s Day in the US, I just knew it was the right one for me to share today…………….

That’s positivity alright…………as far back as I can remember I have believed that so many things are effected by our outlook – are we looking for something to complain about or are we thinking of ways to make that thing better?    Are we complaining because it’s raining outside or are we remembering that the rain helps keep our world green and beautiful?    Seems simple but I have to admit that I know a lot of people who DWELL in the negative.   Not me.    Count me on Abe’s side!

Happy Positive Monday!

Love Pam

SPARK on Monday

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A Monday Spark……

Time for a bit of SPARKLE – it’s Monday – but it’s also the last Monday we will have before Valentine’s Day so we are sharing a thought in honor of that occasion…………!   This is a GREAT Blog Hop hosted by our good friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader.    She thinks (and we agree!) that the world can sometimes be a little “short” on inspiration in a positive direction.    Lifting the spirit, directing us to move forward within our own inner power, adding some light to dark corners.   She’s right – it works and that’s why we encourage YOU to join the Hop – just click Annie’s blog badge above and link up.   You’ll be GLAD you did.

Here’s our thought for Valentine’s Day…………………

 

We hope you are enjoying the RIDE……………even if LOVE has left us too soon – the experience of LOVE is a forever thing……………..always and forever in the heart.    Enjoy every single minute of it and relive it when you need a WARM HUG.

Hugs, Pam