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I had to do a book review for one of my classes. My friend Catherine suggested this book to me — Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers. It’s a great book I recommend to anyone, especially parents. It’s a really easy read, and it’s a motivating book.
According to the author, Dr Benson, a spark is:
Hidden passion that comes from the gut and that can be anything to help kids get on a positive path where they believe they have a sense of purpose in the world. Sparks can be artistic, sporty, or helping other people out. For some teenagers, people — like their family — can be their spark. Sparks are more than just hobbies; sparks are what drive an individual to be passionate, something they can turn to when things become difficult in their life.
Some people find their spark when they are young, others discover it when they are in their adulthood. As adults who have children or who work with children, it’s imperative that we be their “spark champion” and encourage them to explore their spark.
Reading this book has made me question my own spark, and I think one of my sparks is this: I like giving things to people I care about. I want people I care about to be happy. When I know what a loved one likes, I keep that fact in my mind and try to surprise them by getting something they like. That’s how I roll :)
I know I also have some passion for my hobbies, but I think reading and writing will be the two biggest sparks from my huge list of hobbies!
What is your spark? Remember, it’s not just a hobby or a like. It’s this thing that makes you want to live. It can be something concrete or it can be abstract. It is something that is you.