July 5, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects 94: 1. Two Feedbacks + 2. The Battle lines are Drawn + 3. LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS + 4. The Call Goes Out + 5. DAFFODILS + 6. You Are

Hello everyone

There were a couple interesting feedbacks to my last compilation (see below) -- which made me realize that I seldom receive feedbacks nowadays...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

Some news of interest

Israel Kills 3 Militants and Hits Syrian Site in Lebanon

Commission to Report That I.R.A. Has Not Started to Disarm

"Defyd Williams" <defyd@ihug.co.nz> also sent this

http://www.TheSchoolDaily.com will feature articles, URLs and newsletters on American Independence Day (July 4).

"Susan Moore" <firedeva@earthlink.net> also sent a thought-provoking Declaration of Independence which you may request directly from her.


From: "Charles De Beer" <dreams@venturenet.co.za>
Subject: your 7/2/01 'miscellaneous subjects' #93 message
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001

Dear Jean

I am so relieved to find constructive news in this 7/2/01 newsletter! Meaning : items that deal with soul and and Spirit, rather than with all the destructive actions mankind is so busy with. Sure, your broadcasting all these greed induced actions from all over the world serves a great purpose : to awaken us to the dangers and to spur us on to act wherever we may be able to.
However, 'The Gentle Art of Blessing' is one action we ALL can practise, the WHOLE day, day in day out, with profit to the world at large and to ourselves.

That scientists now 'find' that "human consciousness may work independantly of the brain using the gray matter as a mechanism to manifest the thought", and that "man may have a soul" has been known by philosophers, mystics etc. since time immemorial, and is an evident 'truth' contains in most (if not all) ancient scriptures. It is a basic fact in the interpretation of dreams, dreams being messages from the 'soul' of man that are then registered in/on the brain and remembered on waking, aimed at reminding man that the true goal of his life on earth is to 'save his soul' , and to 're-unite with the Spirit'. Any-one interested in this vital subject can contact me - I'll be happy to elaborate and give 'proof', though claiming no exclusive knowledge, being merely one student (among many!) of arcane knowledge.


From: ilyes@earthlink.net
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001
Subject: Falun Gong devotees in mass suicide over custody


I have stopped buying ANYTHING from China ... an economic boycott is the only way to get thru to these ones who are so fearful/guilty about what they're doing/not doing for their people that they'll stop at nothing to suppress ALL independent thinking ... much like what's going on here in the USA.



From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <bw@jak.se>
Subject: The Battle lines are Drawn
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001

Dear Jean,

I am following a definite line in the unfolding struggle against globalisation, which I know that you, and many of the ERN list members will find useful.

I would like to share this outline of the perspective I have on Money Matters with you:

"Globalisation is giving rise to new slavery, new holocausts, new apartheids." - Vandana Shiva.

"Love is the only solution." - Dorothy Day.

We are faced with a new round in the ever on-going, sacred struggle for human justice - now against globalisation.

My contribution to the struggle in Money Matters postings and talks will be to focus more definitely on showing how the struggle is at base an attempt to cure the apparently incurable, homo economicus disease, of each going his/her own way.

Underlying the struggle against globalisation is the need to establish sustainable economies of love, in which the individual and collective ways coincide. This is impossible under the prevailing money system. In the Money Matters postings I want to direct attention to why it is that sustainable economies will not happen without

- taking away the monopoly right of the private banking system to control money supply at interest, for profit,

- cancelling all debts entered into for profit and redistributing real (not financial) wealth in the spirit of Jubilee, and

- replacing the prevailing debt money system with an interest-free, public service money supply, mainly directed to restructuring the cities and reorganising agriculture for human scale farming that is not primarily geared to money making.

I will also show why these reforms, and therefore the struggle against globalisation, will more than likely give rise to a new tyranny, of bureaucratic control over all economic activity, unless the movement for reform is accompanied by a new schooling, for the needed change of mind and heart.

There has to be a paradigm change from a mindset that is primarily geared to quantitative gains for 'the good life', to a mindset that is primarily geared to non-quantifiable giving and receiving, contact and response, outreach and yielding in 'the better than good life' of unconditional love.



Dear friends with mailing lists,

Here is the posting re the JAK Eco- project in case you want to forward it to others. It was an interesting coincidence that Peter Challen posted another statement from Vandana Shiva at the same time -- as per the second Money Matters posting. The battle lines for the struggle against globalisation are being well drawn, from several perspectives.



MONEY MATTERS -- 1 July 2001 JAK Eco-project in India plus Vandana Shiva Excerpts


Dear list member,

A delegation from the members"-owned bank JAK in Sweden will be in India this week, to finalise plans for a linked eco-tourism and interest-free loan scheme with SEED, the Society for Ecological and Economical Development, in Kerala Province.

