jusummerhayes

Be the change

Photo by Dave on Unsplash
Photo by Dave on Unsplash
“The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.”
Shunryu Suzuki

Good morning.

Excuse the snake oil rubric — it's not my style — but it was the one that I woke to at 2.40 am before, thankfully, going back to sleep and rising just before 6 am.

Perhaps in light of the positives to come out of this pandemic apropos nature's small, judicious recovery, we all know the answer.

Namely, we don't want to go back to our old ways, leading to the inexorable and egregious ruination of this once pristine planet.

But will we walk our newfound, heartfelt love and appreciation for the planet?

Don't forget that it's our individual actions that will determine the outcome of things to come and not or rarely the prognostications of any erstwhile government or policymaker.

Personally, this means (amongst many other things) considering the expanse of my carbon footprint, the amount of stuff I consume and, of course, as this blog attests to, my choice of language. (Ipso facto, buried beneath those headlines are my individual actions and, I'd like to think, the rest of my immediate family.)

But actually, what's needed is silence. Great gobs of silence. Do you know why? Because if all we do is sit, breathe and listen then, as whimsical as it might sound, I'm convinced that a lot of what's needed to not forthwith return to our old ways will sit up and call for action, despite the pressure to do otherwise. 

To be honest, this hadn't occurred to me in any great measure until I saw this Tweet of Marc Hamer, and then it hit me like a bolt of lightning.

I could go on, but I think I've already said enough.

Of course, you may think me barking mad: "Silence: that's it!" And I'm OK with that, but it's the one thing during lockdown that's kept me sane and out of harm's way in more ways than I can possibly describe.

Deep bows.

Much love,

Ju

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