Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It sometimes seems too big to think about changing something that feels unchangeable; “That is just the way it is”. With the help of Author Howard Zinn, Caroline, Sabrina and I have been studying history through the eyes of “the people”and it is sinking in how there are many unwholesome actions throughout history that seemed too big to change, but were changed in spite of everything.
The difficult part of being a human being, for me, and dabbling in change, is that I can believe so passionately about a need for change around an issue, yet act so hypocritical in that very area. It may have been like the folks that owned slaves by default of doing as their culture allowed, yet waking up one morning and realizing it is unethical to own a person. There are decisions that then need to be made to unbind oneself from that which is now deemed unacceptable. Living in a culture that accepts certain behaviors and actions makes it much more difficult to break from the behavior. It takes courage, persistence determination, patience, and acceptance of ones own human frailties to move through the process of change.
Today I remind myself of the changes that are either in the initial stages or continuing on…
Taking mindful actions towards cutting the ties between my family and the industrial farm
Involving myself with organizations who are taking action to end world hunger.
Taking steps towards using my educational background as a tool for creating change amongst children and adults
Growing my own food, selling food, preserving food for the winter months and donating a portion to a local pantry
Raising my own animals and treating them with love and respect
Writing to remind myself that action precedes action, no matter how insignificant the action may seem
Remembering that the “small and simple” acts and ideas do matter and do not go unnoticed by the Universe
Reminding myself that no matter what the culture around me screams, my connection to this earth and what and how I give and receive of it, is more important than anything. It is the bases from which everything else is set about. I may not be able to perfectly demonstrate my beliefs everyday, but I believe good action is cumulative and begins to offset my moments of poor judgement and mistakes.
On the lighter side, the chicks are so cute and funny. There is a bantam chick that is the only feather foot in the bunch and she looks like she might me another Mille Fleur or a beloved Porcelain. We receive our batch of Easter Egg chicks on April 13th Hopefully the present babies will be out in the barn in the larger containment system by the time the newbies have arrived.
(Chris found a great website that has helped us connect with our local food pantries in our area to donate to. It is called Ample Harvest. Please pass the word along. Here is an excerpt from their website and they also have a great app for the iPhone):
The Opportunity Struggling to feed their families, many Americans, both those chronically economically challenged as well as those now impacted by the economic downturn have come to rely on the more than 33,500 food pantries (also called food shelves, food closets, food cupboards or food banks in some areas) across America to help feed their families.
These food pantries, relying on donated and purchased foods, almost never have fresh produce and instead rely on canned or processed produce shipped from across the country at significant cost, both economic and environmental.
At the same time, millions of home and community gardeners nationwide with an abundant harvest do not know that they can share their harvest, do not know how to share their harvest and do not know where to share their harvest. AmpleHarvest.org solves that for them.
The Vision AmpleHarvest.org envisions an America where millions of gardeners eliminate malnutrition and hunger in their own community.
The Mission AmpleHarvest.org diminishes hunger in America by educating, encouraging and enabling gardeners to donate their excess harvest to the needy in their community instead of allowing it to rot in the garden. There are no costs to the food pantries or the gardeners for use of AmpleHarvest.org.
The MessageA number of America’s problem could be diminished or even solved if everyone valued our resources, especially fresh food, as the treasure it really is. Our message to America is: