Today, Saturday March 28, is the annual observation of Earth Hour at 8:30 pm local time. It’s the time when people across the globe 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 think this poem by John Daniel, entitled A Prayer Among Friends is a perfect poem to contemplate today.
“Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.”
What will you do for Earth Hour? What will you do beyond the hour? How will you celebrate this one precious Earth? Do tell – you know I love to hear.