“The practical importance
of the preservation of our forests
is augmented by their relations to
climate, soil and streams.”
Around the globe humanity is in a crisis. Here in California, Governor Newsom announced a state wide “Stay Home” program for all our 40 million people. It was strongly recommended to everyone stay home and not go out unless to exercise or get necessary supplies for you or your family. We are living in unprecedented times.
Spring arrived yesterday with very little recognition. I was only reminded it was spring by a reminder from my iPhone. At a time of year when most of us are happy to welcome spring, the Coronavirus situation has created health and economic anxiety for all humans. I believe there is a massive silver lining in all of this.
If we can quiet the mind just enough and listen, we will hear Mother Nature breathing a subtle yet immensely deep sigh of relief. The air is cleaner. The water is cleaner. Proving that if we just leave nature alone it has the power to restore itself, quickly.
As I take my daily walks, I see dolphins and whales and wonder what the dolphins and whales are feeling right now. If I were able to know, I would say they are elated that the water they live in and the air they breathe is being purified and cleansed.
The question becomes, how will humans respond? Whether we like it or not, we are all impacted by this. Our patterns of living have been enormously disrupted. Our health and finances lie in the balance. And how we treat each other has become more important than ever.
In the midst of great fear and uncertainty – all of which is legitimate – this becomes a huge opportunity for us. The optimist in me wants to believe this will be the wakeup call our species has desperately needed. This is our chance to realize we truly are all in this together, that what I do affects you and vice versa. ‘We are One’ is a Truth, not just a pleasant-sounding spiritual philosophy.
My hope is that even though the fear is palpable and justified, we can come from a place of Love for each other and for this majestic planet we call home as the World reboots.