I selected this quote for Earth Day 2013, because it seemed so simple at first. However, the more I consider what it means, the more sure I am that I don’t fully understand the breadth and depth of the statement. After all, aren’t actions fraught with expectation — when I plant a seed, I expect it to grow. Seems reasonable, right? Yet planting a garden, as with most things in life, doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. But therein is the lesson — to act without expectation — that allows us to adapt to our ever-changing surroundings in the moment, instead of reacting to anticipated, predetermined outcomes.
What got me started on this tangent is that Earth Day (today, April 22) comes around each year with various expectations. For instance, that people will take a moment to notice the natural world around them just a little bit more, whether it’s by planting a seedling, noticing a tree during their commute, or, for Coloradans this year at least, preparing for another spring snow, and that they’ll take some time to appreciate good ol’ mother nature for her beauty and her bounty.
So, think a moment — what are your expectations for today? How are your actions connected to them? And what, if you could, would you change?
In regards to planting seeds, our peas are beginning to poke through and it’s a wondrous sight. Who knows what another blanket of snow might bring?
One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever. —Robert Holden
In honor of Kelley Cleveland’s final day with Associates III Interior Design, I am sharing this picture and quote she selected for the blog. We will miss her presence in our office, but know that she is on to grand new adventures ahead full of exploring, dreaming and discovering her heart’s desires. We wish her the best of luck! —Associates III
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain
We are in the midst of a springtime snow storm in Denver, yesterday big beautiful white snowflakes fell most of the afternoon and into the evening and the forecast is for more overnight into tomorrow. A tribute from nature, as if reminding us that we are at her whim and mercy. Bringing the bus into work this morning with yesterday’s tragic events on my mind, I wasn’t quite ready to ensconce myself at my desk when I arrived. Really, I would have loved a snow day to spend telecommuting from my cozy home office — instead I settled for a snow walk with a camera to ease my mind.
Perhaps I’ve been a little preoccupied with the benefits of walks recently; I posted this article from the NY Times on the topic to my Facebook page a few weeks ago and followed a week later with this infographic. And it worked — as I walked the LoDo streets and nearby parks, snapping pictures of the snowy scenery I began to feel more connected to this haphazard and, at times, unreasonable world we live in. Probably helped that the refrain ♪♫ so much beauty it could make you cry ♫♪ from a Modest Mouse song was on repeat in my head.
In hopes of passing on some of my snowy walk’s calming influence, here are an assortment of images from me to you:
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. —Goethe
— Amy DePierre
Prompted by a recent email blast from Jason Mraz: songwriter, musician and environmental activist, I followed a link and discovered REVERB. This organization works with music tours to help promote recycling, waste reduction, and environmental education to fans and tour crew.
On their site they say, “…being green is not all or nothing; many people doing some things will have more impact than some people doing everything. All of us can be active participants in protecting the environment and creating real, large-scale, and measurable change.” You can also check out their recent tour partners.
We can all spread the word in ways that touch us most. For some, like us, we speak and act upon our environmental consciousness professionally through our interior finish and furniture selections; for others, like REVERB, it’s through songwriting and music.
What is it for you?
Every answer to that question is important so please continue to spread the word.
— Renee Keller