Sara Brightheart Wisdom

Earth Day thoughts

Sara Brightheart

I just decided a couple weeks ago that I was going to turn a generous portion of my grass yard into a meadow. I did this for many reasons. First, I hated seeing my husband have to mow such a big yard with our little mower when he would rather be spending time with our daughter. He is gone so much that their time together is precious. Also, I wanted to attract and maybe even help the birds, butterflies and bees. Who needs all that grass when you can put your lawn to beneficial use and help mother nature thrive? It has already been a lot of back breaking work. I am exhausted. It will likely take about three years to really get it the way I want it.  But, I also know the best way to prepare the land will be the hardest. 
I just realized that Earth Day is coming up. Many people might plant trees or clean up an area on this day. My Earth Day project will be this meadow in my yard. Yes, it will take longer than a day, but our world is worth it. Instead of trying to save the world with hate, I wish more people would try to save it with love and nurturing. Stop pointing the finger at each other. Do what you can do and do it the best you can. Don’t assume that if someone doesn’t make your choices, that they are bad or stupid. This name calling is how some groups are winning. They want everyone to hate and distrust each other. If we love and accept each other, we would rise up against all hate and become too strong. Once you call someone names because they are not exactly like you, you dehumanize them. Then you forget that we are all connected and so are all the same. We are like parts of a body, moving together. What sense would it make for the fingers to hate the toes? The mouth to hate the heart? They cannot be separated. Love really does conquer all.
 

March 12, 2017

Sara Brightheart

I am so blissfully happy right now. Yesterday, me and my husband set up a day bed in our living room and got sheets and cozy blankets on it. Today, we got more pillows (actually, my husband did). The pillows accomplish two tasks. One, my four-year-old daughter Z bumped her head like 5 times on the bed last night. We couldn’t keep her off it! Two the bed is now even more cushy and comfy.

It’s 18 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside, but in here its warm and harmonious. We are watching Moana for the first time and we are all loving it, just like we thought we would. We played the songs on YouTube so much, we decided to just buy it instead of renting it. I made a quesadilla for me and my husband that had a quick homemade salsa and cheddar cheese inside it. And he is now eating canned, boiled peanuts that he warmed up in the microwave. He got my daughter to try some of the peanuts and she likes it! This is kind of a miracle considering she will pick three or four foods and only eat those.  My husband is not home often because of his job, so that makes this lazy Sunday afternoon even more of a miracle. All too often when he is home, we are too busy to have a day like this. I am having my guilty, once-in-a-while pleasure, Mt.Dew. Life can be so good and if we hadn’t had so many hard times, I would probably take it for granted. But, I am not. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.