Though tied to Earth by flesh, bone, and blood, we human beings soar beyond our limits, yearning for a universe beyond our reach. Every day I encounter obstacles, disappointments, and tragedy. Only through the gift of free will can I rise above the dust of despair and touch star-strewn hope. With each person I meet, every critter I encounter, all the life and beauty of our shared planet, I discover in countless varieties, flashes of a greater shared whole. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. With every beat of my heart, I grow toward a new and fuller life. Loving. Serving. Living.