A love for Mother Nature
It’s all too easy to accentuate the negative and downplay the positive. The bad things in life often get all the attention, while the good things go unheralded.
Elsewhere in this edition of The Compass, there’s a good-news story.
Sarah Yetman of Harbour Grace spied a pile of garbage on a favourite walking trail. “ It makes me angry,” she told her father. And, she insisted it be cleaned up. So, with the help of her parents, she lugged the refuse to the side of the road for pick-up.
I personally am spurred into action by her example, which is worthy of emulation.
Several things about this story impressed me. For starters, Sarah is only six years old. Seldom do we hear of such keen social consciousness in children. Perhaps in youth, adults and seniors. But the actions of children to remove garbage rarely make the front page.
Second, Sarah learned her environmental awareness from her parents and in daycare. There’s an onus on us as parents and caregivers to teach those within our orbit of influence the importance of caring for the environment. Mother Nature has granted us the privilege of enjoying her. It’s a priceless gift — lets guard it with our lives.
Finally, Sarah was not paid to remove the garbage; she did it spontaneously, because of her love of and respect for the land. She saw a mess. But rather than leave it where it was, to deface her surroundings, she acted on her principles and took the initiative to act.
This is a feel-good story. But more than that, it should serve as an incentive to all of us to do our part to beautify the environment. It’s a rallying call to action. It doesn’t have to start with a major clean-up project. It can be as simple as picking up discarded cigarette packages, candy wrappers or plastic bottles, and depositing them where they rightfully belong. By doing so, we will make Mother Nature happy. And who doesn’t want to make his mother happy!