Please Recycle

Pam’s Journey – Day 49

Miles walked: 143

Miles remaining: 857

Days remaining: 316

Thursday – trash day – and I enjoyed another crisp walk with my Jesus. I’ve been noticing on trash day that maybe 2-3 out of 10 people in my neighborhood recycle. I’m sure that’s not the official statistic and there are more on some blocks than others and maybe it’s just that not everyone puts their recycle bin out every week.

No, I’m not a tree-hugger, not a green freak, not a nature activist.. I’m just an average Pam. I don’t go to any extremes (except for my job as a stalker mom) but I would like to think that I am somewhat considerate of everything on this earth that God gave us, except for wasps and mosquitoes. I tend to think a little bit outside the box, so I’m not just talking about recycling those plastic bottles and aluminum cans.  I mean, what can’t you recycle?

Recycle.. re-cy-cle / (r-skl).  Verb:

1. Convert something unwanted (waste) into reusable material. 

My cat, SlickyBoo, was adopted from Pets and People = recycled. My daughter discovered thrift stores this summer = recycled. I was so impressed with the Christian values of one thrift store, that I was introduced to, that I donated all of my post garage sale left overs to them = recycled. I recently updated my car and gave my other one to my nephew and his wife who needed a 2nd car = recycled. God made man out of dust and woman out of man = recycled! It doesn’t get any more recycled than that. (Did I just get an Amen?)

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ~ Genesis 2:7

I confess, I was recently inspired by my daughter to do more. I came home from work one day and she was fired up to change the world 1 person at a time! She was so sincere and passionate. She wanted to help other kids that are pressured and bullied and don’t know how to deal with it. She wanted to Do something about it and change things. All of this is still a work in progress but it has made me start thinking about things that I can change.

Most of us aren’t happy with our “world” today. We’re not happy with our lives, our  jobs, our city, our government. Yet, we don’t usually do much about it. I’m guilty of that. I don’t do anything BIG.. but I try to do the small things that people think won’t make a difference or that doesn’t matter. I try to recycle someone’s frown into a smile, someone’s fear into hope, someone’s situation into a lesson learned that makes them stronger. We all need to do more.. Do more than belong – participate. Do more than care – help. Do more than believe – practice. Do more than be fair – be kind. Do more than forgive – forget.

We all see people who need help. We know there are people who are less fortunate than we are. We’ve seen the signs. But, what do we do about it? Not too much. How about we all just do a little bit more than we’re doing now and see what kind of impact that could make.

Hold the door for a stranger.. Help someone who’s hands are full.. If someone looks lost, ask if they need directions and maybe even walk them and show them where they should be going. Give someone 2 minutes of your day. Smile… it could be the only one some people see all day.

We all contribute to the world we live in and I’ll be the first to say that I don’t like it much some days.. but obviously, it’s the only one I’ve got so I will try to make it better. Even if I only help 1 person once a day, then it’s 1 person better than it was yesterday.

I figure if I want Taelor to change the world… then I need to show her how to do it!

Oh hey, One street over, Mr. 3 dumpsters by the curb every week… I’ve never seen your blue bin out. Seriously? Recycle Dude!!! Have you seen the size of trash mountain lately?

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