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You can trust life. You really can. I had a little lesson in trust recently that I’d like to share with you because this matter of trust is of such vital importance.

My wife and I live in a town-home in Centennial, Colorado that has the great good fortune of being surrounded by a lot of Nature. Nature, as we all know, helps us keep our sanity in difficult times and is positively essential to our overall health and well-being.

There are a lot of trees and shrubs around our home. Right outside our front door, for instance, stands a large, absolutely gorgeous blue spruce tree. (There was no extra charge for this tree, fortunately, when we bought our home.)

A short 4-minute walk from our home takes you down a grassy slope to a hiking trail and a lovely stream named Dry Creek, which curiously has been flowing every day, winter and summer ever since we arrived in this neighborhood.

I love walking beside this stream and listening to the music of running water. I love sitting on our front porch admiring our resident bunny as he (or is it she?) pokes around looking for a suitable clump of grass, or perhaps pauses to rest for a few moments, eyes half-closed in quiet meditation.

Most of all I love the birds that show up in our neighborhood once the weather begins to warm up and spring arrives.

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