just one: taking it literally

I started this blog as a reminder to myself that focusing on small living and internal health were the pathway to inner stability. I still believe this. If you would like to read how the title of the blog came about inspired by Emily Dickinson, you can find that here.

But sometimes it is difficult to know how to put inner peace into action when the topic is a big one, like the health of our earth. I know that for many of us the issue of climate change is in the forefront of our minds and hearts. And to be honest, it can be overwhelming, scary, and just sad. For me, starting to admit those big feelings about the future of our planet has been a relief. There is a collective grief that is happening around the world on this issue, even for those of us who don’t see ourselves as activists. And I think we need to come to terms with it even as we are moving toward sustainability.

I received my first copy of the Audobon magazine over the weekend and it was difficult to read. The articles all dealt with the various ways that birds are in danger due to a changing climate. But it also had some very practical tips of what individuals can do to help our planet and resist despair.

I will not list all of the suggestions here as there are MANY but one of the most helpful was to join with a group or organization in addressing the climate issue. Most of us don’t have all of the resources or information and there is no way that we can tackle this on our own. I am personally going to try to find a local group as well as a couple of national ones (including Audobon) to join forces with,

But saying that we cannot face climate change on our own is not the same as saying that there is nothing that individuals can do. There are many ways that we can help. One of the suggestions mentioned by the Audubon society was to adopt a bird. And one of the birds on the list is one that we think of as common, but is nonetheless at possible risk, the American robin.

Emily Dickinson loved nature so much and wrote hundreds of poems reflecting this love. And so in the spirit of my “year of Emily” project, I am taking the title of my blog both symbolically and literally. I am meditating on my love for birds and how critical they are to our earth. And then I am going to do what I CAN to help them, even if it is just one.

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain
. ~Emily Dickinson

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