The villagers of Pakkam, who are part of a nation-wide movement to maintain traditional methods of biodiverse organic farming, will be the first to benefit in the pilot SEED/JAK project.

The 21,000 members of JAK are being invited to allocate a part of their savings and savings points to the Pakkam Project interest-free loan scheme, and to accept repayment in part or in full in the form of a 14-day tour of Kerala. The tour is costed at 5,000 Swedish kronor (about $1,000), including accommodation and food.

Like hundreds of millions of small farmers throughout India, the villagers of Pakkam are under pressure from the global agrochemical corporations, who are forcing a change to large-scale monoculture farming, with genetically manipulated seeds and pesticides.

The globalisation of agriculture is resulting in millions of Indian farmers being robbed of their livelihoods and their right to food.

The renowned environmental activist Vandana Shiva reports a suicide epidemic amongst the millions of Indian farmers who have been left with unrepayable debts after falling for the hard sell and unrealised promises of the agrobusiness corporations, led by Monsanto and Cargill.

In a document "Seeds of Suicide", produced for the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi last year, Vandana Shiva writes that over 20,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 1998 and 1999 alone because of unrepayable debts.

In her book Stolen Harvest (published by South End Press, Cambridge, USA, and Zed Books, London, 2000), Vandana Shiva notess that Indian agriculture is being specially targeted. "Since 75 percent of the Indian population derives its livelihood from agriculture, and every fourth farmer in the world is an Indian, the impact of globalisation on Indian agriculture is of global significance," she writes.

The SEED/JAK Pakkam Project represents a small seed of hope, in line with the aim of Vandana Shiva'sNavdanya movement "for saving seed, to protect biodiversity, and to keep agriculture free of monopoly control". The initiators of the Pakkam Project are following through on the message from Vandana Shiva and other environmental activists in India of the need, in face of the global agrobusiness theft, to cover the country with seed banks and organic farming initiatives.

Below are two short excerpts from Stolen Harvest -- From Chapter One, 'The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply', and from Chapter Four, 'Mad Cows and Sacred Cows'.

For more information about the SEED/JAK initiative, write to Eve Stenius eva.stenius@jak.se. She will reply on her return from India later this month.

In friendship

Boudewijn Wegerif
Monetary Studies Programme
Box 83, 669 22 Deje, Sweden
Tel: +46.552.10327

The Monetary Studies Programme prepares commentaries and study material on Money Matters, with emphasis on the history and psychology of money. The programme is sponsored by the Adult Education Residential College, Folkhogskola Vardingeby, south of Stockholm, and works closely with the members" owned, interest-free bank JAK (http://www.jak.se).

Johanna Heckscher
Folkhogskola Vardingeby
150 21 Molnbo, Sweden
e-mail: heckscher.jarna@telia.se


Stolen Harvest by Vandana Shiva
(Zed Books, London, 2000)


For centuries Third World farmers have evolved crops and given us the diversity of plants that provide us nutrition. Indian farmers evolved 20,000 varieties of rice through their innovation and breeding. They bred rice varieties such as Basmati. They bred red rice and brown rice and black rice. They bred rice that grew 18ft tall in the Gangetic floodwaters, and saline-resistant rice that could be grown in the coastal water . . .

Free exchange of seed among farmers has been the basis of maintaining biodiversity as well as food security. The exchange is based on cooperation and reciprocity . . . It is an accumulation of tradition, or knowledge of how to work the seed . . .

New seeds are first worshipped, and only then are they planted. New crops are worshipped before being consumed. Festivals held before sowing seeds as well as harvest festivals, celebrated in the fields, symbolise people'sintimacy with nature. For the farmer, the field is the mother; worshipping the field is a sign of gratitude toward the earth, which, as mother, feeds the millions of life forms that are her children.

But new intellectual-property-rights regimes, which are being universalised through the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), allow corporations to usurp the knowledge of the seed and monopolise it by claiming it as their private property. Over time, this results in corporate monopolies over the seed itself.

Corporations like RiceTec of the United States are claiming patents on Basmati rice. Soybean, which evolved in East Asia, has been patented by Calgene, which is now owned by Monsanto. Calgene also owns patents on mustard, a crop of India origin. Centuries of collective innovation by farmers and peasants are being hijacked as corporations claim intellectual-property rights on these and other seeds and plants.


Today ten corporations control 32 percent of the commercial seed market, valued at $23 billion, and 100 percent of the market for genetically engineered, or transgenic seeds. These corporations also control the global agrichemical and pesticide market. Just five corporations control the global trade in grain . . .

