Today is the annual observation of Earth Hour at 8:30 pm local time. The time when people turn off their lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to Earth. Of course it’s not meant to stop at turning out the lights. And yet using that hour to think about what you might do; what causes you can support; what you can commit to in being a blessing to Earth rather than a burden can be a powerful start.
I love this poem written by Patricia Monaghan, and these are things I want in my world for myself and for everyone, including you. May we find ways to live gently and in harmony with All.
Things to Believe In
trees, in general; oaks, especially;
burr oaks that survive fire, in particular;
and the generosity of apples
seeds, all of them: carrots like dust,
winged maple, doubled beet, peach kernel;
the inevitability of change
frogsong in spring; cattle
lowing on the farm across the hill;
the melodies of sad old songs
comfort of savory soup;
sweet iced fruit; the aroma of yeast;
a friend’s voice; hard work
seasons; bedrock; lilacs;
moonshadows under the ash grove;
something breaking through.
What might you be thinking about this evening? What would you like to see for Mother Earth? Do tell, you know I love to hear.