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What the Redwoods Teach

There’s something about having a moment where you remember you are just a part of a bigger story.

The world doesn’t really revolve around me. My small daily struggles will pass. I feel this way every time I fly and the plane rises above the cloud line. I am comforted by the reminder of how small and blessed my life is.

The redwoods gave me that feeling.

That tree would laugh at my foul mood caused by my fries getting too soggy or my alarm clock didn’t wake me up. Now sure, trees don’t laugh, but if they did, this tree would laugh at me. Stay with me now.

My smallness in the context of a very old world comforts me.

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Modern life is loud and instant. (Speaking of our instant culture- Our children will never know the art of rewinding a cassette tape for just 2.3 seconds to get to a certain song! Boy, I feel old!) The redwoods remind us all that the world is not always only what we see in our daily lives.

We can escape to redwoods, breathe deeply and gain a comforting perspective.

Now, here is the cool part, remember how I told you that Sequoia was my favorite park? Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements.

I need you to vote for your favorite national park. Because the winning parks get amazing grants. The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative. Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants. And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

Vote often at LivePositively.com/parks from now until July 15, 2012. After you vote, share with your social network simply by clicking the share button!
How easy is that? Now go on over to Facebook and help support your favorite park!

This is sponsored content from Babble and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Coca-Cola. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Only legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) who are at least 13 years old and reside within the U.S. at the time of participation are eligible to vote for a Park. Participate on behalf of a Park by: July 15, 2012. The 3 most popular Parks will be offered a grant and there will be 1 Wild Card drawing at the end of the Contest to award an additional grant.  To participate, for Official Rules, and complete details including grant descriptions, visit www.LivePositively.com/parks. Void where prohibited. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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