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WE can do this....

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

As part of the June challenge from one of my Peppy Party Team, I am supposed to write a blog about my inner strength. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but it's not often you're asked to talk about them. That is unless you're in a job interview or on a therapist's couch! Today, I've decided to take a shot at it from home!

The first thing that came to mind was that I'm a very compassionate person. I really DO feel your pain -- as cliche as that sounds! People have always come to me for comfort and often I've found - I don't even have to say anything. I just listen and BE THERE for them. This strength has led through many happy and sad circumstances. It has taken me many years to realize that it is actually a gift. It has allowed me to work with children with physical and mental challenges, animals, elderly, palliative care patients and their families. You get the picture - pretty much anyone who is at some sort of a vulnerable disadvantage. People would say to me - -"Oh how can you work with that all the time? Doesn't it just make you sad?" They couldn't be further from the truth! I can honestly say that I've learned far more than I could ever have offered to any of the people I've had the privilege to work with! Yes - I feel sad with them and for them sometimes, but I also feel a great deal of hope, love and trust. Obviously there is some sort of vibe I give off that tells them I am trustworthy and reliable. With that bestowed upon me, I feel empowered to empower them. What a gift!

Funny how Spark works the same way! People with a common issue share an instant sort of bond that reaches right into your heart. At first, I was very hesitant. Apparently, I'm much better at giving than receiving, but this blog is about strengths, so we won't go there right now! lol

Someone once asked me, "So you get strength from the weakness of others?" Again -- couldn't be further from the truth! Since when does feeling and showing emotion a weakness? Or how about asking for some help or support? Is that a weakness too?


It has taken me years of experience to recognize that the more I permit people to share their humanity with me, the better off everyone is.

To me, the principles of SP have proven the same. The more I put into this program - the more I get out of it. It doesn't matter how much I weigh, or what or how much I eat or exercise -- it's the humanity here that is the back bone.

I will be forever grateful for all I've received here and hope that I can find many ways of contributing in kind. It's not about me. It's about WE.

Thank you for permitting me to be a part of that "we."

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  • no profile photo CD8522718
    emoticon blog! You sound like a wonderful person, with a big heart!

    2964 days ago
    Hugs right back at ya!

    2966 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12146214

    Great blog and I absolutely love your little Internet Hug person! Right back at ya....
    2969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13227574
    Great blog. So too few people "listen" any longer. They all hear, but they don't "listen". Bless you for "listening". emoticon
    2970 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13629552
    Ahhh.... when you listen to others, you learn their stories. And you can carry their stories with you all of your life. This is a gift they give to you. You are wise enough to know it.
    2970 days ago
    What a great blog! Virtual high-five in addition to your internet hug!

    I was very hesitant at first too--but now I just put it all out there (whether you people want it or not).

    Thanks for sharing!
    2971 days ago
    Katy ,

    I can feel you :) this blog is truly wonderful and amazing just like the writer. It is my privilege to walk here with you .. To give and get support from and to you !

    Being open to others is not always easy , but sound like for you it is and that my dear friend is a gift.. If we all could open our hearts a little more ohh what a world we could have...

    Thanks for sharing you with us.. We are all the better for having known you !

    2971 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    It's indeed a great strength that you possess here in this deshumanized world.
    2971 days ago
    What a special person you are being able to give to so many others and getting the payback of feeling good and useful too! Listening empathetically is a much underated skill and if you can do that it is indeed a great strength. I can't believe someone would think you get strength from the weakness of others. Talk about trying to turn something totally positive into a negative. Now, that is a twisted viewpoint.

    You are fabulous and I am not surprised that you can give to such a wide range of people and animals too! Keep spreading the joy! You are a real spark to us all! emoticon emoticon
    2972 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13838073
    WOWOW...I love you, Katy! What an AMAZING revelation. Thank you for sharing yourself...here and now...over the years with those who found your open heart...and with the world in general.
    In the end....t is soooo much easier to love one another, isn't it?!?! Well...I love YOU! And I'm so grateful for this site and the other women with whom I share this connection! It is healing me...one day at a time :-).

    stephi :-)
    2972 days ago
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