Connecting local responses around the world
We walked in single file because of the narrow path leading to the end of the short ‘panhandle’. Brush was overlapping the path so much that we had to push them aside with our hands. It was a lovely morning in Eijsden. It is a custom [level 5] that we engage with walking in the morning during the period of our FtF engagement. Laurie, who was walking in front of me, picked up a piece of paper. I began to wonder why?
At the end of the walk, we idled a bit to allow the sun to soak in as well as enjoy the view of Belgium on the other side to the river. One or two colleagues soaked their feet in the water. (^_^). In fact, at one moment, Marlou stopped and someone asked "what happened?" Her response was, "listen to the silence, it is captivating.." We laughed but agreed.Laurie with her bag of waste!!!
It became clear, Laurie’s level 5 [natural] action. She found an old bag and began to pick up waste and place them into the bag. Without a comment or question, we, joined the effort. Laurie took the bag until she found a disposable bin and there she got rid of the waste we collected.
No one, but us, witnessed this remarkable effort. To the world, this remarkable feat would go unnoticed and without any meaningful impact. Her effort inspired me to write this short story of that event. Our conscience plays a significant part on our natural way of doing things. She could have thought to herself, if I don’t do this what difference would it make for the waste and the environment? So, while the world did not note this feat, her conscience is clear and it provided a witness to us who were with her, the person she is inside. The figurative heart of Laurie. (^_^).
Thank you Laurie!