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Those close to me know that I am passionate about myriad causes. My father once said to me, “It must be really difficult to go through life being you.” He didn’t mean this unkindly. He just realized that I don’t buy anything or do much of anything without minimally THINKING about its impact and when at all possible, doing what I can to minimize my negative impact upon others. This is not always easy or fun…at other times, it is incredibly fun!
So I read articles and watch documentaries and work jobs that I hope make a difference, but I am always frustrated by a feeling that I should be doing more. I am in awe of those people who make the documentaries, who organize the marches, who actually are change agents and I beat myself up for not being one of them.
Is this blog going to change the world? Obviously not, but what I am hoping is that I can share some insight, some recipes, some links, some thoughts and some ideas that I think are important. The goal of most humans is simply to be happy and I feel like most people are far from that, and going down a path that will never lead to happiness. I am not trying to pretend that I am some sort of sage and have the answers, but I have done a lot of searching and thought maybe some people out there would care what I found. I have gone from being very unhappy to a place of general contentment, but I am not aspiring to write some self-indulgent blog about me….it just so happens that I am the one writing, so it is bound to include me!
I believe our own happiness is directly linked to our relationship with the world around us. I believe most people have lost the connection our ancient ancestors had with the earth and with one another and I think that leads to a lot of unhappiness. I am trying to rebuild that connection, and I always feel inspired around others who are doing the same. Our collective positivity can be powerful. (I am a little bit of a hippie, it turns out.)
This will in no way be a religious blog, but I may at times raise and question issues of spirituality.
This will not be a cooking or crafty blog, but I may at times share a recipe or a craft idea.
This will not be a self-help blog, but I may share resources or experiences that have helped me.
This will not be a travel blog, but since I travel, I may share photos and inspiration from my travels.
This will not be a political blog, but I will advocate for those things I believe are important
In one of the many arguments with my father on some social issue, I gave up arguing and said, “Look, I don’t have any statistics or data or anything concrete to back this up. It is just the nice thing to do. At the end of the day, I don’t see why people can’t just choose what is kind.” So, at risk of sounding utterly banal and vanilla, this blog will strive to be about kindness, so please do comment, debate, argue and critcize, but try to be kind. I can admit when I am wrong and I can change my mind, but if you want to change my mind, please remember that I want, as much as I can, to choose kindness…I definitely don’t always succeed, but maybe by publicly airing the times when I have failed, I will learn to be a happier human from the experience too!
So this is my first entry and introduction. If I haven’t alienated you already, stay tuned the next one is close behind….