To Be There and Back

A short time ago I read a post by a friend about Homeostasis. Now don’t cringe it is a real thing. It happens all around us all the time, we just tend to ignore it. Frank over at Beach Walk Reflections (beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com) has a wonderful blog that you should check out. Homeostasis is about finding balance.

For the most part we take the idea of balance for granted. We walk, we drive, we run. But when we feel the least bit dizzy or off-balance, we realize how bad it can all become. Think of that on a global scale. Our world is off-balance, misaligned. We have drought in areas and yet a few hours away they’re drowning in flood waters. In some countries record number of people are dying from hunger and other countries there is so much food they are throwing it out. How is that balanced?

As this world evolved there were checks and balances. Predators and prey. At one time it was a finely tuned system. Overtime some species were naturally removed and new ones developed.  And, then we popped up. Talk about throwing a wrench into the works.  In our hubris we decided to give evolution a hand. It was the wrong hand. And what a mess we created. There is a story that I believe happened in Australia about a community that disliked the sound of a particular bird so much they set about eradicating it. With the decline of the bird there was a surplus of a particularly nasty snake. You see the birds’ favourite food was, you guessed it, the nasty snake. The bird was allowed to make a come-back and the snake population declined. Hubris.

The human species is like a small child who wants to run before they can walk. They don’t think what the ramifications will be to putting their hand on a hot stove because, well, they want to. And they don’t seem to learn from the pain. We don’t seem to learn. I am speaking generally and as a species when the truth is, there are those who are fighting to regain the balance. I just hope we haven’t left it too long.

As individuals you may think there’s very little we can do to affect the global imbalances but individuals are part of a community and communities are part of the whole which does affect everything.  So, when I hear someone saying that ‘there’s nothing they can do they’re just one person’ I disagree. Your small part is a part of the bigger picture and a bigger picture can move mountains. It all starts with one person, one belief, one action. Which becomes two, which becomes four, which becomes thousands. That’s how we get our work done…

 

 

 

 

 

37 thoughts on “To Be There and Back

  1. Mark Lanesbury

    One of the biggest problems here in Australia used to be the use of pesticides. It was ingested in so many of the birds to which it thinned their eggs and would break as mom sat on the nest and it decimated many species. The hole in the natural order of things truly went out of whack. Thankfully they are being eliminated but there are still many more things that are causing that imbalance. Hopefully those wobbles have been seen and felt and an awareness is bringing louder and louder voices with not only the Green movement but now more and more everyday people. Go sanity Pam…may this worlds Homeostasis swing wherever nature is 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  2. Dan Antion

    Pesticides are a huge problem (and industry with a lot of clout) in the US as well. People don’t want mosquitoes on their outdoor patio, so they spray their entire yard. Of course, the stuff they spray doesn’t know one little flying thing from another, so everything dies, including the bees. Then the birds have less to feed on. We have lost millions of birds! We are so stupid as a species. We try to be friendly to the critters. We are only one small house, but we have bees and birds and squirrels and bunnies. Every little bit helps, Pam. Spreading this message helps. Listening to this message helps even more.

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  3. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections

    We are a complex species. As our good and bad interact, yes … We jar the planet. We challenge it’s natural balance. … and mostly for selfish reasons. Then again, too mamy people she humans as in charge of the world I stead of part of it. Well stated … And thanks for the mention. I invite your readers to stop by. I don’t bite.

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    1. quiall Post author

      I may not bite but I have been known to nibble just a wee bit. I am an unrepentant optimist and I believe we will find a way to make this right. Or at least better.

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  4. Murphy’s Law

    Maybe all these floods, droughts, mudslides, earthquakes, etc. are Mother Nature’s way of ridding herself of the poisonous pesticides we drown her in.

    Like Dan and the Editor, our little backyard is the home for several generations of bunnies, birds, bees and squirrels, but not as many squirrels as Dan has! Even our dog Murphy knows not to bother the bunnies!

