Once upon a time, not that long ago, lived a little girl who dreamed of one day saving the whales and protecting the dolphins from pollution and profiteering. She wrote letters, with paper and stamps and everything, to The White House, Congress, corporate executives, and non-profit organizations to pursue a better world.
She believed that Shell was the only bad guy in the oil industry.
She thought that Nestlé would mend their ways or we would put them of business.
This girl grew a little older, became a vegetarian, and believed what Mahatma Gandhi said about the world to be true. She felt that she would be the change she wanted to see in this world.
She managed, through early adulthood, to keep this mission in mind. She believed that changing the world would be easy, it just took a little work and a lot of persuasion, education, and a little protestation.
Then she grew up. She learned about nuclear power, fracking, Big OIl, BIg Ag, unsavory business practices, environmental infighting, name-calling, greenwashing, bottled water, carcinogenic baby products, and the effects of everything we are doing to ourselves. It was a lot to take in, the task was daunting, but she kept pushing.
She had children which reinforced her zeal to protect them and their world. She fears for the work they will have to do because of past generations’ apathy.
She learned that Jack Kerouac was not a hero, nor was Salinger. She learned that people’s actions are often far more powerful than their words, but good words, lovely words, make our world a better place. She wants to use both, walk the walk while sharing encouragement through language.
Today she is feeling a bit beaten down. She is a Gemini through and through.
Do you have anything to share that is happy, positive, or just plain nice to cheer this girl up?