Trusting – “First, ask yourself what you like. Second, try to go in that direction.” Not sure where I got that advice; it’s written in a little notebook that I keep on my desk. There is a tiny creek beside our house. The previous owner tried to shape its path, but the creek wins out. Slowly but surely, it is heading in the direction it wants. It moves pebbles, goes underground, winds about tree roots. I trust in the nature of that creek, and in the advice above – I don’t want to make decisions based on what’s safe or what other people advise. I want to ask myself what I like and move in that direction.
Grateful – look at the picture above. I took it from my front porch. That eagle is perched in the top branches very near another tree that holds its nest. In 1940, the Bald Eagle Act was passed to decrease human predation of eagles. Not longer after that, the effects of DDT on eagles was discovered and concern for the birds helped regulate the use of the poisonous spray. In 1967, the eagle was designated an endangered species but by 2007, a mere forty years later, they were taken off the list. I’m grateful that humans realized that our actions were impacting another species and that steps were taken to ameliorate that harm. I’ll be even more grateful when we realize our impact on the rest of the earth – every bit of it, sky, water, soil and the folks (of all types) that make it their home.
Inspired – “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid,” Audre Lorde. Enough said.