Spark of Hope #132 – Getting through the Mississippi Mud

Spark of Hope #132 – Watching traffic on the Mississippi River is like taking a look at life’s pace. A person’s average walking speed is about three miles per hour. A slow-moving barge carrying five times its own weight moves at twice our walking pace. With everything from dry goods to chemicals to earth elements, an average tow has 15 barges tied together, propelled by a little towboat.  What’s your response when something (or someone) weighs you down? Do you keep pushing along, hoping it gets better or just goes away? Or, do you give yourself permission to slow down, rest and reflect? Are you able to see joy in life’s muddy waters, as well as in crystal clear moments? In this era of speed and high-tech, our pace is often too brisk, our face-to-face interactions too brief, and our decisions too brash.  Slow down … take a walk … your strength may fail in pushing the barges … but take heart …. slow down … rest and reflect and recover … doors of change will inevitably open. For change is as constant as water flowing through the Mississippi. There are treasures in those burdens, even when all you can see is mud.  Hang onto hope!


Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play, and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday! 

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