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Spring...A Time for Renewal

By Mark Susnow

Life's seasons are amazing with each season having its unique cycle. It's been a long winter and I'm starting to feel spring. Unfortunately for many the winter storms haven't been kind. When you're in the middle of a storm, you sometimes wonder if it will ever 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, the brightness of the moon and feel the crispness in the air.

Spring is a time for new beginnings and brings with it a sense of hope and optimism. As you prepare for the spring ritual and 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 you cultivate your garden determines your harvest. Sometimes you pour seeds from the package right onto the soil and at other times you might follow a systematic plan of planting every few inches. The seeds grow from the darkness toward the light and will nurture you in many ways. What is more important is what you harvest in the future from these seeds. They are your 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.

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 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.

Feel free to share this letter with the friends in your circle and let them know about the advantages of being on the journey. Part of my journey has been expanding my capacity and ability to connect with other like minded people around the world. These letters, my website and you help me make this connection possible. Your suggestions and comments also help me sense what is on all of our minds.

Journey On

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About the Author
Mark Susnow has a unique background. Formerly a successful trial attorney for 30 years, as well as musician, he integrates what it takes to be truly prosperous in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation practice. As a personal coach, leadership consultant and inspirational speaker, Mark provides inspiration and motivation to many business leaders and professionals. He knows what it means to have a big vision and has demonstrated the courage and energy it takes to accomplish it. Consider contacting Mark and be sure to visit his website

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