April 21, 2015

A Love Letter to the Earth.

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In our daily lives we don’t reflect on the little things enough.

Like, the Earth we live on. We don’t take the time to smell enough flowers. Well, flowers are good for our soul.

The Earth is a true blessing. As an adventurer, I live close to the Earth every day.

I am surrounded by a world of Earth’s immersions. I am reminded every day of its generous gifts, that get overlooked as we live our lives–as we progress forward with technology, distant from the Earth and from the gratitude for what is simple and free and plentiful, right before our eyes.

What better a day to reflect on this than Earth Day. I have written a little love letter in honor of the day.

Dear Earth,

Gosh, how do I even start this? I am so nervous to write to something so big, powerful and amazing. I am intimidated to write to something that I am so blessed and grateful for, something that gives me life and brings me ultimate happiness, peace, adventure and continuous amazement. But, I will try. Because I really want to say thank you.

I cannot even put your beauty into words. Your grandeur and gentle balance and ever changing adaptations are beyond comprehension. Your fish, forests, oceans, cliffs, lakes, mountains, flowers, rivers and the way it all flows together, is truly remarkable.

I have to say my favorite is the ocean—and you know what—I have given up my life for you. Not to make you feel awkward or anything, but I gave up my house, car, job and life for you, to be with you every day. In order to be closer to you and surrounded by you; in order to learn the lessons that you teach.

In order for my daughter to fall in love with you as much as I have, not that we are competing for your attention or anything. I feel that you are big and bad*ss enough to handle two blondes. And please don’t run away because I am telling you these things. But you see, we gave up Barbies and shopping and stuff that isn’t a part of you, so that we have the space for more of you in our hearts. And, in exchange, you have restored our life and our hearts. We respect you, and you respect us. And I really like how this relationship dynamic works.

We are amazed every day at your colors and stability and magical phases, your sea that surrounds us and provides activities and happiness like nothing else can possibly do. It is just a matter of having open eyes and an open heart to appreciate you and allow you to penetrate the core of us as you have the ability to do. By taking off our shoes and feeling you underneath. By taking the time to notice you and feel you. Strong yet soft, you are always there.

I have always given my life to you. I have traveled all corners and discovered all colors. You have made me, me. I wear your flowers in my hair, and I even have your flowers tattooed on my arm—I really hope this doesn’t mean we will be breaking up soon. And oh yeah, I love you so much that I named my daughter after you. From sunrise to sunset to all the beautiful colors in between, I love every piece of you. And, even all of those other humans who share you. Yeah I love them all too.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for being our church, our peace, happiness and showing us true unconditional love. Thank you for keeping us “grounded.” We look forward to a lifetime of adventures on you, and in exchange, we will give you a lifetime of amazement and appreciation, of every ounce of you, tiny, huge, brown, green, blue and pink—balanced out to rainbows of environmental bliss and majestic simplicities.

Oh and it’s okay, you don’t have to write back, email or anything. I mean you probably get 50 million love letters a day, from other humans, equally in love with you. So, I am sure you won’t even notice this one. But, then again, maybe you get none, and this one will make you smile. Maybe you are so big that people forget to write to you, because they think you won’t care or have the time to read or respond. Maybe everyone thinks you are too cool, or maybe everyone takes you for granted, and never takes the time to remember how important you are.

Well, I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to tell you how thankful we are for you. And that’s all. No expectations. Just gratitude.

All our love,

Crystal Blue and River

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Author: Crystal Blue

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of the author

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