Early Spring 2006

Dear Friends

The bare branches of winter have their own distinct beauty — especially when they reveal breathtaking views which are otherwise blocked during the rest of the year. They make me think back to bleak times in my own life — times of love lost, children gone, and dreams dashed. Under the surface of every one of those seasons of grief, new life was preparing to bloom. Dormancy is like that. You never really know what's going on under the surface, but if you're brave enough to fully experience those times of dormancy and hibernation, the clarity and vision you'll gain will bring about a renewal you wouldn't believe. It reminds me of a quote I read recently by Jean Paul Sartre: "The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it." Those of you who have come face to face with your own mortality know what he's talking about.

Many of us aren't so comfortable with bare branches and the shifting sands within our hourglass. We forget there is any season other than winter, and we'll do anything to distract ourselves from our present "lack." Like a severely dehydrated patient hooked up to an IV, we'll "hook" ourselves up to the distraction of choice, be it our iPods, eBay, DVDs, or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. We all probably know someone who can't even fall asleep without their TV droning in the background. We insulate and isolate ourselves within our self-contained bubbles of entertainment and avoidance, all the while missing the Main Attraction going on around us and within us.

But there's nothing like a long hibernation for the introspection some questions require: What do I really value, and how do I really want to be spending my time and with whom? We can either let winter do its work and emerge anew, having our dormant bulbs transform into flowers as we reinvent ourselves with new hopes and dreams, or we can continue insulating ourselves with all our distractions and busyness, emerging into springtime with no greater clarity or vision than before. My wish is that this spring, you'll challenge yourself to start anew, and that you'll give yourself the gift we see over and over again in nature — the ability to go on no matter what the harsh winter dishes up. It's a new day for us all. May we take off our iPods and turn off our TVs and computers long enough to revel in the newness all around us.

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From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

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Holiday 2009 - Paying it Forward

Fall 2009 - You're Not Alone

Late Summer 2009 - "Searching" for Peace

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