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Thursday, January 14, 2010

True to Your Own Nature

Today’s blog is a short one. It is a reminder that we have a limited pot time in this world as we watch in horror at the power of nature and its devastation in Haiti. To anyone who is awaiting news on their loved ones, our prayers and hearts are extended to you. And to those that toiled beside the Haitians to promote agriculture and to better their way of life, we salute you. The inspirational thought of the day is by Abraham Maslow. “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature.” Annie’s message today is to be what you must be; don’t follow the gravy train. Do what is in your heart. Don’t ignore your calling.

Physical Facts from Haiti occupies 10,700 square miles (almost the same as Massachusetts) on the western third of the island of Hispaniola. It is bordered on the east by the Dominican Republic. The capital and largest city is Port-au-Prince. Current population is close to 8 million, or roughly the same as Georgia, but occupying less than one-fifth the area of that state. It is located close to us in the Caribbean, only a two hour flight from Miami, Florida.

A significant number of trees have been cut down, mostly to make charcoal for cooking. During major storms, huge mudslides often wash away entire villages, and the erosion on Haiti's hillsides makes more than half the territory difficult to use for agricultural activities. The threat of flash floods is constant. There is a continuing movement of people from the agrarian lifestyle of the countryside to presumed opportunities awaiting in the city.

Image of Haiti - from

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