The day that I became…
Saturday, December 06, 2008
… a motivational Spark Member, I was touched beyond belief. I’ve been active enough since hurricane Ike hit to keep my streaks going. For the last three months I’ve been so busy and disjointed that I haven’t had the time or the energy to check my page, respond to comments, update blogs, or send out the weekly inspiration that was the encouragement some of us needed to stay focused and on track. I’ve missed my spark family. Looking back I’m sure that some of my frustration could have been eased by maintaining my friendships and connections. Becoming a spark motivator has inspired me to do just that. So, for now – thank you to everyone who took the time to read my messages, stop by and leave notes when I’ve been hanging on by a thread, voted for me – even in my absence, and reached out to the students I serve when many of them had lost so much due to the hurricane.
I too, am still trying to put the pieces of my life back together. My home and surrounding area still bear the physical scars of the storm, but my psyche has been dealing with the mental and emotional drain of trying to synthesize what has happened in an attempt to move on. Regardless of how I’ve felt, time has marched on. I guess in a way I have been grieving, but this morning when I checked my messages and saw that I had been nominated as a motivator, the sun shone a little brighter, the air smelled a little fresher, and I held my head higher. I’m back! I’ve missed you, I cherish you, and I could not have made it without your support, prayers, and kind thoughts – even when I was unable to reciprocate. Thank you for motivating me to get back to one of the things that will continue to make my life full. Isn’t this what this season is all about? Giving? We often hear that the gift is in the giving, and as I close – with tears in my eyes, you have given me the best gift of all. Be enriched as you enrich the lives of others.
(BTW – I’ve maintained steady weight loss. It has slowed since my big dip in the summer, and I won’t hit my goal by January, but with 35+ pounds gone forever – I am not giving up until I get what I came for. I will update pictures soon!)