JONATHAN PETERSSON photographer
Somewhere in our world the sun is always rising – unfailingly. It doesn’t need my permission or your approval. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do the same in our daily routine?
The most difficult part of my day are the first few hours upon rising. Do I want to be awake? Do I feel like swinging my legs over the bedside? Will my first steps be pain filled or comfortable? What should I do first? What appointments do I have? What chores must I do?
STOP! Just stop. Rewind the tapes and start over. Let’s open eyes to the surroundings of a peaceful bedroom – the colors of the walls which are soft and relaxing, the whir of the ceiling fan bringing cool air to my face, the photos on the nightstand, the heirloom hanging on the wall, the cat quietly stretching and waking up with me, the smell of bacon being prepared by my spouse – it’s going to be a great day. Ahhh, the anticipation of the first cup of fresh coffee.
No, don’t get up just yet. Yes, of course there is time for a short gratitude list. What am I grateful for this morning? More importantly, whom am I grateful for? Thank you for breath, for health, for peace, for companionship, for the roof over my head, for sobriety. Now, sit up, stand up, fill those lungs with fresh air, feel the beat of a steadfast heart, raise those outstretched arms upward and thank the sun for shining on us, for making our earth a paradise for all to enjoy and a treasure to protect.
and now…from the wisdom of climate change deniers
Yes, there is a silver lining to the catastrophic melting of our polar ice caps…
“Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade.” SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO during a presentation to the ARCTIC COUNCIL in Finland.
PLEASE GIVE 6 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO LOVE OUR EARTH