How much is enough? Too much can still feel impoverished—it’s not just money or things (we know that we know that we know that…and yet)
We need another warm body—kind, accepting—one that touches us not in anger, but with love.
We need air that does not scar our lungs, water that quenches without leaving toxic residue. We need food grown with earth knowledge. We need multitudes of species–unafraid, unshadowed by our destructive impulses.
We need shelter from harsh elements, windows and doors that open without fear. We need roots, a place of refuge to call home, a circle of people who reciprocate with trust. We need to both render and accept, exchanging gifts with mercy and grace. We need to be needed, for our days to have a reason.
We need stories that ask questions, that challenge and celebrate and comfort us in times both joyful and dark.
We need to be able to provide help without diminishment, to acknowledge the mutual relationships of life. We need to share what we have too much of with those who don’t have enough.
We need laughter and light, leadership without tyranny. We need to know we belong.
of past expectations
of the unimaginable
becomes a river
by the sea
Sarah’s earthweal challenge asked us to think about the balance between the individual and the community. I think it’s hard to disentangle one from another, even for those who insist on their “individual” freedom. The cliche is true: no man is an island. Everything, all life, depends on relationships for survival.