Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day 2011!

 @ The pumpkin patch, Fall 2010

30 years ago environmentalism wasn't a household term and organic food and recycling were considered fringe, hippie silliness by the masses. How far we have come! Obviously we still know there is a long way to go in cultivating a better world, but like most things mindfulness is the first step. Simply bringing our awareness to our impact on the world around us is a pretty big deal.

What changes can we personally make to treat the earth a little kinder this year? There's no need to make perfect the enemy of the good. Sure there's a lot more we all can do, but if each of us makes a handful of small adjustments in our lives it will lead to big change. Maybe you'll begin to use energy efficient light bulbs, nourish yourself with local, organic produce, plant a small garden, switch from disposable diapers to cloth, become more dedicated to recycling, start a carpool or ride your bike more, etc... The possibilities are limitless.

On a neighborhood stroll, Fall 2009

Take today to enjoy our beautiful planet! If you are so lucky to be graced with some sun and warmth make sure to take a few extra moments outside and begin to think about what little changes you'll make this year. If you are like us here in the midwest and the weather is less than inviting, celebrate indoors, remembering to be thankful for all the life giving goodness that the rain and changing seasons provide.


Sunset @ The Nelson Atkins Museum, Spring 2008

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." 
~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

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