Saturday, February 28, 2009

Building a Sustainable Environment...for yourself

You may have heard much talk about living a sustainable life in terms of the world and environment. That is a very great thing... and something I believe in. But, that is not what I'll be talking about here.

I love the book "The Little Prince", so we'll pull that in as an example. In the story the little prince lives on a small planet in which not much goes on, and not much grows except the occasional bothersome baobob. And if you don't know what a baobob is, I think it's time for you to take some time and google it. Because baobobs do have the capacity to rip apart any planet, and therefore should be deemed very important by any such standard.

So, back to my point. The little prince saw a little bud come up, and watched it to see if it was a baobob, or something else. He had the patience enough to watch the small bud turn into a rose, the very first and only one on his small and unique planet. He took great care of his rose, would water it, talk to it, place a glass globe over it during the cold nights, and place a screen to protect her from the wind. It was only in this kind of loving environment could this rose blossom, survive and show her true beauty.
Each person needs to find that kind of sustainable environment where they can be properly nutured in order to reach their full potential. If you can't find your full potential where you are in your life, what can you do to better the environment around you? The little prince left his planet to explore the universe around him. In the end he finally realized that his small planet is where he wanted to be and belonged, and yet the only way he was able to realize this, was by exploring other lands.

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

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