Today is Earth Day. All over the world events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. My dreaming is that one day we won’t need an annual Earth Day because we will live with reverence for Mother Earth and in harmony with her and each other every single day.
Today, may we give great thanks for all that the earth provides us:
Air to breathe.
Water to hydrate and cleanse us.
Food to nourish us.
Ground to support us.
Places of shelter.
Beauty and wonder to inspire us.
Creatures to walk beside us.
As I sat down to write this post, I hoped I would be inspired to write something my mind deemed as profound, but instead, I found myself returning to a simple gratitude poem I wrote some years ago when I was living in Phuket. I felt reluctant to share it at first, because it is steeped in a child-like innocence but it is because of its essence of innocence that I feel compelled to share it. Innocence is our true nature from which wonder and pure love arises.
Thank you for the sunsets
Thank you for the sea
Thank you for scuba diving
and all it has taught me.
Thank you for the stars
and the beautiful crescent moon.
Thank you for the sunrise
although sometimes it comes too soon.
Thank you for my family.
Thank you for my friends —
for all the support and love I receive,
I hope it never ends.
Thank you for my street dogs,
they remind me how to love.
Thank you for the aeroplanes
and the view they give me from above.
Thank you for this planet
I love it more than I can say.
Thank you for each breath I take,
and for each and every day.
Thank you for this freedom,
I’m grateful for so much choice.
Thank you for this life I live
I’ve so much to rejoice.
What are you grateful for today?
With love and courage,