Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Spark

There is always something left to love.
And if you ain't learned that, you ain't


~ Lorraine Hansberry

(Pottery! ♥)

As I was ambling happily through a
parking lot this week, my eyes fell
on a bumper sticker, which declared
in bright, bold letters,

I love greyhounds!

I smiled to myself, because who
wouldn't love a greyhound, those
sleek dynamos with the soulful
gaze and regal bearing?

But to commit to a bumper sticker,
the driver of this car must not just
love greyhounds, but be passionate
about them.

(Dogs! Even wet ones!♥)

Which is great.  I'm very happy
that there are staunch greyhound
supporters on our planet.

There's a plethora of things to
love in this life.  So many, many 
hobbies to learn, passions to 
champion, whimsies to indulge, 
past times to participate and
to lose oneself in.

(Knitting! For trees!♥)

There's a spark inside each of us
that, for mysterious reasons, ignites
a fervor for an amazing variety of
things.  Consider what other passions
crossed my radar the same day that 
I saw the greyhound bumper sticker:

collecting Star Wars figurines
playing guitar
running marathons
The Beetles
live theater
Boston Terriers
sewing quilts

And this is just a tiny sampling
of what I saw or heard on that 
particular afternoon, or what I've
noticed since jotting down this
brief list.


I'm not certain why I Love Lucy
memorabilia kindles deep devotion
in one person, while cat videos,
creating greeting cards or wood-
working is another's thing.

But I do know that the spark which
leads to our individual passions is 
a wonderful, magical part of
being human.

(Photography! Owls!)

Let's cherish and celebrate
that spark, in ourselves and
in others, too.

{What a dull place this world
would be if everyone's interests
were exactly the same!}


There is always something left
to love in this mysterious journey
that we call life, no matter how
far along its path we have come,
or how much farther we are going.

What's your passion?


{all pictures my own}


Deb said...

What a lovely and inspiring post. Thank you. I hope you are having a wonderful day :)

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

AMEN! Everything needs something to love, the "spark" that gets them through everyday, even the bad days.

I love my pups, in fact I am have such a hard time getting over the loss of Munchen my almost 15 year old that I find myself weeping somedays. I know it is because it is the first time I even lost someone that loved me unconditionally. Munchen was like my child and we spent everyday together for almost 15 years, that leaves a huge hole.

I love the little things in life, the smell of baking bread, or a cup of cocoa, the rustle of the leaves, the sound of the fog horns, so many little things.

I also love baking and books and more importantly my family and friends. The last 11/2 years has been a challenge for me and I feel a tiny spark coming back of the joy I used to feel from things I loved.

I hope that you are well beautiful friend. You have such a wonderful outlook and soul and I LOVe to visit here.

I hope the kids and your little pup are well.

Enjoy the beautiful Fall!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Ahhh I love a day that begins with Privet & Holly in my in-box :)
I often think about that spark, why people are drawn to certain things, my father in law to boats and cars, my brother and his wife to dogs (in a big way), or me with my fascination of power tools and building things. My mom takes care of a lovely lady who is 96, she quilts and knits and sells old memorabilia on ebay! I love that everyone is different and unique, God is amazing how he made each one of us an individual!!!! Would you say one of your sparks is really seeing the details of the world you live in? You always have the most interesting perspective and I love to read what piques your interest.

Nan said...

Such a wonderful and timely post. This is just what I needed to
be reminded of today. Thank you so much for sharing your
spark with the world!

Lucy martin said...

You are so right!! Variety really is the spice of life!
Always love hearing what is on your heart.xo

Sami Pat said...

Besides my daughter and my tiny beagle...trees, rocks, bird's nests, sweaters, teddy bears, books, comfortable chairs, clean laundry, thrift store and antique malls. And especially getting to comment on blogs I appreciate.

Jeanie said...

A million passions! I love the coziness of my house, the fact that autumn has been almost unbearably beautiful and that the flowers are still out despite our Michigan frost this morning; I love sweet Lizzie's purr and cuddle-up in the morning and the joy of seeing good live theatre; I love the way the kitchen smells in the fall, with baking and soup and meatloaf; I am passionate about pulling out my art supplies and making something new, something happy, even if it doesn't turned out like I planned. I'm passionate about Christmas and Thanksgiving and holidays of any kind and all the trappings that come with them! And that's the tip of the iceberg!

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and inspiring list and reminding me to think of my passions. (Oh, and by the way -- my post about Cleveland a few days ago featured a couple of yarn bombed trees too in honor of their Peter Max exhibit but your photo is SO much better!

Rambling Tart said...

I'm smiling so big after reading this. :-) We do have such diverse sparks in us, don't we? My hubs adores cars and medieval combat, I adore travel and good books, we both love good food. :-) I shall be looking for sparks this week. :-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Fun post, Suzanne! You've made me think about my passions...the world is so wonderfully full of things to be passionate about! Design and creating, cooking and baking...a good cup of coffee shared with a friend (wonder who that could be?). I'm most passionate about sharing time with family and friends, and all the special moments in life...