This Blog and photograph is taken from The Very Inspiring Craftevist Newsletter which is really worth reading.
To become who we are, let's be challenging in 2015. A rebel with a cause!
So much of our culture pushes the view 'a new year, a new me' a time for personal reinvention.
It often focusing on our external looks not the beauty within us and of course steering us to buying our way to happiness (sneaky!).
The other default is often to focus too much on trying to change the world ourselves, be a hero & 'save' people. that's a big challenge!
Neither offers sit well with us.
But how about striving to be the best version of ourselves in 2015
In solidarity with people, speaking out with courage and kindness where there is oppression, asking how we can be helpful using our power, position & passion and continuing to use craft as a tool for critical thinking: grappling with why there is still poverty & suffering in the world when we've proven what awesome things we can achieve in other areas. Let's not accept the status quo but decide to be more just, kind.
This poem says it all.
A present for the New Year.............
"I wanted to change the world' - A Poem by a Monk AD1100
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realised that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact in our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
Be the best version of yourself in 2015.
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