Building more sustainable lifestyles takes inner as well as outer changes. There is much talk of the need for change, yet most of us walk the same treads, or perhaps treadmill, daily and can’t seem to find our way off.
I have decided to try to forge a new path. Parts of which are not new at all, simply abandoned for what many have now come to see was not the best road.
Our inclination is to go from here to there in one fell swoop, or not at all. The former tendency often has the same result as a crash diet – bringing us back to where we began. Neither leads us to what we desire.
I am discovering that by taking whatever small steps I can towards purity, simplicity, self-reliance and community, the boundary between what is and what needs to be fades, the world around me transforms, and new horizons appear.
Our current culture promotes lifestyles with so many dead-ends and vicious cycles. This new frontier proves to be vast and fruitful, giving me hope and direction.
As I take steps and share my views in the months ahead, I hope that you too are exploring this mostly uncharted terrain and will come to share your stories and insights.