Monday, May 29, 2017

How to Really Care for Your Mother

By Richard Kent Matthews - Spiritual Coach | Author | Speaker

(Update: As of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, it is reported that Pres. Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, instituted by former Pres. Obama, making America one of a small handful of rogue nations who didn't originally sign on. The Far Christian Right is applauding the President's move, saying 'If there really is climate change, God will take care of it. We don't have to.' This is not a good sign. Time now more than ever to resist.)

The opposite of love isn't hate; it's apathy. 

"The future is knocking at our door right now. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of two questions. Either they will ask, 'What were you thinking; why didn’t you act?' Or they will ask instead, 'How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a crisis that so many said was impossible?'"
Al Gore

“There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
G.K. Chesterton

The Earth is a gift. And we are slowly destroying Her. No matter your belief system, or religion, or politics, you are obliged to save her, if not for yourself, then for the generations yet to come. Here’s how:

  •  Remember that everything is interconnected. There is only one of us here. Choose compassion for your home.
  • The health of the Earth is our own health. We derive our sustenance from Her.
  • Clean air and water are essential; take steps to end your share of pollution.
  • Fossil fuels are running out and remain one of the highest pollutants. Demand alternatives.
  • Consciously choose to “live greener.” Do as little harm as possible.
  • Positive thinking is only one part; there must be action. Start today.

Challenge: Pick a couple of things from the list below and make them part of your regular routine. Every little bit helps. You can save the world.

“It really comes down to this, that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

A Few Things You Can Do To Save Mother Earth

1.   To unblock drains: 4 tbs. baking soda, 2 fluid oz. of white vinegar, 2 cups boiling water. Pour down drain twice weekly.

2.   To freshen carpets before vacuuming: sprinkle baking soda lightly.
3.   To clean and disinfect countertops: ½ cup vinegar, ½ gallon warm water.
4.   Plants that help purify indoor air: Dracaena, Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, Areca Palms, Yucca in the bathroom.
5.   To remove toilet bowl stains: pour in a can of regular cola, let stand overnight
6.   Or, dissolve 2 tablets of denture cleaner overnight.
7.   Avoid as much plastic as possible including bottles, bags, and six packs with plastic holders. If you want fresh tasting water and want to avoid plastics, put a gallon of water, covered, in the fridge for 24 hours. It will allow the chlorine to evaporate.
8.   Give your old cell phones to charity. Make sure all data are cleared out first!
9.   Donate your old reading glasses to Lions Clubs.
10. Donate old magazines to doctors’ and dentists’ offices and hospitals. Just bring them with you and leave them on the tables.
11. Minimize your open fridge time. Much energy is wasted when the door remains open for extended periods.
12. Switch to low power long lasting “green” light bulbs.
13. Switch off computers and TVs when not at home. The stand by time on them burns more energy than you realize.
14. Put a brick in your toilet tank. It will save many gallons of water every year.
15. Cut your shower time in half.
16. Use your coffee grounds as compost and plant fertilizer.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Prov. 4:7

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