The pursuit of happiness has been transformed into the pursuit of consumer goods and energy hungry lifestyles that damage our planet.
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I hear the politicians talk a lot about "getting our economy moving again." Does a "healthy economy" automatically mean, by definition, that they expect us to resume our old habits of consumption? If so, we need to rewrite the definitions. We need a new vision.
We've grown used to a world bulked up on the steroids of excess consumption. Like a weight lifter who's steroid built muscles are damaging his liver and heart, we can't expect to keep this up over the long term.
Someone needs to rewrite the economics textbooks and redefine the tools by which we measure the health of our economy to take into account the long view of things.
I wonder: Can we find a way to shifting our world economy and our individual lives toward a more sustainable and equitable model?
Because life is not all gloom and doom, not all health concerns and financial contraction. ..
I'm going to make an effort to post quick snippets about happy everyday things, as an antidote.
#1 OUTSIDE MY STUDIO WINDOW
There is a dogwood tree right outside my studio window who keeps me company as the seasons change. In the past few weeks it has lost all its vermilion leaves. A fine filigree of branches remains, outlined against the sky.
All day squirrels use its branches as a highway from one tree to the next. Fat grey clowns in flannel suits, they carrying nuts too big for their mouths to hold, performing acrobatic feats as they hurrying past on their way to some secret cache.
Occasionally one will catch sight of me watching through the window and freeze in place, as if hoping to become instantly invisible. This is usually followed by loud, menacing chirping sounds and wild waving of a long fluffy tail. The cat may be intimidated by such antics--I just smile.
My studio window faces west, with my computer monitor on a desk in front of it. This morning, over the top if my screen, I watched the last quarter moon on her way toward the horizon. This evening, if I'm lucky, I'll catch sight of a brilliant sunset sky behind the silhouette of my companion dogwood tree's branches.
Kay is a multi-dimensional performing songwriter, visual artist, writer, educator and activist whose work embodies a message of hope, healing and humanity.
When she isn't traveling to perform, present workshops or show her artwork, Kay lives a quiet little life in a Mystical corner of southern New England.