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Conversations in the Garden: On Perspective

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

 

For me, I would say the world IS a garden.  A big, beautiful garden full of plants and wildlife, so much more fascinating than I could ever dream them to be.  And the intricate webs of life, that are woven in this garden, are so important for us….for you and for me, and for the plants and wildlife we live amongst.

 

 

With Earth Day being celebrated tomorrow…or is it anymore….I am reminded of the call, in 1970, to change how we treat the world, the environment we live in.  It meant something important and special to me, that first Earth Day.  Finally a way to recognize what we must do to change how we are treating our planet.

 

 

IMG_0412And the rallying cry, ‘Earth Day Everyday’ was a perfect mantra for me.  A young 13-year-old wanting to make a difference.  I knew so little then…and now some 46 years later after all I have learned, and all I try to do, I wonder do I make a difference at all.  Will my one garden, grown organically, using less water…will it matter in the grand scheme?  Will it matter to the wildlife in my one plot?

 

 

And realistically in the grand scheme of things maybe not.  But for me it does matter.  I was taught respect.  Something I find sorely lacking these days.  And the respect that we may give others who have earned it, also translates to a respect for the earth that supports us.  Indeed it is essential that we respect the earth.  That we do our best to do no harm.

 

 

I know I am not perfect, nor can I be.  But my efforts do help the microcosm of life, here in my one plot.  The rabbits nest here, the animals find food here to support themselves and their young.  Unlike those around me, who spray every bug until it dies, I cultivate the insects.  I welcome them home.  And my garden is abuzz with their sounds throughout the season.  These insects are the reason my flowers grow, my fruits and vegetables produce, and birds and babes flock here to nest and raise their young.

 

 

IMG_0381From my perspective, it is really rather simple…..do no harm.  Stop spraying your weeds and the insects.  The chemicals not only are killing the wildlife around us, but they are killing us.  More and more research is showing that our exposure to chemicals is causing diseases in us and our pets.    And the chemicals found in our food, is where we get the bulk of these chemicals that are deadly to us.

 

 

I am not going to regale you with research article after research article.  They are there if you chose to read them, or even believe them.  But if we use common sense, why would we want to poison our bodies.  Once I started eating only organic foods, I found many of the health issues I had subsided, and the inflammation in my body was drastically reduced.  Not scientific research…no.  But good common sense….do no harm.

 

 

If chemicals kill weeds and insects, then it follows they poison us too on some level.  Have you ever used some of these chemicals.  I did a long time ago, and even poisoned myself….I was deathly ill after prolonged use….several days of spraying to rid myself of lawn and weeds.  I was lucky to escape with my life in tact.  But then I was only focused on getting rid of the weeds…can’t have weeds you know!  Now I live with the weeds.  The weeds that support wildlife.  I’d rather have weeds, and wildlife and my life, than a chemically sprayed world devoid of life.

 

 

IMG_0413Can you tell I am impassioned about this topic?  Am I preaching to the choir?  Yes, and I am up on my soapbox too.  And maybe my voice will reach very few, but that is not going to stop me from doing what I know in my heart is the right thing….do no harm.  This is my perspective, and only you can reach your own conclusions based on how you see the world.

 

 

I ask that you take a moment this Earth Day, and consider my words.  Look at the world from a different vantage point.  Shift your view, to see the world through the eyes of others that we share this planet with.  Look at the future for yourself and your children, your family.  Bury your face in the grass and see the teeming life there that we depend on, and that depends on us to first do no harm.

 

 

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How are you celebrating Earth Day?  What is your perspective?

 

 

 

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Special Note:  The pictures here are of Iris reticulata that grow in early spring.  I took pictures of the same clump of iris from different perspectives.

 

 

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I leave you with a few additional words on perspective.  I welcome you to download this photo and share it.

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10 Comments

  1. April 21, 2016    

    I celebrate earth day every day as well…as growing up on a farm with orchards and produce…my father taught me early to have respect for the land. Fast forward to last year while in Peru I was part of a ceremony to honor mother earth as part of their potato harvest blessing. I only wish more people would share in the blessings…thank YOU for such a beautiful and meaningful post!

    • April 21, 2016    

      And Thank You Robin for all you do to honor the land! We can take many lessons from other cultures and peoples of the world.

  2. April 21, 2016    

    Well I’m celebrating it with a dialogue with my gardens, of course, having a stroll amongst the flowers which are popping up everywhere, my wonderful friend !

    Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you wonderful days to come, my lovely friend,
    sending blessings of joy to you

    Dany

    • April 21, 2016    

      That sounds lovely Dany! Enjoy your garden and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. April 22, 2016    

    Beautifully written, being aware that we only have one universe to live in, we should learn to take care of it and we will reap all the beautiful rewards it has to offer. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 23, 2016    

      Thank you for stopping by…..I am pleased that you enjoyed the post!

  4. April 25, 2016    

    Here, here, well said, feel free to be on your soap box any day 🙂 Have wildlife gardens taken off where you are? They are really quite ‘in’ and trendy in the UK, even my Parent’s Church garden has a wildlife garden, with a bug hotel. Once you have a critical mass of support, it certainly is easier as otherwise no one has a clue, why the grass hasn’t been cut!
    I loved this post-Dona, thank you so much.
    Wren x

    • April 27, 2016    

      No I don’t think they are trendy here yet…but with more community support they could be.

  5. April 26, 2016    

    I do think the small, incremental changes make a difference. Slowly (and sometimes not so slowly), what was once an off-the-wall fanatic’s mission becomes common sense. In Maine, the Board of Pesticide Control has an initiative called “Yardscaping” where they teach people the basics of integrated pest management for home gardens and urge them NOT to use pesticides. They use the motto “Think first; spray last.”

    • April 27, 2016    

      Jean that is a great program and motto….we need to spread that around the country!

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