Right now the Mimosa Trees are in bloom all over town. Also called Silk Trees, they were introduced to the U.S. in 1745. They are originally from China, and there are about 50 different varieties. The pink puff-ball blooms look like something out of a little girl's fairy tale. But I find the fern-like leaves almost as pretty. They are extremly fast growing, but very fragile, and have a short life span. But as feathery and pretty as the flowers are, it's the bark that's special about this tree. It is used in traditional Chinese medine, and called Collective Happiness Bark, because it's used as an anti-depressant. It is said to produce calm and help spiritual unrest. So I guess if we can't find the Fountain Of Youth, the Tree Of Happiness is the next best thing. Herbs and drugs can do amazing things to change our emotions, but true spiritual rest comes from one place.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.