The Paddler’s Planet: From Tragedy Comes Hope.
Written by Christian Wagley
More and more information is coming in on the health of the Gulf following the tragedy. A rash of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf coast has alarmed researchers. Sperm whales sampled this past summer contained the most contamination of any whales sampled throughout the world by the group Ocean Alliance. A 60 square mile area of bottom around the well site is devoid of its usual variety of marine worms and other organisms, which play critical roles in the health of the Gulf. Many scientists believe that some of the worst impacts may not be seen or known still for some number of years as the full impacts work their way through the dynamic Gulf ecosystem, and full recovery will take decades.
All of this news is especially troubling as the Gulf is already under assault from so many angles, much of it due to its location at the bottom of the drainage basin of the American heartland. The Mississippi River carries the wastes of farms and cities to the sea, creating a giant dead zone devoid of oxygen. The oil tragedy was sort of like kicking the Gulf while it was already down.
From this tragedy comes great opportunity to set a course for a cleaner and healthier future. It will take a reassessment of who we are and who we want to be. We will have to decide to get involved, to rally our friends and neighbors, and to invest in our community. But the rewards will be great. As paddlers, we are some of the most committed, energetic, and enlightened people. That gives us hope that we can all be leaders in our communities and help steer us to a better place–this week on The Paddler’s Planet.
Soulful Uplifting People with Leslie Kolovich
Joining me today is Arlene Karian, an amazing woman who shares her insights on how to be a mentor for your child. She has written a book called, “Mentoring Your Child To Win“(available on Amazon and Kindle). Arlene tells us her story of her journey from a life of music, performing, marriage, divorce, and finding herself on welfare with a newborn baby. Her journey is about making choices that lead her to a path of great discovery of being and living an extraordinary life that transferred to her child. Her strength and enlightenment came from some words of wisdom, “Arlene, all you have to do is ASK”.
I know you will enjoy this interview as much as I did. This is about 21st Century parenting, living our lives with purpose and understanding the answers are within ourselves for the most sacred job of all forming the consciousness of a child. Like the adage when flying on airplanes, “you must put your mask on first before you can help others”, one must love and care for yourself first before you can become a mentor that exudes wisdom for your child.
Join us for a conversation for a new wave of consciousness.
Standing Up For The Planet
A weekly Blog by Bob Purdy
Last week I wrote an article on “Balancing” and used some rather strong and offensive language. This week I want to apologize for the language I used in last week’s article. No excuses, just a heartfelt apology.
I know better, and still I made the decision to use that language.
My actions remind me of the little boy that learned a lesson about the consequences of his actions. The boy was searching to find his “Way” in the World, as children will do, however along the “Way” he managed to cross some significant boundaries of acceptable behavior. He eventually would realize that he had crossed a line and would offer up a “Sorry” for his actions after the fact. After one such episode, the boy’s Father decided he had to find a way to show his son that what he was doing was unacceptable so he could learn to make better decisions. He went to the kitchen and grabbed a plate out of the cupboard and went to where his son was standing after the latest episode of his misbehaviour. He gave him the plate and instructed the boy to throw the plate on the floor. Knowing that the plate would break, the boy was very reluctant to follow his Father’s instructions. After coaxing from his Father the boy finally did throw the plate, and predictably it broke into several pieces. The Father then instructed the boy to say “Sorry” to the plate, the same action he always took every time he stepped over the line. The boy followed his Father’s instructions once again, and said “Sorry” to the plate. The Father then explained that, even though you said you were “Sorry” son, the plate is still broken.
Like the boy, I took an action. Like the boy, I knew it was not the best action to take. Like the boy, I apologized, and like the boy I realize that the “Broken Plate” is still broken. I sent some strong and negative words into the Universe in my article last week, words I can never take back. Although I can’t take back what I said, I can learn. Although that article is out there and the damage is done, I can, and will do better in the future. No more offensive language for me. Lesson learned and behavior adjusted!
This all makes me think of the damage we are doing to the Planet, along with damage we are currently considering. How many times have we “Broken Plates” on the Planet? Clear cut a Forest, spilled a drop or two of oil, taken everything there is to take, polluted, altered the landscape because we can, etc, etc? How long will we continue to abuse the Planet? What have we learned about our behavior? Have we already gone too far? How are we going to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”?…
On a lighter note, did you hear about the new Buddhist Vacuum Cleaner? It comes without any attachments!…
Humans tend to love big animals like bears, elephants, and manatees, leading scientists to call them charismatic megafauna. There are few smaller animals that elicit the same kind of attraction, but one that does is the Monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, this most gentle and colorful creature is in serious trouble because our relationship with nature is so far out of balance. Join Leslie and Christian for more about the decline of Monarch butterflies, what that says about the state of our world, and hope for a better way forward–this time on The Paddler’s Planet.
Monarch butterflies undertake an epic journey every year between the U.S./Canada and their wintering grounds in central Mexico—as far as 3000 miles. Here in North Florida we watch them flutter by our yards every October on their way south, and each year in fewer and fewer numbers. This year observers in Mexico are reporting that the butterflies are coming in late and in record low numbers—only three million butterflies so far. Whatever the final count, it’s just a fraction of the estimated one billion Monarchs that once descended on the mountain forests of central Mexico.
What’s causing the decline? Scientists blame the use of pesticides, climate change, and as is usually the case with species in decline—loss of habitat. Monarchs feed solely on one type of plant—milkweed–while in their larval stages. As farms and development expand, away goes the milkweed.
But really, the suffering Monarch is a symptom of a suffering world, where nature declines along with lives missing a healthy purpose. Far too many of us are driven by wealth and material possessions far beyond our basic needs.
When we live with purpose we’re motivated by people and relationships, not by money.
Get out and find that healthy purpose for your being. You’ll find that life is better, your relationships are healthier, and you feel better. With that comes a less consumptive society that now has the time and desire to save the Monarch butterfly. We start with the plight of Monarch butterflies and that leads to living life with purpose–this week on The Paddler’s Planet.
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