BE THE CHANGE
For years I’ve made the statement to “Be the change” but I’ve never, I think, tried to explain it. What I’m referring to is that we are always bitching about what the government, corporate leaders, fanatic religious zealots… and many others are doing to destroy not only our countries but also our way of life and for many their very lives. What I mean is that any change begins with 1 person. If I see something I don’t like, like bullying, harassment, people harming others and animals or even themselves, I try to find a way to stop it. The same goes for my surroundings. When people destroy things that don’t belong to them just for the fun of it. When corporations dont consider the damage they are doing to people with their practices, the ones I see are strip mining, clear cutting forests and overall destroying the environment, personal items to me considering where I live, it sickens me and I find a way to speak my mind and let others know of the harm they are doing.
On the other hand I also work to find ways to improve my surroundings and provide for my family and friends. We have a LOT of gardens for food. Over the last spring and summer we planted over 5000 saplings in the valley, all native to the region and most having multiple purposes I.e. food for us, food for wildlife, erosion control and even future fuel for heating with our efficient fireplaces that can even be used to cook in. We also installed 3 500 gallon water storage tanks below the patios that use the rain gutters on the house to fill them. These we use to irrigate the gardens primarily but the water can also be purified for drinking. These are just a few of the things we are doing and have planned for the future.
We also work with local ranchers and farmers to help us provide food for us and our horses with the idea of supporting our local economy and people. If we can find something locally we are willing to pay a little more plus its usually grown to taste better and last longer. In addition we have several greenhouses and dozens of chickens and ducks. You would be surprised how many grasshoppers and ticks that they have cut down. That’s a win win. Grasshoppers don’t eat our gardens and we hardly ever find a tick on our horses plus we always have fresh eggs when we need them that taste so much better than store bought eggs.
Overall we have worked in our area to BE THE CHANGE for things we saw were needed. Even if you don’t live in the country and live in the city you too can find ways to do similar things.
The changes that you see and want to change may be totally different but what I am saying is step up and say or do something to change what you think is wrong.
BE THE CHANGE!!!!