Life Long Lessons



Voices of the Past

“Pick up after yourself!”

Remember trailing mom (or dad) at the grocery store and spotting something you want like a gallon of ice cream? Before you take another step, the words roll right off your salivating tongue, “can we PLEEEZE get that?”  Did you ever get a crushing answer?…..  “No! We already have plenty of ice cream at home!”

Or, remember hearing the sound of the ice cream truck in the distance gradually getting closer?  Remember running inside to ask for money?  Sometimes the answer was the same as the one at the grocery store, “We have ice cream in the freezer, eat that, so it doesn’t go to waste.”

The Voice of Present and Future

As we have (hopefully) become productive members of society, we hear Mother Nature’s voice calling out those same ideas, they just sound a little different 1) Keep the environment clean 2) Don’t waste what you have.  3) Think twice about buying something new, when the resources are already there.

We also hear voices of people.  Some label themselves Conservationists, and some say they are Environmentalists. Is there a difference?  Their ideas and style may sound different, but bottom line, we all want the same result, a healthy planet – and working together, using prudent ideas is the best medicine to keep this big beautiful ball we call home healthy.

Listen to the voices and don’t forget to use your voice every chance you get!  Here are some great voices:

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder

“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.”
― Clarissa Pinkola EstésThe Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!”
― Chief Seattle







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