03 November 2013

Woke Up This Morning - A Compassion Tune-Up


We're on a mini-vacation this weekend (to recharge our food- and rest-powered batteries). We live in a fairly small island community (13 square miles and 2500 people, many of whom disappear about this time every year). 

About twice a year, my husband and I get "cabin fever" and need to "get off the rock." This is one of those times. 

(Funny thing is, we missed tons of "excitement" yesterday! Monsoon-style rains and high winds brought a tree down across the main road, caused a car accident, and cut the power for four hours. One of our inter-island ferries hit a dock and nearly ran aground just off a neighbouring island due to gusting winds. And passengers on a ferry that did venture out into the strait later in the day saw a super pod of about a thousand white-sided dolphins! See what happens when we leave our little rock?)

So I'd simply like to share this beautiful, heart-rending song with you this morning, as a compassion tune-up. It's called Woke Up and it's by Emily Maguire. 

Listen closely. Feel deeply. Enjoy your day. Then get back into the fray of helping politicians and other leaders make the right choices for mitigating climate chaos, choices that are becoming more and more complex all the time, the longer we wait. 

(And remember, if the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska contributed to the GDP (gross domestic product), then certainly spending money to safeguard the future of life on our precious planet should be seen as benefitting the economy, especially if we adopt the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) as our measure. Don't let anyone tell you that it's going to be too expensive, or that it's going to ruin us. That's garbage.)

I offer this in honour of all those still suffering or struggling a year after Tropical Storm Sandy hit the East Coast of North America.




WOKE UP by Emily Maguire

I woke up this morning
All the trees were gone
A concrete jungle left outside
Oh no

They said on the radio
The seas were warm
And all the fish had gone and died
Oh no

So what do we do now?

I woke up this morning
All our water's gone
But now the ocean's at my door
Oh no

They said on the radio
A storm would come
And wash away my neighbourhood
Oh no

So what do we do now?

I woke up this morning
All the birds were gone
And politicians act alarmed
Oh no

They said on the radio
We'll wait and see
The economy cannot be harmed
Oh no

But can you see?
Do you believe it now?




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