Do I really want to write a blog on how to write? Is that my heart’s desire? Today, the answer is NO! I want to write about what is on my mind in these very important times.
If I were your writing instructor, I would say to you to write about what you feel passionate about! What pumps you up, gets you excited and/or rouses your curiosity or your ire? That is what I would encourage you to write about. Therefore, I’m going to offer this to myself.
I am a woman with many interests and curiosities. One concern is for this planet earth, this place I call home. I consider how someone could think they have a right to walk into my house, eat all of my food, pollute my water and leave trash everywhere. Isn’t earth that home for all of us? Don’t these same “rules” apply in regards to our hospitable planet earth? I think so and it’s obvious that many in power don’t see it this way. To them, earth is to be used until it’s all used up, exhausted of resources and unable to replenish itself. Hmmm.
I once wrote an essay entitled “It All Starts with Food.” The bottom line of it is that women really do have more power than they claim. Women are typically (in the USA anyway) the shoppers. How I spend my money, what I put in my shopping cart determines what is on the supermarket shelves. It appears to be upside down–that is what is on the shelves determines what I eat. Consider that around ninety percent of the items on the shelves in the supermarket are not real food. They are packaged, processed, infused with chemicals, hormones, antibiotics. Honestly, our bodies aren’t mean to digest these unnatural additives. Yet, we trust advertised products over our own wisdom.
Once, my five-year old grandson was staring at a long aisle of candy at the grocery store. I said, “That’s not real food.” His eyes got wider and I could hear the doubt in his voice as he replied “Yes, it is.” Later on that day, i asked him to help me pick chamomile flowers in the backyard and then we brewed tea together. This became a meaningful experience for both of us.
When I place food on the table for my family and friends, I feel good that the food I serve is fresh, is locally grown in the summer and fall, and prepared consciously. After a dinner one evening, my son-in-law thanked me for a meal that left him feeling good. There is a feeling of vibrancy and health when we eat “real” food.
Alright, I gave you a tiny glimpse of how I feel about our relationship to the earth and women’s power in choosing healthy food.
Take five minutes to list the things that you frequently write about. Or list things that you think you’d like to write about.
Do you feel inspired by any of the topics on your list? If so highlight them.
Review the things that inspire you. Do you feel passionate about any of these?
If so, take a bright marking pen and put a capital letter “P” beside what you feel passionate about.
(Note that passion can sometimes feel like anger when we are writing about injustices or inequities. Don’t let the big feelings scare you. They only want to be noticed and embraced.)
By the way, have you guessed what the Dame Ragnelle told King Arthur in answer to the question “What do women most desire?” Before I ever heard of this legend, I could have told you the answer from my own questing. What I most wanted, what the Dame Ragnelle recognized and named, is SOVEREIGNTY. A woman desires the power to make the decisions that govern her own life. I wanted freedom of choice and to have this sovereignty respected by others personally, culturally and politically. It is my belief that women across the word deeply desire this. In fact, I believe that there is a culture of women which supersedes the boundaries delineated by race, creed, color, religion. When we step outside these man-made boundaries, we recognize our common goals, challenges and dreams.
Peace to you..enjoy this day.