I recently attended an Environmental Conservation talk in my child’s school. It talked about careful use of our natural resources, rate of depletion of the same resources and its consequences and how we can inculcate better conservation practices within our own families to make a difference in the community as a whole. One slide that was shown talked about the 6Rs of Sustainability :
I confess! my mind wandered to the whisperings of the heart whilst sitting in the huge school hall as I saw this slide. And wondered if the above pointers could also refer to the treatment meted out in human relationships. For these are natural resources also, depleting rapidly in todays day and age with dire consequences for the community as a whole.
Often, without a further think we end up refusing genuineness coming our way and reducing the other person’s faith and trust in the relationship to negligible amounts. Assuming that reuse would be easy and we can cycle ahead or recycle back on the same paths that were treaded before. Whether it is lack of sensitivity on our part, or our limitations in understanding the person or perhaps we fail in expressing our true feelings – oftentimes repair is irreversible.
And the school bell shrilled in my ear. I snapped back, ashamed that I had not heard the rest of the Environmental Conservation lecture. What was I going to tell my children when I get home, I feared? Conserving the environment or that Mum was busy daydreaming?
Lunchtime was closing in so I rushed to the local grocery market grabbed a few food items and decided to make the Rapid Fire Stir-fry. A combination of succulent shrimps, rice noodles, crunchy peanut butter, and green flat snow peas rapidly cooked in a hot, smoking wok. And just before the final Ken Hom style stir around a spicy homemade sauce is added to take it to its final stage.