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  • Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A great tree fell in the forest.

    In the upheaval, seeds which had lain dormant in the soil for many years were thrown to the surface.

    Now, an abundance of violet plants blossoms out of the disturbed earth.

    There's a lesson here, I think.

    An experience which seems nearly devastating when it happens is always the harbinger of growth.

    The seeming catastrophe holds within itself blessings which will, in time, come to light.

    Seeds of ideas long buried find the impetus and occasion to flourish and fulfill themselves.

    Neglected opportunities surface, and challenge me to strike out in new directions.

    I have watched this phenomena at work in my life time and time again.

    How right Emerson was when he wrote: "The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the

    understanding after long intervals of time. The sure years reveal the deep remedial force that underlies all facts."

    (Painting by Alex based on Rock Art symbols of the Chumash)
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