The Lighthouse

This is a guest post by Frank Jennings.

Frank Jennings is the founder of A Spark Starts where he writes stories of inspiration to help you reach your greatest potential. All it takes is one spark to start a fire that will change you life.

The Lighthouse

LOST AT SEA

Being battered by ferocious waves and turbulent seas the sailors are slowly starting to give up hope as the sun disappears and the moonlight fails to appear through the storm clouds. All they can see is dark waters and hear the sounds of the waves violently hitting the hull of the ship. The swaying of the boat, being rocked forcefully from side to side, is what lets them know they are still in motion. With no sense of direction, because of a broken compass, and no visibility to guide them, the feeling of extreme helplessness consumes each person aboard the wayward vessel.

FEAR

From this point on every move is calculated carefully to not increase the chances of losing control of the ship. There are several sailors on watch in the towers to look out for jagged rocks or rouge waves. Precious cargo, above and below the deck, has to be fastened and secured to make sure nothing is lost. All hands are on deck to provide any necessary assistance. This is a matter of life and death.

It is so dark that visibility is limited only to a few inches in front of them. Every moment that passes creates a onslaught of mixed emotions, as the sailors reflect on their families whom they may never see again, dreams  they may never get a chance to fulfill, and the thought of life going on without them. Then to make matters worse lightning consumes the sky and the sound of thunder brings forth a powerful cacophony of noise so overbearing that they can’t make out the orders being given to them over the loud speaker. It seems at this point all is lost.

HOPE

Then in the far away distance there is a small beacon of hope, shinning and breaking through the dark night sky. This tiny beacon is a distinguishing sign that land is near which provides a sense of direction and to the sailors an unlimited amount of faith. Now the impossible seems possible. That tiny light shinning in the darkness is changing the hearts of those who were hopeless to hearts that are hopeful. Who knew one little light could be so powerful?

What in the world does this story have to do with you?

I don’t know about you but I have been through some rough situations in my life. I have been consumed by darkness so severe that I was afraid to take a step forward in fear that I would lose my life. I have been battered by the waves of poor decisions that knocked me from one bad situation to another. I have been drowned by financial burdens and blinded by the glitz and glamor life has to offer. I have been lost.

Now I have found my way and here are some great tips for you to help you find yours if you are in need.

When life has you down, look for the light.

When the money isn’t right, look for the light. 

When the kids are going crazy, look for the light.

When the boss has you stressed, look for the light.

When it seems impossible, look for the light.

When they can’t find a cure, look for the light.

When you can’t find a reason to smile, look for the light.

When anything happens that you can’t control, look for the light.

You see in our lives when things get rough we constantly seek for the big, obvious miracle to take place and change our situation. All we really need is just a small beacon of light to change our outlook and give us a fresh perspective. Light can be life changing. You want to know what is even more powerful than seeing the light.

Be the light in someone’s life.

The lighthouse has more power than you will ever know if you don’t take the time to find it for yourself. What small circumstances has changed your outlook on life?

 

pic from DH613 on flickr

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55 Comments

Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello frank how are you? thank you so much for coming up with this guest post; it was timely and packed with a lot of inspiration. it reminds us of light being at the end of every tunnel despite the difficult, confusing and troubling moments. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Ayo, Thanks for the opportunity to be able to write for the great Discovering Purpose. I hope that something I have shared here will be a light to someone else as we all could use a little inspiration from time to time. Thanks again. It was an honor.

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John Sherry

about 3 years ago

Frank, YOU are a lighthouse with your awe inspiring post here. You've lit up the internet reminding people that somewhere, even in the darkest of dark times, a light shines. I had a few years of deep depression and facing my demons and in those days any light kept me above water and from sinking for good. The light is right! I thought then, and still advise today, move towards what you know is certain. Find your solid ground. Superb post, briliant ethos and message Frank. And Ayo I applaud you for offering your space here to such a talented writer and moving soul. A man just like you! John Sherry´s last blog post ..The No.1 Phrase To Proudly Tell The World

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Frank

about 3 years ago

John, Thank you for your kind words. I hope that I can bring hope with the story that I shared. There is no way that we have to stay engrossed in darkness when we are entitled to live in the light. The more hopeless the situation the stronger my belief that the light exists. I dare anyone to keep looking for it until they find it. Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment.

