Kisses + a seasonal reminder.
I know... that message isn't sweet like a sugar cookie, but I only share it 'cause I love you, and our shared home. Which brings me to...
An important resource for urban regenerative designers. Lovin' the big metro cities we're in.
I'm guilty of having had that stinking-thinking, too. My love of forests and solitude had grown into a passive resentment of my current reality, which includes apartment dwelling in the heart of a big city. An interstate highway, Redline subway station and shopping center are 50-feet from my front door. I used to consider these things conveniences, but they had now become annoyances. Much like the pulsing blue lights of cop cars that shine on my bedroom walls every night.
I used to live by Rumi's challenge that said, "Wherever you are, be the soul of that place." I put those words aside to romanticize a peaceful heavily-treed plot of land that was anywhere other than where I presently am.
Thankfully, a dear online friend -- Jill Lanier of Permie Peeks -- shared with me a pivotal interview that has helped me shift and lift my ideas about place. Listen to it here. Jill, a New Yorker, earned her PDC with the interviewee, Andrew Faust.
Big, public thanks also goes to Scott Mann, of the Permaculture Podcast, who hosted the recorded conversation that helped me renew my love for Chicago in particular, and cities, in general.
It is unwise to despise
where you lay your head.
If you want "different" or "better"
first, yourself, BE different or better.
Escapism is cowardly (and ineffective!)
Bloom where you are planted, beloved.
And as you do, ironically,
your roots strengthen enough
to shake free + dance themselves
to a new vista. At which point,
it won't even matter anymore,
because you will have learned
oasis is not a place.
Oasis is a choice.