What can you do?

This year has already proven to be one for the history books. Now at the halfway point, I wanted to touch upon a few things that have happened and what we have learned from them. As I have experienced my own setbacks as of late, I have had time to reflect on what we think we know and what we really know.

So far, Swine Flu has made a mark upon Mexico and the world as it created panic in its wake. Killing hundreds of people, we all felt the fear of what could be in the face of a potentially fatal illness.

We also learned that common sense can help conquer fear. By listening to age old advice handed down from countless generations of mothers around the world, Swine flu became a thing of the past and is now on a downward slide. No longer are we seeing it as a deadly adversary but rather as a formidable foe who can be beaten at his own game.

Banks and major businesses have fallen and our economy has declined as jobs have been lost. The very companies we counted on let us down as we realized together that not everything is as stable as it seems. It left us clamoring to build back that which had fallen in an effort to preserve our idea of our own society.

We learned, though, that we are bigger than the banks and car dealerships we watched disintegrate. We discovered that living closer to the earth filled the void of what had been and replaced it with something more beautiful than what we had. Our self image soared, even though our pocketbooks dwindled. We learned to trust in each other and in ourselves to overcome the bumps in the road.

Most importantly, though, this year has taught about change and the ability to live a better life than what was thought possible. While I can’t speak for all, I can for me.

After having to change my lifestyle, I have discovered how easy it is to live green. I had always avoided this as I thought it time consuming, expensive, and difficult. I envisioned hours of working diligently and gaining only small steps in both health and in changing the environment. I cringed at the thought of having to work so hard when there was obviously so little to gain.

However, that changed in March when I discovered what not living green had really cost me. I got a crash course in how the environment bites back when its too polluted. Breathing difficulties compound, disease spreads, and allergies abound.

At first, I found recycling a little confusing. However, I got the hang of it in a couple of weeks. I realized how easy it was to find even when traveling as most parks, cities, and businesses now observe nature’s request to respect her.

I discovered just how much better it is for all of us when smoking is eliminated from public places and the reasons behind the ordinances. I began to get it when I started using an air purifier in my home. My breathing improved dramatically-at least until I had to venture outside.

Writing this blog, I discovered the virtues of hepa filters and what they can do to further increase health in the population. It still amazes me that we can get such tiny irritants out of our homes and make such a difference in our daily lives.

As I am researching for materials on how we process water, agricultural changes in the way we process our food and even in advances in skin care due to ultraviolet rays, I am growing more confident that we haven’t waited too long. There is still time to save the environment and ourselves, but we have to begin now. Too much damage has already come at the hand of man.

According to National Geographic, no other species either before or since the appearance of humans has left such a trail of destruction across the face of the earth. Perhaps we should take heed from the species of the past and the ones that share our planet now before we’ve nothing left to save.

There are all sorts of ideas out there. Some of tips I have written about here. Some you have shared with me. Others are still waiting to be shared. In the meantime, perhaps we can help each other in our own perspective communities.

One person can change the world because it only takes one to set the example for the masses. Be that one person in your community today. Your age doesn’t matter. Your intentions do.