Spark of Hope #10 – 31 years ago, I left home to join the military. Returning home this month brought a flurry of memories. Some were as clear as yesterday, while others were vague, almost as though I’d imagined them. Without a doubt, every trip home brings out the kid in me and I get a bit sad when it’s time for goodbye. When I arrived at the airport, my eyes gravitated to the troops in uniform—a familiar site for which I was grateful. Later when I reached my connection, I was again drawn to the military as I sat chatting with an Army spouse. Finally, on-board the plane home I sat next to an Airman. As we talked, I thanked him for choosing to serve. Then to my surprise, I spent the remainder of the flight chatting with a fellow Air Force-retired spouse. I left behind my childhood family, and I gained a military family along my path—just like 31 years ago. What a striking affirmation that Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!
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!
Maryann Makekau ©2011