Do you remember what it was like to run through the fields as a kid or play on the beach for hours? I enjoyed those care-free days so much! Do you get jealous watching your kids do that or have you not introduced them to the joys of freedom in nature? I believe the earth enjoys this play time as much as we did as kids, and it’s important time for both of us. I don’t believe the earth could be as awesome and creatively created if it wasn’t supposed to be enjoyed by us.
Earth Day is really about getting back to our roots and how we were created. Whether you are a person of faith and believe the story of Creation in the Bible or take a scientific approach, we’ve been all been created with very organic means. God didn’t wave a magic wand to create man and woman, and science can prove that we’re made up of organic components. It makes sense that one of the places we feel safest and happiest is in nature (one of the others is with family).
This weekend I encourage you to take time to get in nature with your family, whether your family by blood or the one you’ve created. Maybe you’ll play a football game, maybe you’ll go on a hike, maybe you’ll take paper and pencil and get creative together, or maybe it will be a great opportunity for a picnic. Don’t see Earth Day as just the obligation and reminder of damage that it is, see it as an opportunity and reminder to get out in nature more often, to enjoy nature more and take time for the things that make you enjoy living and make you happy.
Rediscovering the joys of nature can revitalize and reenergize you and help inspire you to work through frustrations you may be facing in your life, and just might remind you of what exactly we’re fighting to save on Earth Day.
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” Kahlil Gibran