I am through with my sad funk. Enough. Spring is here. It’s Earth Day. This morning, I literally stopped to smell the roses . . . and the wild fennel . . . and the thyme . . . and the arugula flowers. It’s time to wake up and move forward. I read a great quote this week by one of my favorite musicians and songwriters of all time, Melissa Etheridge. She said, “The key to hope is knowing that fear is just a lack of imagination.” I’m sick of being scared of the news and corrupt politicians (that term seems, sadly, redundant) and forest fires and mudslides and environmental catastrophes and contaminated food systems and terrorism and North Korea and automatic weapons and spiders and heights and sharks. Enough. There is a time to vote and to act and to speak out, but that time is not every waking minute of every day — or at least it can’t be for me, if I want to stay above water. If I’m not moving forward, I’m moving backward, and that is not how I choose to live today.
I can’t control everything, but I can control me. I can choose to stretch and smile when I wake up, instead of grabbing my phone to check on what fresh hell has transpired while I slept. I refuse to finance fear with today’s precious energy. Nope. No more.
So I started my Earth Day with this beautiful glass of green. It’s guaranteed to wake up your belly and fill your brain with the good stuff it needs to triumph over all of those fears . . . well, maybe not the sharks.
THE GREEN HORNET
- One big bunch of kale/chard/spinach, washed well
- One scoop of plant protein powder (I love PlantFusion, Vanilla)
- 2 T. ground flaxseed or flax oil
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 T. maca powder
- 1 t. cinnamon
- Handful of ice and about 1/2 c. water
Blend well and enjoy!