It's gray here today. It wouldn't bother me so much if it would actually rain, but the plain, dry grayness always brings me down a notch. I much prefer productive weather. Give me sunshine or give me rain. And, we really need rain right now.
I'm in a bit of a mood today. A mood that I thought I could greatly improve by attending my yoga class this morning. I drug myself to the gym with Delaney in tow, and the class did help a bit, but then we came home and I read this. It's not like I haven't thought about this or worried about it. But on a day that is already so gray, it pushed me down in the dumps just a little further.
When I saw the headline for the cover story on this week's Time Magazine: "Be worried. Be very worried," I thought, "You want me to worry? Get in line, buster. I'm busy with bird flu, threats of terrorism and, most importantly, my daughter's recent skirmish with latex." But, I do think about and worry about global warming and the future of this planet upon which my daughter will build her life. I'm not totally ignorant of what's going on, what the causes are and what I can (and can't) do about it. But, I've been taking an ostrich-with-head-in-the-sand approach. If I can't see it or hear it, I don't have to acknowledge that it exists or deal with it. Yeah, that's the appropriate way to handle things, don't you think?
But, it's a monster issue that overwhelms me. I guess I think that other people will jump in and do something about it. Other people, like Jo, who seem aware and educated on not just this, but on many important issues. Sheesh. It's all I can do to get through the day sometimes without taking on the role of world-changing activist too. But, maybe being a tiny activist of some sort, if that's what each of us can do, will help. I need to change my mindset from, "this is not my problem," to, "little things I do can make a difference." What those things are, exactly, I'm not quite sure yet. But, I can start by educating myself. And, I can teach my daughter to respect natural resources and to conserve and recycle. I can instill her with a love for animals and nature. It's not much, but it's a start.