I am torn today because I have two subjects on the brain, both dealing with change, but in different ways. One has to do with how ‘times change’ and the other with how ‘people change’. I’m going to stick with the times today since I have been thinking about that for a few days. We’ll get to people later.
A week or so ago I was going to write a post about my grandmother. And her opinions. Yes, her opinions did need its own sentence. I decided against that because I’m still teetering on the fence in regards to how personal I really want to get here (please keep this in mind if you plan to revisit, becuase it will also apply to the soon to come people post).
When I was in my teens, I was… let’s say very alternative for the time. I was quite the tree hugger, years before it became trendy, and I caught a lot of flack for that. While I held on to a lot of the ideas and practices I had then, there are several that slipped away as the years passed by. I no longer remember the different properties of different crystals and stones, and I don’t have any more t-shirts that say things like ‘save a tree, harvest a developer’. I try not to regularly lecture family members and friends on how to be kinder to the environment.
I’ve held true to my beliefs that there is such a thing as natural healing (though I don’t practice it very often-and I DO believe there is a place for conventional medicine), and we should all do our part in preserving the earth; I’ve always chosen a more natural or organic option when it was available. I’ve gone through times where I was a little more active in the ‘earth renegade’ lifestyle, and I’m coming back into one of those times. I’m trying to live a more natural lifestyle (natural food, natural cleaning, natural all around).
I specifically remember a family gathering where I was discussing the healing benefits of certain herbs and crystals with my grandmother, and she insisted that ‘all that’ was psychological. I remember making the statement that it may be so, but I would rather carry a crystal in my pocket than take a pill; if I could heal myself psychologically, all the better.
The other night I dropped a jar of our homemade jam at my grandmother’s house. We sat and chatted a while as the kids played outside, and she commented on how she thought it was funny that I was getting so into the homemade thing. This was after a recent phone conversation we had where she was telling me that she puts peppermint oil in her laundry with the sheets because it kills bed bugs. I thought it was funny that she seems to have forgotten what I was doing 15-20 years ago; the same thing I am doing now.
Within the last few days, I came across this post about how the U.S. is a little late in jumping on the band wagon of the simple lifestyle, but that without America, the change that had been seen in other countries would be short lived. Rhonda linked to some Oprah articles and shows on cutting back and living simply. What does it say about our society, that it takes an economic crisis and Oprah for us to join others in efforts to take care of that which has only been lent to us (Earth)?
Today I received my email update from Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship, and while her post focused on nutrition, in her ‘How?’ everything was tied together; everything we do is connected in one way or another.
I’m so happy to see that even though it has taken a while, we are finally catching on to this movement. I have discovered so many resources online that are helping me come up with more and more ways to live naturally and healthfully, all the while minimizing my impact, but in a way that is not tedious or not conducive to my currently busy schedule. I’m hoping that this time around the change is more than a phase, and I can have an impact and inspire others, even if it is only one person.