even when it feels
like you're not.
Is it vain that I want my life to look different? I think I really want my life to feel different to me. I want to be able to see my values by looking at my home...pulling back the curtain on my closet...opening my fridge...looking through my date book or checking account. I want all of those things to bear testimony to my inner life. I want those things to reflect beauty and light. I want them to reveal a devotion to something decidedly other than consumerism + worldly care. Love and acceptance and inclusion evident.
~excerpt from my 2017 journal
An Angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:9-11
Wishing you the merriest of Christmases, friends!
May you experience all the light + love this season has to offer!
The light shines in the darkness + the darkness will not overcome it. John 1:5
Loads of love,
If there's one way in which the world has changed more than any other since 1840, one thing that's truly different in our lives, it's that we've become such devout consumers. That consumption carries with it certain blessings (our lives are long and easy by any historical standard) and certain costs (first and foremost the damage it causes to the rest of creation). But the greatest cost may be the way it's changed us, the way it has managed to confuse us about what we really want from the world. We weren't built just for the life we find ourselves leading- we were built for silence and solitude, built for connection with each other and the natural world, built for so much more than we now settle for. Christmas is the moment to sense that, the moment to reach for the real joys. ~Bill McKibben :: Hundred Dollar Holiday
Christmas offers the best chance all year to see two ways of life for what they are. We're encouraged to make Christmas about us- or, more accurately, encouraged to make Christmas about our children. We are encouraged to buy them stuff. But if we make that the center of the holiday, we help school them in the notion that transcendent joy comes from things. If, instead, you emphasize others- making presents with your kids, spreading seed to the birds and beasts, visiting the nursing home- it exposes them to the other truth, gives them some chance to see where real joy lies. ~Bill McKibben :: Hundred Dollar Holiday
I try to imagine a future vastly different from the present, one where people consume much less and restrain themselves much more. I hesitate to admit my hope, for the word has been debased- as "hope" is used in the context of the environment, people always seem to hope that the scientists are wrong, hope that their warnings are just 'doom and gloom,' hope that we'll "muddle through." Such is the message of the currently fashionable crop of "environmental optimists." But that's not hope- that's wishing.
Real hope implies real willingness to change.
~Bill McKibben :: Hope, Human and Wild
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time