This monopolistic control over agricultural production, along with structural adjustment policies that brutally favour exports, results in floods of exports of foods from the United States and Europe to the Third World. As a result of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the proportion of Mexico'sfood supply that is imported has increased from 20 percent in 1992 to 43 percent in 1996. After 18 months of NAFTA, 2.2 million Mexicans have lost their jobs, and 40 million have fallen into extreme poverty. One out of two peasants is not getting enough to eat. As Victor Suares has stated, "Eating more cheaply on imports is not eating at all for the poor in Mexico." . . .

Trade liberalisation of agriculture was introduced in India in 1991 as part of a World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) structural adjustment package . . . Aggressive corporate advertising campaigns, including promotional films shown in villages on "video vans", were launched to sell new, hybrid seeds to farmers. Even gods, goddesses, and saints were not spared: In Pujab, Monsanto sells its products using the image of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. Corporate, hybrid seeds began to replace the local farmers" varieties.

The new hybrid seeds, being vulnerable to pests, required more pesticides. Extremely poor farmers bought both seeds and chemicals on credit from the same company. When the crops failed due to heavy pest incidence or large-scale seed failure, many peasants committed suicide by consuming the same pesticides that had gotten them into debt in the first place . . .


Global corporations are not just stealing the harvest of farmers. They are stealing nature'sharvest through genetic engineering and patents on life forms.

Genetically engineered crops manufactured by corporations pose serious ecological risks. Crops such as Monsanto'" Roundup Ready soybeans, designed to be resistant to herbicides, lead to the destruction of biodiversity and increased use of agrochemicals. They can also create highly invasive "superweeds" by transferring the genes for herbicide resistance to weeds. Crops designed to be pesticide factories, genetically engineered to produce toxins and venom with genes from bacteria, scorpions, snakes and wasps, can threaten non-pest species and can contribute to the emergence of resistance in pests and hence the creation of "superpests". In every application of genetic engineering, food is being stolen from other species for the maximisation of corporate profits.

To secure patents on life forms and living resources, corporations must claim seeds and plants to be their "inventions" and hence their property. Thus corporations like Cargill and Monsanto see nature'sweb of life and cycles of renewal as "theft" of their property. During the debate about the entry of Cargill into India in 1992, the Cargill chief executive stated, "We bring Indian farmers smart technologies, which prevent bees from usurping the pollen". During the United Nations Biosafety Negotiations, Monsanto circulated literature that claimed that "weeds steal the sunshine". A worldview that defines pollination as "theft by bees" and claims that diverse plants "steal" sunshine is one aimed at stealing nature'sharvest, by replacing open, pollinated varieties with hybrids and sterile seeds, and destroying biodiverse flora with herbicides such as Monsanto's Roundup.

This is a worldview based on scarcity. A worldview of abundance is the worldview of the women in India who leave food for ants on their doorstep, even as they create the most beautiful art in kolums, mandalas, and rangoli with rice flour. Abundance is the worldview of peasant women who weave beautiful designs of paddy to hang up for birds when the birds do not find grain in the fields. This view of abundance recognises that, in giving food to other beings and species, we maintain conditions for our own food security. It is the recognition in the Isho Upanishad that the universe is the creation of the Supreme Power means for the benefit of (all) creation. Each individual life form must learn to enjoy its benefits by farming a part of the system in close relation with other species. Let not any one species encroach upon others" rights. The Isho Upanishad also says,

"a selfish man over-utilising the resources of nature to satisfy his own ever-increasing needs is nothing but a thief, because using resources beyond one'sneeds would result in the utilisation of resources over which others have a right."

In the ecological worldview, when we consume more than we need or exploit nature on principles of greed, we are engaging in theft. In the anti-life view of agribusiness corporations, nature renewing and maintaining herself is a thief. Such a worldview replaces abundance with scarcity, fertility with sterility. It makes theft from nature a market imperative, and hides it in the calculus of efficiency and productivity.

-- Excerpt from Chapter Four: MAD COWS AND SACRED COWS

When I gave a speech at the Dalai Lama's 60th birthday celebration, he wrote me two beautiful lines of compassion: "All sentient beings, including the small insects, cherish themselves. All have the right to overcome suffering and achieve happiness. I therefore pray that we show love and compassion to all."

What is our responsibility to other species? Do the boundaries between species have integrity? Or are these boundaries mere constructs that should be broken for human convenience? The call to "transgress boundaries" advocated by both patriarchal capitalists and postmodern feminists cannot be so simple. It needs to be based on a sophisticated and complex discrimination between different kinds of boundaries, an understanding of who is protected by what boundaries and whose freedom is achieved by what transgressions.

