This poster has been hanging in my clinic room for years but it's interesting how many people don't notice it initially and then months down the line will suddenly notice it and comment on it.
There are so many messages within the one poster! But rather than writing a novel I'll pull out my favourite - the reminder to focus on what's within our control i.e. if you grow your own food you know what's been done to it and more importantly what's not been done to it. Even though I like to complain about it, I can't control the whole food industry, I can't control the government regulations about what's allowed to be sprayed on our food and what's allowed to be added to our food but if I (meaning hubby) grow some lettuce in our garden I know it's had nothing added but sunshine and water. And ultimately, it's the fresh, unprocessed, uninterfered with food that will help us build strength to be able to do what we are meant to do in this world. The persistent complaining will only drain my energy.
Is there something you can grow in the garden, in a pot or even on your windowsill that you love to eat and that brings you joy to watch growing? Is there something that the kids would like to grow? Or if you haven't got a green-fingered hubby like I have is there somewhere you can shop that supports small, local producers that do just this? Maybe you have a friend who would love to swap some of their produce for something you enjoy doing?
This year we were lucky (or maybe it was due to hubby's clever pruning) to have an abundance of plums which were sooooo delicious. We had to net them... more from Gypsy (our dog) than from the birds!
Maybe it's not even about food for you. Is there something else that you're complaining or whinging about? And if you think about it you could actually use the frustration as a catalyst to take some action that reaps positive benefits for yourself and others/your community/the environment?
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