Many of us grew up with the adage "Don't Go Empty Handed" ... meaning that when we accepted the hospitality of another, we contributed in some way. Maybe we brought desert to a dinner or flowers to the hostess. Maybe we provided a bottle of wine or treats for the kids. It was a way to show appreciation and respect for our hosts and the gifts we were being given.
Thinking about this custom, it occurred to me that the idea behind it could apply to our current Change The World Wednesday challenge which asks us to give back to the environment. On a daily basis, we enjoy the generosity of nature ... we eat foods from the land, use fuels from the earth ... we enjoy fresh air and clean water and a multitude of natural resources. What if we decided to bring something to the party ... to contribute in some way?
The "thank you" gifts we brought to a dinner host were never huge ... they were small offerings meant to show our gratitude. In the same way, our gifts to the environment can be small. For example, we can put up a bird feeder and help bird populations. When we walk the beach or hike in the forest, we can pick-up trash. Composting and replacing nutrients in the soil is another way to give back. We can plant trees and bushes, improving air quality. Most importantly, we can approach everything we do with an attitude of appreciation. We can consciously consider what we can do to give back ... to help the environment rather than deplete it.
When we entered a friend's home with full hands, they smiled and felt appreciated. The environment offers us it's hospitality every day ... let's not go empty handed!
As always ... I would love to hear from you!