I drive a lot. I have accumulated 26,000 miles on the brand new car that I purchased in February, 2005. In less than a year and a half, I will have around 50,000 miles on my car. Yes, I am "appreciating" the fact that gas prices are lower. Yes, my right leg, despite physical therapy, is still hurting. I feel physically, mentally, and pychologically trapped in a cycle of ruining the environment as well as my own body. As I approach my car each day, I quietly apologize to the planet for making this gas-guzzling, dirty machine pollutefully run for 1 hour in each direction for work. My apologies have become like confessions of my sins to the earth. THIS is why it is SO important for me to LOVE my job. If I do not love what I do, then I am simply ruining the environment in order to collect a pay check. If I am truly "in my element" at the work place, then hopefully this ravaged planet can forgive me. In past postings, it may have seemed like I was looking for reasons to keep doing what I'm doing. In this one, I guess I'm looking for reasons WHY I would keep ruining this precious resource. If we aren't careful, it doesn't sound like we'll even have a planet on which to drive at all. As my dentist always said, "Be true to your teeth, or they'll be false to you." Or maybe I was thinking of, "Save the cheerleader, save the world?!"
Anyway, I thought of this as I stumbled upon some articles about the environment. The first link is for an article about humans currently using more resources than this planet can provide. The second is a link for a website that only publishes happy news (this site helps for when you can't get away from all the negativity, although it may seem a be a bit naive). Please note that while the happy news article listings for the environment are plentiful, they also consist of things like "Ohio Girl Helps Free Bubba the Lobster!" and "McDonald's Succombs to Hedgehogs' Needs!"