Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Think Green Thursday
Please join us at Think Green Thursday. Share with us some of the soothing greenery in your life, or suggest some way that you have found to help to preserve our environment or the creatures in it. Many thanks to Michelle, who brings us this meme each week, and to Gina, whose ideas began the whole thing.
There is a commercial I have seen several times lately on TV which suggests that painting the walls in your home a soothing color will calm even your rambunctious children, and turn them into quiet and well behaved little angels. The picture it presents is ridiculously exaggerated of course. But it is true that our tension and anxieties can be miraculously quieted when we find a place to spend a little time surrounded by nature's lush green.
I am very grateful to Mother Nature for her restorative power when I have felt exhausted by stress, and I am eager to find ways to make sure our world remains as beautiful as it is today. It has changed drastically in my lifetime. I do remember, as a child, playing in the fields and woods and along the streams, never suspecting that within a few years the landscape would change so much as to be unrecognizable. That is what has happened to my old neighborhood.
I have since found other places to visit near my present home that give me the pleasure of quiet and peace. But I have watched changes come to this area too in the past thirty-some years, and know that if they continue as they have, it won't be long before these places of sanctuary, too, will be gone. I may not be around to see it, but my children and grandchildren may not have the beauty and peace that I have known.
A sobering thought.