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It’s springtime. Azaleas and dogwood blossoms are popping out on every empty branch. Amaryllis buds are shooting up at the rate of three inches a day. Squirrels hurry and scurry. Bunnies hip and hop. Bees buzz. Birds of all kinds are in a frenzy of building, bathing, grooming or eating.

And the human population seems to be afflicted with the same mad dash-itis.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of time people have felt like they were running behind schedule. The first caveman dragging home a woolly mammoth was probably trying to squeeze work, play and family time into his schedule, too.

Here in Carpenter Country we can understand why the birds and the bees are racing the clock. They’ve only a short while to get the job done. But people have more than a season. Plus they have high speed Internet, Blackberrys, iPods, cell phones programmed for instant communication, colleges offering on-the-go learning, and quick online dating.

Most of these time savers were supposed to give us more leisure, so why all this running, jumping, leaping and flitting back and forth as if we had only one springtime?

An even more important question–how to stop the mad rush?

We’re thinking the answer is to reprogram our thoughts with a new message that’s really a tried and true old message.

No, it’s not daylight saving time. Forget about “spring forward.” This ageless message is already in your mind and only needs reactivation.

Just go to edit, then preferences–

Now click–“slow down”, “smell the flowers”, “apply.”

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