In this valley where we live, there are multiple rivers and streams that we drink from. You can actually immerse your body in crystal clear water, put your mouth to the surface, and drink. This is water as it is meant to be – the way Nature provides it. When I turn on the faucet, whether to drink, shower, do laundry or water the garden, spring water comes pouring out in a limitless supply. In a world where people die every day for lack of clean drinking water, I am embarrassed to admit that I take this gift of life for granted.
A set of solar panels transforms the energy from the sun into a force that actually powers the computer I am writing on. When I stop to give it a thought, which is not nearly often enough, I am reminded that it’s nothing short of a miracle.
Outside my window, an outdoor shower is fed by a coiled black pipe that lies on a black rubber mat underneath a sheet of glass. This simple device generates water so hot that it needs to be mixed with cold in order to shower with it.
How did I ever come to be so incredibly fortunate? Every day I have the opportunity to stand under the sky and bathe myself with sun-warmed spring water, surrounded by the brilliant colors of vibrant flower gardens that I care for tenderly, with my own hands.
I can’t help but wish that everyone in the world could feel this way. What a different life it would be if every man, woman and child had the opportunity to experience the wonder of nature so intimately. If they only could, I am confident that we would be united in deep awe and tremendous gratitude for this planet that somehow continues to sustain us so generously, in spite of all the abuse we have already heaped upon it.