Today the world celebrates Earth Day. It’s a time for us to reflect on the world we live in and often take for granted. As we reflect on family and relationships today it’s important to note that we are all in a relationship with the earth. It’s not one that we all think about or take time to appreciate, but without the air that surrounds us and the ground that supports us we’d be nothing. Today as we think about Earth Day I thought we’d take a page from our kids and look at the little things.
Kids are really good at noticing the little things, like the stains on your shirt, the things you drop, and the words you say. Kids are also pros at collecting stuff. Whether we’re talking about toys bought at the store, old standbys like cardboard boxes, or the countless stones, acorns and flowers (aka weeds) they find in their explorations and your travels, they love to pick it up. When was the last time you took a good look at what they picked up? Have you took a close look at some of the things they’ve found lately? Have you picked up a few of your own lately?
I know, that’s a kid thing! But at the same time it’s not. It’s all about noticing what’s around you, appreciating the beauty of the earth and how the world was created and what makes up the world. Kids have great imaginations because they don’t see the limits and restrictions we’ve put on the world and still see the little things that make up the big things. This Earth Day spend some time up close and personal with nature. See the little bugs as they go about their lives, see the spring flowers exploding, see the birds searching for worms, pick up a couple of rocks, and appreciate the little things that make up our big planet.
“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” William Blake