Tuesday April 22, 2014
When I was a pre-teen, just about the age my sons are now, I used to get very upset about all the bad in the world. I would practically be immobilized with worry about many things that didn’t seem possible to fix. I remember my Mom telling me, “Don’t worry, Colleen, there will always be people working to find a way to do the right thing. People will prevail in the long run. Just do the best you can to do good, and you will see”.
Today, on Earth Day, I started the day off by telling my sons to do good in this world. It had nothing to do with Earth Day, but more of a scolding of my littlest one, who is just plain hard right now. I even mentioned Star Wars to him, and how important it was to choose to be on the good guys team and not the dark side. Funny what pops into our heads when we are in a teaching moment with our kids.
So, on this day, my message for all is to make good choices. Do the best you can, but don’t give in to the dark side of bad foods, pesticides, practices that do nothing positive for our planet. Try to make better choices in your daily habits, and you will not only feel good about who you are, but you will see the difference over time.
My sons father, who never cared about organic foods, or gardening, recently purchased all organic starts for his garden. He also buys as much organic produce as he can, and has stopped purchasing refined junk food products that are not healthy by my standards. I guess the nagging from me finally got to him. However, I hope it is really more than the nagging that did this. I hope that when people make better choices, they feel better about themselves and actually have a sense of pride and hope that their small part will play a role in keeping the bees alive, the water clean, and their children healthier.
Make the right choices for now, the bees, for our kids, our communities and the future. Don’t give in to thinking there is nothing we can do. It is not nonsense. Your small actions are hopeful, and they will inspire others to change. (Photos: (1) A mock orange tree in our yard that has thrived organically for 12 years and blooms every April. (2) (3) Mums from last Fall that are just about to bloom for the second time on the front porch, because I chose not to pull them out, and waited to see if they would come back… With much love, and carefully collected rain water, they did!)