Flooding – in my home town and my mind

Eureka downtown flood Dec 2015 (1)

Picture of downtown Eureka, MO, courtesy of Matt Belcher.

As I watch Eureka Missouri, where I lived for almost 20 years, face the worst flooding in its recorded history, my heart breaks and my mind floods with thoughts. Thoughts of what is happening all around us. The extreme weather ramping up around the world is just one symptom we are experiencing of a changing world.

I recalled an article I’d read by Arnold Schwarzenegger a few weeks ago.  I agree with him.  I don’t give a @#$% what you think about climate change, global warming, whatever you want to call it.  We have got to take action, no matter what our personal beliefs or political connections.  I want my children and grandchildren to have a place to call home and this big round hunk of earth is all we’ve got.

I do believe in climate change – both natural and people-catalyzed.  Yet that really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that our physical world is changing very fast and we all have to find ways to slow it down enough for our surroundings to adapt at a rate that does not impact human well-being so dramatically.

I am a big proponent of each of us taking action, any action to live smarter – in our homes, in our habits, in our interactions with our world.  In my world, this is “green.”  Green homes and green buildings are one way to contribute to the solution.  So also, is mindful living, mindful buying, mindful habits.  Every little thing adds up.  These actions help us now and help our children and grandchildren to have a future.

Please take a moment today to send your good thoughts, prayer or mojo (whatever works for you) for all of the people affected by and working in the floods and tornados of the past few days.  Maybe there is something you can do to help.  Then remember to take a moment to reflect on the blessings you have had in 2015 and all of us will have going forward in the new year and beyond.

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