What is the most important thing that you’ve done?

Someone just posted here on Facebook, “What is the most important thing that you’ve done?” I submit that none of us can ever know. We, all of us, touch the lives of others in ways that we will never understand, good and bad. There is a ripple effect for so many of our actions. The one thing that had the most impact, when all is said and done, might have been the kind word that was what someone needed to decide they are worth living. Most important for us? For the planet? Nothing can measure that.

I can’t even say what I am most proud of. My children? But I can’t take that credit. I’m very proud of “Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence.” But that was a group effort. I was one of three editors, who compiled works from some talented, painfully honest and brave men and women.

I can’t take ALL the credit for anything I have done. That would go to my friends, family and my loving Creator as much as to myself. We are all in this thing together. None of us is an island.

Our home, our responsibility

Our planet, like our bodies, has the natural ability to heal itself, but like our bodies, it needs our conscious, proactive efforts to support this process. Below is my response to a Facebook post that posed the question, “What did you do today to help the planet?”

Today, I did these:
1) Used the same towel again after my shower
2) Used homemade deodorant from a repurposed canning jar
3) Used a reusable lunch bag
4) Brought yogurt in a reusable container from a larger tub.
5) Recycled my sparkling water can
6) Walked home from work
7) Washed my clothes in cold water
8) Hung my clothes on line
9) Made oatmeal from bulk steel cut oats that I soaked overnight to reduce cooking time (and energy used)
10) Used soap from refillable soap dispenser
11) Used a cloth napkin
12) Composted my dead flowers and dead fruit
13) Used my own, reusable water bottle
I’m sure I have forgotten other stuff that has just become habit.

So, then it occurred to me. This all seems like a duh. It’s a long list of things I take as just being a responsible person. The least we can do. But some people’s idea of helping the planet is still just not being a litter bug. I guess that makes me an environmentalist? I still feel like I could do so much more. We need to ALL be environmentalists. This is our home. Not someone else’s problem or someone else’s fight.

Beauty is as beauty sees

Is beauty not harmony and balance? Is that why we are drawn to it? Beauty fills us with joy and peace. Things that are wrong, out of balance or broken fill us with unease. And we shy away from them.

We are beautiful beings who respond to beauty. Our appreciation of beauty is evidence of our own beauty. We are in tune with it, because it is like us.

No one has seen the face of God, yet God is the beauty that surrounds us and is us. No one has NOT seen God.