"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." ~Native American Proverb
As I was working in my garden this morning I was thinking that exact thought. What kind of world AM I leaving to my kids and grandkids? A world full of debt? (nearly 17,000,000,000,000!) A too strong Government that is only getting stronger as it feeds off removing freedom after freedom? "Super Farms" that use GMO seeds, super fertilizers,pesticides and yet whose end product isn't as nutritional as something grown without all that? Pesticides that actually KILL the biggest pollinators, bees! A medical Dr./ insurance/ pharmacy trio that works to make sure you never REALLY get well? (Remember the days when you actually got OVER something? When Drs. FIXED what was wrong with you?) There's poverty, racism, injustice, overcrowding, polluted lakes, oceans, streams and groundwater from agricultural run off and trash being dumped into it .... well, the list could go on and on.
Seems pretty bleak wouldn't you say? Or perhaps I'm only seeing the glass "half full". I hope so, I really do!! But bottom line, the world seems to be traveling in a "not that great" direction right now.
Mahatma Ghandi said,
"you wish to see in the world."
"What can I do, little old me, to help turn things around?"
Speak out. Walk the walk and talk the talk. Get out of debt. Garden and grow some of your own food using natural methods of soil amendment like composting and manures. Attract birds and bees and other beneficial wildlife to your yards. Fight for SOMETHING, where ever your heart leads you. Be a model for your kids and grandkids in the way you live! Have compassion for others whose life doesn't mirror your own. If you have extra food, clothing... THINGS.... give the extra away to someone who is in need. GIVE THOSE THINGS AWAY without expecting anything back. That is true giving. If you see an injustice, don't just stand there and do nothing. Find the strength to speak up. There IS strength in numbers. Use spare time to work with others in a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, community garden and with victims of domestic and child abuse. We are all given "talents", and not all the same thing. Recycle, not just bottles, aluminium and cardboard. Recycle clothing, furniture, bikes by passing it along to the next person. Create nutrient rich compost by recycling vegetable waste, vegetable leftovers and leaves.
I hope I've inspired you to get out there and make a difference. Each day we do positive things like this, we will be making "deposits" into the "account" we are leaving for the generations to come. Even though we are only ONE... we CAN make a difference. Be a Rainbow Warrior!