by Nancy Love Robertson
Just color me one big, green learning curve.
Unlike my close friend, Shauna Struby, I don’t have the green nomenclature down. I don’t make regular trips to the Farmer’s Market before 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays, nor do I know all of the hot spots in the blogosphere that could teach me more about being a mindful consumer and good steward of limited resources.
So what do I have in my green toolkit? I possess the tools of curiosity and a willingness to evolve. More importantly, my toolkit holds a heart, a mind and a desire for doing the right thing. That’s what I bring to the party.
For years, I have worked on elevating my self-awareness, and over time have tapped into some special methods to keep me centered and awake. For example, I live in a neighborhood that runs near the train tracks along the Broadway Extension. To draft on Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn’s notion of “bells of mindfulness,” I use the train as a reminder. When I hear it rumble up from Norman or blast its horn near an automobile intersection, it brings me back to myself and the moment in which I am alive.
So how does my train of mindfulness help me gain traction on my big, green learning curve?
That train, my quiet, beautiful neighborhood, and my green-savvy friends, all serve as constant reminders to live simply and to live in the now. I find when I live in the present moment, I make better choices as a consumer and as a steward of our limited resources.
To me, living differently than I was raised, as a child of the 1950s and 1960s, is a remarkable journey. Is my destination to become a locavore? Maintain a vegetable garden in my own backyard? Buy a Prius? I have released my need to know where my stewardship will take me. I just know I want to enjoy the process. I trust that my individual efforts to do the right thing will combine with the work of all who strive toward the same goal of leaving a smaller footprint and supporting folks who make their living harvesting nature’s bounty in a sustainable way.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of FreshGreens. I appreciate the efforts of the other writers with whom I share this space, who tirelessly work to raise awareness and educate. I admire all of you who dare to work for sustainable change in our neighborhoods, our community, and our state.
My pledge to you is to continue on my big, green learning curve, to remain mindful, and when I can, to support you with what resources I have.