There’s a common misconception floating around. It seems many people believe with the surge of green-this and green-that, that everyone has boarded this eco-friendly boat and we are all happily sailing towards green Nirvana – tipping back water from our stainless steel canteens and feasting on organic fare.
Ah, if it were only so.
But a reality check indicates that although many people have “seen the light” (at least here in the good ol’ USA), doing their darnedest to spread earth-friendly vibes throughout the planet, the numbers of naysayers are just as strong. But just because we’re divided into two camps, this shouldn’t make us at war.
Ruminate on this just a moment.
You may disagree with someone, but that doesn’t make them your enemy. In every facet of life, differences are the norm. We’re people, not clones. Whether we choose to follow the greener path or not, everyone has a right to their own opinions.
Of course, understanding and accepting this fact doesn’t mean for those of us working to save the planet, we might as well give up – we’ll never get 100% approval – so what’s the use. No. It just means that we still have a long way to go.
There have always been, will always be, those who march to a different drummer. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago, before “green” was hip, those of us who consider ourselves proud greenies today were the outsiders, the ones held at bay or shunned for our radical beliefs.
So don’t go hating just because hating is the easy road; not now when the green boat is the party place to be.
Instead, try to remember what it’s like to stand on the shore and watch as the popular vessels head out to sea without you, thinking everyone’s got it wrong, but you.
Keep on keeping-on with what you believe. Walk the walk, talk the talk, even when the naysayers of climate change, recycling and reuse, plug their ears and stomp their feet.Their tantrums are not personally directed at you. They’re just “not you.”
In the meantime greenie friend, don’t lose your cool. For now, while the movement’s gaining speed, this is the time to make allies, not enemies. For down the road, minds may change, and we want to welcome everyone on board.