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Day 357 - November Gratitude, part 21

Sunday, November 22, 2015

One of the benefits of living in a small community is that you run into people you know just out doing regular activities. Twice this week I've run into our friend Cathlene out shopping, including this afternoon at the grocery store. Our friend Diane just popped in to see how the kitchen was coming along. And our friends Alex and Slava came over for dinner tonight and lively conversation.

Friends hold us up when we're down, and lift us even higher when we're feeling grateful or pleased. They love us no matter what, and they make our lives better.

My SparkFriends know how to lift me up in ways that I had never imagined before. Every time I get notified that there's a new message or comment from one of you, my heart leaps inside my chest. I am grateful that you take the time to stop by and say hello, give me encouragement, and support me in my journey. Your friendship means more to me than you will ever know.

Thank you for your friendship, your love and support. I really would not have been able to accomplish all this without you. I am so grateful for your presence in my life, and for keeping me humble and whole.

Keep Sparking, dear friends!
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  • no profile photo CD15118206
    So glad we met here and are still together after celebrating our 1 year Sparkiversary! Who knew when we met here that our lives would change in so many ways, good and bad. I was just looking for a place to find help losing weight but to my surprise, I have GAINED so much more!
    Much love you to you always my friend!
    1923 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Couldn't agree more with you Steve. SP has been a haven for me, as I go through my low points of life. I feel so close to some and feel I can say most anything to them. Their friendship means more to me than they will ever know. Thanks for being there amigo!
    1923 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Steve, you already know I treasure your friendship and you certainly lift me up.

    As you can imagine the advocacy world is in crisis mode and SP has become a kind of safe haven, more accurately a sanity haven, for me. I check out a few of my favorite blogs and I'm good to go again.

    So, thank you to all of you who keep me sane and thank you for sharing and caring about your Spark Family.
    1924 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    So, to ramble on a bit. This Canadian is grateful for two Thanksgivings...it's almost as though I can rewrite my feelings while we are away. Have a beautiful day, enjoy what you have in your life, and reflect on all you have accomplished.
    1924 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    My reaction exactly especially a special few and you sir, you top my list. It has been a real boost when I am stressed or worried ( all the time ) to see a notice, or a comment, or even a like. It makes a real difference to my naturally negative self
    1924 days ago
    I want to thank you for your kind words on my blog and for your encouragement. Both times this week when I was down, you were there to offer advice and support. I really appreciate it. Sometimes small gestures make a big difference.
    Keep up the great work! We are all here for you.
    1924 days ago
    And I thank you in return for your friendship and support. You are responsible for"sparking" a big shift in my emotional eating thinking and I am profoundly grateful.
    1924 days ago

    I feel exactly the same way about you! I love getting messages from you, and love to hear how interesting your life is.

    I am so lucky to live in on a tiny street, with 13 houses on it, and to know every single one of my neighbors, and LIKE almost all of them. I really was fortunate to find this area and to feel a real sense of community here.

    It is the same with Spark. Sometimes, I think the Sparkfriends I have I am closer with than some of my life friends, because we all have such an incredible common bond.

    Thank YOU for being my Sparkfriend. Your Sparkfriendship means a lot to me!!

    Spark on, my friend.

    1924 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    You are so right!

    Some people do not have family members that are good for them. Good friends fill the gap from that unfortunate situation..
    You are very easy to have as a friend Steve! It is a pleasure.

    1924 days ago
    Likewise, my friend...and you are so welcome!
    I know exactly the feeling you are talking about when you see something from a SparkFriend...it certainly does lift me up and the support and kindness often blows me away! I never knew it was possible! I am grateful!
    Thanks for the great blog...If you were holding your breath, you can let it out now as I wrote a blog this eve...I was writing a reply to another blog and went looking for a quote I remembered and realized a blog was forming! I stopped switched over and wrote the quote and what I wanted to say and then went back to finish my response to the other blog! I was inspired and pleased! I will try to continue, as I like the expression and the progression of my writing and thoughts!
    1924 days ago
    That is so true on friends. SP helps me in the same way. The social aspect is what drew me in and kept me active.
    1924 days ago
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