In light of Earth Day which is coming up on the 22nd of April, I created this poster as a reminder to try harder. If everybody became conscious of their carbon footprint, put forth real effort to pollute less and willingly cleaned up after themselves . . . if everyone did a combination of little things consistently, the little things we already know about like recycling, unplugging, shorter showers, taking transit, walking when we can, pulling weeds instead of spraying, buying locally produced organic food, eating less meat (or no meat) collectively we would make a big difference toward healing our planet. Every little bit helps, especially if it becomes a pattern or habit, a new standard of living. If people join together and quit adding to the mess our earth will begin to heal, it’s inhabitants will feel the love and the world will become a healthier, kinder, gentler place for everybody and everything. But it begins with each of us trying harder to care for our planet today, tomorrow, on Earth Day, and everyday thereafter.
We can do better.
The idea for this poster came to me at 3:00 a.m. yesterday. I finished it this morning. Yes, I am a boomer. More like a boomerang since I am back at the starting line: – )
It’s mind boggling to think about big numbers and that so many of us have officially entered the second half of our lives. I mean really, I can’t even grasp what 76 million boomers look like– that’s probably a good thing. And to think that 3.5 million of those will turn 65 next year . . . and are still going strong, breaking molds, altering horizons. Getting wiser. This is a bulky generation that defines lifestyles and we’re about to define a new one–how to age gracefully with acceptance, appreciation, enthusiasm, personal responsibility and participation. All together it equals wisdom.
Embrace your wisdom.
Because I cannot choose, nor fully embrace any of my attempts, and because of our budget constraints, I have decided not to print a holiday card this year. Originally I had planned to design a large postcard with an overview of our year on the backside. Instead, I have elected to post 3 of my attempts at a holiday card and the text for you to view here. I may also send an email version to my friends and family.
These two attempts include images of us from Thanksgiving, snaps that I took of a less-than enthusiastic audience and a mom disappointed in her response, struggling to muster a smile.
This time I tried to design a card without our mugs and still didn’t get what I wanted, and I need to move on. So this is it. The text is what would have been printed on the backside of our 2009 DeLaVergne holiday card.
Hope you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.
. . . so cherish it. It’s also nice to let your beloved know. Show him or her or them your love with daily doses of responsible deeds, without expecting a return. That’s the hard part. We human beings are always after something and it’s easy to err of the side of entitlement, narcissism, greed. Acting like a 14-year-old comes naturally and is why the teen years get such a bad rap. I think we have to learn to be less selfish, and it doesn’t come easily or quickly but through intention and daily acts of kindness, repeatedly, forever. Especially this time of year when the compulsion to show your love with store bought things is encouraged in the strongest possible way everywhere you look. These sentiments inspired the card I made below and serve as a reminder to me to act responsibly, again, and again, and again . . . because love is a gift. And it’s worth it.
you are beautiful. so are you.