By Heidi Trautmann
For over 40 years now the world celebrates the Earth
Day. But what is the use if we celebrate it only on one day? There is a lot of
information on the internet about the man who invented this day. Do you know
the story of Paul Gallico ‘The Boy who invented the Bubble Gun’? It is a little bit like this, not that I want
to belittle this man’s efforts over so many years, but I want to point the
finger on us that we actually need such a day, a reminder that we have a restricted
contract to live on this world and enjoy all the good things and that we should
keep the place clean just as we expect of any tenant we rent our property to.
In the foyer of our house I have a sheet of
instructions for guests who come for the first time and I hand it to them as a
souvenir and I invite to visit our garden and think about life:
“Life is like a garden with two gates, by one you
enter when you are born, the other you use when you return the leasing contract.
In your childhood years your parents and teachers tell you how to use the garden
tools properly; you learn to plant the necessary to sustain yourself and later
your family, trees and vegetables to give you shade, vitamins and protection, a
place to feel at home. The garden teaches you to respect nature and also to
admire the wonderful structure and blossoms of ‘weeds’; it teaches you to
accept and withstand storms and hail, rain and blazing sunshine and not to
blame others for the damage. Finally you will seek a good balance in your
garden, among the plants, your family and the friends who are always welcome in
And when one day you close the last gate behind you,
you will know that you have left your garden in order for the next generation
to benefit from.
Please keep this in mind when you stroll through our
garden; wonder about the perfect law of nature; sit a while on the wall and let
your eyes wander to the far reaching sea. It is good to have this feeling about
your life, it will make you smile.”
They have an anthem for this special day, did you
know….to the music of van Beethoven’s Ode of Joy….but more important than
singing and celebrating is….respecting the rules of your contract of life.