Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We have many days throughout the year that are set aside to honor someone or something. We have President's Day in honor of past Presidents. Memorial Day to honor those who have died in service to our country. Earth Day to honor the Earth. Shouldn't Earth Day really be everyday? Without her we all specks of dust swirling into a black abyss.
Earth Day is about not only raising our collective consciousness about the damage that has been done but also the glory of nature. There is a great Rachel Carson quote:
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
I believe that spending time in nature grounds us. The humble feeling you get sea kayaking or skiing on fresh snow. The first time you take a child hiking and watch their wonderment - from the leaves crinkling underneath their feet, to looking high up into the trees, to touching a boulder and being surprised by its cold temperature. Watching the sun rise or set, letting a wave catch your toes while they sink into a billion grains of sand, all of those moments and memories we take with us in honor of the earth.
Take a moment (and a doughnut) and sit outside for a few moments today, take a deep breath of fresh air, and say thank you as you exhale.