“Understanding unity helps to solve humanity’s biggest challenges. There is no such thing as an isolated problem. By injuring any part of the world’s system, you injure yourself. There is no such thing as a win/lose situation. Think of life on this planet in terms of systems and not detached elements. Broaden your field of vision and assimilate the knowledge you have. See that the environment does not belong to any single country to exploit and then disregard. You cannot afford to think of your relationship with the earth as a one-night stand. There’s no such thing as a free glass of milk. It’s time to buy the cow.” – Za Rinpoche
from michela sorrento‘s blog post, which you should also read. and while you’re there, take a look at her work. a.ma.zing.
we are all connected. my actions do not only affect me, they affect those around me. and your actions for you affect me, and our actions for us affect people in other countries that we haven’t noticed any connection with….
it’s monday. i’m not a fan of mondays. monday is the day that follows sunday, after all, the day when you don’t have to feel guilty at all for just lying about and are, in fact, commanded to rest and relax. but monday… monday is when we get down to it. only sometimes, we feel a bit uninspired.
so what better day to take in a little inspiration than on mondays! perhaps i should make this a weekly thing.
this week i just can’t help but focus on just two very important elements of my life: making art, and making food.
art and design
robert kingston -if i were still a painter, i would hope to paint something like this.
next sunday i’m going to detroit for the day, and am hoping to explore some of the great art i hear going on in the middle of run-down (or perhaps because of) run-down buildings. i can’t help but watch this animated graffiti brilliance in preparation. over and over again.
gorgeous? yes, indeed: dinner plates.
which brings us to….
in the kitchen
book recommendations for cooking with kids via the kitchn, who always has good stuff.
like today they show us how to make our own cough drops, and that looks like fun (to me. i know. stop.)
insane jellies and other malaysian treats, found after great success making my own gummi bears. (more on that later!)
i’m back to making my smoothies. alton brown has his own method, of course.
this lady stole my recipe binder system! well, she did forget an important element: each section in My binder also has photo sleeves (for 3 photos in a page) at the back for recipes on good ol’ fashioned recipe cards.
hope that helps you get moving on your monday!
for the past few months my entire sentient life, i have been trying to figure out what i’m supposed to do with my life. what is my purpose? what am i meant to do? what is my damned calling, already? (ya feel me?)
(stolen from an anonymous contributor to the pages project.)
and i’ve read lots of books, followed lots of blogs, went to whole seminars on the thing. and we always start with “what do you like to do.” “what, when you’re in the middle of doing it, do you lose time/find your bliss/insert yoga-y nonsense here.” or, they start with “what, if you could Do anything, would you feel safe to pursue?”
do you notice a trend here?
THEY ALL START WITH DO! (i suppose because we’re trying to answer the question, what do i want to DO with my life.)
this has not worked for me. first, every time i think i find what i want to do with my life, i start doing it and then get distracted by this shiny other winking project, something i also want to do. and then i think That’s what i want to Do. i am a Scanner, i am a Learner, i am a person who likes to go new places and try new things. so this whole “what do i want to do with my life” question is not going to stick for me. no matter how many mind maps and journal-journeys i make.
i was starting to get a bit disgusted.
then-epiphany!-yesterday i realized something. i realized that maybe, Maybe, we’re looking for the wrong answer because we’re asking the wrong question. maybe we should look at how organizations and businesses assess these things.