    We have ruined, and continue to ruin, the gifts Mother Nature gives us. Dan says we are ‘stupid as a species’. He’s being very polite! If we worked individually as well as together, instead of always against each other, our world, our lives, would get back in balance again. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!
    Ginger

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  5. K.L. Hale

    Well-said, Pam! I completely agree. My friend, I hate to share this on this post but I must~I was diagnosed with cancer 11 days ago. I spent 5 nights in the hospital. It’s a rare liver tumor that has spread to a mass on my pancreas, two lymph nodes, a place on my right skull (it moved to bones), my spine, hip, pelvis, …I feel as though it’s a dream. My youngest flew in from Germany to help (his family flying in today), my oldest son and his family with new here Weds but it’s after my appt with my oncologist. Now I know why Covid hit me so hard. I’m going to be hit and miss here, but know I think of you and am sending love and hugs. Love, Karla 💕🙏🏻

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    1. Murphy’s Law

      Karla, we don’t know each other, but your comment just breaks my heart. We never know where life is taking us. We don’t always want to go along for the ride! I, for one, will keep you in my prayers. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2020. One week in ICU, then surgery, another week in ICU, then home. I’m still here at 82, and doing okay. Cancer is no dream. It is painfully and devastatingly real. The love of family and friends is magically healing. I wish you only the best in this journey you are now on.
      Ginger

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      1. K.L. Hale

        Ginger, your words give me such comfort. I’m so happy you overcame and even flourished! I’m praying they can shrink the tumors enough to surgically remove them. Thank you for sharing. It touches my heart. 💕🙏🏻🤗

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    2. Mark Lanesbury

      Oh Karla, my heart is with you and a huge hug. I shall pray with all I have dear lady, stay strong. Much love coming your way. If I can help in any way let me know, even if for just a chat on my contact page, I’m there xox ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    3. quiall Post author

      My dearest Karla I am devastated by your news but I’m also optimistic in your strength. You are loved, you are honoured, you are inspiring. You touch others with your simple words and you touch me with your honesty and your integrity. If you wish to speak to me privately email me anytime! quiall@cogeco.ca

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      1. K.L. Hale

        Thank you, Pam. Your words are such a comfort to me. I appreciate your friendship and support more than you’ll ever know. And I’m so glad to have your email, too. Please stay safe and blessed. 🙏🏻💕❤️🥰💐

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  6. joylennick

    Oh, Karla, I don’t know you , but my eyes are moist…Husband and I have both had a brush with cancer and come through, and that – with all my heart – is what I wish for you. It is true that, while there is life, there is hope. If words are wishes, you are already cured…Be strong and take the best care. Love and hope. Joy xxx

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  7. Dale

    I could not agree more and I think of all the species that were brought into another habitat, to “take care of a problem” only to take over and ruin a whole eco system. I am reminded, too, of the fantastic video about the wolves being brought back to Yellowstone which transformed the land. Of course, as I was searching for that video, I fell upon one that debunked the theory. Still… we humans and our hubris have manipulated so many things in our world that might have happened anyway but at a far lesser pace.

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  8. CarolCooks2

    I’ll add my good wishes for Karla whom I also don’t know my daughter 18 years on is a survivor and her initial prognosis was terminal it is true where there is life there is hope and I pray for you Karla be strong and have hope…This post is also about hope as the world is spinning out of control but I believe we must do our part and hope …my garden is also a haven for wildlife even the snakes we have a healthy respect for each other…at a distance I will add-smile-

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  9. bikerchick57

    My happy place is out in nature and it’s horrible what the human race has done to it and continues to do to it in the name of progress and comfort. I had a very noisy bird wake me up at 5 a.m. this past week and although I told him to “shut up,” I would never hurt one feather on its head. We all have a reason to be here, the circle of life, and one day perhaps everyone will learn to respect that reason.

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  10. rangewriter

    Love this: The human species is like a small child who wants to run before they can walk. I can only change what I do, not what my neighbor does. So I do my best to to do and model my best.

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