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#139: No More Pity Parties

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I'm normally a positive person. I look on the bright side of things and believe in a higher power that gives solace and guidance to our lives. But yesterday I was down. So much so that I used valuable blog space to vent my frustration with the government.

In response I received several comments and even more Spark mails that told of situations so much worse than the one I documented. For those people I felt a great compassion and kinship. I knew what they had and are enduring.

That empathy is what helped turn my attitude around. That and what Zig Ziglar calls a "check-up from the neck up."

Your encouraging words lifted me out of my pit of self-despair back into enjoying the beautiful day we had here in Central FL -- mild temperatures and a refreshing breeze. It's a wonderful day we have been given and I have been rejoicing in it. Isn't it amazing what a change in thinking, a change of perspective can make?

To all of the Spark people who shared their stories and their inspiring and kind words of support, I thank you.

I have tried for the past several months to help motivate and encourage you, not knowing that one day I would need the effort returned.

It's a glorious day, one to say goodbye to pity parties. No, the life circumstances haven't changed, but my thinking has. I had a lapse of faith that has shown me that it is truly better to be upbeat and positive than not.

I hope all of you have a blessed week.

Many thanks.
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  • MOGAL1946
    We all have "off" days and need to share with others our feelings! That's what is super great about Sparkpeople and all the caring people here! So glad you made it through that day and are back with us sharing your positive & cheerful attitude.
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon back my Positive Friend!

    Have a emoticon Monday!

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  • no profile photo CD5594611
    Stay strong
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  • LENNY48
    Hey, I missed the rant I have to go back through your blogs. If it is how much you hate this government, you did mention that Goliath, I am right with you. The only solace I find is so many people have woken up now. Just think, if Obama had not been voted in with his thuggery, we would maybe still be sleeping. I think of David and Golaith. What were the odds? God can do and will do all things who look to him. So, we need to keep our eyes on him and He will turn the tide!
    4123 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    We all need to vent. You are one of the most positive and loving people I know and I am thankful to know you. It is nice that you feel comfortable enough with us to vent to us so that we can start praying for you!
    4123 days ago
  • MARYSUPPORTS
    We all have to vent sometimes just to stay healthy.
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  • KRISHARPER
    Glad you found your postive attitude - The Evil One can find so many sneaky ways to get to us. Lean on the Lord - All things are possible with Christ!
    4123 days ago
  • VICIOUS421
    We all need to vent sometimes! Glad you are feeling better about the situation!
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  • MALEXANDER4
    emoticon god bless, sometimes it is nice to know we are all human. only the lord is perfect, we can only hope to be as wonderful as he.
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  • YATMAMA
    That's what friends do for each other.
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  • LINDA25427
    emoticon We are here for each other . Glad you had a good day and hope you have a good week . God bless.
    4123 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Lou, we are a family; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. When a member of our family is hurting, we do what we can to encourage and help. When someone is happy and blessed, we rejoice with them. You have always been the one to encourage everyone, and I am glad that you turned to us when you needed some encouragement, too. That is the way it is supposed to be! And, as is typical of you, you have found a way to take a situation that was less than desirable, and found a way to turn it around. God knows your need, my friend. He sees and knows your heart, and He will take care of you. Our God is a faithful and awesome God! In the meantime, know you are surrounded by prayer, and people who truly care about you!

    God bless you;
    Leah
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  • SPARKLOVE
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  • FERGSGIRL2
    Glad you are feeling better today! sometimes life is just tough, but we have to look for the blessings, and your blog sounds like you did that! Have a great week
    4123 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    Glad you are back feeling okay again!
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    Comment edited on: 11/15/2009 6:52:33 PM
  • GLORYB83
    Changing our thinking about any situation always seems to help, or so I've found. Glad you're having such nice weather, we are gloomy and cold today here! But I still feel good!

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  • HANNAH03253
    I think sometimes you just need to take the time to feel for yourself. Sure, there are worse situations and you need to take yourself in hand. But sometimes you need to feel it before you can come out of whatever made you react like that in the mean time. Anyway, it's a noble goal and I wish you the best of luck with it!
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