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving

about 3 years ago

Frank, what a beautiful story. It's such a powerful and simple metaphor for "reach for the better feeling thought". All we need is a foothold, just a tiny little light to hold on to, and when we do, when we give our attention to it, it gets bigger. Hugs, Melody Melody | Deliberate Receiving´s last blog post ..Tip the Scale in Favor of the Reality You Actually Want

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Melody, In my own life I have found out that the big changes generally came from a small spark of inspiration. It wasn't the career opportunity that made the difference but it was the person who told me I had potential to do anything I put my mind to. The light is something that brings you hope no matter how hopeless your situation may be. I am glad you enjoyed what you read.

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Ken Wert

about 3 years ago

Frank, I think metaphors can play such a powerful role in our lives. Yours is inspiring. I think one of the tricks to successfully using such metaphors as lighthouses, is to identify the sources of light on the horizon so we can recognize them in our moments of need. It may be a favorite author or a quote. It may be a person or a set of people. It can be a blog that offers inspiration and hope and encouragement. It may be a thought or principle or belief about life or living. It may be a historical (or living) hero that provides us the light in the distance. For many, it is a belief in God and the idea of divine justice and the promise of a new beginning and the possibility of change and a new life. For me, it is all those things. The more lights that sparkle on the horizon of our lives, the greater the collective light, the brighter it glows and the more hopeful we are of weathering the darkness and the storms life so readily provides.

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Ken, You can turn your comment into a blog post as it is insightful and very thought provoking. Why just rely on one source of light when light can come from anyone and anything. Combining the collective strength of several light sources will completely remove any shadow of darkness in your life. Every person may rely on a different form of light to gather their strength. I hope I was able to inspire someone to look for it. Thanks for your comment Ken it changed my day.

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William Tha Great

about 3 years ago

Ken: Thanks for the awesome comment! Just reading your comment changed my day. Like Frank said, "You can turn your comment into a blog post as it is insightful and very thought provoking." There are many for of light in our lives and it's important to keep them close to us. We will then be able to pul positivity from our own lighthouses when we need them. Do you keep your different forms of lighthouses close to you? God bless, William Veasley William Tha Great´s last blog post ..Hey, I Found A Penny!

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Jk Allen

about 3 years ago

Hey Frank - that's one great post man. You really brought the imagery and the inspiration simply flowed (as normal). One time told me that "there's light at the end of the tunnel". I had no clue what that meant. At the time I was working on some things in life that seemed like there was no end. I kept my eyes peeled for the 'figurative' light in the tunnel but my patience had the best of me. I was only days from giving up - and up popped the light. The light wasn't actually a light - but it was the sign that I needed that gave me comfort and helped guide me the rest of the way. The light can show in any context and we have to not only see it, but receive it. Great post again man. What's up Ayo - thanks for hosting this great guest post by Frank. PEACE Jk Allen´s last blog post ..The Hustle Factory: A Place to Manufacture All the Luck You’d Ever Want

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Jk, Thanks for the support. I appreciate it. That is a saying I am way to familiar with. I have heard it about 3,000 times over the course of my life. Have I ever really paid attention to what it means, no. I didn't get the cliche. I focused on the journey but never the light. It is so funny how in our lives we remember the big accomplishments but we quickly forget the inspiration. We forget the thing that gave us the urge to go out and try something different. We forget to remember the day when things looked the darkest what turned us around. The light is more than just a beacon it is faith in action. Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it.

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Dominique

about 3 years ago

As always Frank you write beautifully! I loved this article. Look for the light. What a great motto for each and every day! Look for the light. Love that! Dominique´s last blog post ..Waiting for … Creativity

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Dominique, Thank you! I am just trying to be like you when I grow up. What point is it living your life in fear. Look for the hope. Look for the faith. Look for a reason to continue even when things seem impossible. We can't give up hope. The light is there. Just keep looking for it.

