our movement

what next?

Make Do & Mend the Earth is a week old today (when I wrote this! : ) Where do we go from here? I was pondering this and an old song came to mind, one I remember playing on a record player in the tiny rented apartment I lived in during my student teaching in the mountains, and one that gave me the words to add to a long-ago art retreat experiment with painting…

 

That is how I feel right now. Lots of ideas and hopes, but not knowing which direction to go first or exactly where we are going…or how. If I was beginning this work ten or twenty years ago, I would be staying up until the wee hours plotting and planning and creating. As a sixty-year old woman with more wisdom and less stamina, I take things more slowly and very rarely stay up late. : ) Still full of ideas, tho’.

I am reaching out and beginning to gather artists and friends to create this movement with me. And making room in my days for this new tending amongst all that I tend already. I’ve had thoughts about having a forum here, where we could have conversations and sharing more easily…in one way. In another way, it would complicate the tending here. So I am going to let this evolve in a gentle way…gently but steadily. This is no time to drag our feet.

In my visioning, I’ve come up with a few questions or thoughts that I would appreciate your responses to, part of the steady progress…

~The messages and posters and general energy behind the home front movement during the war was steeped in patriotism. I feel it would be helpful if we had a word for “devotion and vigorous support” for the earth, rather than a country. I haven’t been able to think of one, known or created, and wonder if you can?

~Mardelle’s idea (in the comments here) of local chapters for this movement is such a radiant one. I wonder if anyone here has experience with something similar? I’ve always been a homebody introvert so have little experience with “real life” gatherings. Is anyone here a part of a W.I.? Here is a fascinating and energizing article that makes me think the Women’s Institutes might be a very good model for us.

~Do you find annotated photos helpful with seeing what Making Do looks like, in everyday ways?

~I’ve created an Instagram profile for us, but am not sure about using it. Again, mostly from the stewarding of my energy and mental peace. But it could also be exciting and supportive! And I do know that a profile can have many admins, so perhaps it could become a community effort? Not forgetting the power of our hashtags, remembering to use them whenever we are posting something that involves the “make do” spirit. #makedoandmendtheearth #anewhomefront

On Instagram @make.do.and.mend.the.earth

As pieces fall or are woven into place here, let’s keep the conversations going. And if you’ve yet to watch any of the videos I recommended, they are a very good at sparking conversation, within yourself and with others. After watching them (and I still have more of Wartime Farm to enjoy) I got better at looking at my life and home-tending in new (or should I say old?) ways, to make more connections. This moving from our own insights and discoveries outwards, rather than a checklist of actions coming at us from outside, can establish a deeper understanding and roots for growing with it all. Or so I am finding. It’s a matter of “just right.” The right amount of ideas from others is what can get our own going…as the videos have done for me.

And my next post will, indeed, be sharing one of my most important shifts or actions. One that ripples and builds in the best of ways.

P.S. As I put my finger on how and what to share here, I have realized that this space won’t be so much about those Small Ways that I’ve mentioned in a few posts already. I’ve been sharing about those in great detail (and will continue to do so and don’t have the bandwidth to share all over again here) at Wisteria & Sunshine…for more than seven years. I also share these at Instagram, in less detail. And these ways are the easiest to find out and about on the interwebs. I imagine they will be what is shared often with our hashtags…they are very important.

But there will be more focus here on the larger ways, the ways often tangled up with governments and corporations, the ones that can’t always be captured with an attractive photograph. They may also have to do with speaking my truth and opinions more boldly than I do at Wisteria & Sunshine, where women have an exchange with me of their money for my creating of a safe, encouraging, beautiful and peaceful space. Just wanted to clarify that for myself and for all who read here. It will be an interesting dance to figure out how to share my work in a way that Make Do & Mend the Earth won’t seem like a ploy to get me more business. It is all me, tho’…this and my other work. And it all has the same heart, so its not something that can be easily separated. I suppose I will just have to trust that you all trust where I am coming from.

P.P.S. The comment box is (very silly, I know and I am working on getting it changed) all the way back up at the top of the post, under the post title.

making do

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If you asked me, I would have said until recently that I was “making do” in so much of the way I lived. I’ve tried to live thoughtfully and even coined a phrase that spoke of this approach to life. Living lightly on the earth has been at the heart of my work and my everydays. As it is for many. But I wonder if like me, you have found it sometimes challenging, difficult to be consistent with…and lonely?

Late this summer, I read a book that I have read many times before, but this time around it spoke to me of a way to deepen and broaden with these earth-healing ways. I’ve written about my awakening to this in the How the Idea Began page here. It’s still hard to put the feeling I’ve been discovering into words, but I’ve tried to describe it in that post. Basically, I want us all to feel a part of something much bigger than we do when we say no to a plastic straw or bring our cloth bags to the grocery store (tho’ those ways are certainly a part of it!) and part of something that truly has a chance of making a difference. Because we are running out of time. And because we need to be doing more to help heal ourselves, as well. We are all connected…earth, sea, sky and all who live on and in them. We haven’t realized this as profoundly as we must from now on.

The good news is that we can honor these connections, and live them out in our kitchens and gardens, with our pocketbooks and our creativity. So many are already, but I believe there is more power and hope in feeling a part of something bigger. It’s another sort of connection, isn’t it? That is why I am starting a movement, and hoping you will join me and spread the word. You may begin my sharing this post via the strange little symbol directly below this post and all the others in our new home here. There is also this post on Instagram that you can share.

I’ll share details and stories and begin the thread of actions that we will be weaving into this movement through the blog posts I will leave here in the days, weeks and years to come. This idea has been simmering for the past six weeks or so, but I only had the thought to bring it into being three days ago. When I heard about the worldwide climate strike (through the amazing Greta Thunberg) I thought this could be my introverted, stay-at-home way of participating. : ) And so it is, but as soon as I finish this post, I’ll be making a sign to take to the climate strike gathering in town. So it is very much a work in progress. I made most of it yesterday and there are bound to be links that don’t work, typos or something missing. I’ve been making do. : ) But please let me know if you notice anything that needs mending. And get in touch with me if you want to help, have ideas or contributions, or anything else.

xo

Lesley

lesley at wisteriasunshine dot com

P.S. Please excuse the huge photo at the top of the post, this is a new theme and I haven’t figured out all its ways yet. : )

P.P.S. You may find the comment box by clicking “comments” at the top of the post.