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DO SOMETHING

I like what I do What I do when I do something, do something.
When I do something, I like what I do.
People often say to me,
�What do you do when you do something, do something?
Do you really like what you do
When you do that something you do?�
And I say, �Oh Yeah!
I work at a zoo or aquarium.
Either way, we�re the ones that take care of them.
The creatures with the wings and the hair;
Some even have scales on them.
That�s what I do when I do something, do something.
What do you do?�
Sometimes they look at me and say,
�My work�s crazy too, that place is a zoo.
It is definitely crazy where I work where I do something, do something.
That�s what I do. Is that what you do?�
I�m not surprised, but I say� �Oh no!
I work at a complex organization
Filled with responsibility towards animals and people on the land and in the ocean.
A place staffed by highly professional,
Caring people that make a difference every day.
That�s what I do when I do something, do something.
Now what did you say you do?�
Then they say, �Oh!
I see, well maybe I work at an aquarium.
My boss and coworkers are all wet.
They don�t even recognize my potential yet when I do something, do something.
That�s what I do. Yeah, that�s what I do.�
And I say, �No you don�t.
Why don�t you listen? This is important stuff you�re missin�.
How do you care for the fishes in the sea?
What about the reefs and the mangrove tree?
Do you tend the forest called kelp? Have you found any way to help
When you do something, do something?
What do you do? Do you know what to do?�
Then they say, �Oh, I see.
Hey, how come when I come to your place the animals won�t do something?
I put down my hard earned cash, and the animals won�t even do something.
Mister, why don�t you make them do something, do something?
Isn�t that what you�re supposed to do?�
Then I say, �The animals do__what__they__do.
Why don�t you do something, get off your butt and do something, do something?
Buy an acre of forest, on the land or in the ocean.
Get up and get a conservation notion.
Why don�t you put the reuse into your recycle?
It�s no good if you just put your stuff on the curb and buy all new stuff 100% virgin new!
Is that what you do? That�s not what I do.�
Then they say, �Oh! I hear you now.
In fact I�ve never heard it put like that. I�m sure glad we had this little chat.
Maybe you should tell others.
Start with my sisters and brothers.
Tell my neighbors down the street, their kids and their mothers.
Maybe we can work together to help them do something, do something.
Mister, will you help me help them do something?
Hey, is that what you do?�
And I say, �You�ve got it now; that is what WE do.
We help the Earth and WE do something, do something.
We care for wildlife and WE do something, do something.
We study their behavior, natural history and physiology;
Learn the secrets of their basic biology;
Learn more about their natural habitat, lessen our impact.
We share all that with millions and entertain them so they come back.
We teach the voting citizens of the future
That the Earth and its inhabitants are theirs to nurture;
Maybe even make conservation haute couture.
That�s what you can do when you do something, do something.
That�s what WE do when WE do something, do something.
And WE like what WE do.�

John R. Lewis, September 2002

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