If I scroll through the pictures on my phone, every March there are photos of crocuses. And every March, I can’t resist taking more pictures of crocuses, even though I still have numerous ones from previous years. After 5 or 6 months of winter, the tiny green fingers of the crocus are poking out of the earth, just whistling for spring!
So imagine my surprise when on October 1, I discovered the crocus bulbs in my garden already pushing green shoots up amongst the still falling autumn leaves! What to make of this! Well, it is warmer than usual for sure!
Humans have such a strange relationship to change . . . it is like- on our personal instrument panels for negotiating life; someone forgot to install the change dial!
We hate change; the only thing that likes change is a wet baby! We don’t notice change; what kind of frog are you? We believe change is impossible and perhaps, most astoundingly, at this point we do change!
We actually do change! Amidst all the other things this pandemic has revealed, it is that humans, collectively, in groups, can change their behaviour. We are staying home, wearing masks, we have quit hugging our friends, the office towers are empty . . .
A neighbour at Prairie Sky shared this video . Enjoy!
This 01/09 Globe and Mail editorial, describes positive outcomes from the pandemic in creating the opportunity to make our cities safer, healthier and more enjoyable places to live. The author sees that we are reimagining our public space.
The pandemic exposed many failings across society. In cities , it became clearer than ever how much space is devoted to cars and how much planning is about moving them as quickly as possible from A to B. Those choices undermine what makes a great city. In Toronto , in recent months, people have savoured reimagined public spaces from new plazas , to street patios previously reserved for parked cars to a web of new bike lanes to major roads closed to cars on weekends. The result is a good city, made better.Op Ed Globe and Mail October 1
The call to action of this blog has so far, been pretty gentle. I have been suggesting and advocating things which have built in positive feedback loops; falling in love with the planet, developing a practise of meditation, reading and writing poetry, humm all that sounds pretty good!
And then, perhaps the next step is to start reimagining how we might live on this planet if we let ourselves fall in love with it – if we were indeed swept up in what a sacred place it is and how fortunate we are to be here enjoying it. How would we want to live in it differently?
The advocates for human friendly cities are probably gobsmacked that here, on the coattails of a pandemic, they get to see their best ideas realized.
Those who have been doing the tough job on the Universal Basic Income file, would probably be as surprised as my friend and I were to see a survey in a Len Webber Constituent’s letter sharing that 48.4 % of constituents think it is a good idea. As much as the positive endorsement is exciting; the fact that the question is even being asked by a conservative MP is ground breaking. Although Tory Hugh Segal has been advocating UBI for years!
So my question to myself and to you is – what is our love for the Earth inviting us to reimagine? Food, stuff, social media, our economy, housing models, church, education, tourism, investments, leisure, work, politics, travel, care for the earth.
Whatever it is, give yourself time for the ideas and inklings to simmer. Don’t rush them, but let them simmer like a good soup.