A week ago I arrived in Malta with my two daughters, eager to explore the island and to see what kind of life we could have here while my husband builds his career. I have visited the island briefly (for three days) in March and enjoyed Mellieha and Sliema.
I was surprised to discover that in the heat of summer, what little greenery Malta previously enjoyed had started to disappear, leaving the place looking relatively barren with lots of dust and pollution from all the traffic.
My heart, spoiled by Irish lushness, ached for some trees and fresh air to such an extent that I started considering moving my family yet again. But then I reminded myself of the affirmations that I used to help myself calm down in situations where I would get anxious. Without a trace of modesty, I would think:
“I am a force for good in this world. I create beauty and harmony and bring joy to those around me.”
I wondered if perhaps my ending up in this rugged town didn’t have to feel hopeless. This country could be where my love for nature would make the most difference, even if this difference was just inside our apartment. Very quickly things started looking brighter, as I teased my mind with thoughts and stories about people who single handedly planted thousands of trees. After all, the world is what we make it. We just need to be the change we want to see as much as it is possible within our individual circumstances.
Take a look, for instance, at this incredible man: