In recent weeks, the sentiment behind Buckminster Fuller’s quote on reality, has lingered in my mind. How can I create a new model of reality, in order to make the old model obsolete? There are ways the pandemic impacted daily life, that didn’t affect me, because I make different choices to many. Some of them relate to being privileged – in ways I did not earn – and others came through hard choices and work.
In all these ways; messy, simple, exciting and necessary, I’ve often danced on the fringes of what is considered normal. I’ve enjoyed wandering off the beaten path and I’ve wandered too far to turn back, not that I want to. I’m focussing my energy on what truly matters. There’s joy as well as sustenance in the basics of life – food, shelter, health, deep love and reverence for nature and others, for learning and creative expression.
Writing for me is another way to share love and peace – I’m not aiming for changing the world, Earth is in a constant state of change. Humanity changes too. It’s not about leaving behind a legacy – I’ll be forgotten as most people are – and I’m fine with that. Even those whose lives became known for something remarkable, are lost to time. In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius cites more names of people that have been forgotten despite their wisdom – within his lifetime – than he does people remembered to this day. Those that, like him, revealed the heart of things – which by their nature are timeless.
In a future Earth, we may become so closely re-aligned to nature and its energies, the consumption of food may not be necessary and if the consciousness of our species has evolved to operate in empathic unity, the written word will be but a fond memory – perhaps. There is infinite possiblity in how humanity will continue to unfold. Though right now, all can benefit from nourishment and freedom; practically and creatively. Which is why I’ll continue writing though also be doing more regards self-sufficiency, regenerative practises and reduced consumption.
Growing and cooking food, cleaning our bodies and our living spaces, deep rest and inspiration for the mind. All these things are wonderful movements of life, enfolding on themselves, unfolding into new expressions. Growth continues in its rhythms of blossom, decay, rest then renewal. All that is natural dances to the music of the planet. This year, while freedom and nourishment may sound nothing more than buzzwords, for me they are my direction and purpose. In the many small ways I can express and generate these things, that is the steps I am taking in the dance of life.
There are many challenges we face in 2021. We will stumble, again and again, though in our own ways, we can keep dancing. We just need to take the first steps 🙂