Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Confessions

Dear Mother Earth,
First of all, let me just say, HAPPY EARTH DAY! This is the day that we celebrate YOU, and all the beauty and wonder that you are! I mean, what would we do without you? You have provided us with everything that we need, and given us opportunities to thrive and be happy in your amazing, natural elements!

I can think back to my earliest childhood years and cherish the moments I had out in nature. I loved those long walks on your sandy beaches, collecting sea-shells and drift wood, and those beautiful hikes through your green woods, picking wild flowers and climbing trees! It was through those experiences that I have grown to love life, and look forward to each day the sun rises.
As a young adult I spent many days in your wilderness, pondering God and the Universe. It was there out in nature that I felt deep in my heart, the truths of the gospel of Christ. It was in the thick sage brush and next to the running rivers, that I felt the love of my Heavenly Father testifying to me that I was on the right path. I remember sitting on the ground in the middle of the dry desert, reading my scriptures, when suddenly I felt connected to the past, and connected to the Prophets of old. I knew in my heart that what I was reading was real. The quiet solitude of your natural world allowed that moment to happen.

There have been countless other moments in my life where I have marveled at your greatness, and learned amazing lessons through your beauty! Surfing your waves opened my eyes to excitement and possibilities, hiking your mountains gave me self-confidence and strength, and descending into your canyons gave me determination and clarity! My whole life has been blessed by the natural wonders of this earth, from swimming in your oceans, rivers, streams, and springs, to hiking through your valleys, to watching your brilliantly colored sunrises and sunsets, to observing your magnificent creatures! Everything on this earth breathes life into me and makes me want to live and love life to it's fullest!
I have to give some apologies, though, and I hope you'll understand. I try my hardest to be a good steward of this land, but sometimes I don't always do my part. Sometimes I get lazy and don't recycle my tin-cans or glass. And then these past 9 months I gave up completely on cloth diapering. I was too overwhelmed with the big move, and the three kids, and all the rain that would turn my laundry into mold...... It was too much for a busy mother to handle, and something had to go. So, I am sorry I have been putting garbage into your land, but I hope I can redeem myself through other avenues.
Maybe instead you can appreciate that we are raising moral and ethically conscientious children, who care deeply for our planet. Just the other day Zadok tried to help a bird that was dying in the street after being hit by a car. He put it in a box in the garage and tried to make it feel better. (Even though a cat came and ate it during the night, it was a heartfelt effort.) As a family, we really do try hard to recycle our household trash, give our compost back to the Earth, and try to reduce waste by using re-usable shopping bags. We shop at thrift stores and yard sales, lessening the impact on your resources, and we always take care not to hyper-consume, or buy stuff that we really don't need.And of course, we never, ever litter! I'm sure there's a lot more we could do to make you more healthy and beautiful than you are, but we are trying.
Oh, and I am trying my hand at cloth diapering again, starting today!
It's the least I can do after all you've done for me.....but If I get overwhelmed and decide to quit again, just know I really do care and I'll try harder in other areas.

Well, I hope you've felt special today because we sure do love and need you, our wonderful Mother Earth!

Your loyal steward,

Sally Jackson

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