Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. A world without it is like a world without possibility. 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! ©2011
SPARK OF HOPE
Every week, I’m going to share a spark of hope. A single moment can make a lifetime of difference to someone else. I hope that my one-minute stories will make a difference in your life. I also hope that they inspire you to play, dream and imagine—for the possibilities are endless.
Spark of Hope #1 – My first children’s book was a gift to my best friend who’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Bound on pink paper, I read When Your Teacher Has Cancer to her 2nd grade students as she prepared for surgery. That was the day I met (then) 8-year old, Lily. She quickly became a spark of hope in my life. I’ll never forget the first thing Lily said to me: “you’re such a blessing in Miss Kennedy’s life!” Every visit thereafter, Lily has made a point to bless me in some way.
I truly believe God sent Lily to me. My interactions with her continually inspire me to see the world through a child’s eyes. Below is a snapshot of the painting Lily gave to me during a follow-on visit to her classroom: