Little Reminders

April 21, 2014 at 7:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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During the holidays I always find some time to do some reorganising and tidying up at our Program Equipment Storeroom. It’s that chance to make sure all is in readiness before the next term’s programs begin. While doing this last week I came across a small framed quote (shown above) that my father has had for a long time that made me stop and think.

“What we are today is the result of your own past actions;
Whatever we wish to be in future depends on our present actions;
Decide how you have to act now.
We are responsible for what we are, whatever we wish ourselves to be.
We have the power to make ourselves.”

As individuals and groups we are connected to self, others and the world around us. Interconnectedness provides us with so many amazing experiences and opportunities but also sees us having the responsibility of being stewards for this precious Earth. The framed quote about consequences made me reflect on many things, our connection to the environment being just one of them.

It reminded me of, while ‘we’ argue and fight as individuals, communities and nations over whether you’re a climate change ‘believer’ or ‘sceptic’, whether certain laws will make a difference if ‘others’ don’t act, and ‘who is’ ultimately responsible for our relationship with the planet, we allow inaction to be justified because of ‘someone’, ‘something’, ‘somewhere’ else. While all this is happening, the planet, not to punish or reward us, is just simply changing according to our impact, resulting in a variety of consequences that are, and will in the future, being felt by us all.

How do we (each individual) best care for the precious planet that we inhabit? Our daily thoughts, words and actions provide us with opportunities to plant and tend to seeds of behavioural change, while supporting each other in this shared journey of stewardship. A critical mass of informed, connected and empowered individuals embodying the actions described below may provide a map to share in the consequences that we wish to enjoy.

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Chief Seattle, 1855

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“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” 
– Peter Marshall

So what small deeds can you do today to care for this life giving and precious planet of ours? And what conversation or interaction could you have with others that could plant a seed of behavioural change?

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