Earthday – Wishing by Ellen Wheeler Wilcox

In honor of EARTHDAY, I am sharing a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox which I found in one of my mom’s old prayer books.  I fell in love with this poem over 25 years ago, and never did any research on the author.  So here is an excerpt from WIKI.

“Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was ” Solitude“, which contains the lines: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death….”  continue here.


 Do you wish the world were better?

Let me tell you what to do.

Set a watch upon your actions,

Keep them always strait and true.

Rid your mind of selfish motives,

Let your thought be clean and high.

You can make a little Eden

Of the sphere you occupy.


Do you wish the world were wiser?

Well, suppose you make a start,

By accumulating wisdom

In the scrap book of your heart.


Do not waste one page on folly;

Live to learn, and learn to live.

If you want to give men knowledge,

You must get it ere you give.


Do you wish the world were happy?

Then remember day by day.

Just to scatter seeds of kindness.

As you pass along the way.

For the pleasure of the many,

May be ofttimes traced to one,

As the hand that plants the acorn

Shelters armies from the sun.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox From: Poems of Power, 1901

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

Wendell Berry

Lets take care of our earth!  Happy Earth Day!

Earth Hour – A Celebration of Darkness

At the moment I write this, Earth Hour is sweeping across Asia!  It is already happening and I feel it!

For the past 3 years, my family participates in Earth Hour.  This year, more than ever, we are all looking forward to it.  It is like a Holiday in our household.  Even my daughter’s best friend is disappointed she cannot stay tonight as she remembers our celebration in the dark from last year.

Honestly, all we did was shut the lights, light some candles, and sat around just talking and living in the darkness.  I had bought some special non electric lead lights, and put them on around the home, giving it a divine feel.

Really just turned off everything?  What is so special about that?  

Well, let me tell you, I think Earth Hour has a very special feeling to it.  Earth Hour feels like we are “collectively” doing something to change the world.

1 hour? How does that work?

Well think of it this way, on New Years Eve we check around the world to see how everyone brings in the new year with lights and fireworks and partying.. Earth hour, we collectively connect by turning out the lights.

Feels spiritual right?

Right!  I feel very spiritual during Earth Hour.. I feel at one with everyone, and last year, I even got a bit angry with my neighbor for having his “emergency bright light” on! It was literally shining in our window!!! It defeats the purpose, but I let it slide:

No light will ruin my darkness!

Which means, not everyone will be participating in Earth Hour, yet knowing that even big companies shut off their lights, whole cities go dark, and it is celebrated around the world.. Well Hell YA!! I’m doing it ..

To feel closer to change.. I’ll do anything..

Even shut the lights..

Oh.. and yes.. I get to use my NEW AirWick candle that changes colors! WOO!

Happy Earth Hour!