Spark of Hope #92 – In this age of email, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn, the world wide web can easily feel like world wide clutter. As we engage and continue trying to make sense of it all, we must also weigh its time-consuming energy-zapping potential against its know-how mind-sharpening benefits. Looking at my in-box clutter this week, reminded me of a little exercise I share at Alzheimer’s support groups. Imagine having someone chop every sentence into pieces, scramble it, and then expect you to put it together, comprehend it, and provide feedback — all in less than 15 seconds. That’s a typical conversational expectation. The “scramble” exercise provide a poignant picture of what results when plaques and tangles invade the brain — a signature of Alzheimer’s disease. In this tech savvy generation, we’re tasked with navigating a world wide web of clutter. Take a few moments today to consider its positive and negative potential. Then, consider its consequences if you had no control over the clutter. May such thinking evoke understanding, compassion, and patience as you interact with those struggling with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday — when HOPE dominates the world of clutter!
P.S. How long did it take you to unscramble the sentence?
(Please sit down so I can help you put your shoes on.)
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!