Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
I try to keep most of the blogs that I write light and fun. On occasion though, I come across a piece of writing that makes me reflect on life in such a deeply meaningful way that I have to share my thoughts. Author Haroon Rashid wrote a poem in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic entitled, "We Fell Asleep". The lines that moved me to write this blog state, "You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters."
I think as a human, it is hard and even rather harsh, to think of oneself as unnecessary. However, in this instance, Rashid is right. Earth can and will continue without us. We are each mere guests here, Earth is kind enough to show us its hospitality and provide us with all of the items we need to survive. As guests, don't we want to leave Earth better than how we found it? There is a very famous Native American quotation that expresses the same sentiment, and reads, "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." As an adult, I vow wholeheartedly to live each day mindfully, so that the Earth that I pass on to my children and my students is at least as good, if not better, than the one that I have been provided.
It is not easy to always make the most Earth-conscious decisions, especially when those decisions are sometimes the ones that cost more money. However, if these decisions are not made by the bulk of humanity, the Earth that we hold so dear will not be one worth inhabiting. If we in fact, "fell asleep" the way that Haroon Rashid describes in his poem than I say it is about time we wake up. The information on how to live more consciously, more Earth-friendly, and more kind is right in front of us. Let's take this information and use it to the best of our ability. Let's ensure that air, earth, water, and sky have the best chance to be as healthy as they can. Let's protect all creatures that inhabit the Earth, not just the ones that have more intelligent brains.
We all share this great home that we call Earth. We are truly lucky for all of the gifts that it provides us daily. Let's return our gratitude by using those gifts in the most meaningful way possible and ensure that others will be able to experience them as well.
I totally appreciate you all reading.
Much love my wonderful scientists!