In India, cows have been treated as sacred -- as Lakshi, the goddess of wealth, and as the cosmos in which all gods and goddesses reside -- for centuries. Ecologically, the cow has been central to Indian civilisation. Both materially and conceptionally the world of Indian agriculture has built its sustainability on the integrity of the cow, considering her inviolable and sacred, seeing her as the mother of the prosperity of the food chain.

According to K.M. Munchi, India's first agriculture minister after independence from the British, cows

"are not worshiped in vain. They are the primeval agents who enrich the soil -- nature's great land transformers -- who supply organic matter that, after treatment, becomes nutrient matter of the greatest importance. In India, tradition, religious sentiment and economic needs have tried to maintain a cattle population large enough to maintain the cycle."

By using crop wastes and uncultivated land, indigenous cows do not compete with humans for food; rather, they provide organic fertiliser for fields and thus enhance food productivity. Within the sacredness of the cow lie this ecological rationale and conservation imperative. The cow is a source of cow-dung energy, nutrition and leather, and its contribution is linked to the work of women in feeding and milking cows, collecting cow dung and nurturing sick cows to health. Along with being the primary experts in animal husbandry, women are also the food processors in the traditional dairy industry, making curds, butter, ghee and buttermilk.

Indian cattle provide more food than they consume, in contrast to those in the U.S. cattle industry, in which cattle consume six times more food than they provide. In addition, every year, Indian cattle excrete 700 million tons of recoverable manure: half of this is used as fuel, liberating the thermal equivalent of 27 million tones of kerosene, 35 million tons of coal or 68 million tons of wood, all of which are scarce resources in India. The remaining half is used as fertiliser.

Two-thirds of the power requirements of Indian villages are met by cattle-dung fuel for some 80 million cattle. (Seventy million of these cattle are the male progeny of what industrial developers term 'useless' low-milk-yielding cows.) To replace animal power in agriculture, India would have to spend $1 billion annually on gas. As for other livestock produce, it may be sufficient to mention that the export of hides, skins and other products brings in $150 million annually.

Yet this highly efficient food system, based on the multiple uses of cattle, has been dismantled in the name of efficiency and development. The Green Revolution shifted agriculture's fertiliser base from renewable organic inputs to non-renewable chemical ones, making both cattle and women's work with cattle dispensable in the production of food grain . . .


From: http://www.anet.com/~manytimes/page49.htm


by Paul Lycett

For those people who are old enough to remember what was said about
the coming age of nuclear fission:

* "unlimited energy"
* "cheap energy"
* "CLEAN energy" - Does anyone still believe this?

It is human arrogance and greed that turns a blind eye to the potential problems that a new technology creates.

Bio-technology is even more dangerous than nuclear fission!

* Why?

Nuclear fission by products (ie. radioactive waste ) are produced under direct human control. Even so called accidents are still under our control. Shutdown nuclear plants, don't use nuclear bombs, etc. and there is no nuclear waste.

The situation is different with bio-technology because once genes are introduced into a plant or animal they are self reproducing (ie. man has no control over them). The transgenic genes will freely move from the engineered plants to the closely related wild species ( ie. organic non bio-engineered agricultural crops).

* So what is the problem?

A gene does not control the synthesis of just one protein but many. In any given plant cell a particular part of the gene could be turned on, but in another plant another part of the gene could be turned on. Each part could produce a different protein. Here lies the potential problem - this unknown production of new protein material in weed plants and non bio-engineered agricultural plants could produce food that humans are allergic too. Just think how many people are allergic to peanuts, fish, etc.! Whole major food species could become hazardous to many people and a technology which was to increase food production for the world will actually decrease food production.

* The risks are too great!

No food plant or animal should be bio-engineered! Humankind does not need the extra food production!

+ Mankind needs population control!

Only population control is the long term answer to ecological problems of resource shortages, waste, pollution, energy and food production.

Consumer Alert: The governments of Canada and US in their great wisdom have decided to allow bio-engineered plant material to be blended in with non bio-engineered material - YOU ARE ALREADY EATING BIO-ENGINEERED FOOD IF IT IS NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC!

This is a Crisis Stituation for Organic Food Production

Organic food production standards do not allow the use of bio-engineered seeds but in time the bio-engineered genes will drift into to the seeds that we use for organic production. This is unconstitutional because it takes away our freedom to choose what we eat.

The bio-engineering technology is using the whole human race and the planetary eco-system as its test subjects: there will be no turning back, life will change. Arrogance and greed now controls our destiny.

* What can we do to adapt to this future stituation?

+ 1. - Challenge bio-engineering of plants and animals on constitutional grounds since it takes away our freedom of choice.

