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It is WONDERFUL to see the struggle.... read on to see what this crazy statement means

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I was going to blog today to let everyone know I have been a bit absent because my favorite Aunt passed away and we had to deal with the arrangements, funeral, etc.

I am feeling a bit discouraged and off-kilter so I thought I would jump in to one of my favorite Sparkteams and ask for support from my SP buddies.

Then I started thinking about my Aunt Marie (the one who just passed away). When people ask me who my hero is, I usually say Aunt Marie. She was an AMAZING woman who lived her whole 91 years to the absolute fullest and taught myself (and literally thousands) of others that life is to be fully lived and one of the best ways to live that out is to engage and love others.

At 91 years old, her passing is more of a celebration than a sad ending. It is sad for us that are here without her, but her life was an inspiration and she LOVED every minute of it. Now she has gone home, which is where she wanted to be more than anywhere else in the world.

As I am reading the posting of my SP friends, I am thinking about my Aunt Marie and also thinking about "poor, pitiful me". It is then that I decided that this is a great place to pay tribute to her by living her example in my post.

It is tough to see so many of us struggling, but it is also wonderful to see us struggling. Sounds like a crazy statement, right???? Not really..... what I mean by it is that there is hope and encouragement in the struggle itself - it means we have not given up and given in!!!!! It means that we are reaching out to each other, supporting each other, loving each other, and we are STILL committed to our health and our balance!!!

I am SO proud of all of you!!! You just keep right on swinging!!! And, if you can do that, then so can I. Not only CAN we do this..........................
.. we ARE doing this!!!!!!

One of my Spark buddies posted his own quote that he developed on our Sparkteam message board. I was so inspired by it, that I put it up as part of my signature tag line..........

"if hunger is not the problem, then food is not the answer"

It is so motivational, accountable, and it encourages me to not whine and then turn to food for solace, but to dig deep and find the problem so that I can engage in the solution :)

Keep right on plugging, folks. And, when it is toughest, that is when we grow the most!!!

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    You are so precious and I agree with every word! emoticon
    2382 days ago
    Powerful blog, Tanja! Thanks for sharing.
    2383 days ago
  • WORTHIT2019
    Very sorry for your loss, but THANK YOU for sharing--and reminding.


    2383 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2014 1:30:52 PM
  • SALAM4545
    This was a seriously fantastic thing to read! emoticon You are right...there is nothing like knowing that we are getting through it to get us to take that next step, and knowing that others are in the journey with us is a great help
    2383 days ago
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