Thoughts on Earth Day 2013

Today is Earth Day and I know that my kids will be celebrating, or at least recognizing it, by picking up garbage in the neighborhoods around their school.

earth-day-2013Even though we often feel like we transcend our environment and that we are directing the area around us this is not actually true and just looking around can be a real wakeup call for us and make us realize that we are coexisting in our environment and need to take better care of it.

We can see on a daily basis as the weather changes are happening (whether it is manmade or not), and we can see the effects of building manufacturing plants and oil drilling around the world and how that has changed the environment.

I often think about how I live here in North America and my “carbon footprint” is changing the way the earth is and how people on other continents that don’t have to heat the house 8 months a year, or grocery shop with overpackaged goods built to draw us in. Even things so simple as the fact that in my house we have two cars instead of one only because of the convenience for my 50 kilometer drive to work.

In my more finger pointing moments I can point to other people that are living a life that has a lot of waste and say “Look there, they are polluting the world” but really it is all of us together, in this consumer based society I even see it in my son that will hop from one percieved need to another looking for satisfaction while we still buy too much that ends up in a landfill one day.

But feelings of guilt will never fix a problem and I think the problems that we see this Earth Day are worse than any other and quite probably next year things will be worse than this year. The fact is that we need to all step up, each person trying to make changes while not being concerned with what our neighbors do, really it is just about each of us making changes in how we spend our money and how.

So today as you go along try and see where each of your dollars go, how much of a difference good or bad are you doing by spending your money and what decisions are you making for good or bad?

I know that I have a long way to go but at least we can each start today in making a difference for the better

Happy Earth Day!

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Stop Looking for Immediate Results

We all want immediate results, instant satisfaction, but it does not always come to us the way we would like.

Your mind has to be aligned with the goals that you want. Your eating has to align with the goals that you want. And finally your exercise and fitness has to align with the goals that you want.

Don’t give up today or tomorrow because success isn’t here yet. Just persevere and do all the right things, treat your body well so that every day you feel better than the day before.

stop loooking for immediate results

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Emulate Olympians – or at least cheer!

I am off on holiday this week and went camping for a few days with my family. A nice break at a lakeside campground that let me really recharge and get ready for the second half of this year.

Along the way lately I have found out I need a root canal, a new hot water heater, and during camping I realized I am not a very good camper. But I love camping anyway.

Now today I have been watching the Olympics. You just know that for these guys last week and this week their whole world has stopped and they all know that this is the most important time in their entire career to peak in their entire sports career.

My son Jaiden hanging in a hammock

My son Jaiden hanging in a hammock

So for me life goes on, for these guys life is at a stand still.

What can we learn from the Olympians?

Really I have to wonder how we all look for success in the bank, on the scale, at the workplace, in our neighborhood, and in the eyes of our family and friends on a daily basis when these Olympians gauge themselves on the public stage once every four years.

We have to stop looking at the short term so much and look at making lasting change. On my Facebook page I like posting success pictures and stuff saying things like “today matters most” or “Tomorrow doesn’t count – only today” and I always agree with that, todays actions really do lead to tomorrows results. But also it is easy to get discouraged looking at what you have gotten done today.

I think really we need to look at always getting better, it does not always happen today, but know that over time we are always moving forward.

So in all our struggles, me with my teeth and hot water heater, you with your own struggles, We really just always have to look forward and move forward. Be inspired by these Olympians and the sacrifices they make and the satisfaction and victory they all feel these two weeks. It comes again in four years but these days are magical for them and us.

Lets celebrate together

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