We conclude 2016 with a range of emotions – hope, despair, joy, trepidation. Amazing how humans are able to stagger a couple at the same time. Essential here is to feel, and to be, present.
Partly to blame, I think, for the state of the world is the old Norman Vincent Peal’s ‘Power of Positive Thinking,’ the book I still inherited from my mother. (Now on the turfing pile. Which means donate to someone else.) Making positivity the only desirable way to be taught us modern people to shove all non-positive emotions into a hidden chamber. Or cut them off completely. In duality thinking we split ourselves in two. This good, that bad. Better not feel those. Unless you’re feeling great, of course.
Those with mind, eyes and heart wide open take in the information and allow it to change their lives from the inside out. Often people don’t like you to be honest and real – you lose some friends this way. They may call you ‘negative.’ But then isn’t it too late to be focused on being popular rather than voicing the truth? And filling in what corporate media still ignore.
This year also taught me other ways to lose friends. Like being poor (ala waiting for funding) – big no-no. Real people stayed in touch, some helped spontaneously. Thank you! The rest vanished. Very interesting. Only to promptly return when funding materialised. Yeah?
The other reaper of friends is ill health. Same thinning out process. I marvel at our addiction to positivity. As if your friends are there to help you maintain the illusion of happiness no-matter-what. If you’re not grieving for the world now, you are either not informed or not in your body.
Being real is the new spirituality. What the world needs now. We are in trouble and we cannot respond appropriately if we are attached to smiling and impressing friends.
When the commission on Human Rights of the Philippines launch the first ever national investigation of human rights violations by the fossil fuel industry then the world is finally becoming real. Yay! If 47 investor owned companies are finally going to be challenged on the impact of their business on the world, but especially vulnerable island nations, then I want to celebrate. So too when Stellenbosch farm workers get to share the carbon credit pay-outs on an organic farm. Or when a new rating tool is launched to help construct sustainable neighbourhoods. Bold steps in the right direction make the sacrifice worthwhile.
News is either true or not. Relevant or not to the greater good. Timeous or too late. I receive a press release from a company boasting about their new green corporate office. Of course green buildings are cool. But with emissions flying off the charts I find this a bit too late. Why are they still driving to work? How can we afford that? This is a tradition that I think must go.
Right now we should STOP all commuting altogether. How else can we solve multiple problems fast and in one foul sweep? Carbon emissions need to be stopped and fast. We ran a physical office for only one year. Then I realised it was nonsense. We have technology, let’s get with it! Let’s start a #commutingmustgo campaign?
Radical times call for radical actions. Thank you for being on this journey with us – for caring, sharing and changing the old normal to something that takes the greater impact into account. See my Christmas message here. Have a super chilled time with your family and friends. Stay off the roads, out the shops and in nature. No better recipe for peace.
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Elma, Ruben and the rest of the team.
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