THANK YOU JIM ROHN!

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by Lesli

in Inspiration Station

I was saddened to read yesterday that one of my FAVORITE mentors died.  Many years ago, in my journey from fat to fit … to fat again … to slim … to fat again … to … (please read my About page if you want to know the ups and downs of my journey) … I was introduced to — via audio tapes (yes, CD’s didn’t exist yet) — to a man who inspired me to never give up.

I’m speaking of the fantastically amazing Jim Rohn.  I literally walked hundreds of miles with Jim speaking his magic into my ears and into my soul.  Jim’s down-home grandfatherly style of sharing simple truths and life lessons via one endearing story after another gave me encouragement that I could design my life any way I wanted to live it.

That was a BIG thought for a BIG girl who was determined to lose two hundred pounds and needed to believe it was possible.

I REALIZED I NEVER SAID “THANK YOU”

Jim has been a mentor of mine for 25 years.  He didn’t know about me, of course.  He never knew the impact he had on MY life — though he was keenly aware that he was impacting millions of lives — and it wasn’t until his passing that it dawned on me that I never said “thank you” and I regret that.

I’M GUILTY OF LURKING

Isn’t it amazing — the positive, life changing impact one human being can have on another without ever having met them in person.  In our world of blogs and recordings and YouTube, etc., so many people are reaching out to help one another, to leave their mark, to share their knowledge and their journey, and it’s so easy to take it all in and never say THANK YOU!

I read a lot of blogs and watch my fair share of YouTube, and I’ve got a HUGE collection of recordings from Jim Rohn and other greats, and yet I rarely ever reach out and say “thank you”.

It seems it’s become an anonymous world we live in — on the one hand, we’re more “connected” than ever before — and on the other hand, we’re more anonymous than ever before.

I want to start remembering to say “thank you” to all those who cross my path and leave their mark.  It’s easy when I see people in person. I wouldn’t even think of receiving a service or a kindness and not reciprocating with a thank you, but for some reason, online, it hasn’t been the same for me.

I feel like I take and I take and I take and I take (for granted oftentimes) the hours of research, and thought, and love, that go into the blog posts I so love to read.  This morning I read a short paragraph in a magazine about the health benefits of zinc and I wanted to know more about it.  Naturally, I came to the internet and doing a Google search provided much reading on the topic — literally hundreds of hours of research and writing that others did to put it at my fingertips in mere seconds!  It’s an amazing world — and yet, I didn’t pause to say “thank you” to any of the bloggers.

Why is that?  I’d have to say I’m guilty of lurking and not participating.  I’m going to get better at that.  I’m going to start leaving far more comments.  If someones blog has touched me, taught me, or inspired me, I’ll take the time to say “thank you” and I’ll start by saying THANK YOU to JIM ROHN!  Even in death you are teaching me a lesson about gratitude and I want you to know your lessons will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Mr. Rohn … job well done!

LET THE THANK YOU’S BEGIN…

I was inspired this morning (as I have been many times before) by my friend, Marisa.  She is the queen of gracious giving and saying “thank you” .

Todays inspiration, however, came because she thanked me recently in one of her posts for one of my recipes and it meant the world to me — every comment always does!  I’ll bet she didn’t even know how much her kindness touched me!  But it wasn’t just me … she thanked two other bloggers as well.  Marisa THANK YOU for your kindness towards me and other bloggers, but especially THANK YOU for reminding me to become a part of this blogging community and to reach out to other bloggers and let them know the impact they’re having on my life.  I appreciate the hours you put into sharing your journey and I love the look of your new blog.

THANK YOU for the many times you have inspired me, or given me a giggle, or an idea, or a recipe.  Thank you for the hours I know you spend on your computer sharing your heart.  (All links to Marissa’s blog are removed because she’s moved onto other projects and no longer blogs, however, my gratitude for her gracious spirit lives on).

THE BIRTH OF “THE THANK YOU PROJECT”

I’d like to say this is my own idea, but actually, it’s a combination of the BRILLIANT BLOGGER idea that Marissa shared (see, I told you she’s the queen of gracious giving) and missing the opportunity to thank my #1 mentor, Jim Rohn.

I’ve decided to start the THANK YOU PROJECT where I will attempt to give written accolades to at least one person each day who has touched my life in a positive way.  I will either say thank you on their blog post, or on my own.  In any case, from this day forward, I will really try to step up and thank those who have shared of their time and talents.

For today, THANK YOU Marisafor being an inspiration on so many levels, and THANK YOU Jim Rohn for changing my life!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Marisa (Loser for Life)

No, thank you, Lesli! Seriously, you have amazing recipes and insights! And thank you for pointing out your inspiration cards! They are beautiful and much nicer to look at than my sloppy own handwriting! LOL!

