Such a long lapse in writing, thank you so much for those who encouraged me to get back in the saddle and continue the cause. I became derailed in my writing due to a short vacation. Isn't it funny how a long weekend can take you away from an exercise routine, a diet, a new habit you are trying to form? It also took the baby back to a state of non-sleep which might explain the lack of writing...
Now on to the creation of daily habits. Has anyone noticed the culture of fear that the media is (and has been) creating regarding nature? It's interesting as a parent to see how nature and natural things are portrayed in the media towards children and towards providing for our children. From the threat of organic veggies being tainted to cartoons depicting the forests as a scary place full of villainous creatures no wonder we have such a disconnected relationship with nature. Perhaps the newest habit is to break down some of these myths and be more aware of the balance of reality and myth.
Yes, it is important to understand the risks but risks are everywhere but they need to be balanced. What about the benefits of non-pesticide soaked food? Or the benefit to learning to enjoy a peaceful moment watching wildlife or exploring a new trail? I have had the joy of watching my four year old getting into the dirt to capture a worm or a potato bug and stare in fascination at it wriggling around.
So go out and find some worms this week and try to remember that joy and quiet wonder you used to experience daily as a child. This is the start of a new connection to nature.