Sunday, 12 October 2008

Inspiration is the key.

I was so excited to be asked by Rhonda to join the Simple Green Frugal Co-op, not just because I think it's a terrific project, destined to become a wonderful resource to many, many people, but also because I am humbled to be among other writers who inspire me on a daily basis: to think more, do more, learn more.

This is without doubt a difficult time in our world, and everything I read points towards greater challenges for us in the near future. There's a lot to be done and it can feel quite daunting and even depressing for me at times, but I feel that it is inspiration that is the key to effecting - dare I say it? - global change. What better way to do that than by offering the experiences of simple, every day people, trying to live their lives more simply, peacefully, frugally, and step lightly upon the earth?

As for me, I am a reformed career-driven, McMansion-seeking, stuff-accumulating mother of three, trying to negotiate a way to live lightly (and more authentically) in our average suburban home. I believe that those amongst the hardest hit by events as they unfold in the near future are the city dwellers, but I also believe that it is possible to learn skills and (re)build a new sense of community within these urban areas that can form the basis of a new, sustainable future. So I'm plugging away a little each day, teaching myself to knit and sew, refashion new clothing from old, cook from scratch, grow vegetables in our backyard, and in turn, teaching my kids how to respect the earth (and each other).

I very much look forward to being a part of this Co-op :-)

Towards Sustainability