Getting in Touch with (My) Nature

I’m sorry to say I’m not cut out to be the savior of the planet. I’m not even very good at saving coupons or saving your reverence. There are lots of saints and superheroes better suited than I am to rescuing goodness, health and happiness. I’m just pleased with myself if I can get the recycling out on time for pickup, fix the wiggly leg on a chair so I don’t have to get a whole new chair to replace it, pull up about six weeds about twice a week. My part in world betterment will always be a smallish one.

But I do have a part in it. I’m ready and willing to play it. One little thing that is on my list of preferred universe-improvement techniques is to work on gradually including a bit less in my daily eating habits and freeing up those calories for people who actually need them more. Ideally, I’d like to find a few ways to see that those people who actually need them get them as well, whether it’s because I feed them myself with my cooking or my modest attempts at micro-mini-farming (I expect to successfully grow up to eighteen vegetables in this season alone), or because I support causes that are better equipped to feed them through charitable or communal means.

Another dainty little improvement I am willing and possibly even able to make in the condition of the quality of life as it exists on this planet is to find more ways to make less waste. I am researching how to capture both the rainwater falling on and the grey-water produced in my house for reuse and distribution in the garden. In Texas, that’s not just a potential money-saver but if drought conditions like last summer’s return or persist, a potential life-saver. But it shouldn’t be too terribly hard. The water’s there. It just needs to be corralled and redirected to where it can be most useful. It’s a natural adjunct to the aforementioned dinky farm-let of a garden with pint-sized patches of vegetables, plus a greater devotion to native, drought-resistant and wildlife friendly plantings that should, over time, reduce the whole yard’s dependence on additional water, provide a bit more natural cover and food for the local bugs and beasts and birds, and ultimately, require less maintenance and far less artificial or chemical intervention to preserve it all in vigorous health and beauty.

My self-improvement plot is mighty simple by comparison even to these extremely modest proposals. I’m just going to try to give in to my less-than-ideal motives and personality quirks less frequently than is my native inclination. I’m going to push myself to consciously and conscientiously do more of the nicer and better and more productive things I am capable of doing, more of the time. Beyond this I’m not certain I can go–but my plans being undersized as they are, I hope that I have just that much more chance of making my individual pin-prick of a difference for the better in my portion of creation, however puny, circumscribed or insignificant it may be. Better by far than not making the attempt. Reality is overwhelming and bemusing enough. Why not work on tweaking it one sweet, precious atom, if I can?

graphite drawing

This is where I landed. Where can I fly from here?

22 thoughts on “Getting in Touch with (My) Nature

  1. Shouting to the heavens about the major injustices in this world gets us nowhere. Things are changed more by tiny, individual steps than by grand, sweeping gestures… We are all planted in our Little Corners of the world, and charged with making them better – for ourselves, and for others…
    Bravo, Kathryn.

    • Much as I adore insects as *objects* and for the cool things they do in nature, I don’t want any of them ON me, so I would be jumping around and yelling like a little girl myself if a moth (one of the creepier insects, in my book) tried to come in for a landing anywhere *near* my nasal promontory. πŸ˜€

    • Collective power is so much more impressive than singularity. πŸ™‚

      I especially love drawing insects (real or, as in this case, imagined) in part because then I can enjoy and admire them from a safely detached distance (see my response to Terri above)!

  2. I have also wanted to capture the rain water…..we have a bit more here than in your neck of the woods. I have a neighbor that has been very successful installing some barrels under the rain gutter spouts for use on their veggies. As for grey water…..shrubs only! Not to be used for what you eat, but it can sure be a a great way to keep things green this coming summer. You may have pushed me off into my next Garden project! Thanks

    • Should I say You’re Welcome or Mea Culpa? πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad we’ve both had some good rain lately. It’s certainly worth the capture. I have no plans on using my bathwater to make any soup! But it would be lovely to send all of the dishwater, bathwater, laundry water and so forth on to do more work when it’s done its indoor tasks.

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