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.