Wow. There are no words.
Actually, there are...
I can't express enough how heartbroken and disappointed I am with some of the comments posted in reaction to SparkGuy's announcement of the new SparkAmerica site.
What happened to our gratitude for SparkPeople and its affiliated websites?
Should I remind you all that this groundbreaking revolution has helped us all improve our lives in some way or other? Should I remind you all that this is a blessing and a gift to us all, one which you all log in daily to be a part of? Should I remind you all that the SparkStaff continues to work towards expanding these sites and tailoring them to suit the differing needs amongst us?
This site is free. This site is a labor of love. This site has reminded us of one simple truth, and that is that we are powerful beyond measure, that we can pick ourselves up when we are at our lowest point, and that we really can realize those long-lost and given-up-on dreams.
So while I think it's great for all of us to offer our CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and views, I think that some of the thankless, overly critical, and downright rude comments that have been posted are honestly uncalled for.
Chris and his team are trying to bring something amazing not just to North America, but to the world. And it's a process. It takes, I'm sure, countless of hours of brainstorming and coming up with innovative ideas, of recruiting qualified writers and experts and staff, of ensuring that they have up-to-date technical equipment and servers, etcetera, of keeping up with current news, topics, forms of exercise, recipes, and keeping us informed and inspired all at the same time.
All we get to see is the end product and witness the awesome results we are having in our lives as well as the awesome friendships that are forming through the click of a mouse and the typing of our words.
I am sure that as SP continues to grow and become better known, it and its affiliated websites will become fully available everywhere across the world. That's why spreading the spark is so important.
If you're happy with SparkPeople and don't see the need to explore SparkAmerica, well, that's fine. You may not need to. But there are those out there who may benefit more from a simplified version of SP where they don't have the need to track every detail of their nutritional intake and where they can include tracking freggies and water intake for their kids as well. It might even offer some of us a change of pace and a refreshed boost in our journeys!
In order for greatness to be the end result, much contracting, expanding, and changing must occur... I mean, after all, if that's what it takes to be greater and more effective in our own lives, then wouldn't it stand to reason that the same concept applies to SparkPeople?
Think about that...