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Voume 2 Issue 2

June/July 1999

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
BY- Kybear

Good spring to all! What a wonderful time of year this can be if one can open their eyes, hearts and minds, and breathe in the wonders that the universe provides us with at this time.

We have just left a winter where much has had the opportunity to build up in our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Spring is a wondrous time if we use it. Much like a butterfly sheds its cocoon to a new type of life, so can we take this time to shed all the excess, and
start to fly.

We all carry excess baggage with us and, like those extra pounds that seem to hide somewhere behind us where we can't or don't choose to see them (we step on the scales and see the added weight but when we look in the mirror we don't see it and just convince ourselves that it just shifted), we are still weighted down by the excess.  This spring we have the choice to lose that excess baggage. It's time to plant new seeds, see the fruit of our inner work grow and blossom and change us from little caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.

There is just such growth in the spring of all that is new in the universe; all the new babies of the animal kingdom, the fresh new grasses and budding of new flowers, the sprouting of leaves on the trees; everywhere we look there is new growth, new life, new chances to start over, everything is renewing itself.

Not to say that our renewal will be easy, for as everyone knows in every flower garden there are those weeds that pop up and try to ruin the beauty, to stave out the fresh life and stop the growth of all. That is what the excess baggage we carry does to us. It slows down our growth
and there are even times that it stops growth all together. But this is nothing that we can't handle.

This spring we will just pull one weed at a time and as we do, we will become stronger, wiser and taller. We will renew ourselves and grow and blossom as the creator had intended each and every one of us to do. With this in mind, I ask each of us to take a few minutes each day not only to feed and water our bodies, but our spirit. Take some time for just you even if it is only a few minutes to stand in the sun, smell a flower, smile at a stranger, and enjoy what once again has been offered to us this spring - a chance to renew, replenish, refresh and blossom.

Blessing to All.
Kybear

BITS AND TIDBITS

The paradox of our time in history is that we  have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider  freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend  more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families;  more conveniences, but less time; we have more  degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but  less judgment; more experts, but more problems;  more medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced  our values. We talk too much, love too seldom,  and hate too often. We've learned how to make  a living, but not a life; We've added years to life,  not life to years.

We've been all the way to the moon and back,  but have trouble crossing the street to meet the  new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but  not inner space; We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; We've split the atom, butnot our prejudice;

We have higher incomes, but lower morals; We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less  fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are  days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or to just hit delete...

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