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#1 of 1 Old 03-27-2005, 05:38 PM - Thead Starter
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Life's seasons are amazing. This winters storms have been savage and no doubt we will experience a few more. When you're in the middle of a storm, you sometimes feel it will never end. Yet you know after the storm there will be a sense of calmness, clarity and beauty. The air feels different and
you only need to look up at the sky and you feel lighter. As spring approaches you notice the wild flowers, the blossoms on the fruit trees and the abundance of birds that surround you. At night you
notice the stars in the sky and the brightness of the moon.

Spring is a time of new beginnings as you ready yourselves for the spring ritual with its sense of optimism and hope. As you think about what you want to harvest, you pull out the weeds and prepare the soil for planting. Imagine if you will, that the weeds are your limiting beliefs that clutter your mind and the seeds you spread around in the garden are your ideas....
possibilities planted in the garden of your mind.

How we cultivate our garden determines our harvest. Sometimes we will pour seeds from the package right onto the soil and at other times we follow a systematic plan of planting every few
inches. Some of the seeds grow from the darkness toward the light and nurture us in many ways. What is more important is what we harvest in the future from these seeds. They are our destiny.

This spring let us be inspired by the ritual of spring to think think about what we can plant that will transcend our normal way of looking at spring. Think of spring as a time of
possibility. Be sure to plant some seeds that won't have to be replanted next year, that will grow and can be harvested and enjoyed by future generations. We are talking about our vision.

Sometimes an inspiring poem says it all. This poem, written in 500 B.C. by an anonymous Chinese poet, is most poignant. Enjoy the poem and share your vision.

The Harvest
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow seed.
If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.
By sowing seed once, you will harvest once.
By planting a tree, you will harvest tenfold.
By educating the people, you will harvest one hundredfold.

Here's a vision for you. Imagine there's a movie screen, the movie screen of your mind that connects with the universal mind of the world. You have a magic power that can influence the way people think. You can empower the world to think differently. What is it you want people to know and in what ways do you want them to change? What is your hope for yourself, your community and the
world? My hope is that we all will share our vision because we all want the same thing. We want to experience love and that sense of connection. We long for peace on the planet and want to see an end to world hunger. When enough of us share the same vision and commit to it, we can create an unstoppable force of possibility.

When we feel connected to each other, to nature and to this empowering presence we know we are not alone. From this place of knowing, we know that what is possible in our lives is unlimited. As spring unfolds it is my hope the seeds you plant
renew your sense of hope and optimism. May you be inspired by this journey.

© 2004 Mark Susnow, formerly a trial attorney for 30 years is a coach, speaker, and group facilitator. He’s inspired hundreds of people to believe in themselves and to achieve their goals and dreams. Contact Mark now to discover how you can benefit from coaching or subscribe to his newsletter at

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