I find myself incredibly grateful for so many things and count my blessings while going about everyday tasks. This morning I was watering some flowers I have in whisky barrel planters at the end of where the garden hose can reach and while I was appreciating the beauty of the flowers under the bright blue sky with dollops of fluffy white clouds floating peacefully across the sky, I was met with an inquisitive hummingbird saying hello before it visited the nearby butterfly bush. It decided to sit for a bit nestled within one of the nearby shady branches as though it too was happily watching the bees and butterflies dancing among the many flowers in that part of the yard. These things are more than part of a lovely view, they’re part of me, they’re part of you. Everything is gratefully connected; the sky, the clouds, the water, the flowers, the butterflies, the birds and the bees. We can be grateful for the beauty but we can also be grateful for understanding the connections between such beauty with our own interactions. How we choose to nurture nature shows a lot about how we nurture each other.
If we use toxic chemicals in our environment without thought of any further consequence than killing a specific weed for instance we’re not considering the whole process. The manufacturing of the chemicals negatively impacts the environment, the use of a product negatively impacts the beneficial flora and fauna of the land, the water supply, ultimately negatively impacting US. A pamphlet distributed by the National Union of French Apiculture in 1994 questionably quoted Albert Einstein as having stated “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination… no more men!” So while it’s doubtful that Einstein made such a statement, I wouldn’t be surprised if he agreed with the thought. We know that without enough pollinators there wouldn’t be enough food to feed the many lives on the earth. I’m grateful that so many people are becoming aware of our interdependence with nature. Everything is connected.
Nurture nature so we can continue to nurture each other and ourselves.