Thinking Backward

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

— Albert Einstein

For the past year or two I’ve picked up trash around the neighborhood in *front* of my house, but never *behind* my house. It never donned on me because our house sits in front of a wetland.

One trashy problem, SOLVed.

In September, I took my girls down to the beach for the Great Oregon Beach Cleanup, sponsored by SOLV. Last month, I learned that SOLV volunteers are helping keep Oregon streams clean all year long. After I signed up, I met with Quintin, a SOLV employee who supplied me with all the garbage bags and plastic gloves I needed to help keep our creek clean.

Today, with a break in the rainy weather, I donned my rubber waders and gloves, and set out to see what I would find. There was the usual assortment of cans, bottles and Starbucks cups. I also found an old hubcap, a four foot hunk of iron and a remote controlled boat. It was like a treasure hunt minus the treasure.

Inspired by photonatureblog.wordpress.com here are some red berries contrasting the brown swamp. (click the image to see some good nature photos)

It’s only a start, but at least it’s a start. There’s a lot of creek to cover and explore. At minimum, there’s one less bag of trash on the ground.

All it took was a little backwards thinking.

SOLVed a little trash problem in the wetland behind our house. 

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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