Thursday, April 18, 2013

If the Earth Was a Landlord & We Were Her Tenants....

If the Earth was a Landlord and we were her Tenants, would you renew our lease?

If you had a Tenant, who lived in your Home,
Who had no regard for maintaining your Environment,
From stripping it of its resources,
From making it an uninhabitable place to live,
Would you renew their lease?

If you had a Tenant, who lived in your Home,
That polluted your water source,
That filled your space with sewage and toxic waste,
That filled your air with poisonous gases,
Would you renew their lease?

If you had a Tenant, who lived in your Home,
Who destroyed and disrespected nearly every aspect of your Habitat,
Who had little regard or wantonly killed others living within your Environment,
Who burned your gardens to the ground and abused you for your resources alone,
Would you renew their lease?

As Tenants of the Earth, how would we rate ourselves? 
Would your lease be renewed or would you soon be evicted?
We are all members of this Home we call Earth.  
We can all choose to either hurt or heal.
As part of a Global Family, we all have and only have this one Home, Planet Earth.

Happy Earth Day!  Here's to being the healthiest Tenants we can be.

Best of health for now and to future generations,

Paul Radkowski

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Supporting One Another & Lessons from Nature

As spring rolls around and as various birds, geese and wildlife awake and return from their winter, I'm inspired by the sight and I wanted to take this excerpt from ``Lessons from Geese`` (based on the work of Milton Olson) as it applies to the community of support and recovery.

FACT 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in V formation, the whole flock adds 72% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: it pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other`s skills and resources.

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our `honking` is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. Their power of encouragement (to stand by one`s heart or core values and encourage the heat and core of others)is the quality of honking we seek.

FACT 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of the formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch-up with the flock.
Lesson: If we had as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

From the smallest of creatures to the greatest of human achievements, we can learn and grow from the experience of others and the examples of life around us

Best of health and warmest regards, Paul Radkowski
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