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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mother Nature and Earth Day

When Earth Day was first instituted 40 years ago as a means of teaching about and appreciating the Earth's environment, few people had heard of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland - and even fewer of the volcano beneath it which has been erupting this month. But all of Europe has certainly become aware of it now.
Lava spews from a volcano as it erupts near Eyjafjallajokull

In the wake of these volcanic eruptions, seismic activities and dramatic weather this spring, we all are struck by the realization that changes in the Earth can come in many ways. They can be gradual or sudden and violent. They can come from the forces of nature or from the actions of human beings. They can be unexpected and out of our control or planned and anticipated. In either case, the havoc they reap can affect millions. The ash darkening the skies over northern Europe has impacted the economy and may continue to do so for weeks to come.

A column of steam and ash rises out of an erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokull

So how then do we come to terms with the tremendous power of Mother Nature? Given the current discussions about whether or not the globe is actually warming - and, if so, whether it's due to man or the earth itself - you may be left feeling confused and overwhelmed. You can take a lead from the Serenity Prayer used in most 12 step programs: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. On Earth Day, you can acknowledge the power of nature and still recognize your role in the process.

And in your personal life, you can use these same techniques. Focus on what you can control in your life and what you can accomplish, not what you can't. While you often can't influence circumstances, you can control how you handle them. Clearly define your goals or aspirations and keep focused on them. Letting go of negative thoughts and unrealistic expectations can free you up to make something positive come out of a negative situation.

For some help in moving toward positive solutions, you and other Sandwiched Boomers can draw on the tips in our Her Mentor Center ebook, Courage and Lessons Learned. When you sign up for our free newsletter, Stepping Stones, you'll receive a complimentary copy of our ebook. Look to the left of this post to subscribe - and you're on your way!

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