Today is Earth Day! I have mixed emotions about Earth Day, I wish we didn’t need to have it for the purpose of raising awareness of the damages that are happening to the world as a result of our actions (conscious or unconscious). I wish instead it could be a day that we all celebrate and get out in nature, planting trees or caring for nature because it’s how we honor the Earth, and not to make up for anything. But we’re a long way off from just being able to celebrate our natural world and not have to really motivate or remind people to care for it. As long as we’re on this earth we will need to be conscious about how we live and the impact we’re making on the world, but I hope that one day we get to the place where it’s natural and normal for us to do good for the earth.
As I was thinking about Earth Day and the planet that we all share I was reading an article about someone who struggles with depression, something that I and many others have experience with. One of the tools that this woman talked about using was the concept of progress over perfection to help stay balanced and not get as overwhelmed or overtaken by her depression. Personally I love the concept of progress over perfection for many aspects of life and creating victories. Perfection has a place, but more often than not working on progress is better than striving for perfection. Why? For one perfection is hard to attain in most cases and not worth the effort. Striving to do an excellent or very good job is usually more than sufficient and putting in the extra effort to strive for perfection usually isn’t worth it.
As much as I dislike that Earth Day still has to be a serious call to action day, I am excited and thankful that we are making progress, more people than ever are aware of the need to take care of the earth and simple things we can do to care for the earth, and we’re consistently seeing that the teamwork and science are helping more species and natural spaces recover and thrive. Persistence is paying off, and with more patience and consistent effort we’ll hopefully see more green spaces, more animals and other species thriving, learn how to live together better, and make more victories for ourselves and our world.