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My apologies to the beautiful creatures in the Gulf

June 24, 2010

My apologies to the beautiful creatures who have been killed, covered in oil, or forced to watch their habitat be destroyed by this massive oil spill.

My apologies for being complicit in a system that is so tolerant of an addiction to oil that we allow oil companies to rape and pillage your habitat.

My apologies for all of the times my own greed, laziness, or assumption of entitlement have contributed to this broken system that forgets that all of creation relies on each other for survival.

My apologies for neglect, for turning a blind eye, for giving in to the ease of consumption.

My apologies for not challenging the system, for allowing it to move in this direction, for valuing “things” over life, for putting my own comfort and ease of living over your well-being.

My apologies for not trusting my own ability to have even a small influence in the radical change that is needed to help this planet be healed from the hurt we have caused.

My apologies and my deepest regret.

May your hurt serve as a beacon for us in this darkness of greed and self-indulgence.

May your suffering not be wasted.

May we reach deep in our hearts and learn from this massive mistake.

May we all find better ways of co-existing on this amazing planet crafted by the Master Artist.

Thank you, beautiful creatures, for teaching us the value of the fragile yet vibrant eco-systems we so often take for granted.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 11:34 am

    Thank you Heather.

  2. June 24, 2010 11:38 am

    Perfection, Heather.

  3. June 24, 2010 12:52 pm

    Beautiful, heartbreaking … and so true. Thank you for writing this.

  4. June 24, 2010 4:13 pm

    Thank you for writing this and reminding us of the part we play.

    – Marie (Coming Out of the Trees)

  5. June 24, 2010 6:29 pm

    Most excellent entry my friend. Superb writing.

  6. June 24, 2010 8:12 pm

    Amen! Thank you for the heart it took to write this (heart spilled open!!).

  7. June 24, 2010 9:32 pm

    Wonderfully poignant. And there are ways to help that benefit all concerned, though for those making the art and organizing the donations, it’s just good karma. Check my blog for links to two sites that combine art with help.

  8. June 24, 2010 10:23 pm

    AMEN, It breaks my heart to see these creatures suffer and to know that beautiful beaches and habitats now lie in ruins…all in the name of greed and selfishness. Lets hope we all can learn from this and bring forth a better future.

  9. June 25, 2010 8:09 am

    Isn’t it heartbreaking? I cannot look at any pictures from the debacle because I feel it so deeply.

    I can only trust that it is all for the highest good and that we learn what we are meant to from it.

  10. June 25, 2010 9:04 am

    Heather. Thank you for so eloquently speaking and writing this message to all our relations in the Gulf. Bringing more heart-felt awareness to this crisis as so many of our indigenous brothers and sisters suggest is the most powerful thing we can do. Thank you again. Lisa

  11. Diana permalink
    June 25, 2010 3:47 pm

    Beautifully said! I’ve been trying to cope by not allowing myself to think too deeply about it, because the emotions it creates are too big to feel. [Do you know what I mean?]You’ve said whatI’ve been feeling . Thank you.

  12. Dovelily permalink
    June 26, 2010 6:18 pm

    My apologies, too.

  13. June 27, 2010 7:08 am

    Wow. I have been feeling all of these same things lately, but mostly I have been feeling guilt, because people keep railing against BP, but I keep thinking that we (me) are the ones that use the oil, so I am just as guilty. We ALL need to come up with a better plan it seems. This was wonderful.

  14. June 27, 2010 5:19 pm

    well said. I’ve tried to not watch the news. I can’t bear it…
    hopelessness, anger.

  15. Mary Ellen permalink
    July 26, 2010 5:45 pm

    My humble thanks Heather. You have put into words my feelings.. obviously there are many of us whoe can’t watch the news, see the pictures as it evokes horrible thoughts and guilt.
    I know I am a month behind in replying but my husband, daughter and I returned several weeks ago from a 6 week long sojour “Downunder”.

    What I want to know is what can WE do? What does women’s wisdom and women’s leadership suggest for us. Looking to start a dialogue with others.

    Mary Ellen


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