Saturday morning I drove to Oasis in Lansdowne road and arrived early with refuse bags filled with recyclables on my backseat. At the recycling depot I joined a queue of five cars waiting for the gates to open. Sitting in the comfortable silence of the car it occurred to me that we are lucky we have depots that sort out our disposables. I must confess though that there are days when recycling seems like an extra unnecessary chore that I could do without. But… when I find myself sliding down that slippery slope of grudge and ungratefulness, this sobering fact always serves as a reality check, “running away from life’s responsibilities has never served anyone’. We need to open our hearts wider to the realisation that for every action there is a reaction, which we are responsible for. Let today be the day, we get that day and night, shadow and light, joy and pain, autumn and spring, are sides of the same coin that coexist with the other. Once we accept this as a part of life. It becomes easier to just get on with it and do what needs to be done. So when you party, you clean up. Take responsibility and sort out your mess. Put the refuse into the bins. Be mindful about not being wasteful and recycle what can be reused. Cultivate a conscious and responsible mentality. I see recycling as paying it forward. Take care of the planet and she takes care of you. Its all about yin and yan. What goes around, comes around. The truth is, it’s all about the conscious life choices we make and added to this the attitude of gratitude. So what am I grateful for? I am grateful for the fact I live on this wild and wonderful planet with its array of fabulous beings and nature. I am grateful to all who choose to love and care for this planet, our only home, by honouring everything living on it, through responsible action and paying it forward with the way we live our lives. My gratitudes are many.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone and everything you love. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand… Carl Sagan