My name is Jason Joslyn and I am the founder of the Ecological Servants Project. In the following article I will be opening up my life for everyone to see, so that you as the reader will know how the Ecological Servants Project came to be.
My voyage in life began as a young boy, where I grew up in a quaint little town in upstate New York by the name of Watkins Glen. It’s a town that by all definition is the picture of beauty itself with its rolling hills, waterfalls, and awe inspiring gorges.
But that’s not at all how it seemed to me as a child. My life wasn’t at all picturesque and it was by no means beautiful.
I grew up with two very abusive parents, both of whom had issues with substance abuse and domestic violence.
I was routinely beat on, barely taken care of and treated like I was some sort of liability instead of their child.
But by the age of eleven I was removed from their care by child protective services, where I spent the next seven years of my life as a ward of the state.
When I was first removed from my parents care I was an emotional wreck from the years of abuse. I didn’t have a sense of self worth and between the ages of eleven and fifteen I had even attempted to take my own life multiple times.
Then everything changed.
The boys home I was in took us on a camping trip in the high peak range of the Adirondack mountains, where we hiked for five days until we reached the base of Mount Marcy, which is 5,344 feet in elevation.
We ascended up the mountain as a group until we reached the peak and as I stood on top of that mountain, I had felt a sense of accomplishment like I never did before.
I had achieved what no one else in my family ever had, so as I looked down on the miles of valleys below I had finally come to understand that all of those years of being told I was worthless and would never accomplish a thing were just years of lies, nothing more.
I did accomplish something. I had achieved what seemed to be an insurmountable feat.
And as I stood on top of that mountain and took the scenery in below I broke down and I cried. I wasn’t crying out of pain this time, I was releasing the pain as I came to understand that life itself is beautiful. It is a gift of God.
My life had forever changed that day. I was finally able to see the beauty in life for the first time in the landscape below. It was an unprecedented natural beauty that was without limitations. A beauty that took me years to find.
And from that day forward I made a promise to myself that I would make a difference in the world through the environment. I had fallen in love with mother nature.
This is why I started the Ecological Servants Project.
I want everyone to be able to enjoy that same natural beauty in nature that had transformed my life and gave me a reason to live.
My experience that day forever changed my perception for the better, it gave me a reason to live, and it instilled in me a sense of purpose in my life.
That purpose is to protect and preserve the planet for not only ourselves, but also for future generations to come.
I see the planet for what it is now and that is the host of life itself. She provides the core ingredients to not only sustain life, but also to allow it to thrive.
It only makes sense to me that we should all do our part to sustain our planet, as our planet is what sustains us.
Now when I see a piece of trash on the ground I pick it up, not only for the sake of the planet, but also because that piece of trash I picked up may just make this place beautiful enough to be the next child in needs transforming vista.