Plant a seed, watch it grow

Laura White
Laura White

I’m a real hippy at heart and often when writing, I have to tone it down a bit. I like to think I have some credibility and have been subject to those ‘yeah, whatever’ looks in the past when I’ve started talking about ‘energy’ or ‘webs of consequence’ and so I try to write about tangible things.

However, indulge me briefly here. Yesterday I was in the supermarket (I know, bad enough) and spent a while trying to decide whether to treat myself to some cider after a lovely time away with friends.

I’d already over-spent, but wanted to keep that calm, happy, holiday feeling going just a little bit longer. In the end I thought, I’ve got food in the fridge, I can make some bread, let’s go for it. I got to the counter and the man in the queue in front of me received a money-off voucher for using is loyalty card. It was for beer or cider.

He turned around, saw me, and handed me his voucher. Win! I paid for my goods, used my loyalty card and received the same voucher! I turned around and the lady behind me in the queue had beer in her basket. So she got my voucher.

This made me think of all the other small actions that people can take every day to help each other and our planet. Chances are you won’t even know the good that can come from your actions, and maybe that is the way it should be.

Too many people do things for reward. How about doing one small thing every day just to be kind? I truly believe that the energy you give out will be returned to you and that your acceptance and understanding will be mirrored in the actions of others.

How is this related to Green Issues? I could start talking about positive energy but don’t worry, I’ll keep that hippy stuff to a minimum. Basically, all actions have a consequence. You plant a seed and hopefully it will grow.

I mean this both literally and metaphorically. How many times have you been affected by a grumpy stranger; maybe the bus driver was rude and that put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

You then snapped at your partner when you got home, they went out to the shop and snapped at the shop assistant. You get the point. But this works the other way too. Plant a seed of kindness and that will be passed on.

Green Issues is about the environment, our natural world and the beautiful place that is Dartmoor. But it is also more than that. Feed the hedgehogs who will eat your neighbour’s slugs and snails. Your neighbour can then give their excess vegetables to the homeless shelter. Everyone feels good and that happiness is radiated out.

Humans have, and sadly continue to, ruin this planet. But maybe your one small act of kindness a day can radiate out in a way that makes us all feel a little more positive and able to do the things that need to be done to protect and preserve our natural environment.

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