Well, to begin, I must say to everyone Happy (belated) World Oceans Day! I hope everyone had an amazing day, filled with fun and joy… seriously, how amazing is it that they were able to incorporate an entire day dedicated to our watery planet?
When I sent out the texts this morning telling everyone “Happy World Oceans Day!”, the majority of the responses were “that’s so sad” or “how ironic”.. when asked how come those responses, they were all tied to the disaster in the Gulf.
Hmm. I can see how disheartening that is.
However, let’s take a good look at what has happened. It’s easy to see the banner “World Oceans Day” and feel bitterness, resentment, anger, or whatever other emotion towards BP, Obama, or whomever else you want to blame for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Moment of Contemplation
But, for the sake of our health, take a moment… see how this has affected all of us… how do we feel?
We feel sadness, yes… why?
Is it because we see sea creatures being in harm’s way?
Is it because we see BP not doing as much as they should?
Is it because we’re watching our communities suffer from not being able to use their ocean resource?
Notice how all of these seem combined in a way?
1) We feel for those that can’t speak for themselves. In each and every one of us, there is a part that wants to save the world.
2) We don’t like people who can’t take responsibility nor get the job done right. I mean, really, who does? No one. That is the part of us that we dislike about ourselves, because whether we admit to it or not, we’ve all done something like that. We learned from our mistakes, but we have all done something along those lines.
3) We feel bitterness when someone else has seemingly taken away your source of providing food and nourishment for yourself and your family. So of course we feel what others feel.
In essence, all we are feeling is ourselves. How amazing is that?
Now, let’s take a look at the oil spill disaster again. Have you woken up? Seem to notice what happens when we live without knowing what we are doing? Because that is essentially the basis behind what happened at BP, and the events that led to disaster.
Feeling bitterness, anger or resentment is exhausting. Let’s take a positive approach. This oil spill can be seen as a blessing in disguise. Why?
- We now know our connection to the ocean is more than just hoping into a car and driving to the beach. Our whole lives are affected by it, and only now are we starting to notice it.
- We all now know what happens when we live unconsciously… go about bee-bopping our way through life without realizing our actions and our thoughts. There is always going to be a consequence to those actions… whether we see them or not is up to us, but sometimes it takes big events such as these to create enough havoc that we notice.
- This may be tied to the last point I made, but it is essential for all of this…
WE HAVE LEARNED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
All those animals, jobs, and people affected by the oil spill have suffered to teach us a lot of different lessons. Think about it carefully next time you want to be sad or upset….
How wonderful is it that because it happened, Obama has postponed exploratory drilling in Alaska?
How wonderful is it that now people are seriously considering alternatives for energy usage?
How wonderful is it that people everywhere are learning to take responsibilities for their actions?
I truly believe it is exhausting to feel anger towards people you believe are responsible for disasters such as these. They do not know what they are doing. It’s really okay.
“How is it okay???” You might ask. It’s okay because the truth of the matter is there will always be consequences to any action, even those made unconsciously. The same people making the “bad” decisions in these situations, or leading to these types of situations, do them for any number of reason, but really they are generally reasons we can all identify with – the need to provide for family, needing to provide for self, sometimes even greed. We have all been there. Try to understand that, put yourself in their shoes when you too lived unconsciously, and understand that there will be consequences for them, so you really don’t ever have to spend your energy on worrying about that. It’ll happen. It is simply the law of cause and effect in play.
So next time someone says something about the oceans, about how wonderful they are, or if they are celebrating it, do not get down on yourself and try to bring everyone else down with you. Because the way I see it, if it wasn’t for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, here at my home we’d still be worried about Hess really putting an LNG terminal in our bay (read about that here), and it it wasn’t for it happening, we would still be worried about Obama going ahead with exploratory drilling. And most of all, those of us trying to conserve our watery planet would still be trying to make a point across about how important it is for us to save it. In a holistic approach, the earth gave us a big signal, and we have responded.
For all that, I am grateful it occurred. What a wonderful blessing in disguise indeed. Happy World Oceans Day!!