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#150: The Story of Our Lives

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Today's SP Healthy Reflections asked, "If you were to write the book of your life, would you want to read it?"

My first reaction was to think that too many people lead lives of quiet desperation, as someone once so aptly suggested, and that their stories would not make the best-seller list. But that's okay. Most of us are simply trying to get through our days, pay our bills, raise a family and perhaps offer something back to society. And that doesn't make for interesting reading.

But what does make good reading are the multitude of stories of people who have overcome difficulties and handicaps, who have risen from poverty, who have accepted challenges head on, who have succeeded as a person, a parent and as a contributing member of their community and, on SparkPeople, who have lost a substantial amount of weight and gained better health.

These are the people who have important stories to tell. On this site many do so on their profile pages and in their blogs. These are the people whom we should respect and admire and look up to and whose stories we should read and comment on.

For they are the achievers, the overcomers, the people whose paths are those many of us wish to follow. These are the best-sellers of our lives. These are the books I'd enjoy reading. Wouldn't you?
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    A book of my life? emoticon LOL... there are days when I feel like I am starring in my very own MOVIE! emoticon
    4113 days ago
    You know, I think I would enjoy reading the story of my life. It's almost like three stories in one. I lived in one town the first 18 years of my life. Then in another town the next 17 years of my life, and now in this town for the past 19 years. Each has its own adventures and story line. lol Thanks for making me think.
    4113 days ago
    I'd read the story of your life, Lou, and I have a feeling I'd enjoy it a lot. I think I'd like to read my own, too. I think maybe I'm just nosy. lol I love reading people's SparkPages and SparkBlogs and even their status changes. I love going to my FriendsFeed. It makes me feel so connect to this SparkCommunity. There's so much give and take, like a wonderful, life-affirming ebb and flow of life's tides. One day someone can challenge me, encourage me, make me feel like I should press harder, fight more. The next day that person may say something that causes an outpouring of my own heart toward them and I am able to return some of those good things right back to them. What an incredible thing we have going on here!!
    4113 days ago
    If I wrote my life story most would think it was fiction. Many people would find the truth hard to believe. I would say it has all the elements of a good story. I can't say that I am glad it was my life, there are many choices if I could go back I would do differently, but it is a testimony of Gods grace and love and how he never lets us down even when we let ourselves, others and him down. It would be a story of growing in wisdom and many struggles and some yet to conquer.
    4113 days ago
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