by Melodie Elaine Estes
To quest: for that knowledge that will help me to grow. To learn: with an open mind the things I need to know. To observe: with wisdom and open mind the thoughts to ponder. To give thanks: with heart and senses, full of wonder. To renew: daily the joy of new sights, smells, tastes and sounds. To be filled: with such thanks that my love and joy abounds. To hear: each bird's calls and songs in the morning hours; To observe: the beauty of all nature, trees and flowers. To listen: to the rise and fall of the evening cicadas' choirs. To enjoy: the highs and lows of the night frogs' croaking chorus. To use: my nose to savor every flower's sweet floral scent, To remind: of the honeysuckle that grew on our yard's fence. To give: with open hands, sharing with my sister and my brother. To help: listening to know how to provide support for one another. To be open: to the needs of the suffering and give assistance. To be wise: to know when and how to give compassion and wise advice. To live a life of love: for all, Creator, the Earth, and my Earth family. To be considerate and kind: to show compassion, help the lonely or needy. To befriend: the downtrodden, not thinking about their religion or race. To see: all as friends or family, regardless of sex or color of their face. To learn: how to care for the life of our home planet, Earth. To save: it for future generations, so there will be no dearth. . To know: we are responsible to do our best to love and to save it. To see: that we and all of creation are loved by one Great Spirit.