More Messages to the Future
Even when contemplating huge global-historical issues — especially then — it’s important to stay grounded in the present time and place, the specific here and now, and the minute affairs of everyday interpersonal relations.
To my future children,
Never before would I have said that I am one to take initiative.
Dear future family and friends,
This is our house.
I promise to use a reusable water bottle.
Be the person who shows up. Be the person who continues to advocate for change because change is possible – it is possible in the most partisan of politics.
I promise to do my part, supporting federal legislation to protect our earth while starting small with projects at home.
To my daughter and her children,
As a minister, I have preached that we are here to be of service to others and to be care takers of this wonderful planet that God has given us.
I hope whatever happens, whatever I can’t imagine that you may face, that you will continue to seek light.
To My Future Child(ren),
The fact that you are reading this means that you would know the answer to a question that has kept me up at night more often than I would like to admit: Did I make you proud?
To the future generations,
I hope that you all can enjoy the Smokey Mountains in your lifetime too and that they look how they did back in 2017 when I saw them.
We want your future family to enjoy the same beautiful places we enjoyed.
Each of us only has so much power and the problem is HUGE, but I worked at this every day.