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Dominique

about 3 years ago

ROTFLOL! You might want to wish for something else Frank! ha ha Thank you. That is a wonderful compliment! I need to drop by your blog as I have been abscent a lot lately! Dominique´s last blog post ..Waiting for … Creativity

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Debbie @ Happy Maker

about 3 years ago

Love this post Frank. There are many times that I have grabbed a hold of that light. I use to call it the light at the end of the tunnel. I would tell myself to keep going, because sooner or later I would see the light at the end of the tunnel. Wonderful reminder of hope. There is always hope, we just have to see it. Thanks again for a wonderful story. Blessing, Debbie Debbie @ Happy Maker´s last blog post ..10 Steps to Becoming a Better Partner and Lover

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Debbie, I am glad you enjoyed it. I could have just wrote one sentence and kept it simple but what fun would that have been. I had to drag you all along for some drawn out story about metaphorical sailors and wind storms. I probably should stop watching the Perfect Storm over and over again. :-) Thanks so much for your comment.

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Andrew Olson

about 3 years ago

Frank, what a beautiful and unique concept. The lighthouse is for sailors on rocky seas what a glimmer of hope can be for us when the 'seas' are rocky in our own lives. Brilliant. Thank you so much for for sharing your insight. Andrew Olson´s last blog post ..How to Find Your Passion

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Andrew, I am glad you enjoyed what you read. I thought it would be something that many people would find a way to relate to. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my post.

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J.D. Meier

about 3 years ago

> Be the light in someone’s life. Well put. We all need a beacon at some point, or our North Star. J.D. Meier´s last blog post ..101 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others

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Frank

about 3 years ago

J. D. Thanks! I agree we all need a little light in our lives.

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Stuart

about 3 years ago

This was really inspirational Frank, thanks for sharing today! And being a man who tries to inspire others, I agree with your words here. There's always a light, but sometimes that light is obscured by the thick shadow. We can't see the light, and we sometimes forget it's there. When we forget, we despair, we think that there's no hope for us all. And yet, there's always a light, there's always hope. There's always a way out. If we never forget this, then we'll have something to reach for, no matter how slim or faint. Thanks for hosting Frank today Ayo, you're awesome :-) Stuart´s last blog post ..25 Things About The New 25-Year Old

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Stu, I apppreciate that sir. I do my best to try to find inspiration in anything. I still have a long way to go. We have got to learn to be captivated by the light and not consumed by our stress and shortcomings. It is easy to give up. It is challenging to never give up hope and fight for what is rightfully yours. We don't have to live in darkness. Thanks for your comment Stu.

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rob white

about 3 years ago

Powerful stuff, Frank. "Be the light". I love that. Anyone who has truly been on the rocks of despair knows their own responsibility to be a beacon for others. And conversely, looking outside of ourselves to "be the light" is just the thing it takes to lift ourselves up when we are down. Whenever I see you participating and expressing fully in life, I too feel the infinite possibilities the universe has to offer.

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Rob, I am doing my best to try to keep up with the rest of all of the talented people in our community. You guys are some awesome writers. It makes no sense to have a light within you and hide it under a bushel. You need to put your light in a place where it can easily be seen and guide someone else to saftey.

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Davina K. Brewer

about 3 years ago

Frank, you do have a way with words and know how to build a metaphor. Light is sometimes the hardest to see.. and it's great to be a light for others. Thing for me is you have to look for it, can't wait until others find it, shine it upon you.. sometimes you gotta work for it too. I've seen Perfect Storm a few times myself. BTW I came here via your tweet/blog - nice way to promote a guest post. FWIW. Davina K. Brewer´s last blog post ..Vagina Marketing

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Davina, It's good to hear from you my entertaining friend. If there is one thing I can do, that is, take a story way out of context and make it about something completely unrelated. :-) Your latest blog title according to comment love here looks really interesting. Is is safe for work. lol! Oh yeah, back to the post. Light is the brightest when you are starring right into it. The problem with that is we sometimes get so consumed by the stuff that surrounds us that we can't see it and end up going in the wrong direction to find it. We have got to be willing to push through some of our drama to seek the light we depserately need.

