Yesterday evening we participated in Earth Hour, an international event to increase awareness of global warming. Here in Seattle many of the government buildings took part. City Hall, the Municipal Tower, the Justice Center and the Central Library all turned off their lights. At our house, after dinner we hurried and got our dishes done, laid out work clothes for today and got lunches packed and ready. A few minutes before 8:00 p.m. we lit candles and put them in the fireplace. We shut off the radio, the computer and all the lights. A whole entire 60 minutes of quiet reflection time is quite a luxury in our busy, complicated, modern lives. I was looking forward to some serious candle gazing time during which I could ponder several questions that had come up at work about how to deal with a herd of rhinoceros. I figured 20 minute of pondering rhinocerotes would put me well on my way to a nap.
I never even got close to that nap. You see, one of us is much better at sitting still and being quiet. The other one of us, well let's just say that the local Quaker Friends Meeting won't be inviting her back any time soon. I tried to be a good listener, really I did. At one point I heard, "you know, this Earth Hour would be a great time for me to try again those meditation tapes M. sent me." The pillow stayed in my lap and I remembered to exhale. Earth Hour was not as quiet at our house as I had hoped it would be. Next year I'm throwing a party. The whole herd of rhinoceri is invited.
Lucky dog! She got to take a nap. Did anyone else out there take part in Earth Hour?