I love the library. Today I borrowed George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, Jennifer Chiaverini's The Master Quilter, and a couple of quilting/patchwork magazines. I have lots of lovely hours of reading and musing ahead of me.
I arrived home to discover that Jenny of little jenny wren has nominated me for a Bloggers for Positive Global Change Award, which involves naming 5 blogs I recommend that are making a difference. I feel honoured but terribly unworthy. I mean, read yesterday's post for an example of non-positive global activity. What's worse, my 13 year old son's aims in life are to become a billionaire and own a new luxury car with leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. I hang my head in shame. I think my husband may be edging towards buying a flat-screen TV next year. Sob, sob.
On the other hand, if I can make small positive changes in my suburban home, so can anyone. By consuming less and making more, by sharing our excess, we can all make a difference. I believe strongly, along with Jenny, that we are not merely the sum of our earning and consuming capacities and that all lives are a gift. A lot of small changes do add up. As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I also believe that the greatest pleasure is found in simple activities and in loving human relationships.
We can create beauty and in so doing bless those around us in many ways; by preparing a meal from scratch and sharing it with friends and family; by growing some of our own food and letting a child assist; by making things for our homes that may be imperfect but are an expression of our personalities; by telling someone that we value them; by creating rituals and traditions that enhance our lives and the lives of those around us.
The children need me now so I must end this post. I'll have a think overnight and present my five chosen blogs tomorrow.