My son and I were watching a TV show when a “public service” announcement came on. It was giving suggestions about how to conserve water. He said that he didn’t understand why we have to conserve water, because the planet has the same amount of water that it always had.
I never thought about it before, but he made perfect sense. Admittedly, I am not a scientist or an ecologist, but from what I remember in school, we were taught that water goes through the ground, comes back up where it gets evaporated into the air and comes back down when it rains. I don’t remember ever hearing that it goes out into space or that water is replenished from space.
It occurred to me that the amount of air on the planet may be constant as well, but I have a vague recollection of hearing that our air is “trickling” back into space. Despite that, I don’t recall hearing anything about it being replenished from space.
Then I remembered a quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author of “Life’s Little Instruction Book”. He said, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein”.
So, not only do we have as much time as everyone who has come before us, we are also breathing the same air and drinking the same water that they did.
Ok, so maybe you scientific types will point out that the air has been recycled by the plants and that the water might not be the exact water drops they drank, but despite the science, I think it’s pretty cool.
Time, water, and air: the constants that we share with the past, the present, and the future.
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My name is Laura Mozer Davis, and I was born over half a century ago. My life’s journey has included raising three children as a single parent while caring for my parents who both became disabled during the last 10 years of their lives. Now that my children are grown and my parents have passed into the next part of their journey, I finally have time for me to grow as a person, not as just a care-giver. What I am learning, however, is that my destiny is to always be a care-giver. When I started writing for The Daily Sisterhood blog, I realized that I was to continue my care-giving through my writing. If my words help even just one person find either solace or joy, I know my life continues to have meaning.