I had every intention of making this fun and light. I wanted to share a story about our search for certain colored marbles that are missing from our Chinese checkers and tie it in to why one should shop local. Then Orlando happened. The marble story will wait. I don’t feel light. I don’t feel fun at this moment. I don’t feel like writing about LED lights or composting or food waste – even though they all matter to me. For the past five days there has been a heaviness in my heart, a heaviness in the air, a sadness that seems to have settled over wherever I go that feels like a dark, somber, confusing cloud. I have not been addicted to network television but I admit to spending more time than usual on Facebook because I want to check in with people. I want to know what they are saying and what they are telling their children. I don’t want life to move on without some meaningful shift inside of me as to how I can be more of the change I wish to see in the world, about how I can support candidates who are talking about solutions that are possible and about how I can get my hope and strong spirit back where it needs to be to make any kind of difference I can make because that matters too. And I will get there.
For now I don’t have any great words of wisdom or magical healing thoughts. I will simply share with you that I am going to spend as much time with family and friends as I can. I am going to make more happy memories and actually tell people my nice thoughts I have about them, about why they matter in my life, about why I appreciate them. I am really going to try to make every day, every moment, every interaction count. And I am going to work very hard to get back to the place where I usually live – believing that peace is possible. Because I have to – for myself – and to be able to continue to work on behalf of Mother Earth and raise awareness about how peaceful her life is not. And I will surround myself with little quotes that sustain me like the wise words of the Lorax: “Unless people like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Here’s to caring a lot – about each other, about our communities, about our children, about this great planet of ours.
p.s. Miracles happening already. This came into my in-box from a blog I follow, The Crew At Story People, as I was finishing up the newsletter: “We all live on the same planet and at moments like this, we believe loving the world better is something we can start right now. Each in our own way. Every. Single. Day. #OrlandoUnited #lovewins”
And in the Category of Life Goes On…Be on the Look-out!
The MGW team is always looking for ways to have fun, to support locally owned business and create excitement about all things sustainable. Be on the lookout for what we are cooking up next. Go to Mrs. Green’s World on Monday, June 20th to learn more. You’ll be glad you did!