and humility are two of the most important traits that any
of us could hope to have. These two traits can help
us to turn normal days to extraordinary, turn ordinary
occurrences into truly special events. And the earth
that supports us and gives us life also can help us to
develop and maintain a very healthy perspective about our
selves and our lives, and with this perspective we can
create truly inspiring and inspired lives out of all the
gifts that we've been given.
of us take the planet for granted. Many of us are
more than willing to pollute more than we need to by
buying cars that put out more pollutants per mile than
other cars would, and we practice almost no conservation
of precious resources such as water and fuels. But
this planet doesn't resent us for this--instead, it
continues to share its bounty with us, supplying us with
much more than just what we need to survive--it also
supplies us with ample beauty to inspire and motivate us,
to add to our lives the depth of truly sublime feelings
that can remind us of how truly blessed we are to be here.
when we consider the age and size and scope of this
wonderful planet and the natural wonders that fill it, we
can't help but be humbled, we humans who are here for such
a short time and who are so extremely limited in our
abilities and gifts. And this humility can be an
important gift when we deal with our fellow human beings,
for a humble person will not put on airs or look down on
another person. The humble person recognizes that
we're all of the same family, all facing similar trials
and obstacles in our lives.
we but turn to the earth in contemplation, we will be
richly rewarded by the amazing beauty there. If we
take it for granted, there will be no reward at all.
But if these gifts are always here and they provide such
amazing benefits to us, then what kind of decision would
it be to ignore them and not get anything from them?