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The phone I have been using to take pictures for the Bossy Spa has been donated to the Smithsonian for its exhibit called Technology of the Ancients. I will miss having to recharge it by tying it to a hamster wheel, but I am sure I will adjust.

I have been graced with a phone from the current era which has rendered me more annoying than an adolescent, carrying my phone with me wherever I go. As a result I have a new bank of pictures, with surprising crispness and clarity.

This tiny yellow plant is a baby mistletoe. You probably know that mistletoe is a parasite that gets its nutrients by putting roots into a host plant. In this case its host plant is a bare mesquite tree. A full-grown mesquite can host several large balls of mistletoe without sustaining major harm, but too much mistletoe can kill a tree.

This little mistletoe is just starting out. By next year it will be a full round ball with white blooms around the new year.

You can live like a mesquite tree by taking on a few projects that look pretty but drain your energy. If you follow this path, you must not take on more than you can support and remain healthy or your whole system goes down.

Consider, though, living like the mistletoe. Nobody want to be a parasite, but how about putting your roots into something that has nutrition to spare? You’ll be higher up than you could get on your own; you’ll be nourished, and you’ll be supported. If you live this way, you just have to choose a good host environment.

Maybe that host environment is your neighborhood, your church, or your friends from the local pub. If there is enough nutrition to sustain you, you can thrive by sinking  your roots into that rich support.

There is nothing wrong with depending on a community for help. You can rely heavily on others to assist you and still be a symbol of love at the holidays. Mistletoe demonstrates that you don’t have to do everything on your own.

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