SIX LESSONS WITH DELPHI:
By Patricia Jepsen and Delphi
How to Live Happily with All Life
(2002, 6" x 9", 117 pages, perfect bound, US$12.95)
Illustrated by Kimberley Hevesy (40 illustrations, 6 photos)
The Circle of Life
Everyone is related. I mean EVERYONE.
That is the way we were made...like cousins, uncles, sisters
and brothers. I like to think of everyone as family. I'll give
you an example of what I am talking about.
Pretend you are seeing one of the dog
people in front of you. (I call them "people," you
may not. But that's okay too.)
Let's pretend you see a dog person and
you say, instead of "dog," UNCLE DOG. See what I mean?
That denotes respect. Or SISTER HORSE. Of course, when you know
their true name--like mine is Delphi--then you can say SISTER
DELPHI. How does that sound to you? That's the way you can begin
to remember that we are really a CIRCLE OF LIFE, all connected
together by Grandmother Love. Then no one will hurt another.
We will all get along fine.
Let's talk about smiling for awhile.
Keep this in mind, one smile is worth a lot of frowns. There
is no price on a smile!
I can't think of a better gift to give
anybody than your smile. Can you remember how many times you
have smiled today?
I guess that is really hard to remember--how
many times you have smiled. Do me a favor, will you? Carry a
small notebook--the kind that fits in your pocket--and for the
next three days, EVERY TIME YOU SMILE MAKE A MARK IN YOUR NOTEBOOK.
That's right, keep a record of your smiles.
Maybe we could have a contest later
on to see who can smile the most. That would be fun, wouldn't
Don't pick anything without permission.
And never cut down a tree--not even for Christmas--without first
asking the tree itself if it is okay. Sometimes trees want to
stay where they are and don't want to be cut.
And here is something else you should
know...Guess who might be standing beside the tree when you are
thinking about twisting a branch or cutting it down? A gnome!
And I have to tell you, you will have a friend for life if you
If people could learn that we are all
partners and we can live together without hurting one another,
that would make Mother Earth very happy.