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So yesterday I walked across the street to a park near my house. It has a long, winding path which leads to a lake, more path, a little playground, and some benches and tables. On my way there, I started to realize that there was quite a bit of trash. When I went by the lake, I realized that there was trash by the place my town gets our drinking water. So when I reached the very end of the path, I turned back, went back to my house, and grabbed a Hefty bag.

And I retraced my steps all the way around the entire park and picked up every piece of trash I could find. Although I soon made a pact with myself not to go back into the thorny bushes or poison ivy (or stuff that looked like poison ivy - I wasn't taking any chances). By the end of my journey, I had a full garbage bag of trash, and my hands smelled like McDonalds strawberry milkshakes and "punch-flavored vodka."

Since I was by myself, I had nobody to talk to, and I started thinking and talking to myself. And I came to a few conclusions, one of which being that I was going to have to do this weekly, because nobody else is doing it.

But these people, the ones who throw little mini vodka bottles and half-empty beer bottles and cigarette butts into a park, are incredibly disrespectful. These are the ones who complain about everything and are greedy, always wanting more than what they have. And they ask for more when they are breaking what they have.

It's like when we were all kids. We wanted more gifts from our parents, more and more and more toys and candy, when their previous gifts are sitting in our closets, broken and collecting dust.

Our Goddess gave us these things, She made the park across from my house possible. She gave us trees and air and the beautiful lake. She's given us all this, and we cast it aside and trash it, all the while demanding more.

My point (and this applies to many other things) is that we should treasure and take care of what we have before asking for more. My point is also that I'm going to need more Hefty bags.

Oh, and one more thing. On my way home, one lady pulled her car over and asked me if I was picking up trash by myself. When I told her, "Yes ma'am, I am," she smiled and told me "that's wonderful, you're doing a great job." She was the only one to acknowledge what I was doing, and she made my day. It was a wonderful feeling just knowing that I was cleaning up my park, but it was nice to be acknowledged.

Blessed Be,

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Comment by Crescent (Rev) on October 18, 2010 at 1:41pm
Beyond, in case no one's told you today, you're doing a fantastic job!!! I think it's great that you're doing this. I hate litter, and go out of my way to not do it myself. I once even got onto my Mom for throwing a Kleenex out of the car window; I said, "Don't litter in my town! You may do it in yours, but not mine!" She said, "It's only a Kleenex," but I said it was still littering. I also recycle as much as possible. My trash usually goes out only about twice a month (depending on my cat's litter box, lol). But kudos to you for taking up a job that someone, probably the city, overlooked. Many Blessings,

Comment by Beyond on October 18, 2010 at 2:42pm
Crescent - I can't stand litter, either. Not only is this good for the environment, but it's a wonderful catharsis for my OCD-esque symptoms. :) My recycling now requires two more huge boxes, in addition to the city-supplied small one, and I usually only use one trashcan. I'm definitely going to make this a weekly thing.
Comment by Anavrin on October 18, 2010 at 3:52pm
Good for you, Beyond! Your message here is an important one which more people need to take to heart. How can we continue to enjoy what we have if we're not taking the responsibility for it? We are blessed with such amazing and beautiful places and it is up to us to take care of them. Thank you, Beyond, for doing your part and more!
Comment by John Thomas on October 18, 2010 at 9:16pm
The Gods of Nature accept your offering of time in cleaning up trash. You will be rewarded for it.
Comment by Rayn-Blossyme on October 19, 2010 at 12:15am
That is great! :) I live by a lake, and the beaches are always trashed. My whole family makes it important to pick up all the trash around us before we leave, even if it isn't ours. There are a lot of people who leave bottles in the lake, which is I've heard is illegal. The bottles end up broken in the shallow water and become a hazard for the people swimming. I've almost stepped on some myself. :( Some people are just so disrespectful to Mother Earth. It is the only Earth we have, and yet people continue to remain ignorant and take her for granted. I'm very happy to read of you taking action in trying to keep our beautiful Earth intact.
Comment by Beyond on October 20, 2010 at 12:30pm
Thanks everyone! It's good to know that others understand what I'm getting at. I actually made another turn through the park on Sunday, which produced yet another full Heft bag of trash. *sigh* I may need to make this a biweekly thing, instead of the weekly event I originally imagined.



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