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A Lifestyle Based in Life
My personal orientation for many years (since 1987) has been to move away from industrialism and toward nature. Part of why Larry and I are together and have such a close bond is we both have an interest in this, and we can do it together. Last year at this time we started this Lifely blog to focus on this transition in particular, in our own lives and with others.
Industrialism and nature operate on two wildly different assumptions. I’m not against industry, it’s that the assumptions that underlie it are polar opposite to life. That said, there is a wonderful book called Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough that shows how life principles can be applied to industry. He could envision an industrial factory as a living system. This book was a great inspiration to me and I think everyone should read it.
About 10 days ago Larry and I went and got the covid-19 test.
We weren’t having symptoms, but we live with Larry’s Mom, who is 88 years old, and we just wanted to make sure we weren’t giving an exposure to her.
We both tested negative.
Last Thursday, June 18, was my birthday.
My 65th birthday.
I’ve had birthdays before. Usually they come and go. Larry and I usually take the day off on our birthdays and do something special. We go out to eat. We have cake.
On my 16th birthday I got my driver’s license. But usually birthday’s just pass by.
So I wasn’t expecting what happened on my 65th birthday.
So many things shifted, it has taken almost a week for me to be able to even write them down.
I’m going through an interesting shift right now that I want to share with you because I am coming out of an industrial orientation with this subject and into lifeliness.
I have had a lifelong struggle with overweight with this body…
This alternated with trying various weight loss diets of all sorts, which resulted in losing some weight but did nothing to re-orient me to a different way of eating or a new understanding about food, so I would just go back to eating whatever I wanted to eat and gain the weight back, plus more. This is the cycle for millions of people in the world today, particularly women.
It seems that in our modern industrial culture, food is considered something to be enjoyed rather than something that nourishes our body.
To Everything There is a Season (Turn, Turn, Turn) by The Byrds. Hit song in 1965.
With all the change going on in my life and in the world right now, this passage came to mind this week:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…
In our industrial world, time goes by as if each moment is considered to be the same, but in life each moment is different as time goes through cycles of activity in Life.
Summer Solstice is the day the sun reaches the highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. It is also the high point of development of Life for the year. After the Summer Solstice the days become shorter and shorter, temperatures begin to cool, and all life forms begin to slow down and prepare for the coming winter.
Over the weekend I registered to vote.
I have to admit that I haven’t voted for most of my life. I felt like there was no point. I didn’t feel strongly one way or another about the candidates or the issues.
But something changed for me this year. It was both an internal change of feeling more like a citizen and also feeling like there are things going on in the world now that I want to change.
For the past month or so I have been on a mission to write a book…
I didn’t think it would take long but as I began to write, I had more and more insights about what I wanted to say, until it eventually became a 75-page ebook, which is about 150 pages if it were a 6×9 print book.
Of course, days and weeks are going by …
What I learned from this was that creative work takes its own time…
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
As children, all of us who were born and raised in the USA got every Monday-Friday, went to school, put our right hands over our hearts, and pledged allegiance to the flag. I’m sure I didn’t understand what I was saying or doing when I first memorized the pledge at age six, but now, as I approach age 65 (in 4 more days) and after experiencing the current events of the past few weeks, this childhood pledge came up in my memory.
A few days ago I happened to have a conversation with a friend of mine about printing out a pdf.
She was commenting about the use of graphic images and how she wished people who made ebooks would use fewer graphic images so it wouldn’t take so many pieces of paper to print them. I actually agree with that because some ebooks have so much much graphic design that is not relevant to the message that it does take more paper and ink to read the message.
She said that she didn’t want to be using more trees for these unnecessary displays of graphics.
About an hour later—while I was standing in my garden—I suddenly realized that the environmental movement has done a great deal of education about how we humans are depleting resources, so much so that we have the idea that resource on this planet are finite and we should be conserving them at every turn.
Hmmm. That’s not quite right.