‘Leave it a little better than you found it.’
We outdoorsy folk, this is our mantra for time spent in nature…
When we’re out in the wild, we gather trash and pack out more than we packed in.
When we see an illegal campfire pit, we break it down – scattering ashes and rocks.
We help with wetland restoration,
We help with invasive plan eradication,
We tread lightly, and stay on trail.
But for @jboruss and I, this motto extends far beyond our time on the trail.
You see, for 5 days a week - for 52 weeks a year - we spend our days working at homeless shelters.
We help carry the burden of those in-need, shouldering suffering that isn’t our own.
When we see barriers, we break them down – striving for kinship and dignity.
We help with the restoration of broken spirits,
We help eradicate the lines that divide us,
We link arms with others, and stay focused.
When I was young, my mom yanked me back from stepping off the trail into the marshy meadows of Yosemite Valley.
“Look!” she said, pointing to a sign that said ‘Restoration In Progress’.
I lobbied my reasons as to why I needed to cross that section of meadow,
But then she told me about the bugs, and the fungi, the roots and the algae.
All the little beings that I can’t see,
who matter so much more than me.
“Your greatest need should be to meet theirs - Because everyone does better, when everyone does better.”
Two decades later, I purchased a handful of these signs
Placing them in my yard, in my home, in my office,
And every day when I walk into work, I imagine a giant sign posted above our shelter’s entrance reading
‘Restoration In Progress’
Because behind those doors live so many beings that you can’t see,
Who matter so much more than me.
If you guys haven’t gotten your hands on any of our stickers yet, you’re definitely missing out. These babies are perfect for any outdoorsy activities you throw at them. So get outside because these stickers are ready for all of your adventures! #ragamuffinco#liveradically