I know I’ve spent many hours on my knees or lying awake at night wishing we could cut back on air transportation, traffic, and the manic consumption driving our current ecological crisis. And here we are, in the midst of it. In retrospect, I’d put more energy into keeping surgical masks & nitrile gloves out of the landfills, but then many of us might have wished a bit differently in hindsight.
Here we are in the midst of a massive national “snow day”. We can’t go to work. We can’t party with friends or jostle among strangers shopping our way to mindlessness. [All you TP shoppers – Really? What were you thinking?] We can’t go to the movies, a concert, or a Broadway show.
We have to spend time with family. Call our friends. Read a book. SLEEP! - the best preventative! Cook a meal at home. Clean out that closet. Paint the bathroom. Spend an hour outside playing with our kids and dogs. Wow! If we're not sick – or don’t have a loved one who is…Let's shout hallelujah! And enjoy this gift.
Maybe taking time off as a nation will help us get our priorities in order. Watch this video of canals in Venice after a week without tourists and traffic. Even Greta Thunberg must marvel at the speed with which Gaia manages to heal herself. I hope we can take away hopeful messages from the crisis. Can we learn to live with less and enjoy our time more – for our health and that of this blue Eden we call home?
I plan to make a few YouTube videos of ways I’m finding to enjoy this moment. What are you doing?