Spark of Hope #93 – Our eyes can deceive us if we make conclusions based on what we see at first glance, especially if we don’t take time to observe. A “weed” popped up near our mail box several years ago. We got busy with other things and before we could cut it down, blooms suddenly appeared there among the weeds. Tomorrow is World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21st), and that blooming weed has caught my eye again. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is heading up a prevention initiative and Yale School of Medicine has published hopeful research on a missing link, while others have focused on changing the culture of care and heightening dementia awareness with a Purple Angel project. In reading and learning, I feel more hopeful than ever. I’m grateful that doctors, scientists and advocates haven’t given up when their vision is limited. They persevere, even when “weeds” crop up in research trials and rising disease statistics stare back in their face. They continue looking for the blooms among the weeds. Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday and HOPE is still in bloom for families loving one another through Alzheimer’s Disease.
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!