Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for the well-being of humans and other organisms. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. As defined by Wikipedia
Yup, sustainability. One of my all time favorite words. This word finds it ways into at least one of my conversations on a daily basis. It rocks. Plain and simple.
I wish I could find a way without giving up my home, and some pretty awesome man made conveniences to be a 100% sustainable. Before my husband and I had our son, I imagined living in an off- the-grid home-and then I came to some realizations. I enjoy community, and once in a while-a movie, the internet, and shopping. I currently live on decent acreage, and have well-water, may not be off the grid-may not be perfect-but life is about being sustainable with what you have, and doing good by it.
However, regular Joe Shmoe I am-I counter balance this with some good environmental deeds. Because I do believe we all have the capacity to make the small and big changes that fit into our life to make a difference.
This past weekend, my family and I stuck close to home. We biked to a parade, and the fair grounds, as well as swam in our local lake. We watched a storm roll in and my husband showered in the rain. Sorry-folks the picture can only live in my mind alone. Some things are just not meant to be viewed.
So there it is- our weekend of all things nature. What did I discover?
Gratitude and humbleness! So much so, that it made me tear up, so much so, that I literally felt in my world-heaven and earth were meeting right outside my back door. My family and I enjoyed it, on bikes none-the less. Wasting less gas, we felt the wind on our face, caught some sun rays, laughed, and slowed down enough to play hard, and rest even harder!
The result: my son doesn’t want to come inside when its sunny! He asked where thunder comes from, and delightedly told me he was having fun at the beach! He is obsessed with rocks!
If I can teach him anything-it will be sustainability. Growing an organic heart in my child-no pun intended- is a responsibility I fully take on-and so we keep learning in this beautiful heart of June!