LocalHarvest Newsletter, November 30, 2020
Leave it Better

LocalHarvest friends --

Now that the results of the 2020 elections are over, it is absolutely critical for Americans to come together. More than ever, we need to listen to each other, seek to understand, and identify common ground. To heal we need to build our empathy muscles and collaborate to build the kind of world we want to live in and leave for our children. There are two golden rules we can live by that would go a long ways towards that repair:

1) Treat others as you want to be treated
2) Leave it better

2020 is a time of great upheaval and transformation. It is an emotional time, to be sure. Anxiety is at an all time high. We feel out of control. The best way to feel “in control” is to take agency for our lives, to put one foot in front of the other, to work for positive change in whatever ways we can. Every effort matters, regardless of the size or scope. Work, don't worry. Forward movement, not fretting about what was or could have been. In the context of food and farming, of our mutual love for agriculture, real food, personal health, and stewarding the earth, what might that look like?

Start with your inner landscape. Focus on your health now. Don't wait for a New Year's resolution. Start today. Get your body healthy and your mind will follow. Give yourself permission to get a good 8-9 hours of sleep a night. The days of constant hustle are over, at least for now. Make the time to move your body everyday. Cook a meal from scratch. Eat with your family. Be still for devotion or meditation. Pick up a hobby or renew an old one that you do for no other reason than it brings you joy. You cannot pour from an empty cup. You can't heal the world from a state of dis-ease. Create more ease and health in your life. Each human is a miraculous, unique being, now treat yourself like one.

Next move to your home landscape. Compost your food waste. Clean out your refrigerator. Throw out your plastic containers and replace with glass. Add 1-2 more servings of produce a day. Take 1-2 hours a week to food prep so that you have more ready access to healthy food over the course of the week. Recycle. Use a re-usable shopping bag. Stop using toxic cleaners. Plant native plants and reduce your irrigation. Plant something edible in your yard.

Now onto your family landscape, whatever size or shape that may take. Put down your phone or tablet and talk to each other. Read to your kids. Call your parents. Write a card to a relative you haven't seen in a while. Turn on some music and have a dance party. Play board games instead of electronic ones with your family. Talk about your feelings. Listen to each other. Go on a bike ride or hike together. Say “I love you” more often. Give daily hugs. Pray or meditate together. Cook and eat food together and help each other out with chores. Be on the same team.

Next move to your community level. What are some ways you could be of service and help create positive change? Is it volunteering to drive for Meals on Wheels? How about writing letters to housebound seniors? Advocating for foster kids? Fundraising for your schools? Organizing river cleanups? Helping teens write resumes? Planting a community garden? Volunteering on a non-profit board? Running for office? There are so many ways to pitch in. Volunteering also doubles as a great stress reliever and helps you forge new friendships. What are you waiting for?

A healthy democracy and society starts with the individual and works outwards from there. So regardless of who is in elected positions, who is in charge of your office? Are you acting from a state of consciousness or just making the motions through life? Being proactive rather than just reactive? It is like the difference between growing vibrant crops in beautiful rich soil that you improved over the years, or just top-dressing with some chemical fertilizer because your soils are depleted and now your plants are yellowing and weak. Creating a healthy foundation for change starts with you. This is what will create the healing we need. Start with a healthy mind, body, and soul and expand outwards, creating a virtuous cycle of positivity.

I keep hearing that 2020 couldn't get any worse. What about if we reframe that limiting belief to something altogether? What if 2020 is a gift, one that we just need to unwrap? That is not to say that many people are suffering, but many are suffering based on their own beliefs. They are being the jailor of their own minds. 2020 is a time of great change, a great pause to evaluate the unconscious ways most of us were going about our lives, treating each other, and the earth. This is our year to wake up, to see things differently, to reconnect with that which is most important, and to reaffirm our values. This is our great awakening.

With gratitude,

-Rebecca Thistlethwaite

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