Spark of Hope #53 – As a child, I often heard my mother say, “silence is golden.” It was her way of describing the quiet moments when all five of us kids were either in bed or out and about. My mother also relished quiet when she was angry; she became silent until she felt better. In those times, I remember worrying about what I had done wrong (and sometimes I had!). To this day, when people are quiet worry runs through my little head. Thankfully, I don’t dwell there…at least most of the time. As I’ve observed my mother confronting Alzheimer’s disease, silence is even less golden to me. When she loses words or can’t plug the right ones in, I grieve. I think of the greater silence that is to come. My co-author’s wife has fallen even more into the silence than my mother. Yet, as with other losses, it is the moments of clarity that spark hope. A creative thought expressed through art, a burst of humor or a spontaneous hug—all say “I’m still here!” I want to be the noise inside Alzheimer’s. I want to encourage families to not fall into the silence too. Talking about the tough journeys will help them cope, understand, and more richly bless one another. There are golden opportunities to make Huge Outcomes Possible Everyday–even inside Alzhiemer’s there’s HOPE!
Even in the silence–there is love! Thanks June. ♥
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!