What Does Stress Have to Do with Earth Day?

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn

I'm sure none of you will dispute Jim Rohn's wise words, but humans somehow forget to take care of the earth. It is, after all, the only place we have to live.

In an entertaining and moving interview on CBC Radio's Q, oceanographer Robert Goddard said,

"We need to live on this planet. There's no escape clause. I think it's irresponsible to say, 'Well, we can do like Superman did, mess up Krypton, and get out of Dodge.'

No, you're not going to get out of here. So you better focus on not messing it up, cause there's nowhere to go."

We're well down the road to "messing it up", but there is still hope. There is still room for recovery.
The earth is stressed, just as so many of you are. Does that mean you give up? No. You get busy and you do something about it. So whether it's environmental stewardship or undressing your stress, it is a good practice to keep the following slogan in mind:

"Think globally, act locally!"

We, as citizens of the world, have a responsibility to take care of the Earth. We can do that by acting locally - by looking after our own patch and implementing small changes, which if we all take part, can have a global impact.

Similarly, when you act locally with your heart, you begin to see changes, often with big results. Changes that makes you feel and look better. Changes that ignite your passions. Changes that free up your energy so you can participate in the events that are important to you.

Acting locally is restorative. I experience it for myself, and I've seen it with my clients. You've witnessed it with the various environmental initiatives that occur in your community - in the restoration of a habitat, for example.

This Earth Day, make a commitment to yourself to act locally. We all win when stress is transformed, whether it be yours, or Earths. It's in you to change. Will you join me?

Here are some past tributes to Earth Day:

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