Sparkpeople Didn't Change Your Life- YOU DID
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I seldom do this. By "this" I mean respond to the Sparkmail of the day. This is because I often do not read them. I know! I am a horrible Sparker. However, today's got me thinking and I wanted to share those thoughts.
This isn't even really a response to the Sparkmail in question. It's more... a response to the idea of crediting the "tool" with a job well done. To me, Sparkpeople is just that: a tool. It's a wonderful tool. It is, in my opinion, the best fitness and weight loss tool of it's kind in the whole wide world. Weight Watchers is to an iPhone what Sparkpeople is to a Star Trek Tricorder. You just can't compare the two.
But it's just a tool. You, my friends, are the wielder of the tool. A tool won't work if you don't pick it up. The very existence of SP's calorie counter doesn't compel you to use it. You are the one making the effort. A tool can be misused. The community features of SP are wonderful, but I sometimes see some of the most beautiful and lionhearted of the members falling into the trap where all their energy and ability to motivate is turned outwards to other people while they leave none for themselves. You are the ones responsible for reminding yourself to get out there and be active, and not to allow your enthusiasm for encouraging and interacting with others on SP trick you into becoming more sedentary instead of less.
Finally, a tool can be forgotten. It can be left in the rain to rust. You, my Awesome Sparky People, are the ones who keep coming back! And if that tool rusts a bit, you're the ones who pick it up, clean it off, and get back to work.
So yes. By all means, we can all say that "Sparkpeople changed our lives" in the same way I might say "My Senso coffee pot changed my life!" (It did, too. I'm a total coffee addict. Push a button, get a cup of coffee? AWESOME.) But at the end of the day, remember... the REAL change lies with you. You did it. Or, you are DOING it. You are the one who really deserves the kudos.