I was out and about with my puppy in the melting snow, mud and mush that is the mess that New England always goes through at this time of year as it struggles to shed the icy grip of winter and embrace the new life of spring.

Though there are seemingly no signs of new life yet, upon closer inspection, I found tiny buds on the forsythia bushes. This means there are buds on trees and other bushes as well. In the midst of the destruction caused by winter, new growth surely emerges.

It seems to me that this is the last of the season we spend mostly indoors and introspectively. Therefore we might take a little time to ponder how we can renew our sense of committment to the mission of spreading love before we are out and about again. How can we be more loving, kind and compassionate?

This spring we can, each of us, grow a garden of love. Be sending out only love and receiving only love, letting everything else go, we can create and allow love to flourish all around us. I know it is easier said than done, but the spring is the easiest time to make a start.

Each day, I will awaken and say "I am grateful for this new day and I will learn to love better today"

With this reaffirmation each day, I will find loving easier. I will love those who are not kind to me. I will not accept into myself negativity from others or allow myself to affirm negative feelings I may have. I will forgive myself and others and be thankful for earth's abundance and the grace which fills each of us. My eyes will be opened to the beauty of the rebirth of nature and so my spirit will be reborn.

I will add all the people I come into contact into the garden of love I am growing.

I know this is not easy and will be challenging and that I will not succeed each and every moment, but I will forgive myself when I do not, and I will release the negative and hold the positive.

This spring I will grow a garden of love. Will you join me?

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