How do we act when it feels like there is too much to do? It’s really easy to think that the world is too big and there are too many problems to solve, but, if we look a little closer there are people everywhere chipping away undeterred by the volume or gravity of their work. There are so many issues in the west: water, land, indigenous rights. We can feel so overwhelmed. However, there are amazing people everywhere fighting for reformative water policy, creating industrial agriculture solutions and restoring Native American sovereignty.
There are few times in our lives when we are met with an opportunity to do something like the things I’ve been able to do on this trip. I can’t help but think of how blessed I am to be here in this present moment. Often times, we get carried away by the quarrels of life and their desperate need for attention. We let our small inconveniences rule our existence to the point where we tell ourselves that it is a reality.
For a moment, sit with me and think about all that is good and well in our lives. Let’s open our eyes and ears to the beauty in the world, our noses to the aromas of life, our bodies to the feeling of air and sun on our skin, and our tongues to all the amazing foods we can eat. As we are sat here together, let’s open our minds to all of these beautiful parts of life and then we will be ready to do something.
To get out in nature, work on our garden, eat locally grown produce, support climate positive policy, and to be present and enjoy what we have in this moment.
As this course wraps up for us students and we make our way home, there are many things we’re exited to share with you. However, there are also many experiences we’ll have a hard time explaining. Be patient with us. We also might forget to keep thanking you for allowing us this opportunity, but know that we have an overwhelming appreciation for you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. See you when I get home.