Thursday, January 01, 2009

RESOLUTION 2009
REVOLUTION FOR ME IS
A PERSONAL EVOLUTION OF
THE OF HEART AND MIND
IN SEARCH OF SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE THE CHANGE I WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
I REJECT OUR DESTRUCTIVE AND DEBILITATING CULTURE OF CONSUMPTION.
I REJECT CAPITALISM AND GROWTH AS ECONOMIC MODELS FOR A FINITE WORLD OF DIMINISHING RESOURCES AND DIVERSITY.
I WILL LIVE EVERY DAY IN JOYFUL AWE OF THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD WE INHERITED AND WILL ALSO ALLOW MYSELF TO FULLY FEEL MY SADNESS OVER WHAT WE ARE DOING TO IT.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THE INCREASINGLY INFORMED DIALOGUE OF THOSE WHO WOULD WALK AWAY FROM THE INSANITY OF THIS CULTURE TOWARD NEW AND SUSTAINABLE WAYS OF LIVING.
I WILL LIVE IN PEACE WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR MY FELLOW HUMANS AND ALL OF NATURE.
Click on the above photo to enlarge
The mosaic is ©2004 by Jeannie Houston Antes
My photo shows a close-up detail from our friend Jeannie's work, entitled, 'Now Is Your Chance', which resides on our living room wall.

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16 Comments:

Blogger SimplyTim said...

Yes!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

That's lovely! I like your resolutions too.

The verification word is "costless". Is that the same as "priceless"? I think in honour of this post it will be.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Tim-

Yes, a word that describes my optimistic belief that we can learn and change.

4:12 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Madcap-

Thank you.

I verify that it's costless to visit here, monetarily anyway, and that Jeannie's work, in my estimation, is priceless, while my thoughts, from the perspective of the dominant culture, are surely worthless.

But that's fine with me because I find the values of the dominant culture to be completely valueless.

;~)

4:19 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

A great philosophy and challenge.

8:21 AM  
Blogger David said...

I WILL LIVE EVERY DAY IN JOYFUL AWE OF THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD,
I affirm this and join you.
It is a fantastic planet!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Tabor-

Yes, words are easy to say, resolutions easy to make, but living up to them is the hard part where change is made.

I'll do my best as Peggy and I close in on our 12th anniversary of being car-free.

But that challenge has been relatively easy compared to some of the others we face.

David-

Yes, it is! And you and I share a very special part of it.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

I am still a young one, trying to figure it all out (along with my place in this world). Practicing voluntary simplicity was something I set out to do a while back but continue to get side-tracked along the way. It's so difficult to shake that sense of entitlement and the materialistic consumption I grew up with. I am making progress though.

Your blog is always an inspiration for me. We wanted a new chandelier for our dining room. Instead of buying a new one, we took down the one in the breakfast nook (that we never use) and for the cost of some paint to spruce it up we now have a beautiful piece. We were also able to install an old light fixture that was hanging around in our garage in our breakfast nook. Honestly, my first thought was to go buy a new one at Home Depot but your new (old) workshop was on my mind and inspired me to find an alternative solution that didn't involve buying new. This is just one creative example of making due and not buying new that we've done lately.

2009 is going to be the year I set out to learn how to be satisfied with the abundance I already have.

I downloaded two terrific movies from the internet and watched them the other day. I think you might also appreciate them. I just want to share them with everyone I know ("know").

Check it out -
http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com. You can download them here - http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/dloads.htm

Warm wishes for a joyous 2009!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

V.V.

While I can no longer claim to be a young one, I'm still trying to work it all out too.

It's not easy an easy task to free our minds from the all encompassing momentum of this mess we find ourselves in.

We are literally trying to close the door on the mythology of the culture we were born into while opening a window into the unknown.

However it's quite obvious to many of us that this culture is headed off a cliff, thus we have no choice other than to seek sustainable alternatives.

As far as I'm concerned, avoiding the reality of our current predicament is tantamount to playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded revolver.

It's good to know you have found The Zeitgeist Movie. Peggy and I have the first DVD and have downloaded & watched the second one.

I can recommend a few more more films of similar persuasion which will help you feel less alone in your seeking of sustainabilty.

'What A Way To Go - Life At The End Of Empire', by Sally Erickson & Tim Bennett.

www.whatawaytogomovie.com

'Blind Spot', by Adolfo Doring
"What if all the expectations you have about the future are wrong?"

And, just for fun, a wonderful docu-comedy spoof about saving Christmas from the Shopocalypse.

'What Would Jesus Buy?' by Morgan Spurlock. Deliciously sick and serious in the same breath.

And here's a link to one of my favorite all-time websites. It is chock full of thoughtful commentary on Culture Change.

http://www.culturechange.org

1:22 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Jim, I haven't commented in quite a while but I couldn't pass this one. Definitely worthy resolutions.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Paul-

Thanks for dropping by, it's good to hear from you.

Happy New Year to you and Julie.

9:06 AM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

Thank you for the other recommendations. I am going to look them up right now. :)

7:39 PM  
Blogger Wildside said...

Happy New Year to you, Jim. May it be what you need it to be. That's a remarkable piece of art by your friend. Lot's of 'pow' in the word 'now', LOL!

(& thanks too for stopping by yesterday and leaving a comment!)

4:51 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

An inspiration for this new year. I wholeheartedly embrace these words - I feel it all around me, and see it in many people's behvior. It's a giddy time.

2:16 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Excellent resolution toward positive revolution. All the best!

6:13 PM  

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