New Year’s 2021

Dawned bright and COLD (-17 C with a light breeze) in this little corner of SE Saskatchewan…

I had originally started this post yesterday. Although not a “bad” day in the classic sense, my frame of mind by end of December 31, 2020 was one of frustration and general malaise. You know the type….EVERY-little-f*cking-THING annoys you. Every detail seems to just pick at you until the only thing you can do is have a cup of tea and go to bed. It was not a good day to to try and spread a message of peace and prosperity.

Having taken seriously the “let me sleep on it” theory, I must report that sleeping on “it” has definitely corrected the overall ICK that invaded my yesterday.

We are living is some very strange times indeed. The reset that is taking place worldwide has very much brought into focus the weak spots in societies and communities everywhere. The internet is bursting with news both positive and negative every day. There are many questions to which there seem to be no clear answers. So…how are YOU going to cope? Ultimately, it does come down to individual decisions. My choices for this coming year are not fully focused yet, but the answers will present themselves – they always do.

Here’s what I do know….thus far….

  1. less APPY will equal more HAPPY. I’m going to cut back on social media in general. Getting sucked in to political and philosophical debate with strangers is not only frustrating but it’s counter productive. I will learn to use Instagram properly and re-vamp my Facebook Hippie Ways page so that I can continue to spread my message of peace, love and hippie-ness…but other than that, well – there are things in need of doing.
  2. bringing into focus the items and issues that directly effect me. Having raised three children (all of which survived to adulthood….surprisingly) I’ve spent the majority of my adult life on the needs of others. I’ve continued to do so beyond my empty-ish nest and this is a habit that needs to be redirected.
  3. learning the grammar of animacy. I’m presently reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and am finding that her writings are stirring a deep need to spend more time involved with nature and her wondrous variety of beings.
  4. my renewed involvement with nature will lead to a more balanced and productive diet. My love of plants in general will be directed towards growing more of my own food and learning various ways to preserve it.
  5. this will in turn extend my ability to save money on groceries and hopefully will produce a surplus that can be shared with others.

There’s a lot of airplay of the words LOCAL, KIND and “we are all in this together”. Here’s what I wish for you this coming 2021….

BE THE CHANGE you want to see. In yourself and your own backyard. If whatever it is you seek is not there…plant it. Be it a pot of marigolds. Be it planting your ass in a chair on a sunny afternoon and reading a new book. Be it taking a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread to a new neighbor moving into your apartment building. Sow some seeds of light and love and kindness. Print off a copy of Desiderata and stick it to your fridge. With all of the sham, drudgery and broken dreams this is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful, strive to be happy.

My best to you, your families and your backyards…