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Davina K. Brewer

about 3 years ago

"Push through our drama" = suck it up, get over yourself sometimes. At least to me. And my blog post.. you'll just have to read to find out if it's SFW. ;-) Davina K. Brewer´s last blog post ..Vagina Marketing

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Lori Gosselin

about 3 years ago

Hi Frank, Looks like I'm not the only one to follow you over here! I love this story! Have you considered writing just pure fiction, because I was IN that story! I love the image of the lighthouse and looking for the light. The lighthouse is a perfect metaphor for it because it doesn't reach out and reel you in, it just presents an option which you can choose to follow or not. Last night as I lay in bed I was thinking about my book which is coming out soon,asking a strange-sounding questions: why am I doing this? what are my goals, what the HECK am I doing this FOR? It seems that just as I was falling asleep the answer came to me but in the morning I couldn't recall it. My question had to do with trying to help people, something the contents of my book may do. But I know it won't help many to most. I know this before I even publish it. I know it because people have to find their own way and all I can do is share the one I found. What does this have to do with you, if I may quote you! When I read your post I GOT it!My book is a lighthouse. There. No reeling-people-in and telling them what to do, I'll just be shining my light. When someone asks me why I wrote it, I'm gonna say I wanted to help people, but when they ask why I published it I'll say wanted to be a lighthouse. :-) Lori

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Lori, What a powerful story you shared? Now, since my post brought forth such a great awakening does that entitle me to a percentage of the book sales? :-) The electric bill is high at my light house. I can't keep being a light if my electricity is off. lol! As far as fictional writing I don't think I am creative enough. I can make short stories of inspiration but I don't think I have enough creativity to make them entertaining enough for a full book. You never know maybe I will give it a try one day. Who knows what will happen if I am locked in a room for a week with a piece of paper and a pencil. I know your book will be a great lighthouse to many because your site is a bright beacon in my life. You will lead a lot of people to greatness. You ROCK Lori! Thanks for your continued support.

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Lori Gosselin

about 3 years ago

Sorry Ayo! I walked right on past you to speak to Frank and ignored you in the process! It's nice to meet you and to discover your blog! :-) Lori Lori Gosselin´s last blog post ..Past, Present, Future: Where Do You Spend Your Time?

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Al Smith

about 3 years ago

Thanks Frank (and Ayo). What a gripping and moving message. The world needs more of this, Frank. Wish we could get all the "Lost Souls" to read, believe and focus on "the Light". It is there brother. You paint a beautiful picture with words. I agree with Lori, and you writing some fiction, dam ....... this is good stuff. Continued success my friend. Look forward to meeting you Ayo and following you as well. Thanks again.

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Al, Good to see you back on the scene. How was your vacation? When are you shipping my souvenir? (just kidding) When I write I try my best to make people envision what I am imagining. Sometimes I do a better job than others. This one seems to have went over well. :-) Thanks so much for your comment.

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Jermaine

about 3 years ago

Frank, Where to start? First, I just want to throw out that you're exploiting the good looks of my nephew. Next time I do a guest post somewhere I'm going to make sure to throw up a shot of Kezia. The kid's pretty awesome! Don't let these friendly bloggers fool you, they came to LOOK AT IAN! This post topic was like an assignment for a long-range sniper who's two feet away from the target. TOO EASY! Thank for making us take a long-hard look at what we focus on in hopes of redirecting our attention to what will guide us home! Jermaine´s last blog post ..Hostile Takeover!

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Jermaine, Don't steal my dances!!! lol! I do what I have to do to get people to read my stuff. Enough said! :-) My community did a great job of pretending to read my post but I know they really just like the picture of the kid. I'm not so clueless that I think people actually like my writing. :-) Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post. I appreciate it.

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Jk Allen

about 3 years ago

Hey Frank - one thing I didn't mention yesterday in my comment is that I love the pic with you and Ian. You really know how to get the points don't you. SWISH! Jk Allen´s last blog post ..Please Don’t Believe the Hype…LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Jk, You do what you have to do to get people in your corner. I figured if they didn't like the post they would at least feel sympathtic enough to not embarass me in front of my kid. lol!

