Monday is here again………………..and it’s time to SHARE A SPARK. What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do? Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on. Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind. Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you? It might just start a spark in us too.
I must have looked through hundreds of “SPARK” possibilities for today but when I saw this one for the fourth or fifth time everywhere I looked, I realized it was meant for me to choose it to share on SPARK Monday. The more I read it over and over the more I realized it was IMPORTANT. So I’m sharing!!
These are strange times for everyone – isolating, changing life patterns even if temporarily, living with just a little bit of “niggling fear” that you might get sick……………but remembering that throughout time there have been good times followed by bad and bad times followed by good times which REALLY makes you realize life is a series of UPS and DOWNS……….LIGHTS and DARKS. We will get our light back – I really do believe that!!
As usual Teddy asked that I remind his Teaser class that they are expected to be in class no matter what tomorrow. He said they will have desks a suitable and safe distance from each other and there will be ample supplies of hand and paw sanitizer available. Class will begin at a SECRET time so watch your inbox!
Monday means sharing a SPARK with each other. Something that SPARKS the imagination, SPARKS a feeling, SPARKS a memory, SPARKS creativity – gets you going for the beginning of the week. What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do? Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on. Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind. Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you? It might just start a spark in us too.
My SPARK image today is just a little different – it’s not really meant to inspire you (or me) so much as to share a thought about something many of us think is an irritation – a rainy day – or a series of them……..rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Remember that? Well, I happen to be one of those people who actually LOVES a rainy day. Not necessarily a WEEK of rain or several days in a row without ANY sign of the sun though! This image and quote really just says it perfectly about how I feel about these WET days………
I think this kind of sums up the thing many people say about rainy days – that they are COZY………….do they mean “like a blanket” ?? For me that’s just what it’s like………………….Mr. Coupland just said it for me in his quote!
Enjoy your Monday and your week and should you have rain – just think of it as a nice warm blanket or sweater…..or a HUG!
Monday again? Yes it sure is. Time flies………….and so do SPARKS sometimes. SPARKS was started by a friend and blogger who is no longer blogging – Annie of McGuffy’s Reader. We hope Annie returns one day when she’s able and ready but until then, because so many of us enjoyed sharing some inspiration on Mondays, we are still posting our SPARKS.
This one is about many things – maybe you will interpret it in a way other than what it said to me – which is about choice, about relationships, choosing friends, choosing your battles in life – MANY things can be read into this one. So I hope it brings SOMETHING to you!
See what I mean? There are some great “messages” in this little rhyme. Think about it!
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.
Here comes another Monday! Another chance to start a FRESH week of with a little spark or two or three to light up the REST of the week with inspirational thoughts…………SPARKS is a Blog Hop hosted by Annie at McGuffy’s Reader and her goal was to share a little positivity and “power” among those who participate. It’s like “spreading the wealth” – we share a photo or a thought or a quote or whatever “speaks to us” – because it just might “speak” to others as well. If you would like to join us – please do – just click Annie’s graphic above – it will take you to her blog where you can LINK up and share……………
I found this quote this morning and realized how much is SAID in few words…………..maybe you will see what I mean and why it captured my imagination. I’ve always thought waiting for life to come to us was a waste of time – it was much better to take the bull by the horns and GO FOR IT. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Not always easy perhaps but that sense of accomplishment when not having to be PUSHED to try something is quite a “rush” !!
Happy Swimming my friends……