My perfect Earth Day would be be like this.
First, I would spend the morning with a cup of coffee, some good breakfast pastry, and the Bible and something by Frederick Buechner. I would read and listen, and in the process, I would feel God say, “Remember that I love the earth; I created it. I love every bit of it, each piece of siding on the house across the street, every little worm that crawls onto the sidewalk after a rain, every single person, every molecule, everything.” I would sit and hear that and sigh . . . .
Then, I would take the rest of the day slow and relish every moment. I would do the things that had to be done – laundry, writing, grading – and take enough time to do each of them well. I would think about what I was consuming – do I really want to eat sugar, or do I want to take the time to eat something fresh, like that half of an orange bell pepper in my fridge? I would not even consider wasting anything – a minute, a morsel – because I would remember that God loves it all.
In fact, I wish every day was like this. I wish every day was my perfect Earth Day. Imagine what a revolutionary thing it would be if we all slowed down and let ourselves live each moment. Imagine what our world would look like if we lived in the “now” instead of in “yesterday” or “tomorrow.” What if we took time to make good choices about what we buy or eat or say. Imagine if we slowed down at all.
So much of our lives seems to get past us, like we’re playing frisbee in the park but instead of enjoying the game of catching and tossing, we’re so concerned about whether we look good doing it or about how fast we throw the frisbee or how far. What if we played like children, absolutely absorbed in the game. What if we let other people play like children, too, and stopped worrying so much about whether they’re doing it right or whether they’re doing it better than we are. What if we just played.
So much of Earth Day is about “green” living and sustainability, two things I am passionate about. But I wonder if we will ever live the lives of sustenance that our earth needs if we keep thinking we need to go faster and do more. Will we ever take care of our planets or ourselves if we’re always bent on speed? How can a person relish wisdom at the drive-through or while multi-tasking? How can we have Earth Day when we don’t slow down.
So today, I’m going to live my perfect Earth Day. I did read and pray, and I did feel God remind me that this earth is God’s and that God loves it deeply, all of it. I did make a better choice for breakfast. I am taking my time writing this post. I will grade slowly this afternoon and breathe deeply. I will slow down. Because if it I don’t, I will miss it. And that’s a shame.
For ideas on how to revolutionize your life and slow down, visit The Slow Movement. And take your time there.