Barbara H. Peterson, Guest
It starts with just one choice…
The gift of choice. Ah, yes, that almost always confusing void in the middle of “what should I do” in which one must make a decision. But are our everyday decisions really important? The answer is a resounding YES!
It’s not the big decisions that truly change our lives, but the accumulation of all the tiny decisions, all wound together to create our strength or our weakness. The small decisions make us who we are, and affect everyone around us, like ripples in an ocean. And these effects just keep on spreading.
Each and every decision we make, every day, every minute of every day, from the twitch in our toe to the hair in the sink, has a ramification. It shapes us, whether we recognize it or not. That, in turn, shapes the world around us.
That being said, let’s push on to the question at hand. And that is, how do you heal a planet?
The answer is, we heal ourselves.
How? By choosing, with each and every conscious decision, to seek the truth, find the truth, live it, and love it. Not just the truths that we think are “big.” You know, the earth-shaking realization of the truth that you’ve been lied to about Santa Claus, but the small truths. Why? Because each small truth reveals another lie, which leads to more truth, and so on. But it’s not just the revealing of the lie, it is the decision to act on that knowledge that spreads even more truth. It’s like a snowball effect. We can choose to advance truth, or spread the lie. Either way, there are ramifications – positive or negative. There is no middle ground, and no emotion about it. It is simple physics.
If we want to heal this planet, we must start with ourselves. We must spread the truth by living it and loving it.
Let’s look at two examples of areas for potentially healthy activism with planet-healing potential:
Fluoride is bad stuff. If you don’t know about it, please go here. You do not want this in your mouth. But toothpastes are full of it, and the AMA and ADA promote the lie that it is good for you. So, after realizing that you’ve been lied to about this, what do you do? Do you keep on purchasing the same old garbage out of habit or do you find out what is healthy, and do it?
If you want to promote change, you get some coconut oil, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a bit of peppermint oil, and use a mix of that to brush your teeth. Just that one choice accomplishes several things:
- Gets rid of the poison in your mouth
- Ends your dollar support of fluoride poisoning, which affects you and the planet
- Sets an example for your children and all those around you
- Gives the finger to Cargill who makes a profit selling its hazardous waste to the municipal water companies to dump in our water supply
- And last but not least, casts your ballot for truth
I think that is pretty productive, don’t you? One simple decision can make a difference.
But let’s not stop there, it’s on to the next choice.
2) Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Let’s say that we have found out that GMOs are killing us. If you don’t believe me, then please go here to do some research. So, we decide to eliminate them from our lives. After doing some digging, we find out that just about everything in the supermarket is GMO. We are surrounded. Not to be daunted, we forge ahead and start stripping our cupboards of anything we recognize to be GMO. A work in progress, as our knowledge increases. Good. One step at a time, and we are already feeling healthier, giving the finger to Monsanto, and sharing our experience with friends.
Then, just when we think that we’ve got the food thing about licked, it’s time to buy underwear. Yeah, the cotton kind. GMO underwear. Not only do they have us by the throat, but now they’ve got us by the chonies.
The people who promote the genetic engineering of our planet are everywhere, and the opportunities to engage them by choosing to ban each and every product that we can from our personal lives are immense. So, we start – one product at a time, and don’t stop. Right now the underwear thing has got me stumped, but not for long. Where there is a will, there is a way, and Monsanto is not welcome in my drawers.
So, how do we heal this planet? We begin with just one thing and start chiseling away, and with each and every decision to follow what is good, true, and healthy by changing our lives to incorporate this new-found information, the ripples just keep overlapping and multiplying. The effects are endless. You heal, and the planet heals. It really is just that simple.
About the Author
Barbara Peterson is the author of the critical blog, Farm Wars, where this article originally appeared.
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