Gratitude and Joy

Day 117 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – The Big Blue Marble

It’s Earth Day! I have a love/hate relationship with this planet we call home. After all, I’ve had some incredible experiences … but I’ve also seen the wrath of Mother Nature and it can be scary. I remember in my youth hearing that Earth looks like a big blue marble from space. I loved those pics of our planet enough that when choosing tiles for a project last year, I went with the ones that reminded me of those images.

Tiles for a project make me think of Earth from space.

Our planet’s resources are precious. The oil underground and under the ocean won’t last forever. The ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s harmful rays, is thinning. Water, despite it covering the majority of the planet, is in short supply in the world’s more arid places. 

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I’ve lived in the arctic. I’ve lived in the sub-tropics. I’ve lived in the western hemisphere and the eastern one. No matter where you go, you need water. You need to be protected from the elements. You need so much from our planet.

A warm summer day in Greenland meant we could “play” outside.

When I was a kid, and when my kids were young, we spent a lot of time outdoors. Camping, hiking and enjoying nature were a big part of our lives. As I’ve gotten older, I’m more inclined to enjoy a shady path or a nice calm view of the blue sky and the mountains, but I still love being outside. 

Hiking was a popular activity when my kids were young.

Earth brings me joy and I am grateful for it. I do the little things I can to keep it healthy. We have solar panels on our roof that generate more electricity than we use. We have low flow water fixtures in our home. Our plants are native to the desert and require VERY little water.

All our plants are native to the desert so they use less water.

I hope my grandchildren … and their grandchildren … will be able to enjoy the outdoors like I have. After all, there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Shouldn’t we be doing what we can to make sure future generations can explore it, too?

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