Monday again? Yep – seems impossible that a week has gone by but it has. In MY case, two weeks has gone by as I didn’t post a SPARK last Monday. I think you all know by now that the creator of SPARKS, Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is no longer blogging – we hope she will return one day when she’s ready. Meanwhile we’re carrying on sharing inspiration every Monday – something that inspires us and hopefully inspires YOU.
I love looking for the “perfect” quote to share on Mondays……………..I’ll show you my SPARK for today then explain it just a bit!
This is one of those “easy to say but not so easy to do” kinds of thoughts maybe but if you really TRULY think about it, isn’t this the “embodiment” of being positive? Being grateful for our blessings allows us to be positive and keep open to MORE positivity in our lives. I have so much to be grateful for. I’ve had a rather spotty health history as many of us have. Cancer is no stranger to me. Dating back to the mid 80s……..in various forms but most recently those days of sun worshipping BEFORE sunscreen are taking a toll. From melanoma AND recurrent melanoma, to basal cell and squamous cell…….and I really am staying on top of things with regular checks. Still I’m about to have my second surgery in the short space of two weeks and I find my “well of positivity” sometimes to be a little low. When I feel that sneaking up on me I remember how GRATEFUL I am to be here. To have been SUCCESSFUL in beating this so far through so many years and to have friends and family who have listened to my occasional whining, AND I’ve also been honored to hopefully have supported some dear friends of mine who are fighting their OWN battle with cancer now. It’s a MEAN disease but it can’t take away our ability to stay positive. AND grateful!
Hope you have a GRATEFUL Monday. The blessings we all have are out there – recognize them when you see them, enjoy the feeling of having them………and hold them close to your heart.
P.S. While my health journey has been for the most part about cancer, YOURS may be something else and I don’t mean to diminish your situation by only talking about cancer. There are so many things that can go wrong with our super complicated bodies – some we inherit and some we earn all on our own! But whatever YOUR battle may be, may you face it with faith, hope and SUCCESS…………..
Monday! Again! Yep – it shows up regularly and we use it a lot as a “springboard” for launching the rest of our week. So Monday is kind of important…….a fresh start maybe. SPARKS Blog Hop is the idea of my friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader. Her idea is to share an inspirational thought, photo, quote – something that might bring more LIGHT into this sometimes dark world of ours – so the Hop is our way of adding our feelings and sharing them. Want to join us? Please do – click her badge above and add your link. We’ll stop by and see what SPARK you have for this Monday!
My SPARK this week is EVER so simple……………..it’s about LOVE. Love is NOT complicated – or at least it doesn’t HAVE to be. We can make it complicated or let it just be what it is – pure and simple and so very CLEAR if we just let it be what it is. So without a lot of other flowery words, here is my message and my SPARK:
Delicate yes but also STRONG and CLEAR……………..
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………..
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.
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.
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!
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 !
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.
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!
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……