Somewhat akin to giving birth in the sense that the effort and pain and struggle that is involved in bringing forth new life, the baby crowned yesterday. I received the first shipment of 20 copies of “Each Moment We’re Alive”. Someone suggested I open the first box with friends present and I love a new idea for a party, so I managed to gather some friends near and dear to my home and the project, and placed the unopened box on a corner table in my room of celebration/sun/music …. I waited until everyone arrived within 15 – 20 minutes of each other which was a pretty amazing feat out here in the woods. What I found to be most fun about it was owning the courage to see the baby for the first time witnessed by others. I reasoned that if it looked awful they’d be there to wipe me off the floor, if it was as wonderful as I hoped, they’d be there cheering me on. I’m happy to say the ritual did not disappoint as we gathered snacks and champagne and I opened the box with such glee and anticipation that it was definitely enhanced by the presence of friends to share the excitement….. For the record I waited about 3 hours to open it. Exercising the muscles of patience and delaying gratification makes us stronger don’t you think … ?