One day you're exercising your artistic tendencies, using the ornamental fruit tree in front of your house as a subject; the next day you're using push brooms & ratchet straps to clear the soppy snow from it and trying to keep the thing from falling over into the street in what ultimately proves to be an unsuccessful effort to save it's life. All this after watching it grow and flourish for 11 years. That is how we roll, my friends. "When it's Springtime in the Rockies." (Cue Gene Autrey). It is NOT the first large and lovely tree I've seen the spring snow take down, and I'm sure it won't be the last. But that doesn't make it any easier to bear. This tree is one of the memory yardsticks of my families eleven years in this home & neighborhood. It's served as a lovely backdrop for multiple photos, showing is growth over the years. Most recently it has provided afternoon shade and shelter from the wind to our front porch. To now have it missing will be like missing a room of our house, or even a close friend or member of our family. We have watched finches fledge their young out of it, watched it rain white petals in the spring as it transitions from blossoms to leaves, My daughter and her friends have climbed in it, played on and around it, and now it's gone, in what feels like a flash. It's a reminder, to me, to relish and enjoy the good & real things that life brings into your path. The things that are real & tangible, with intrinsic value, like trees and well practiced relationships with individuals as opposed to things that are false and fleeting, like status symbol brands or fair-weather acquaintances. Which also reminds me to ask, are you doing businesses with real tangible people from your community, up close & personal, with character,(warts & all), or cold, distant, robotic organizations that e-serve you at arms length? Which one do you believe serves you better or provides more joy and appreciation along with the transaction for goods or services? Do you prefer a warm and textured handshake & a smile from someone who understands your goals & aspirations, and circulates the currency of the trade locally or e-recipts and a newsletter from a digital "chimp oceans away with the funds going to banks and communities with locations unknown?" I know which I value more. Which investment in a legacy I believe serves me and mine better over time. Have you thought about it lately? Is it time for some spring cleaning in your business relationships? Its worth pondering.