Every Plant has a Purpose

If we had the knowledge of all the weeds around us and how we can best use them, we may not waste another plant. In the world of Permaculture we eat them, give them back to the earth, make a tea, put them in a vase, feed them to the animals, find out the characteristics of a space, moisture, sun and soil quality too. It’s amazing, you’ll find that every plant indeed does have a purpose.

Just as every plant has a purpose so too does every person. This is where mainstream society may have failed us. In the past and maybe today still if you didn’t thrive in the school system, you didn’t achieve good marks, you were seen as some what useless and your value seemed meaningless. There was no way to measure on paper your childhood fantasy stories that could engulf a group of fellow children down your rabbit hole, there was no value in wearing second hand, you may have been seen as peasant-like not an ethical icon as the title you were more deserving of, your uniqueness is not meant to be a curse, it was something we would like to know for the greater good, the benefit of the world.

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The world is changing at a fast pace and our children’s knowledge will lead us in the right way. I remember moments in my life where nothing really made much sense the way things are done, how things are made, how long a product lives and where it goes to degrade made no sense, other than a quick thoughtless money making scheme an economy that needs injections and a high rate of infection and disease. Food without flavour. Food without nutrients. Soil degradation. Imitations. Not living within limitations. Someone changed and led a movement, of soil improvement nutrient rich clever pitch, seasonal produce not favouring limited veggies in production but seeing what works well at your place.

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It is also worth saying that society in general has not valued unique skills abilities and interests, instead in some ways rats that can contribute to economic growth. If you look after children you may fall into this category too, it doesn’t have a dollar value so it’s worthless but in reality it’s completely contrary. The children today are tomorrows leaders and too many issues in childhood affect a person’s potential to live the life the love.¬†

As I write this I am thinking the more we do what we love and value the more beauty will be present in the world. You are here for a reason and some time in the near future money may lose value your community may gain value from the uniqueness you bring to it. It has be research that Happiness has nothing to do with money anyway. Your success may have a different definition to someone else’s. Your values may be different to someone elses, but keep in mind Every plant has a purpose.

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Nature is our greatest healer

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Kuta Beach, Bali – photo by Sea Shepherdess

 

The ocean is my happy place, maybe that’s because I love living in a country where the majority of the population live on the coast or close by, on the biggest Island continent we call Australia. When it comes to Nature versus Nurture If I was to grow up in Bali my view might be very different.

I have traveled extensively to different countries and I found surfing and snorkeling in Bali to be one of the most irritating experiences I have ever had, having plastic on my arm on every paddle through the water and in my face on every snorkel.

Sri Lanka was another Island country that brought up this gross feeling of plastic pollution on every street, in every corner and pocket of the country, snorkeling, on the beaches, on the road side, along the highways. Single use plastic for snacks and shampoos that get left in waterfalls and fly onto the ocean. There was a massive rubbish tip like a plastic mountain in Colombo and single use plastic bottles on beautiful mountain paths.

Walking along the beaches in Hawaii, in more secluded beaches there was trash everywhere not ever just straws and coke bottles but laundry baskets chipping away, Styrofoam boxes, spray paints, aerosol deodorants, lighters, and other things that may have even floated there from Japan. It’s a really interesting place when you look and the five gyres and see how close it is to the Pacific Garbage Patch.

The north coast of Peru was littered with dead fish affected by some disease in the water, we weren’t exactly sure what but the fish couldn’t be eaten by humans despite the large size of them. The city of Lima had a popular surf beach near Miraflores that was dirty brown and had massive spirals of dirty foam on it’s surface. My first thought was sewerage water.

These are only a handful of my experiences with the oceans of the world, but it really made me think about the consequences of careless consumerism. How much  we have come to a total disconnect with nature. How much we have the power to change the world through our travel experiences. Or should I say how much we change through our travel experiences. It certainly made me aware of different cultural perspectives on waste, plastic, tourism, money and mindfulness.

I ended up meeting a number of locals in these destinations that did beach clean ups, because they saw how it was affecting their income from tourists if their Islands were trashed. If they weren’t educated by travelers telling them how beautiful their natural spaces are in their countries. My favourite experience is from a massive beach in Mumbai, India that had a truck driving along with 10 people behind it picking up all the rubbish on the shore. It was an inspiring movement started by one guy. He started something that others joined in on and it created such a large positive change in the area. A wave of change.