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Dave's Spark

Dave's Spark: Start Something is a special fund that honors the memory of David Kaplan, a musician, mentor, father of three and Chicago business entrepreneur who lived with bipolar disorder. Established in 2006 by Dave's friends and family—in conjunction with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), a national mental health agency based in Chicago, Illinois—this fund provides support to families who are confronted with bipolar disorder.

Dave's catch phrase, Start Something, is not just an expression... these are words Dave lived by. He motivated most everyone around him to do better and be better. As a musician, he lived with a creative passion, and his unique talent to encourage and educate others has been realized in Dave's Spark. He has truly "started something."

Dave was the type of person who, when faced with a difficult challenge, used his tremendous energy and dynamic spirit to find the right path or solution to the problem. Inspired by this energy and spirit, DBSA and Dave's Spark launched the Facing Us Music Contest on July 4, 2008. Open to amateur and professional musicians alike, the Facing Us Music Contest was a unique and high-profile way to achieve DBSA and Dave's Spark's shared goal: to raise awareness of depression and bipolar disorder. The Facing Us Music Contest and the Dave's Spark Creativity Center celebrate the "creative spark" and the ways in which people use creative expression to not only cope, but also to thrive, while living with these illnesses.

Tip Stress...

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, Raised a glass of water and asked 'How heavy is this glass of water?' Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.' He continued, 'And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.' 'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.' So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while. Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life: ~ Accept that some days you're the pigeon, And some days you're the statue. ~ Always read stuff that will make you look good If you die in the middle of it. ~ Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be Recalled by their maker. ~ If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. ~ If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, It was probably worth it. ~ It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others. ~ Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, Because then you won't have a leg to stand on. ~ Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance .. ~ Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. ~ The second mouse gets the cheese. ~ Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. ~ You may be only one person in the world, But you may also be the world to one person. ~ Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. ~ We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. ~ A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.