If we think about it, Earth Day really is every day. Frankly, without the Earth, we humans wouldn’t exist. The place is just perfect for us!
Not only does Earth provide for our basic needs (food, water, air, shelter & space), it’s a brilliant and beautiful home to spend our meager existence. We’re greeted by a sun each morning that provides sustenance in the forms of light, warmth, vitamins, and the energy needed for plants to grow and produce food. If we’re lucky enough to catch the sunrise, we are bathed in miraculous colors to awaken our bodies. The sunsets bid us a fair goodnight, and the deep blue of the night sky, glowing with the brilliance of a thousand stars, calms our eyes, hearts, and minds.
During the daylight hours, the sights and sounds of our world can uplift any soul. Palettes with bright hues are reflected in the current spring finery, astounding the eyes and mesmerizing the senses. Flashes of brightness and shadow zing past us in the air and disappear under our feet. Fresh floral scents fill the air, and the sounds of the birds are a grand symphony. The rains replenish our precious water supply, filling bodies and quenching thirst. After Nature shares her fury in a spring storm, the wildlife embraces the newness of the damp earth, delighting in the gifts of moisture left behind. Anytime we look around outside, we can drink in the very essence of our planet of which we are all a part.
The beauty, passion, and survival of this world, despite negative human intervention, is nothing short of a miracle. Every day is Earth Day, and I am grateful for each day that I have upon this planet. I am striving to leave as much of a delicate footprint as I can through awareness and respect, so that the others who follow behind me do not trip and fall into a careless chasm which I have created. It’s not an easy task, and I have certainly failed to make all the best choices in the past. But awareness is the first step, and I know that considering the consequences of my actions on future generations of people and wildlife will steer me in a responsible direction.
May you take a moment here and there each day to look up at the sky, down at your feet upon the soil on which you stand, and all around you in a circle to appreciate the simplicity and perfection of the natural world that you are a part of, and which provides much more of your basic needs than you may realize. Step outside, shake off your sleep, and wake up to the wonders of the world, and catch those that are slipping away because we haven’t been paying attention. We can tread more gently on our planet, renewing our connection to the natural world and finding a better niche where our lifestyles do not cause endless harm.
“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” ~John Muir
May we refuse to wear the mantle of the fools that John Muir referred to, and may the blessings of the Earth continue to smile upon each and every one of us. Happy Earth Day, now and always…
In Love & Light,