At the beginning of the month, Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector, challenged us to imagine a planet where some of the problems we face here and now don't exist.
On my planet, we'd all take to heart the following words of Helen Keller: "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
On my planet, every day would be Earth Day. We would appreciate our world, and take care of it and the people in it.
Sweeping the neighborhood streets on a monthly basis - a small task but beneficial. Imagine if we all did that!
(Gene, taking part in the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association monthly cleanup)
Thinking about the way we use water, especially here in arid California, - making changes in our landscaping can add beauty to our environment while using little water. Imagine if more of us changed water-hungry lawns to flowering bushes, shrubs and trees that attract birds, butterflies and ladybugs! A small task.
(front garden of clients' home - no thirsty lawn, frangrance and birds)
We would take time to actively celebrate our world. A picnic in a park; a stroll through a magnificent grove of trees; introducing a child to the joys of a lake, a stream, a beach; a hike in the glorious hills.
We would be more aware of our fellow inhabitants, less judgmental and more helpful. More of us would manifest our care in similar ways to a beautiful act of humanity which I witnessed recently, when a local shop manager took a moment before opening up for the day to check on the homeless man sleeping on the street, then bent down and left a Clif Bar for the sleeping man. A small act of kindness and care, but powerful.
(no photo here - but the picture is indelibly planted in my mind)
Small tasks add up, and with everyone's cooperation, become great and noble.
There's still time to share your vision of a better planet. Go to "On My Planet....(a new Active Rain Challenge)" read more and share your ideas with us.