My reflections on Earth Day point to the first Earth day in 1970 which involved approximately 20 million Americans. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global and mobilized 200 million people in more than 190 countries.
Today, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day worldwide.
The quiet but deliberate underlying message is improvements are needed, and we are up to the challenge. That’s not just for Earth Day. The larger symbolism here is we are up to the challenge to improve humanity.
Right? The ever-increasing numbers of people yearning to be involved in Earth Day activities tell us that people want change and if they don’t see their government involved, they are energized to do it themselves.
Look into Earth Day 2019, and you’ll pick up on a new mindset from phrases like:
- Outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment
- Promote activism
- Bring voice to issues
This could be a framework for your improvement effort.
Have you suffered enough? Have you had enough of the status quo? Are you interested, curious about starting a change for yourself? If so, then where will the energy, time and commitment come from? If you are fully ready to invest, mobilize and engage, then the energy, time and commitment are secondary. We always find time and resources for what is of burning importance.
Look at anyone’s checkbook, calendar and activities and you’ll see where their priorities are.
What are your reflections on Earth Day? Just as pollution will prevent thriving, chronic stress, anxiety, and negativity (inner pollution) will suppress how much you change, thrive and grow. On the other hand, engagement, involvement, connection, and contribution will enhance it.
You are always at choice.
Maybe Earth Day involvement is more comfortable because of the collective energy. If that’s what you are thinking, then join a gym, a Yoga class or a book club. Meet some like-minded people and see what happens.
Start saying “yes,” create your own “earth day mindset.” You’ll probably surprise yourself.