Yes, the seasons move on, from one to the next, and the next, then the next, then back again. The season has now definitely moved on to winter in the southern hemisphere now, in South Australia, where I live, for sure. We’ve had mostly grey skys with rain the past few days, with more rainy grey days to come.
But that’s the way of Nature, things grow, watered by the rain, they flower, then fruit, green leaves provide shade, change colour, fall off, withe he fallen leaves providing nutrients to the soil, helping more plants to grow. We harvest the fruit, or pick the vegetables and herbs, and are thankful to the people who did the planting, and to Nature too.
Winter is cold, yes, and not all people have warm and safe homes to live in. I am so grateful that my home and my household provide safety for me, and I can live here, do the things I want to do, and know that when I go to sleep at night, I will wake up, still able to do all I want to do. Living this life is a result of many things, some of them provided by me, some my partner, some society, some the government, and so on.
I feel for those unable to live such a good and safe life, and wish they all too had access to better things is life, better ways to live. Life though, that gives opportunities, but not for all. People will apportion blame to those without the whatever it takes, to get on well in life, but really, who can honestly say who is to blame for a life that goes upside down, unable to be set up properly again?
All it takes is for one thing to go wrong, and then another, and we may be disabled or dead, Snap! just like that … The seasons of a life are changable, our lives are changable, and we must be prepared to make the best of what life gives to us. Having said that, I realise that this is easy enough to say, but taking advantage of these things isn’t always easy. I realise that, and am mindful to not lay blame on people for not having things.
The Blame Game is an all too easy road to take, but really, should we do this? I’m thinking, sadly, about the women recently murdered, raped, abused, and also men similarly murdered, or who have killed themselves because they no long want to be alive … Suicide surely is never the best available option, but when a person has sunk to the depths of despair, it can be difficult to see any other solution. If this was an ideal world, which it certainly isn’t, nobody would feel like that. I wonder if that ideal world is ever going to be here? I doubt it, though, there are far too many people making money from the despairs of others …
Does anyone know a better way for our world to be? And end to wars would be a good start, the weapons-makers could make other things instead. We could all begin to think kindly thoughts instead of unkindly thoughts, when we have the choice. Being kind, instead of being curt, smiling at others and not frowning at them. Giving freely whenever possible, using less, giving more, growing our own, sharing produce. Many things and ways, but how to encourage others to be involved?
Community, that’s the way to think, building communities that promote the ideas of giving, growing, teaching, sharing. In my community of Mallala, there are people who will give excess fruit if they have it, lemons, for instance. In the nearest bigger town of Gawler, there are people who grow their own and get together regularly to share what they have, all working at strengthening the community. Strong communities can help to build strong people, strong and caring people.
Are stronger communities, ones that grow and connect with others, sharing knowledge, sharing good ideas, sharing the idea of sharing, are these the things that can bring about the ideal world I dream about, I wonder? I’m interested to know what other people think – is there hope for our future? If so, how will it happen, please leave comments here.