J.T. Garrett writes in his book, Meditations with the Cherokee, “The elder Medicine Men told us … many generations ago … that we are dependent on each other, and Mother Earth is dependent on us.”
The botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer writes in her book, Braiding Switchgrass, about a scientific research project in which a culturally valuable plant, switchgrass, grew better where the team harvested it versus the areas left untouched.
The herbs in my garden become spindly and faded if I don’t use their flavors in the kitchen.
No one can argue that we need Nature. She gives us food, oxygen, water, shelter, and more. But how many of us have ever considered that Nature needs us? This conceptual flip can make a remarkable difference in how one acts. When you know someone depends on you–a child, a spouse, an employee–you consider him or her in almost every big decision you make. Does the thought add stress? It shouldn’t. Instead, such a request for careful behavior is really quite an honor, especially when the request comes from someone you love.