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The other day as I bent down to get a drink of water, I was struck by the realization that a water  fountain is a wondrous thing. You desire a drink. You push a button and fresh, cold water springs up out of the hole on demand. I know how simple it seems, but after this week’s horrific earthquake in Haiti, a drinking fountain would be a welcomed sight on that island. As a world decimated by Mother Nature, they wait for relief efforts to provide the simplest of Human dignities and provisions. Our hearts are with them, both heavy and hopeful.

My message today is one of thankfulness and Zen. Be present and appreciate what today has to offer. Tomorrow is always just a whisper of promise. The mystery of it all keeps us plugging along. For me, being thankful for that water fountain was just a metaphor for every day life. I am here. My needs are met. Be productive, be happy  and drink life like you mean it…oh , and don’t forget to say “Thank you” and “I love you” because any dialogue past that is extraneous at best.

Michele Palenik & Baxter

Michele Palenik & Baxter

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