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Nobody intentionally sets out to do good. Some just set out. I'd like to challenge everyone to step out to do good. Well, do well, I suppose. Start small so you are no overwhelmed, but start somewhere that you can make a difference. There are too many people out there who say I won't make a difference. Too many say someone else will do it. Be both.
What to do? It is as simple as picking out a plant. Taking a walk with bags or a wagon and picking up trash. Deciding to be less wasteful or conserve a little more on water. Whatever you choose, know that you will be a success and you will make a difference, even if nobody says anything. Your heart will know.
I garden and hate pests. I cannot stand those caterpillars that get all over my cabbages and other plants and just eat right through them. I admit, I used to kill them. I would use organic sprays or pick them off by hand and take them to the chicken. Then I had a thought - if everyone did that, how would that little cabbage moth survive? I decided to rehome them on weeds. I started leaving the Swallowtail butterfly larva alones, too.
A couple weeks ago I went out and bought plants that actually attract these bringers of leaf destruction and plant eaters - I bought some milkweed. Today, I noticed the first caterpillar of the Monarch butterfly. Then I noticed 3 more! They must have been there all along because 3 of them were an inch or longer, no bigger than the crispy fried noodles.
I deliberately set out to do good by helping an endangered species, in spite of my distaste for their brethren and the damage they do. Those little guys are petty, too. I can calm down and be soothed just watching them wiggle around (and yes, even as they eat my plant) the milkweed looking for purchase to start chomping away.
I'm not going to make a big difference and I am not going to be the ground zero for a population explosion for these creatures, but I can feel good that I did something for something else. The kids get to enjoy watching these amazing looking caterpillars and watch them evolve into an amazing flying masterpiece.