Me pondering when 24 year old, perhaps thinking about nature? This was certainly a beautiful spot along a river in Tennessee.
As a child, I wandered aimlessly thru the woods for hours, then cooled my tired feet in the rippling stream as I watched the meanderings of minnows and tadpoles. Once replenished, I wandered on, open to all adventures. Although never verbalized, I always cared. As an adult, I have now found my voice.
Now as I revel in the sights, sounds and smells as I hike through Harley Park and along the Katy Trail, I gladly pick up litter obscuring the beauty.
As I visit pristine National and State Parks and drive upon clean cities, I see the possibilities.
As I hear the birds chirping and delighting in the morning, and flock to our bird feeders after snowfall, I want to keep the skies free of pollution.
As I admire majestic California Redwoods and the Big Burr Oak near McBaine, I gladly recycle and use less paper products.
As I breathe in the scents of the flowers & herbs and the fresh air after a rain, I feel an awakening.
As I feel the warmth of the sun and the strength of the wind, I see the potential of harnessing renewable energy sources that don’t pollute the earth.
As I drive thru billboard-free Vermont and Maine, I delight in the views around the next bend.
As I am mesmerized by the ocean waves flowing in and out, watch a waterfall trickling, flowing or thundering over the ledge, and canoe along clear waters, I strive to minimize the chemicals, plastics and cigarette butts flowing into them.
As I hike thru the forest along a clear mountain stream, soak in a hot spring along the way, and summit a mountain, I feel alive!
As I shop at the Farmers Market and see and taste the bounty nature has provided, I want to protect our seeds, soil, and water.
As I meander through the woods and snatch a discarded chip bag, I know I have made a difference.
As I stroll across the Missouri River Bridge, and watch a beautiful sunset melt into the river and fill the sky with color, I am replenished and energized.
As I see a child mesmerized by nature – closely examining a cloud, flower, animal, or build sand castles by the ocean, I know I will always do my part to conserve and preserve those marvels for future generations to come.