It Begins With a Spark

Summer is a great time – time for reflection, a change of pace, casual meetups with friends and family. And an opportunity to play around with some ideas that’s been kicking around.  I have a tendency to take summer moments as they happen – dumping aside the calendar and allow things to unfold. It’s the exact opposite of what my life is like the rest of the year.

I’ve been thinking a bit on what drives action – why some ideas pop up, have great promise but wither away; why some ideas are made into realities. And then it hit…it begins with a spark, a connection. (A bit of disclosure here – the term “spark” came from my friend, Bev Ogilvie in her book, I’ve finally woven the words and image to make it personally meaningful (at least for now).


What I’ve learned is that sparks happen all around us. Big ones, little ones. The ones that connect are the ones that move into action. It is the action that creates new opportunity for other sparks to surface.  And as ‘learning leaders’,  our job is to look for the sparks in others and allow them to flourish.

What are your sparks? How do you see them playing out in your life? I’d be interested in hearing your stories.