Ladies and gentlemen, it is nearly Spring and, according to ancient Chinese five-element wisdom, Spring is the time for new growth, vision and creativity. It is the time to develop new ideas and expand enterprises. As the purple lilac blooms, and tiny green seedlings push through the warm soft earth, take a moment and reflect: where do new ideas come from? Albert Einstein was asked this very question one beautiful Spring morning, while he and a reporter strolled through the campus of Princeton: “Where do your ideas come from?” Einstein stopped for a moment. “From my muscles,” he replied with a smile. “Yes, they come from my muscles.”

Einstein paid attention to processes and patterns that most of us dismiss or ignore. Muscles contract and expand; so, apparently, does the Universe. Einstein was a genius in the original form of that term: someone awake to the universal spirit within.

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