Spark of Hope #18 – Seed Planters

Spark of Hope #18 – In the late 1980’s while my family was stationed in Massachusetts, I had the blessing of working for a couple who was writing a book. It was their first book, and my job was to enter data for analysis. I worked evenings in the basement of their home, while they tended to their first child upstairs. I remember being so impressed by their work ethic and dedication to publish Future Shop. I also remember thinking, “someday I’d like to write a book.” Terra Ziporyn and Jim Snider were “seed planters;” their example stayed with me as my life took a different path.

Fast forward to 2010: I kept in touch with Terra and Jim throughout the years. So, when I began my Little Pink Book series I wrote to Terra, my now published-author-friend, medical historian, editor. She was touched by the difference I hoped to make, and she wrote an endorsement for When Your Mom Has Cancer. Who’s been a “seed planter” in your life? Give them a hug today! Through their example and others, Huge Outcomes become Possible Everyday.

This recently published article speaks of my friends’ work: Timeline 1992 The History of Online Shopping in Nutshell

Stick-character hugs inside When Your Mom Has Cancer

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!

5 thoughts on “Spark of Hope #18 – Seed Planters”

  1. Maryann, thank you for writing these extremely kind words, which bring back so many happy memories (including your own children, who you brought by to see our new baby and seemed so grown to me at 2 and 3!). As I’ve told you before, however, you are the inspiration if ever there was one, and it’s been a delight and an honor to see how you’ve worked so hard over the years to bring your own dreams to life – and then use your growth to make the world a better place. This is beginning to sound like a mutual admiration club, but, then again, it is! Anyway, many thanks again, and I look forward to seeing the wonders I’m sure you’ll continue to achieve.

    1. Those are such sweet memories, Terra! When people have asked my advice for writers, my answer is: good writers are born through writing and surrounding yourself with others who are equally passionate about what they do. That’s so true of those early days & our continued friendship…encouraging one another in good works. I look forward to more sweet memories & good works to share!

  2. Seed planting by others has been my inspiration to move into new areas always. Wow, I have never seen it so vividly as Ihave today by your words. It has been true in my engineering career and my church ministry work. Without seeds being planted there will be no corn harvest as I learned as a farmboy so well. My life has been plowed, cultivated, planted and has produced fruit when God has used others in my life. My life legacy is all about that and your column this morning has helped me see that much more. Thank you for your Godly and hopeful and spark-filled inspiration. 

    1. You are noting the purpose of every spark of hope…to inspire others! God has a plan for each of us to make a difference in some way. That’s THE reason we’re here! 😉

  3. Throughout my life I have been blessed by the seeds of hope offered by others, most of whom never knew I admired or attempted to emulate. Sometimes I only had a brief few minutes to observe the interaction of a mother and father w/ their children, or the kind behavior of a professional speaker. Other times, I had the opportunity to observe and interact w/ others for years. These were the seeds I took to heart to learn how to be a better parent, a better wife, a better person. At 53, I continue to value when I am again in the presence of seeds of hope!

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