I came to a hopeful thought: the prophetic act. [Sorry that the language is a bit alienating to some readers.] Though our giving up big things- or just what we can handle in the moment- doesn't evoke revolution, small bits of our lives are a reflection of the way God wants the world to be. Even if noone sees or hears about it.
I am encouraged that radical choices can be a spiritual act. Up to now I've focused primarily on choices that have brought us fairly immediate joy- giving up the 9-5 career path, unschooling (maybe), having a little house (that's paid for), cooking from scratch, trying to get to zero waste. I want to keep exploring those that seem to be limiting and scary, because there's a picture I can't see.
- Five gallon ideas- ideas of things to do with five gallon buckets!
- Those of you here in S.A., check out Living Seeds, a site distributing Heirloom seeds.
- Tiny things to try with me this month:
- Refuse the tiny sweets wrapped in plastic at the end of a restaurant meal, and tell the waiter why.
- Explain why you don't use the tiny plastic bags (or why you reuse ones you found on the ground) for produce or milk sachets.
- When your petrol/gas tank is close to empty, try to wait one extra day before filling it up (try to stretch your fillings by one additional day).
- Check out Leah's post here- we were writing simultaneously- she frames the problem with stories, which was really helpful to me.