Despite getting to sleep at 2am … I was working and chatting with a friend about computers and blogs …. stop snoring at the back … Coco still woke me at 8am.
Feeling groggy and a little drifty … a nice way to feel on Saturday … slowly slowly says I.
I received a comment on my last post from a great reader and commenter … Lindy.
She wrote about the real, painful & personal impact of this global debacle … started by unethical and very very greedy people … and supported by many of us in one way or another.
Her son and inlaws are suffering.
Sorry to hear how the big greedy bastards have affected your nearest and dearest.
I have hope (because without it… what’s the point) that this catastrophic time will affect a real change in the way people … view money … decide what’s really important in their lives … and ultimately … create new ways of supporting themselves and each other … less material and more mindful.
Until then … I will do my small part to share information like the sites I mentioned … tell the stories that show we have the spirit and capacity to thrive without massive amounts of money …and … be part of the creative and life affirming solutions.
We all have a part to play.
We all have voices that can speak a new truth about what success and a happy life means.
We can support and encourage every person who is trying to be part of the new solutions.
And ultimately … we can be truly appreciative of our own strength … kindness … intelligence … and humour.
We must never lose sight of our immense personal power to create an amazing life … because of … and in spite of … the incredible crap that happens.
A fond slan to you Lindy
I really believe what I wrote.
I do not underestimate the pain people are feeling.
I do not underestimate the scale of the problem.
I never ever … underestimate our capacity to survive and thrive.
We are faced with amazing challenges … and we have real and powerful choices to make.
Each person has the power to decide:
- their attitude in every given situation … I may rant … but I don’t ‘do’ doom and gloom. I can see the sunshine and the crap folks … I choose sunshine (which is saying something in wet old Ireland!).
- what’s truly important in their lives right now.
- what solutions are within their power … and what is waaaaay beyond their influence. Just let go of the stuff you have no control over … really … it just gives you a headache and heart ache.
- how they will support other people in their communities … with time, skills, humour, goods, services and even a little money. My friends and neighbours have been awesome to me … and I hope I reciprocate with the talents and skills I have to give.
I have less money now than I have ever had in my life … and I’m happy and content most of the time … I’d say as much as 98%.
I deal with the bills … paying a little at a time.
I am mindful of putting healthy food inside me … and wasting as little as possible. And the Love Food Hate Waste site is giving me a heap of new ideas.
I barter my skills for other peoples skills and products.
I’m spending time developing a few ethical social enterprises that may provide me (and a few other people) with some ongoing micro income streams.
I take huge delight in my friends, family and neighbours … they are my wealth.
I live in a great town surrounded with canals, lakes and mountains.
I have a deep sense of my principles and dreams for my life.
I really really like the person I have become.
And I have Coco pup … who makes me exercise … and is a living symbol of a zest for living.
I intend to not only survive … I’m going to thrive … in ways I define myself.
I send you my best regards and would be interested in hearing how you are surviving and thriving these interesting and challenging times.
Have a wonderful weekend.