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wendy

Thank you! I have started a blog recently and realized that I don’t like it. I am not being open enough. So I decided to search and read some blogs that I do like, that is what brings me here.
I very often am a lurker, but maybe now I will become less of one 🙂

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Lesli

Thanks for popping in Wendy and I obviously I understand about being a lurker… but perhaps this is a new day for both of us! I’ve been inspired by so many and it’s time I let them know how much I appreciate them! And good luck with your blog … I’m sure you have great things to offer to the community. I was going to pop on over, but I don’t see a link, so next time you visit, let me know where you are and I’ll pop on in 🙂

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oliviya

I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks. I’ve been reading through your blog for a few days or so and have picked up a ton of excellent information as well as enjoyed the way you’ve structured your site. I’m trying to run my own blog however I think its too general and I need to focus more on smaller topics. Being all things to all people is not all that its cracked up to be.

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Lesli

Welcome Oliviya… always glad to see new readers. I wanted to stop by your blog to take a look (and cheer you on), but I didn’t see a link to it. Blogging is a work in process and I’m still learning to be sure. I’m sure you’ll find your stride once you decide what you really want to share. Like you, in the beginning my vision of this site was far broader than it’s ended up being, but that’s okay for now. For now, I just want to help people learn to eat healthier and some of my other ideas can come later. I hope you’ll visit again and again and next time, let me know your blog address too, okay.

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Denise

Leslie, I just found your sight and I must admit it looks extremely inviting. I too just started a blog and my road to losing weight. I need to take some time and go through your site to see what it is all about. I have been a weight loss yoyo for most of my life. Now at age sixty I really want to reclaim my body and my life through healthy eating and exercise.
Thank-you for taking the time to invest in this blog and hopefully I can find some very useful information.
I’ll be lurking around.

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Lesli

Hi Denise (again), we’re never too old to get healthy! I’m trying to learn new things every week that will make me a healthier person. There’s so much info out there and as I’m now 52 years old I want to be done with the yo-yo-ing I’ve spent my life with. Since you read my “About” page, I know you know what I’m talking about. It’s time to live healthy, my friend! It’s time to live healthy! 🙂

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Jen

I just visited your blog for the first time today and I wanted to say congratulations! Through all of your trials, you’ve never given up and now you’re an inspiration to all of us!
I also wanted to congratulate you on the Thank you Project. What a great idea. So Thank you, I may swipe that idea for use in my own life;-)
I recently started my own healthy living blog/support group. I lost a decent amount of weight over the past year and I’m struggling with maintenance. Hopefully my new blog will keep me on the straight and narrow. Stop by for a visit some time. We’d love to have you!
Your Sitstah
Jen

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Lesli

Hi Jen, I did check out your blog and I’ll be back. It’s always fun to make new friends with others on the journey. Congrats on your success, Sitstah!

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jenna

hey!
i just came across your blog and i can’t wait to read and follow it!
i would love it if you could check out mine and follow as well 🙂
jenna

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Lesli

Hi Jenna, I just read your blog and congratulations! You’ve been on quite a journey and I’m so happy to see where you are today. It’s great that you’re sharing your story with so many others because ED’s (eating disorders) are quite a challenge for so many of us, whether you’re on the side of over eating or under eating. Good job, my friend… and welcome!

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RunToTheFinish

Found you through BlogHer and boy what a great day to come by! I love the Thank You project idea and you are so right we need to tell people how much they are appreciated!
.-= RunToTheFinish´s last blog ..Time Change or Sugar =-.

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Victoria

I love this video! I really needed that inspiration right now, so thank you!!

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Hethir

Jim was one of the biggest influences in my life. I am forever grateful for what he gave to the world.

I love the thank you idea. Going to steal that one and use it daily! Thank you!

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Lesli

You’re welcome :)) I was just having a conversation last night with a friend about who we would really love to spend an evening with. I mentioned that had I had the chance, I would have loved to spend an evening with Jim Rohn. Brilliant!

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alexsandra

found your blog through youtube and the healthy eating videos….now it is my turn to say thank you….your blog is an inspiration for my journey!
many thanks
alex

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Lesli

Hi Alex, I popped by your blog and happy to see you’re taking care of yourself and taking the summer off. I poked around anyway, and love your style. I’ll be back for more inspiration. Welcome to aHealthyKitchen.com!

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Vincenzo

Hi, I find your blog simply amazing. I’ve been reading through your blog for a few days or so and have picked up a ton of excellent information as well as enjoyed the way you’ve structured your site. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

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Danyette Palmer

I have to say that your words of lurking and not giving thanks has convicted me today! and I thank you for that….I commit to doing better. I too am one who loves to read and find out information and thanks to all those who have done the research and were brave enough to put themselves out there for the benefit of others…again THANK YOU!

GOD IS SO AWESOME!

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Lesli

Hi Danyette, first of all, what a unique and pretty name. I’ve not heard it before. Secondly, welcome to our circle of friends. Thanks for giving up the ‘lurking’ and letting us know you’re here and thanks for the thanks ;). I hope we’ll see you around here often, and also please pop on over to our Facebook page “Losing It With Friends in A Healthy Kitchen” where I show up every day and we can really get to know one another in a more intimate way.

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