I have to admit, I’ve been pretty discouraged lately. Here are two things that have weighed heavy on my mind:
1. Farm Stories in Europe isn’t going like I hoped. One of the farms was a huge “factory” farm; one provided for good imagery (look at that gorgeous morning light!) but lacked care and intentionality and therefore couldn’t contribute content to Farm Stories; one didn’t end up being a farm at all. I’m not surprised, this is always how new endeavors go, but it is still disappointing.
2. Obama signed the “Monsanto Protection Act” last week.
But as I listened to On Being today while working in the dirt preparing for spring planting, something came together for me. In this episode called “A Wild Love for the World” Krista talked with Joanna Macy, a Buddhist philosopher of ecology and translator of Rainer Maria Rilke. Here’s a little excerpt:
Take your grief seriously. Don’t be afraid of it. Let it inspire and drive you to action… We are called to not run from the discomfort, not run from the grief, the feelings of outrage or even fear. If we can be fearless to be with our pain, it turns… When we take it in our hands, it turns to reveal its other face. The other face for our pain, for the world, is our love for the world- 0ur absolutely inseparable connectedness with all of life.
While my European venture hasn’t been what I hoped, I am reminded that food injustice is the thing that really outrages and grieves me. This is what I MUST keep working on.
So upon further thought and reflection, I’m heading home mid-April to reformat, reorganize, and reboot in order to better share Farm Stories with the world (and in the process take down Monsanto… kind of maybe joking…). I’ll be looking for quality farms throughout the US for the remainder of 2013, so if you’d be so kind as to share your favorite small farm with me, I’d be so grateful.
May we listen to the things that grieve us and may they compel us to bring positive change to our world. Joanna Macy calls it the “dance with despair” and I think that’s just perfect.
You can listen to the On Being podcast that I mentioned here.