Back to the salt mines today…although it wasn’t unsuccessful. I got my big case taken care of and we surpassed our goal, so all in all it was a good day.
Conversely, though, I’m achy and my stomach hurts. I think it’s probably finally just categorically rejecting Thanksgiving.
On an excellent note, I pulled a couple of recipes from The Jew and the Carrot and I’m making a Jewish feast tomorrow night for our friend John! J&C is such an awesome blog…it has great recipes and very interesting cultural and religious perspectives. As a Christian, I think it’s a good idea to learn more about a modern culture that directly descended from the cultural atmosphere in which Christ lived and in which the early church developed. What interests me most about J&C is the similarities in what we face toward our own religion…the questioning beyond old answers, thinking ethically about items not specifically mentioned in scripture (vegetarian/veganism), the move toward a more organic, simple, authentic life. I love it.
I love seeing our generation stop taking the crap that we’ve been fed for so long as truth. More is not better. Cheaper is not always better. Conversely, “stuff,” spending on stuff, is not better. Quantity matters less than Quality. Time is more important than Money. Power is useless in the end. The newest, shiniest technology isn’t always an advantage. Sometimes pen and paper is better.
I have hope for our generation; hope that we’ll let go of “stuff” and instead will focus on people, relationships, helping, caring, spending time, creating things, and taking care of ourselves. The American Dream is not power and prosperity, or, at least, it shouldn’t be. It’s being able to spend the time you want with those you love without having to worry. And there’s a hell of a lot more that we could be doing to make those things happen.