Sidewalk Ghosts / Brownyn — “I’m Tired Of The Little Gestures”

“If we are going to change, we have to do more, get involved, and educate ourselves. It is amazing how little knowledge our current people know about the environmental impact of industry and population.”

I was out on a Saturday road trip with my daughter, our destination, Santa Barbara, land of healthy living and volleyball.

It was a lovely drive and we dropped off highway 101 just as sunset hits. My daughter had a plan, a sand crab hunt. Chasing the sun, we raced down Cabrillo Boulevard and settled at the free parking by the volleyball courts.

She grabbed her beach stuff and looked at me, “Dad, your camera bag.” Wow!, at nine she had learned at an early age to push me with the fortitude of a seasoned producer.

She was right, 365 never takes a break, and even thought we were on family time, she made this acutely aware to me, “It’s day ninety-nine, you’re almost at one hundred days Dad. Keep going!”

I accepted her call, and strapped on my forty pounds of backpack for a soft sand workout. On the horizon were several groups of Volleyball games in various stages of play. We saw one group that was wrapping up as the cold evening air begins to take its bite (as much as it could in sunny California.)

We approached the group, and although they seemed interested at first, when the question arose, Can I photograph you? they all declined.

The beach was mostly empty by that time, but there was one figure further down the coast, a man fishing, boat at side. Maybe he would be interested. If not, no worries. After all, it’s family time. So if he was out, I’d find someone later.

The sun was touching the water, and as we got closer to our unknown fisherman, he began to push his boat into the water as he packed up for the day. Oh well, like I said, I’d find someone later.

Here’s one more finding that 365 has taught. It really was directing me, and the more I submitted to it, the more was drawn to me, and that day proved this point.

The moment I acknowledged, not defeat, but acceptance in finding no new friend, a voice struck me from behind, “Hey, we just finished or game, I have a few minutes before we leave, do you still want to interview me. The others don’t want to, but the project sounds very interesting and I’d like to contribute.”

Stepping up was wonderfully energetic and fit Bronwyn. At first words, I really liked this lady. There was a magic radiating from her and at first question I knew why.

It was cold!! and wanting to be courteous to shivering Bronwyn, and without hesitation, I went right into interview mode.

What words of wisdom do you have for my readers? we began.

Even though it was tooth chattering cold, Bronwyn with a huge smile that warmed us all, “That’s easy, spend time outside!”

Bronwyn was magical, and here is my perception to the key of her magic; – she possessed a love for nature and the world around her. With this, it made complete sense as to why she was so radiant; Bronwyn was in her element: The outdoors.

Healthy is an understatement in describing what Bronwyn was like. I’m sure many of you have run on the beach, and for those of you who have not, know that a 100 yard sprint can be a breath taker. In talking to Bronwyn, she was not at all breathless, even after sprinting 200 yards to catch up with us.

It got better. She told me of her career, “Tomorrow I start a new job, so I’m getting in all the outdoor time I can find before I go to the office.” What was that career? How could anyone cage a graceful bird to a cubical existence?

The answer could be summed up in two words, passion and commitment. Bronwyn’s profession? Environmental Economist. The title was way over my head, so we talked about it.

Many of our 365 friends have spoken of a better future for our children. A wonderful sentiment. One that challenges our every action, pushing us to reflect on the impact and consequences of the decisions we make.

“I’m tired of the little gestures.” Bronwyn stated.

“If we are going to change, we have to do more, get involved, and educate ourselves. It is amazing how little knowledge our current people know about the environmental impact of industry and population.”

Bronwyn was not bagging on us, she even said, “I’ve been studying this stuff for years and I haven’t even touched the surface of it.”

What she was saying was this. In my words, Sure, it is a good thing to recycle our plastics. The positive impact of that alone is great. Yes, I realize we are all busy and can’t find time to know it all. Bronwyn even accepts this when she stated, “I have been studying the environment for years, and there is no way I can know it all.”

In her wisdom Bronwyn had challenged us to push a little harder in doing our part.

Perhaps it could be in the form of an educated vote. Maybe a letter to a politician or corporate executive in lobbying for better reforms or initiatives. Or simply, an hour or two a week on Google or other search engines, education ourselves on things we can do in our every day life to help the environment. Whatever it be, I suggest we lean it towards Bronwyn’s wishes for the future.

Those wishes, “I’d love to see a day when we are doing more good for the planet than harm.”

Bronwyn, we hear you about the little gestures, We’ll work to do better in understanding what we can do, and again ask you, my readers, to join in the cause to better our planet and in honoring Bronwyn.

Bronwyn, you have reached out to us in sharing what to you may have thought a little gesture by joining 365. My hope is that your message touches enough of people to become one large gesture that we all can chomp on. TREAT THE PLANET RIGHT.


55 Comments Add yours

  1. ivanpomposo says:

    Really, things should be as you write. Hope 2012 will be better than2011


  2. Kimberly says:

    What an awesome woman to run into for your 99th stranger! Congrats and I’m glad she caught up to you 🙂


  3. Great message! Let’s make sure 2012 brings more compassion for our home!


  4. Jamaican says:

    She is a cool person and the message is good. B u da bomb i hope some day to be in SB with you


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