Today I was walking by the lake and saw a McDonald’s packaging left by the bench and the trash can was just a few steps ahead. I noticed myself thinking how ugly this looks like in nature, complaining about young people, how badly they treat the environment, what kind of people are they – bla bla bla.
How are these thoughts in service to anything? They’re not. What if I could do something different this time and stop bitching around. I always say how I appreciate nature and that it means so much to me, so what is my best way to step towards that? Is it best to not see the garbage and move on with ignorance? I decided to pick up the trash and take it to the can. Just because I can. And it doesn’t mean I support that kind of behavior, just that I value nature more than being just a smartass which knows what it should be done and it’s not.
I didn’t notice an elder man who was fishing on the boat and noticed me. He spoke to me “I saw that too and thought I could pick it up, you’re a good person”. This is not a post to brag about myself, but to notice how many times we complain about something and do nothing, how many times we think about doing something but we don’t, the excuse is usually “I am not that one who did it, not my problem”.
The point is: you should! Why? Because by doing it you’ll give permission to the ones they just thought of doing it, to actually do it. You will offer a newly available option to act on something. And if all the ones who already act inspire the ones who just thought about it, then there are probably just a few of those left who still trash, and as we know the expression “the ripple effect”, we can assume that we’ll soon have a very clean world. We can use the “follow the pack” psychology in a good way as well! (Interesting social experiment about that)
And if I add, we don’t really know the people that were trashing there, maybe someone, while leaving the trash, was being a good friend hanging out with someone in trouble in that same moment. We can’t judge what one contributes to the world but we can decide what we will.