I have the world on top of my desk. It’s not very big, just a tiny blue ball with spatters of color representing the different countries, but it is mostly blue showing just how vastly our planet is made of water. Interestingly as well is the fact that these human bodies need both air and water to survive. Every day I thank God for the privilege of having fresh water to put in my body and for the air that I breathe. It is so easy to forget that this is not the case in many places on this water-filled planet called Earth. Those who live in places where water comes out of a spigot or is readily available packaged in bottles that can be bought at the grocery store rarely think of that as a privilege. It is just what it is and is taken for granted that it will always be there. Therein lies the problem – assuming. In Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements, the third agreement is Don’t Make Assumptions. He says, “It is always better to ask questions than to make assumptions. Have the courage to ask questions until you are as clear as you can be.” I wish I had asked more questions of my mother when she would tell me not to leave the water running while I did dishes or brushed my teeth. She was a wise woman who came from Native American heritage and knew the importance of preserving the natural resources of our Earth.
Making ourselves aware of the problems in our world is as important as taking your next breath because it has to do with the survival of all of humanity. The more we are aware of a situation, the more we can then ask ourselves “can I help in any way?” Maybe that help is just in conserving energy by turning off lights when not needed or turning off the water spigot. One person doing this might not make a difference but the more of us that become aware of issues and work together to lighten the burden can and will make a difference. Love yourself enough to care about your world you live in. This blue ball on top of my desk is important to me. It is a constant reminder that I can make a difference and to not assume that the things we need to survive on this planet will always be there for us if we don’t start paying attention to how to conserve them. I love you! Namaste