“You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves.  Creativity means to push open the heavy groaning doorway to life. ”                   Daisaku Ikeda

My winter home sits next to an open desert field.  Despite having over 100 lush green golf courses in this desert valley, the large open field next to my home is natural desert land.  During the 5-year drought in California it has been nothing but brownish gray rocks and sand with some dried up twigs sticking up out of the ground.  However, we had several heavy rains in the past 3 months, and that dried up brown and gray “lifeless” field has become a sea of purple, yellow, orange, and white flowers.  The dried up sticks in the ground have become beautiful green trees and bushes.

It is the time of year when many cultures celebrate new life, and even overcoming death.  What has lain dormant can spring to beautiful new life in an instant.

What is dormant in you?  What passions and dreams are inside of you?  Have you given up?

As Daisaku Ikeda said, “You must never give up the effort to build a new life for yourself.”  You have many possibilities within.  Some may have been given up for dead during the drought that you have been going through; but just like the field next to my house that I truly expected to always be lifeless, there is amazing miraculous beauty inside of you waiting to spring forth.

Rain on the field of your life with hope, faith, prayer, meditation, supportive relationships, and a healthy life style.  You will see the beauty and new life spring forth in your life, and you will be amazed.

Christopher Knippers, Ph.D.                                            April 12, 2017

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