A few years ago, a weekly part of my blog was called “One More Thing“. I was talking about and asking you readers to bring in some awareness of one thing you could do to help, whether that be your neighbor carrying in his groceries, or turning off your car while you were in the latte line, or some sort of global idea. I found people and sites to share, and YOU shared too. It was delightful and felt like we really could, (and CAN) make a difference in taking care of the planet.
I loved hearing your ideas and the fact that you took a few minutes to share with us what you wanted to commit to to do just one more thing, in a positive and encouraging way. But it fizzled out after a few months. Little by little you quit sharing, and it was harder for me to maintain a weekly schedule for writing that blog. But I was proud of it of the blog, and I know it made a difference.
Yet I was surprised at some folks lack of desire and commitment. We here in the states, at least, live in a very spoiled society, one of over consumption and instant gratification, biggie size everything. The states is not the only place of course but that is where I spend most of my time. Because I am fortunate enough to travel globally, I am blessed with seeing how other cultures live. And how they take care of themselves and the planet. Eye-opening experiences for sure. Some good, and some not so good. But wow… what a journey by Tribal Bellydance road has taken me on.
Anyway, I still do my part as often as possible, from recycling to signing petitions, to being vegetarian, to donating to causes I believe in, and the biggest part of course is doing the work that I love, teaching Tribal Bellydance for wellness, beauty, healing and celebration. That definitely has the trickle down effect to help our selves, our communities, and the planet!
I also just started volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society! It is important to give back to the world, and this is my small way of helping animals in distress. It is an amazing organization and I am thrilled to be donating my time there.
So think about it, what can you do? What is One More Thing you can do, daily, weekly, monthly, to help out? To give from your heart and soul, generously, with no thought of reciprocation except the feel good factor of helping someone? You know, we all can and do make a difference, we just need to step it up!
Here is a little something from the Marine Mammal Center to get you started thinking about what you can do!
More than two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water — a precious life source — yet it has become a dumping ground for human trash. Every year, ocean trash, mainly plastic, kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles when they ingest or become entangled in it.
Pledge to do your part to reduce ocean trash and save marine life!
· Cut up plastic six-pack rings, ribbons and packing straps before disposing of them appropriately.
· Carry a re-useable water bottle and canvas bag for my shopping.
· Choose products that have less packaging and buy in bulk where possible.
· Reduce the plastics I buy (it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose!)
· Reduce the toxins I use in my yard and put down my sink, as they can end up in waterways.
· Select re-usable items whenever possible, repurpose and recycle as much as I can.
…your actions will help protect the ocean and its inhabitants for years to come.
Thank you for making a difference!
The Marine Mammal Center
Thanks all for being here! I love you all!!!!