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Bill Dorman

about 3 years ago

Superb buddy, superb. Love the pic to w/ your son........ Your story can apply to so many things in life. One of the things that helps me stay grounded is being happy w/ myself and thankful for what I do have; not always wanting for more. Do I always follow this credo? Unfortunately not, but it is my compass to get me back on track. Yes, I too aspire to be someone's light; their example. It's one big journey and we can always do better but make sure you do take the time to appreciate those around you along the way. Good job Frank, I'm very impressed. Bill Dorman´s last blog post ..Take me to your leader

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Bill, Thanks for stopping by and showning me some support. I am glad you were able to find some joy at least in the picture I provided. :-) Being thankful is an art that is commonly overlooked. We sometimes forget to be grateful for what we have. Instead we sometimes aggressively ask for more. Bill you humor and outgoing personality allows you to be a light and I'm glad we have connected here on the world wide web. Thanks,

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William Tha Great

about 3 years ago

Hey Frank, Awesome post! Love the story telling, because it keeps me interested! ( : In this life we live it's hard to alwayssee the light. There are many days where things don't go right and you get knocked down. These days are the days when it's hard to see the light through the dark. I recentally had one of these days and I really had to look hard for light, but the lighthouse is always there if you look hard enough. Times will get tough, and that's when you have to find the liught hidden within the dark. Thanks again! God bless, William Veasley William Tha Great´s last blog post ..Are You That Person Looking For Handouts?

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Frank

about 3 years ago

William, Thanks for the kind words. I prefer a story over random tips. I just thinks it makes writing more personal. And I don't think I have very many tips to offer people as I am just trying to figure it out myself. We all could use a little light in our lives and we have to be determined enough to look for it. Thanks for your comment.

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William Tha Great

about 3 years ago

Frank: I also try to keep it personal as well but, along my online journey I have picked up many things I use a tips. If I gained value from it then maybe someone else can also. It's always nice to learn something away from your blog or community that you can bring back to your community. Thanks for the comment! God bless, William Veasley William Tha Great´s last blog post ..Is Twitter Really Everything They Say It Is?

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Sibyl

about 3 years ago

Frank: Looks like I am a little late to the party, but so glad that I finally found my way to this post :) Loved it and love the message to always look for the light. What you said is so important for us all to realize .... sometimes it is just about being able to see the light. Loved this message and congrats on the guest post. Sibyl´s last blog post ..What You Really Need to Know to Deal with Difficult People

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Sibyl, I appreciate you coming to the party no matter how late you got here. I knew you just wanted to make a grand entrance. Why can't we be on time? lol! Light is always better than darkness and the more light we have the brighter our lives can become. Thanks so much for your support.

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Maggie Mae

about 3 years ago

Sometimes the light that brings me hope is a twinkle in the eye of my children with special needs... who bring me far more joy than stress. Maggie Mae´s last blog post ..Happiness is an Hour at the Gym

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Maggie, The joy you just shared that your children bring you has definately brightened up my day. You are an inspiration!

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Chelsea Thomas

about 3 years ago

Hey Frank! You definitely have superior writing skills, I bet it didn't take Ayo long to figure that out, especially after reading this post. I love how in the end you listed real life situations and they all can result in "look to the light" You are really gifted at utilizing a story to help us relate and correlate our current life situations. Thanks for this inspiring post and reminder to always "look to the light." I gotta find my own personal lighthouse. Chelsea Thomas´s last blog post ..Facebook Better Watch Out!

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Chelsea, Thanks for the ego boost. I will be sure to try not to get the big head. I take what you say serious. You are the soical media Queen. I just think it makes more sense going through our lives faithful instead of faithless. There is a light at the end of the tunnel but what do you do if that light is on the front of a train that will run you over. Will you give up hope or will you keep fighting to find you way? I reallyappreciate you stopping by and adding a comment.

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Christy

about 3 years ago

Hi Frank, what you write really inspire others. You're a lighthouse yourself.

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Christy, I really appreciate that. You just made my day. Frank´s last blog post ..I’m So Embarrassed!

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Christy

about 3 years ago

Wow. Never thought I could do that.

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Diana

about 3 years ago

Very inspiring post. I know someone who's going through a very tough time right now and could never think of anything good to say to her to comfort her. Thanks for the advice. Diana´s last blog post ..Reiki at Home

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Diana, I am glad I was able to provide some inspiration and I hope the words can comfort your friend as yours have inspired and comforted me. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it. Frank´s last blog post ..I’m So Embarrassed!

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farouk

about 3 years ago

that's such an inspiring post Frank i love the analogy you made, thanks for this one also thanks Ayo for sharing it on your blog

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