I’m not delusional. I know that Nature can be friend and foe, beauty and beast.
My vision of enchanted forests full of wonder and magic ready to embrace me may be someone else’s nightmares of dark, haunted woodlands ready to devour them.
Nature is, in truth, both life-giving and deadly.
As much as I trust in my deep connection with Mother Earth and envision you and I running and playing in the woods like a couple of ‘wild child’ beings, I want to be clear, I also have an immense respect for and a healthy fear of her. She is not to be trifled with. We, humans, tend to forget this far too often.
Wild animals aren’t here for our amusement and should always be treated with respect and caution. It’s not wise to approach any wild animal haphazardly without some precautions. Even a tiny chipmunk can inflict it’s share of damage if it feels threatened.
Plants can feed and nourish us or poison and kill us. The elements (earth, air, fire, water) can benefit and sustain us or wreak havoc on our lives.
There’s no substitute for being a little ‘Nature Wise’.
Now and then I enjoy watching the show ‘Survivorman‘. Les Stroud has a profound knowledge and love for Nature. And he’s the real deal, not some Hollywood pretender who’s focused more on entertaining that teaching the truth. Watching his show reveals the realities of Nature.
Like everyone and everything, she has her darkness and her light.
Many people treat her with disregard and some with downright contempt. Mankind continues, in his attempts to dominate, to pillage and rape her and treat her as a commodity.
This arrogance leads to our own peril. There are repercussions for our apathy of the destruction we reap upon her.
This, one of many fantastic films put out by ‘Conservation International’ speaks a lot of truth. However, I believe Mother will grieve our extinction as she does any of her creature’s passings.
No, she truly doesn’t ‘need‘ us but I believe she takes joy in her relationships with those of us who love and connect with her.
There’s a mutual enrichment from our connection with Nature. We are, after all, her children. I don’t sense that she’s cold and indifferent. But, she will, if forced, take us down and live on without us.
I think it’s crucial that each and every one of us who awakens to the reality that is facing us, stand and take some kind of action to improve their relationship with and to her. We can coexist. We can live in harmony with all of life. We can step back into the circle. It’s time.
It’s most definitely time to wake up!
The sand in the hourglass is disappearing. You can’t afford to numb out or let yourselves be distracted any longer. Join the superheroes and everyday folks who are making a difference in big and small ways. You’re needed. Every little bit really does count.
If you need ideas on how you can make a difference, I’d love to help. Leave a comment below or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s connect and plan our next ‘Save the World’ project together. 🙂