Holidays are a special time. They are often an excuse to visit missed loved ones, indulge in treats, or take much needed rest from the daily grind. Holidays can also be a time to pay attention to important things we forget about in our day to day lives.
Earth Day is one of those special days, too. As a secular "holiday", it is an opportunity to remind ourselves how exquisite and fragile our planet is, and to remember the important role each of us play in protecting and nourishing it.
This Earth Day is a chance to learn, to appreciate, and to act. Consider some of the following when making the most of this special day.
Get outside - Take your lunch break and go for a walk. Enjoy a family bike ride after dinner. Get out in the garden and start planting your seeds. Breathe in the fresh air that sustains and nourishes us everyday.
Be present - The most powerful way to show your appreciation and love is to pay attention. Take a moment today - and everyday - to stop your busy-ness and look around you. Notice the trill of the birds, the soft breeze on your face, the warmth from the sun.
Get educated - Increase your awareness by talking to teachers, scientists, or environmental experts. Many may host seminars or workshops in your area. If you have children, teach them about how their attitude and actions can make a big, positive impact on the planet.
Commit to one small change - Change comes one step at a time, and small changes tend to stick more than big, dramatic promises. Try somethings simple: buy a travel mug for your favorite coffee or tea, bike to work one day a week, or put your reusable grocery bags in the car so you remember to use them.
Think global, act local - The earth is a living organism, interconnected from one hemisphere to the other. Our actions affect everything from the soil to the sky, but it starts where you stand. Get connected to your community. Eat a locally-sourced meal. Find an initiative in your neighborhood that allows you to feel authentically intertwined with the wonderful world around you.
And don't forget to thank the bees for all they do to keep this planet blooming!
Happy Earth Day!!!