Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.
Black, charcoal, gray, white
cloud layers against the blue;
one sunbeam shines through.
10 Signs of TRUE Wealth
1. You have a roof over your head that keeps you, your family, and your possessions dry.
2. You have walls under the roof that keep you warm or cool as needed.
3. You have water clean enough to drink, enough clean water to drink, and enough water to clean with.
4. You have a safe dry bed with clean bedding to sleep in. Your family does as well.
5. You have access to real food, not commercial, processed “food”.
6. You have storage space for your real food, a way to prepare and cook what needs to be cooked, and a way to preserve what needs to be preserved.
7. You have some health and are at least able to breathe, eat, drink, sleep, and move, and are able to work if you wish to.
8. You have running water and proper drainage for same in your home, including sanitary sewage.
9. You have HOT running water. This item almost qualifies as a luxury.
10. You have some sort of clothing to protect you from the elements, to keep you warm or cool as needed.
11. Bonus Wealth: you have the love of your family and friends.
Simple needs. Simplistic list. True wealth. You do not need more; you merely want more. It’s absolutely desirable to desire more, but want more for everybody not just yourself. Until every person/body on this earth has this bare minimum of comfort and security and dignity we have not created a wealthy planet. Really, there is myth to self-sufficiency and the “I got mine” world.
I could go on with the list and add a safe world with no bullies, no violence, no oppression, no war. Access to health care, education, financial and retirement security, and how about transportation and jobs and access to technology? That part of the list would be so much more about money. Big money. Nota bene: I did not mention money on this list. Money is not true wealth; it is merely a tool. Other tools include physical and mental labor, intention, attention, imagination, and creativity. We can use all of these as worthy goals, and employ all the tools at our disposal. We are in the second decade of the twenty-first century. It’s time to adapt and try new ways, starting with a few basic goals, before the game is lost.
Water is mentioned three times on my list relative to its importance. Human bodies are mostly water; about 80% of all cellular and tissue composition is water. Planet Earth has about the same proportion of water to land. I find this to be immensely fascinating and perhaps even a clue to our elegant design. Consider also the ocean is salty, but it takes clean drinkable water to make salty water and salty water to make clean drinking water. Likewise the human body requires clean potable water but produces salty water; if you taste your tears or your sweat they taste salty. I’m not willing to experiment, but I’m guessing urine may taste slightly salty as there is a significant percentage of salt/sodium content excreted.
If I go with the same proportions I should mention water 7 out of the 10 items. Look more closely. To clean bedding and clothing, you must have water. To grow real food you must have water. To create health you must have water. To make that roof and walls often requires water, if not in production of materials, in the hydration of the builder.
Our first and foremost goal is caring for and sharing water. Innovative designs are coming out for instant clean water production with very small units that can be placed in rural areas without access to electricity using solar power. The advantages of portable solutions to available clean water cannot be denied.
If you have the items on the list, desire more, then share. Rip out the lawn and make a garden. Grow vegetables in between the flowers in flower beds. Plant a fruit tree. Share the fresh food you grow. Write your stories, recipes, and techniques, and share them with your family, friends, and the world. Create art and music. Help somebody else make a garden. Give away some of the too much stuff you have and buy less stuff. If you have excess money, share that too and help somebody obtain a roof and walls and clean water. Teach someone how to read or cook or how to preserve real food or build a house. Listen to the elders in your life, and the youth as well; they all know more than we give them credit for.
Read. Learn. Teach. Share. Rinse. Repeat.
Color Watch – blooming attractions in my neighborhoods this week – I spy with my little eyes the tiny greenie heads of crocus, daffodil, tulip, and iris. The earth knows.The mosses are such a brilliant green, like a soft bright emerald in the world of plants.
Currently Reading – The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives (sociology and politics) by Sasha Abramsky; The Abominable (a novel) by Dan Simmons. Yes, concurrently.
Winter Classic Reading Choice 2014: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I’ve just started The Scarlet Letter. It promises to be a slow read.
This week I have been grateful for:
- Rain, badly needed. My skin can tell.
- The hubster replacing a part on his truck. I bought the part last September. The broken part caused the battery to rock, the cables to get loose, and at any moment without any other indicators, you could be anywhere and try to start the truck, but it would be DOA. Hope this stops the surprise no-starts.
- Dilled Havarti and pesto Gouda. Yum.
- Colorful skies of blacks and grays and blues and rainbows and sunbeams peeking through cloud windows.
- A friend is home and recovering after emergency surgery. The medicals “code blued” her with their drugs, and I’m so very grateful they caught their error before it was too late. The surgery seems successful also.
- Reading. Writing. Arithmetic.
- No deaths in a house fire up the street from us this last week. Only one person hurt and recovering.
- The opportunity to serve on jury duty.
- Getting to see the son for a few hours. My clothes washer and dryer.
Hoping you have a lovely week.
Namaste. Peace. Blessings.