Well, hard to know even where to begin to talk about the world right now…
I used this quote from J K Rowling in the beginning of my novel The Greenleaf Project:
We do not need magic to change the
world, we carry all the power we need
inside ourselves already: we have the
power to imagine better
I think that is where we need to start. There is ever worsening injustice and inequality in our culture, and it is right and necessary to fight against that. BUT, and it is a big but, what do offer in its place?
Beyond the trite approaches of politics, we need a new vision, one that excites us enough to lure us out of our comfort zones and get us to take action.
We can all be a part of this. Some of you might believe in the power of prayer or a universal energy field to make a difference, others might be of a more pragmatic disposition, either way, we need a vision of the world we would like to inhabit.
Do you have one yet?
What helps you see and feel and long for and work toward it?
I know I have so many new resources to help me become a stronger part of the change. Let me know if you want any links!
Clearly, books are part of the answer for me! I love fantasy, and here are two I recommend this month.
I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Review Copy for this, can’t wait for the next one to come out next month.
Does reading about being a hero inspire you to be braver in real life? Click the image to see on Amazon and help her launch her career.
I was a guest on a Podcast for the first time this month, with Victoria Smith from Girl Tries Life. You can listen and read the show notes here:
We talked for an hour and covered all kinds of topics! She has so many great episodes there, from self care to activism to parenting. I encourage you to check them out.
Providing tangible, actionable tips to lead your most vibrant life
My non-fiction highlight of the month was Fungal biologist Merlin Sheldrake discussing his book, ‘Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures’ (Random House), with bestselling writer Helen Macdonald, author of ‘H is for Hawk’.
You can watch it here on Youtube:
They know each other which made for a very relaxed and humorous approach.
I would love to hear about what you have been exploring and discovering recently. Any great insights about the world? Good books? Movies?
Until next month,
Another painting to inspire you… a different style this time, mixed media on birch panel.