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Living Joyfully For Sustainability and Resilience

written by

Sue King

posted on

November 10, 2021

Welcome! I am so happy you are here. Grab your favorite winter time beverage and join me today.

Have you made joy a priority in your life this week?

As the silently falling snow gently envelops our home and farm while we sleep, snuggled under our warm blankets winter is settling in. The rush of spring and summer season slowly slips away. Genesis 8:22 reminds us that "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. A time of slowing down, a time of dormancy, a time of hibernation and rejuvenation surround us. Do we take these cues from creation and let them sink into our lives?

There are still a myriad of projects that need to be finished, but the pressure that they exert on us don't seem to weigh us down like they do in mid summer. You know, those projects that seem to be perpetually on the to-do list.

But, we made it through another season without them being finished. Does that mean that they are not important? No, not at all. If they were completed , daily activities might be accomplished easier. But, would they really?

Are you building a life that is sustainable and resilient? Or are we on the perpetual "hamster wheel" that sucks all joy from our lives?

I will be the first to admit that following the cycles of the seasons is difficult. In my heart I want this slow time to sweep over me and my family, but reality always says, "no just one more thing to get done."

In this season of natural slowing down I start to contemplate how our ancestors built sustainability and resilience into their lives. They lived life more attuned to the natures seasons. They were not surrounded by technology that constantly demanded their attention.

Do we even know what sustainability and resilience are? Are they knowing how to mend clothes or preserve food? How to garden, save seeds, and wildcraft plants we can use for food and medicine? How to heat our homes without relying on sources that we have no control over?

These are all skills that many of our grandparents and great grandparents knew inside and out. They would not have survived without these skills.

  • Do we need these skills in our modern world?
  • Who is left to teach these skills?

I believe that it is absolutely essential that we revive the "domestic" arts. Traditional skills that include: cooking, housework (making your own non-toxic clean supplies), gardening and seed saving, preserving foods (including canning, dehydrating and fermenting), foraging, fiber arts (knitting, sewing, quilting, crocheting, mending), raising animals for food, carpentry and soap making. This list just scratches the surface.

When we commit to learning these skills we are building resilient homes and communities. We are empowered. We take back control. We are not paralyzed with fear when supply chains that our out of our control break down. We build cocoons around us that protects us, give us peace.

Would you join me as we rekindle our ancestral skills? Lets start with preserving food through fermentation next week.

See you soon!

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