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#365: The End of a Road?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

On June 30th of last year I set as a goal to write 365 blogs. With the exception of two days a couple of months ago when the computer was in the shop and I had no access to one, I have faithfully produced a blog a day since last June.

I often asked myself why I didn't commit to one blog a week instead of one every day. If you saw the movie "Cool Hand Luke" you'll understand why. In that movie convict Paul Newman bragged one night to the other prisoners that he could eat 50 hard-boiled eggs. When his mentor, George Kennedy, asked him why he didn't say 20 or 25 (or some such lower number), Newman replied that 50 just sounded like a nice number. Last June so did 365.

So tonight I have met my goal. Along the way I have tried to encourage and inspire and offer ways to look at life and our situations in a positive manner. We have cried together and laughed together and shared memories from my childhood and sometimes of my emotions.

As today unfolded, I felt a letdown of sorts. Yet I was happy the self-imposed pressure was off. Now, if there are topics I feel moved to write about, I can, whenever the muse hits.

I admit I am thrilled every time I read a reader's comment, even when the point of the blog is missed or not understood. But I didn't write to gain a wide following. I am grateful that a handful of my Spark friends have been loyal readers over time and that occasionally a new reader stopped by.

To all of you who have spent time with me I offer a sincere thank you. I have been inspired and encouraged by your replies in so many ways. We'll meet here again. Maybe tomorrow, maybe not. Let's see what ideas present themselves.

For those who may have missed it, here is blog #1 from June 30, 2009, titled "Motivation." Enjoy!

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What does it take for us to become motivated?

Here's one story:

A consultant walked with a supervisor along the floor of a manufacturing plant. At one point he stopped and asked the supervisor, "How many people do you have working for you?"

"At any given time? About half," was the reply.

Further along, the consultant asked a worker on the assembly line, "How long have you worked for this company?

The worker answered, "Ever since they threatened to fire me."

The point of the story? If you commit to something, follow-through with pride and responsibility.

Don't wait to be fired, get fired up instead! Fired up over your weight loss. Fired up over becoming healthier. Fired up over clothes that fit better. Fired up over other people's positive comments about the new you.

But mainly, get FIRED UP over something with passion and commitment.

Here's to your continued success!
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  • SPARKIE1964
    I've only recently found you and am happy you shared your first blog, but hopefully you're just getting start...
    3893 days ago
    emoticon for meeting your goal of 365 blogs. I enjoy reading them, and many have hit home for me! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, positivity, and support!

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    3894 days ago
    Love this blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon Have a great w/e. emoticon
    3895 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Congratulations Lou thank you for all your help and support and for your wonderful blogs . Hope you have a great week . God Bless. Happy 4th emoticon
    3895 days ago
    That is such a fantastic accomplishment! You have touched the hearts of so many people with your wonderful blogs. PLEASE keep them coming.
    3895 days ago
    You should be proud of yourself Lou. Most people could not of made such a hugh commitment and stuck to it. I blogged for 40 days straight and I found that tough- LOL. That was a drop in the bucket compared to what you did. If you could accomplish this hugh tough goal then Lou, you can accomplish anything you set your mind too!

    Take a little vacation from blogging and recharge yourself then get back to it- writing is in your blood and your readers are glad that it is! Set a new goal - if everyday is too stressful then choose 2 or 3 times a week or 5 days a week with the weekends off. I am sure you will come up with a good plan.

    Congratulations on a job well done! emoticon
    Hugs, Joy
    3895 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Good job! I know I couldn't have done it. I'm great with ideas, not so great with follow-up. Spark People is the most disciplined I've ever been. So I guess it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.

    3895 days ago
    Lou, just a line to tell you that I will be devastated if you fade out your blogs! Love you! Lori emoticon
    3895 days ago
    emoticon You DID it! What a fantastic goal to have met. I am so proud of you!! You have blessed my life in so many ways with your blogs, with your friendship, with your compassion, with your humor, with your wisdom. Thank you. Thank you so very much. It is my honor to call you friend.


    3895 days ago
    Thank you Lou, for all the wonderful blogs, I've enjoyed! I didn't get to read them all, but I sure enjoyed everyone I did read! I always got something positive and uplifting from them or they really made me think or soul search! The daily blogs will truly be missed. emoticon on meeting your goal! What a wonderful goal that you set for yourself, that has touched and inspired the lives of so many people! You are truly an inspiration to all !
    Love blog 1 ! It was a great message for all! Thank you for sharing so much! You are emoticon my Spark emoticon ! And I will keep an eye out for those occasional blogs to come!
    God bless!
    3895 days ago
    Congrat's Lou! A goal well met. I hope and pray that your blogs will continue (even if not daily). They have been 100% inspiring to me. I have enjoyed reading and have enjoyed the friendship!

    emoticon Will miss the daily blogs.
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    3895 days ago
  • DKWP614
    Thank you for posting blog #1. It would have been a tragedy to close out your circle without that last element. Well done.

    I will miss your daily musings and words of encouragement. Even when I was not in a state to respond, I always read, knowing that you would be there, steadfast in your encouragement of my struggle. I apprecaite your efforts on my behalf.

    I hope that you will continue to write daily, and I will continue to visit, just in case you do. And I also understand that it's nice to celebrate after a goal well attained.

    Huzzah and Congratulations! Doubtless, you have touched more lives than you will know.

    Happy Weekend.
    Diana Kathryn
    3895 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7601418
    I joined Sparkpeople in June and have enjoyed reading your blogs very much. Congrats on meeting your goal, but I hope you decide to continue blogging, at least occasionally. C'mon, you'll get three sparkpoints and, i'm sure, many new Spark friends! emoticon emoticon
    3895 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    I hope you don't stop writing your blogs. I've enjoyed reading them. Sometimes they made me laugh, other times they made me cry. But most importantly, they made me stop and think.. about myself, the people in my life, about who I've become, who I want to be.. You have a great talent for the written word, and although you've achieved your goal of blogging every day (almost) for the year, I hope you decide to continue... These 2 words seem almost inadequate, but thank you.. Thank you for sharing yourself, your thoughts, your challenges with us all..
    May God bless you as you continue to bless others, and be with you as you work to accomplish your next goal..
    3895 days ago
    I'm sorry I joined so close to the end, but thanks for all the wonderful messages. I hope you don't stay away too long.
    3895 days ago
    Thank you for a year of faithful blogging!
    3895 days ago
    Thank you for a year of faithful blogging!
    3895 days ago
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