+ 2. - Send a copy of this page to your government representative.

+ 3. - Save non bio-engineered seeds for future use.

+ 4. - Consumers should report any allergic responses to bio-engineered foods.


From: "Linda Evans" <lle333@earthlink.net>
Subject: The Call Goes Out
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001

Hi there:

Just in case you hadn't heard of it, I want to recommend the book The Call Goes Out...messages from earth's cetaceans, by Diane Robbins. I respect Diane as a wonderful channel, and she is close contact with Adama and the Lemurians underground in Telos too. The book is filled with beautiful channelings from our brothers and sisters in the sea, including Corky and Keiko in captivity, and wonderful artwork. It's very easy to read, with short chapters of a page or two, and the messages are profound.

After reading it I am always moved to meditate and lately have had some heartmoving contact with dolphins and whales, where they seemed to put their huge forms right in front of my face and just commune. It brings tears to your eyes!

There are many addresses given for writing to help the cause of the oceans...she makes it so easy for activists to take action! And she has a beautiful commendation for Greenpeace. The book opens your heart, as so many of the books connected with the sea/dolphins/whales do, and reminds you of the beauty of the 5th dimension, where we are headed! It also brings up so much compassion for these creatures sacrificing so much and so beleaguered.

Diane says it is time to call for Divine intervention and I couldn't agree more. In the last several months during any meditation I have put out an earnest call for intervention... because this is not a free will planet...we have been lied to, manipulated genetically, with mind control and assaults on our health and well-being at every turn, as well as brutal oppression of those who try to make their voices heard. HAARP and the undersea sonar are destroying the happiness and health of many humans and sea creatures. So many of the dolphins and whales are leaving because they have suffered too much from whalers, sonar, pollution etc. They can no longer do their work of raising planetary vibrations and surrounding us with love because they spend most of their time avoiding dangers and persecution.

It is time to make it clear that we are asking for assistance, that we welcome assistance, that too many are suffering. To this end I hope to start another Lemurian Lights group for just this purpose... a gathering of souls with purposeful intent to raise vibrations, support the cetaceans, and send out calls for help from the galactic federation and masters of light. Because of nonintervention treaties, they cannot help unless we ask...so let's ask!

In oneness,

Linda Lee Evans

Title: The Call Goes Out
Subtitle: Messages from Earth's Cetaceans, Interspecies Communication
Author: Diane Robbins (telepath & empath)
Publisher: Inner Eye Books, Oughten House Publications, Livermore, CA, USA
Published in 1997 but probably even more pertinent today
ISBN 1-880666-64-2
Diane's email: LAILEL@aol.com
Her address: PO Box 10945, Rochester, NY 14610, USA


From: "Hidden Master" <hiddenmaster@malacti.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001



Several times my daughter had telephoned to say..."Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren. I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly," We drive in this all the time, Mother."
"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears--and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her. "I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car. "How far will we have to drive?" Just a few blocks,"

Carolyn said, "I'll drive. "I'm used to this." After several minutes I had to ask "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!" "We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."

I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother,I promise, you will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience." After about twenty minutes we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church.

On the far side of the church I saw a hand-lettered sign "Daffodil Garden."

We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes.

The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. Five acres of flowers.

"But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn. "It's just one woman"
Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio we saw a poster.

"Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.
The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was,"one at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958." There it was. The Daffodil Principle.

For me that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than thirty-five years before, had begun -- one bulb at a time to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration: learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time - often just one baby-step at a time -- learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!" My daughter summed up the message of the day in her direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

- Author unknown.

Submitted by Piyali Ganguly. Williamsburg, Virginia


From: "Ken and Mandy" <kenmandy@iol.ie>
Subject: You Are
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001

You are strong
when you take your grief and teach it to smile.
You are brave
when you overcome your fear and help others to do the same.
You are happy
when you see a flower and give it your blessing.
You are loving
when your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.
You are wise
when you know the limits of your wisdom.
You are true
when you admit there are times you fool yourself.
You are alive
when tomorrow's hope means more to you than yesterday's mistake.
You are growing
when you know what you are but not what you will become.
You are free
when you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.
You are honorable
when you find your honor is to honor others.
You are generous
when you can take as sweetly as you can give.
You are humble
when you do not know how humble you are.
You are thoughtful
when you see me just as I am and treat me just as you are.
You are merciful
when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.
You are beautiful
when you don't need a mirror to tell you.
You are rich
when you never need more than what you have.
You are you
when you are at peace with who you are not.

- Author unknown

From: "Gerda Wout" <harmonia@interneeds.net>

Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle!

- Michelangelo