Hello fine people,
I will now be releasing podcast transcripts along with the podcast as some of you have asked for the written version. Hopefully there won’t be too many funny words and phrases. The software transcription originally had “dental discussion” instead of “den of discussion” to start. Oh what a different conversation that would be…
But I digress: Podcast 26. I hope you enjoy. And feel free to read along!
“Hi, welcome to Doug’s Den of Discussion, podcast number 26. Picking up the garbage. So recently my wife and I were down at the Jersey Shore walking along an inlet. We go there often just when we need, a break few days, to recharge and connect to the earth and the ocean as we were walking along this inlet. And there was so much garbage, straws and bags and styrofoam and shoes and everything else. My goodness, all this was coming up from the ocean purging, coming out of the ocean and what else is in there, right? But we were walking past it, trying to ignore it, we hadn’t put it there, right? But there was so much and it just felt like some part of us. We were trying to hide from it, or we didn’t want to look at it. And after a while, it was just so overwhelming. We started picking it up: my wife, my daughter and myself. And it started becoming fun to be honest with you. I mean, it was sickening. I can only imagine the animals that are choking and dying on it. But it became fun and we became kind of immersed in picking up what we could pick up. And so we were loading our you know, hands with it, our pockets with it. And my wife started saying “Oh, if we just could find a big bag.” So further down the inlet there was a little brush going on some some, some dying bushes, lo and behold a big hole-free Glad garbage bag. It appeared when we needed it to when we asked for it. And so we started shoving all this garbage into it. And now we’re on a mission here that we’re gonna pick up all this damn garbage, styrofoam pieces pieces from docks, all sorts of crap, you know, water bottles, plastic bottles that people dropped or beer cans that people were lazy about 1000s of things. So we started picking up and filling it up. And we started seeing other people walking on this little beachy inlet. And they saw what we were doing, the first person or two just said thank you very much for what you’re doing. But then others saw us and started picking it up too. They started picking up garbage when in general we all would have sort of turned a blind eye to the reality around us because we didn’t have anything to do with it. We didn’t put it there right but you can’t turn a blind eye not to the garbage outside of you and not to the garbage inside of you. We want to control everything right? Even when we’re driving with road rage.
“Why is this person driving slow in front of us? Because they it has nothing to do with you and your crap and your garbage. I remember one time I was so angry trying to get somewhere. I had a test maybe I was in college and I remember but someone was going really slow. And I had to pull into a gas station. I literally kicked the door open and almost broke the glass door and everybody turned and looked at me. You feel justified in the minute, I’m angry. Who gives a crap? Everybody’s angry for one reason or another that doesn’t give you the right to spew it upon people. The same thing with like cutting people off on the highway or not letting someone in on an entrance ramp like well, this is my space. No, they’re not getting in front of me. Okay. What is that stress? How is that stress helping you in your life? It’s the same thing with the garbage. We wanted to ignore it. We wanted to avoid it. We didn’t want to look at it. But we had to there was so much of it. We had to let go and pick it up at that point: styrofoam straws, everything else under the sun and now it’s kind of a fun thing when we go to the beach. We look to pick it up we want to do good this ocean gives us so much life and energy and beauty.
We were down there recently on the beach and the first day we walked, you know, we found like a little bag and just kind of picking stuff up along the way. We do that as sort of the first round when we’re out there. And then the next day, we walked onto the beach and we’re thinking, Oh, we really need some bags. I swear to God this happened. My wife was about five feet in front of me, she found a large, Ziploc glad bag, like a big, you know, freezer bag kind of thing. Pretty large one. And then five feet in front of me. I found another one exactly the same. No other bags on the beach, no other garbage in that area perfectly intact. When we started doing our business, it was almost like th ocean said, “Here you go, you want to help. I appreciate the help here are some bags for you.” And that’s life, right? those doors open. When you’re flowing in that sort of integrity. It’s similar, you know, the amount of stress we cause ourselves by fighting what’s in front of us. Fighting the truth of who we are, fighting where we’re trying to go.
Ever walk on a hiking trail? And you see someone up ahead, and it’s kind of a weird, awkward thing, right? There’s no one else around there’s maybe guy or gal 100 feet away walking towards you. And the brain’s like I don’t know, I should look away. Look my feet. Should I say hello? Should I not say hello? Should I grunt? Maybe it’s just me because I’m half crazy, perhaps. But it’s so easy to just say hello, right, and stop all the dramatics that the brain is creating. So, when you’re out there, No, you didn’t put that garbage there. But we’re all part of the problem. And we’re all part of the solution. Right? If everybody just thinks so who cares? Indifference reigns, right? We all have to care. We are all interconnected with each other and we were all connected to this earth. This earth provides for us, everything we get comes from this earth. And it’s amazing how often we are defying it, defiling it with our indifference and our arrogance. That’s it. Pick up the garbage. We’re all in this together. Have a great day.”