Each of these skills requires an appreciation for how worldviews…shape our thoughts and actions:
What would be essential for success in this new era includes
- greater cognitive flexibility
- comfort with the unfamiliar
- appreciation of diverse perspectives
- the ability to hold multiple points of view simultaneously
- creative problem solving
- capacity for discernment that relies on both intellect and intuition
Today (as many other days)
we stood up for justice
we denounced malpractice
Happy to see our children
taking the opportunity
to voice their concerns
if only that were enough…
Sad to see many stood by
unable or unwilling to join us
many fear repercussions
and miss the bigger picture
that we are a community
that we need each other
to get things done
that it takes a village
Repurposing and recycling are a big part of our work, finding ways to consume less materials and repurpose what is already available. I believe that recycling goes hand in hand with mending.
Mending is an ancient practice across many cultures used often during times of need across history.
I myself grew up mending clothing for the family. That’s how I learned how to sew, replace zippers or flip shirt collars (such a war time kind of save resources sort of practice).
In my own time with my family, I’ve used all my sewing knowledge for patching holes in a garment, reinforcing knees on a favorite pair of jeans, or fixing the back of a worn blanket.
Our friends know that when I visit, it is always fair (and to my great pleasure) to give me something they need mended while I’m there.
Not too long ago, my friend Sava introduced me to the Indian term “rafu” (or rafoo, raphu, rafoogari as I later researched) meaning mending for clothing, the art of darning. I’ve also learned about Sashiko, a form of decorative reinforcement stitching originated in rural Japan back in the 18th century.
The skills, ability, and interest in extending the life of a garment seem to have been lost in our society. I believe it can be brought back.