We often go day by day just following the crowds. Doing the 'norm'. Paying the price. Doing what is easy.
Is that really "living"? Is that living with a purpose?
There are stores on every corner that contain everything your can imagine. Farm markets will be in every community soon (not necessarily a bad thing). There is E-Bay, Etsy, Amazon, and just about all grocery stores at the click of a few buttons now. I know there are busy people in the world that love these options. I know there are people who are non-abled that need these services, which is wonderful for them.
I am NOT there yet. I have never bought from E-Bay or Etsy ever - I don't belong to Amazon Prime - and nobody is doing my shopping for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not yet any way!
I think we have just become too complacent about technology. Truthfully, I hate most of it.
I want to live a life OF PURPOSE - ON PURPOSE!
I want to grow things, fix things, and make things. I want my life to be rich with meaning - NOT stuff.
I think it is so important that we keep the older ways alive. What happens if life changes for all of us? I could get by, you may be able to get by, many of my family could get by, but soooooo many people could not. They don't have a clue how to survive without technology, or without absolutely everything being SO EASY!
We so need to teach the old fashioned values and ethics and ways. We need to be leaders NOT followers. We need to volunteer when we can. We need to teach.
I want the younger folks to know how SATISFYING it is to grow what you eat. I want them to know how to FIX things - NOT purchase new. I want them to know how to MAKE things - whether it be cooking from scratch or mending clothes or creating a gift. I want them to know there is SO MUCH MORE than money. I want them to slow down.
I want them to know there is PURPOSE AND MEANING IN LIFE!
How do we do this? I try to spread the word as often as possible. I try to show and tell as many folks as possible. But I can't reach everyone in my community, nor can you. Things like this blog and many of yours, help spread the word further - but so many will still miss out.
That truly saddens me.
I learned from my parents and grandparents. I read and learn from history. I want to be a sponge and absorb all I can, even at this stage in life.
WE ARE THE HISTORY AND THE ANCESTORS of tomorrow!!
We each need to do our part to teach values. We need to do our part to teach living a simpler life. We all need to be part of the solution and of the purpose of a LIFE WELL SPENT.
I pray we all let our lights shine and share the wisdom we have.
Tell it, write it, share it and embrace it.
It's an everlasting gift for the future.