Spark of Hope #73 – Invest in the Power of Play!

Spark of Hope #73 – J.K. Rowling noted that “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” To me, one of the surest ways to forget what it is to be young is to forget to play! Life delivers serious stuff on a regular basis from our jobs to providing for the family, to going through unexpected grief and loss. In wading through life’s serious stuff, it’s easy to lose sight of the power of play. To get a sense of the medicine it brings to the soul just listen to any grandparent who’s sharing moments spent with a grandchild. Whether marveling over “firsts” or engaging in child’s play, it’s like oxygen for the mind, body and soul. So, take a few moments to inventory your week. Have you taken time out to play? Invite others to play along! It’s like a beacon of HOPE and it makes Huge Outcomes Possible Everyday!

Enjoying time with my 80-year-old parents — coloring their way to fun!

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!

One thought on “Spark of Hope #73 – Invest in the Power of Play!”

  1. Thanks, Maryann. I think that play is so important throughout life. Play has purpose to release the hidden heart and give freedom to adults absorbed with so many worldly issues of life.

    I have been refreshed in play and song being a grandparent learning form my granddaughter Abbly. As a grandparent (Papaw), my granddaughter Abby and I enjoy taking songs that she knows and adding new words and even personalizing them. We have found “Abby coming around the mountain”, “Abby working on the railroad” and sang “My Abby lies over the ocean”. I am on her newly estabished soccer team with her Grandma, too!

    In play we discover again the joy of life and are reminded that God has much more planned for us besides work and duties of this worldly life.

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