50 Years for Earth Day


I am wondering today how many years of Earth Day it will take before we can all understand sustainability. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda.

So in what year do we take it seriously? Will it happen before it is too late, or is it already too late? Why does it remain an issue that needs to be forced upon us? Are we so adverse to being inconvenienced that we have decided that someone else can deal with it? I wonder?

In the past 6 weeks we have all experienced inconvenience in one way or another. At least what seems to be an inconvenience to us, however for many people in this world, they continue to deal with a lot more than our inconveniences. They would love to enjoy our inconveniences!

Then there are the people who have and are putting their lives on the line for the common good of all and who, for endless days, are battling the source of this inconvenience without any sense of when it will end. THANK YOU for doing all that you can to improve our situation, not to mention the lives that you are saving!

Thank-you to all of those people who are working tirelessly and making their own sacrifices to ensure that we all have food to eat. That we have access to the hygiene supplies that we enjoy as well as the extras that we may take for granted. What an inconvenience it would be if they all decided that it was too inconvenient to show up in their trucks, at the stores and wherever else they make themselves available for the common good of all. THANK YOU for doing all that you do!

When I take the time to reflect on what I consider to be an inconvenience I contemplate that maybe it’s my turn to step UP. I ask myself how and what can I possibly do to help?

It’s hard to know what the right things are to do. I do know that I don’t really ever want to know what the true meaning of inconvenience is. I am genuinely grateful for having what I have. I am learning to want what I have and it feels good.

I am so grateful for all of the beautiful things that I still have in my life.

Starting with this amazing earth that is full of miracles! Let’s hope that in the next few Earth Days to come we can look back on this experience of inconvenience and understand that maybe we can handle a little more to gain a lot. To ensure that we never really know the true meaning of Inconvenience.