I BelievePosted: June 9, 2015
Erica from NWEdible wrote a fantastic post that I just read, had to stop eating breakfast, come here and share. Called “What I Believe” it’s well worth your time to go read. My favorite quote is this one:
I believe we are in control of far, far more than we typically act on, and far, far less than we typically worry about.
This is so true, and really speaks to the crux of my personal transformation since jumping on the early retirement/sustainability/lifestyle design train almost two years ago now. I’ve written in the past about the power of aligning circles of control/influence with circles of concern, but it’s something we need to be reminded of frequently. My latest thoughts about Antifragility are definitely all about putting myself in control of more than what I was acting on, and withdrawing my worry from things I couldn’t.
I want to do more than just post a link and a reaction to Erica’s post, however. Go read it if you haven’t already. Back? Now here’s my riff on it:
- I believe there are some things we can never know, and we have to embrace the mystery.
- I believe we can never, ever truly know someone, and that is the beauty of interacting with others. They are mysteries, other, and should always be able to surprise us.
- I believe in raising the children we have, not the children we wish we had.
- I believe too much comfort is a dangerous thing.
- I believe living your life according to other people’s opinion of you is a subtly tyranny, but a tyranny nonetheless.
- I believe in trying to be as healthy as you can, and no healthier.
- I believe life without being creative in some form is a life I don’t want to live.
- I believe in finding a piece of the earth that is yours, and leaving it better than you found it.
- I believe in the power of designing (and redesigning, and redesigning…) one’s life, and designing (if possible) the way one’s life ends.
- I also believe in embracing the beautiful chaos of life’s surprises absolutely destroying one’s lifestyle design.
Here’s a few I like and want to borrow from Meliad’s comment on Erica’s post:
- I believe that being a chatelaine [Editor note: chatelaine is interchangeable with my concept of a steward] is, for real, a 20hrs/week job all by itself.
- I believe that MANY people would be happier if they had the option of working half-time for above-minimum wage and dedicating the other 20 hours/work-week to creative/family/joy-inducing activities.
- I believe in glass and metal and wood and wool and leather; I believe in things that are made to last (but that will, in general, also rot given enough time and neglect)
- I believe in feeding people
- I believe in DIY, even though I’m not that good at a lot of DIY
- I believe in walking places
- I believe a good book is a great escape and, frequently, a great teacher.
What are some of your beliefs?