I am on the plane at the minute.
And I am livid.
I am trying to calm down – but I just can’t.
I was in Belfast City Airport this morning and walking through duty free.
I stopped at the beauty counter and asked for an organic product. She laughed at me (slightly patronisingly) and said “You’ll not find anything organic in here Love – d’you know how complicated it is to make these products?”
Ah Ok. Seriously?
Anyway at the till she asked me :
“Is she vegan – the lady you are buying that for?”
“No.” I replied – she’s just conscientious and cares about the planet.
“Does she have children?” The sales assistant asked?
“No.” I replied again.
“Well, what’s the point then?” She smugly asked. “I can’t be bothered to recycle as I don’t have kids. So I’m not bothered about saving the planet.”
I KID YOU NOT.
Now, I’m not for confrontation and I wasn’t going to be able to change the opinion of this, in my opinion, incredibly selfish and self absorbed and let’s face it uneducated human. (Again my opinion)
“I feel it’s important to make our own contribution for ALL children. That’s why we are in this mess in the first place.”
Exit – Cai Graham – leaving a rather flummoxed sales assistant.
So I have been sitting here festering in my own thoughts of anger, resentment, despair and most of all sadness.
It’s the small minds of the many who are screwing up this planet for our children – and for that I am both incredibly apologetic and incredibly embarrassed.
No, I am not the best at “going green.”
But at least I am trying.
At least I am making an effort.
At least I am educating myself into what else I can do.
Why oh why are many of those from my generation and earlier, hell bent on sticking to ‘the way things were’ and ‘the good old days’?
“If you always do what you’ve always done,
You’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
I want to leave this world a better place than when I came in. For my children. For my grandchildren. And for future generations to come.
Now, whether that’s through buying organic, staying in Europe, buying a cleaner car, leaving a legacy with my online courses… it all makes a difference – if we all do our bit.
Ok so the irony is not lost on me that this blogpost is being written form an airplane (hello carbon footprint) … but I am trying to make amends here too. That plane is going anyway – if I am on it or not.
So, I am planting more trees in my garden and investing in initiatives that are doing the same, elsewhere. (Otherwise our garden would soon resemble Sherwood Forest!)
But, for that lady with whom I had that encounter this morning – maybe not having children is of great sadness to you. Perhaps it was a choice.
BUT inflicting your choice of actively not doing YOUR bit has saddened me; coupled with the very fact that you can’t be bothered.
“It has been said that something small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.”
~ Chaos Theory ~
Actions have consequences.
You may not see those consequences in your lifetime. But look at the chaos you and people like you are leaving in your wake.
Please think about what you are
doing. Through your thoughts, your words, your deeds.
Everything has an impact.
Much Love 💕
PS : And for the coaches amongst you – I shall sit and reflect and see if I can understand why this has triggered me so much. 😉