When going about our day, it is easy to not notice the birds, squirrels, pets, gophers, and other animals that tend to inhabit our surroundings. The web of life and biodiversity on Earth is truly remarkable and complex. It’s all connected. We all share this connection to life, to the squirrels and the trees; to every living thing. We are a part of the world and all life in it. Let us remember our humble origins; that there is something bigger at work, a universal connection. Let us remember our duty to honor this connection and with it value and protect all life on Earth.
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Each day seems to be filled with the uninteresting, mundane activities and routines of everyday life. Yet, when we become sick, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated these activities take on a different light. Whether we become incapable of doing them or we have to put extra attention on accomplishing our everyday tasks, in these moments we are forced to reconsider what we think we know about our life.
Normally, and it’s unfortunate, it takes an illness, injury, or the like to make us reflect on everyday life and consider what we do day to day and why. Similarly, it is easy to take advantage of our everyday privileges and blessings. This is why a ‘wake up call’ and a shock to the system is often needed. So, in this sense, it is important to be mindful of the possibility of every day.
Have you ever noticed that ‘extraordinary’ – special, magnificent – is composed of ‘extra’ and ‘ordinary’? Now, there are many whims and complexities of the English language, but that is not the focus. Perhaps, to become more extraordinary, it is important to realize the blessings in the extra ordinary.
The word ‘home’ means different things to different people. Generally, though, ‘home’ is considered more than just a physical residence. For many people, ‘home’ is family and safety – a support system. Yet for others who don’t have a support system to rely on, home is just an unattainable ideal, a dream.
In the most general of terms, all of us have and share a home: Earth. The ground, plants, trees, animals, water, lakes, oceans, continents, air, metals, and other elements are priceless pieces of our reality that we are spiritually and biologically connected to. These connections are often overlooked and not fully realized.
It is important to know that this home we all share – with all of its elements – is not invincible nor infinite. Our home is not unsusceptible to the consequences of our everyday choices and actions. So, may our thoughts and actions be out of kindness and respect for our shared home.