“Life’s Beauty” by Vanessa MacDonald-Renaud

It’s 2012 as we all know…However, my question is: How did we even get here? Here in a society with serious pressures being surrounded by constant demands where it’s easy to forget what’s important in this world. It seems to me that now everyone is living the same lifestyle as everyone else. It’s very simple; you work, cook and sleep, only to wake up the next day and find yourself doing the same things as the day before.  In this 21st century we forget the meaning of appreciation. Tell me, how many times a day do you stop to smell the smell of nature? When you’re walking downtown do you notice that autumn leaf that falls right beside you?  I am neither a scientist nor am I a geographer that could inform you about the numerous theories that would explain just how much we need our nature. I’m simply a first year student, who realizes how much we live with a lack of kindness when it comes to our world ecosystem. As an undergraduate, who always think about my future, I often have to remind myself not to miss the present.  If you ask me, we put too much effort into stressful matters instead of saving our energy for peaceful activities. All I’m trying to say is: no matter how hectic your life is, take some time every day to notice what might be the only beauty left in our surroundings. After all, a very wise man once told me: The smallest things are capable of meeting your biggest smile.

By Vanessa MacDonald-Renaud
Photo Credits by Vaness MacDonald-Renaud

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Published by: G.R.E.E.N. G.R.A.S.S.

G.R.E.E.N. G.R.A.S.S., which is an acronym for Glendon Residence Environmental E-Newsletter & Glendon Roots and Shoots' Serial, is a newsletter and serial blog created and maintained by Glendon Roots and Shoots and its creation was inspired by the Glendon Residence Environmental Committee's Glendon Residence Environmental E-Newsletter (GREEN), thus its namesake. Our goal for GREEN GRASS is to spread awareness on environmentalism and sustainability by publishing submitted articles from Glendon's very own environmental activists and students. Published once a month, we hope to inspire fellow Glendonites and netizens beyond to become active world citizens and conscious consumers by sharing fellow students' voice of concern for the well-being of Mother Nature as we also promote G.R.A.S.' projects and initiatives. Thanks for reading~

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