Even a wounded world is feeding us.

We are takers. We take from each other. We take from the animals. We take from the land. How much can we take before we can take no more? Robin Wall Kimmerer’s extraordinary “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants,” is the most epic love letter to those who have given and continue to give so much, but get only destruction in return: plants. Indigenous people, those who came before us, they knew. They practiced reciprocity with the land and never took more than they needed. That, sadly, is a contrarian notion to us.

Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, “Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.”.

Since reading this book, I have begun to pray with my children. I pray to the creator to strengthen our resolve to be protectors of one another, but also to be protectors of the earth; the animals and the plants. They have given us so much and are crying out for us to give a little back. Thank you @breakingclouds for recommending this exquisite book to me, it is one that I will cherish as I work to transition myself from a taker to a giver and protector. Happy Earth Day everyone!

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