I took a long ride through the countryside, by myself, yesterday afternoon. There's nothing like the road-less-traveled to help one sort out one's thoughts.
As I rode down dirt roads through wild, wooded areas I felt a sense of gratitude for being able to experience this life in the country- in places that are exactly as they were meant to be. I filled my lungs with fresh, clean air and listened to the sound of dry leaves crunching beneath my wheels and crickets chirping in the dense underbrush of the woods. Having this intimate relationship with Mother Nature gives me the inspiration to help preserve it for generations to come.
We cannot move forward, however, without taking a good hard look at how we got here.
There's a need for change in this world- and a need to learn from our mistakes. We must rethink where and how we live and every other aspect of our lives so that we are not recklessly using up our natural resources and leaving our waste for future generations. Our environmental dilemma is multi-faceted. Obviously all of the problems are inter-related. However, in this "Friday" exploration, I find it easier to examine just one issue at a time.
Our beautiful planet...