Here we are at last, on the verge of summer. The big green has returned, the short nights turn sultry and warm – nature is as lush and beautiful as she will be all year.
This year’s Summer Solstice is on June 20. The longest day of the year was traditionally called Midsummer’s Eve, which I prefer because it sounds more romantic!
Generally a time of celebration, Midsummer is a promise fulfilled – a time when Life and Love reach their zenith. What struck me as I considered the theme for this month’s essay was the juxtaposition of nature’s verdant beauty to all of the bad news that constantly bombards us.
From environmental degradation to dismal economic forecasts, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to celebrate. So I took on the task of providing some good news!
Here’s what’s happening in the way of positive change:
· An NOAA study recently released showed an increase in the number of Humpback Whales in the Northern Pacific.
· There has also been a 12 percent increase in gorillas in Uganda, and Black Rhinos are up 20% in Kenya.
· The Bald Eagle came off the endangered species list, after four decades.
· In 1972, only 40% of rivers in the United States were safe for swimming. Today, that number has increased to 70%, thanks to the Clean Water Act.
· Ten million trees were recently planted by the World Wildlife Fund in the DR Congo, helping to restore gorilla habitats.
· Toyota recently announced the sale of its one millionth Prius – a gasoline/electric hybrid that gets up to 50 miles per gallon.
· The Environmental sector is expecting a boom in “Green Jobs” in the next decade.
· The World Biodiversity Summit gathered 87 ministers from across the globe to reinforce their commitment to substantially reduce the worldwide loss of biodiversity.
That’s just a sampling, but they are all wonderful reasons to celebrate. It proves when people of good conscious put their hearts and minds together and take positive action, we can make a positive difference.
It doesn’t matter that you can’t run off to the Congo to help plant trees, there are plenty of ways we can all make a positive difference. There’s everything good about doing small good things, because when we all do them they add up to the very BIG!
So don’t let the doomsayers get you down. Do the small things that matter, like patronizing locally owned businesses, considering a hybrid for your next car or taking a load of plastics to the recycle station. There are so many ways to help that we can all fit into our busy lives.
And maybe, for Midsummer, you can dress up in some colorful clothes, grab a few friends and sing and dance – have some fun!
Here’s Osho’s take on celebration:
“Life is a moment to celebrate, to enjoy. Make if fun, a celebration, and then you will enter the temple.”
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