We are All Shape Shifters
I’m a project manager. I love breaking down the work, and then taking all the little pieces and sewing them together into one seamless project or user experience. At the heart, I am happiest when I am collaborating with other people, learning what motivates them, and strategizing ways to help each other solve our problems.
I’m also a Master Gardener. I’ve been a Master Gardener in the subtropics where it’s almost always hot, and it rains more than 60 inches one half of the year and (what feels like) not a drop the other half. Plus, the pests abound.
And, I’ve been a Master Gardener in the high desert where it often frosts mid-May, and you can get less than ten inches of precipitation the entire year. Here, pests come and go.
I can humbly tell you that in each of these climatic zones, every year is different.
I’ve had high desert garden years where I’ve harvested buckets of tomatoes every weekend. The bounty was so full those years, that returning to work on Monday was a sweet reprieve from canning. But, I’ve also had years there where I’ve harvested a bucket of tomatoes the entire season.
A gardener knows change.
Embrace the Change
Our collective future will be managing change. Some people find that exciting, challenging, or motivating. Others find it scary.
For me, the best way to deal with change is to embrace it. After all, it’s coming anyway, and most likely our approach will be the difference between riding the wave or struggling to get out from underneath it.
Sometimes, usually when we are ready for change, it can feel like it will never get here. I remember my ninth month of pregnancy and the feeling that I had been pregnant forever. Well not long after, my son arrived on the scene, and (I don’t need to tell you) my life changed so dramatically that I couldn’t even imagine ever having been pregnant.
Looking at the status quo and the magnitude of the change needed can be daunting. And those times, like with our climate crisis, can lead to frustration and even despair. (Don’t go there!) Despair is just a form of denial. It paralyzes us, and keeps us from the work we need to do together.
In both being impatient and being overwhelmed, we forget impermanence.
For better or worse, nothing lasts forever.
The Paradigm is Shifting
Disruption is messy but sometimes necessary to clear the way for change and innovation. Its role here accelerates the shift.
Big shifts occur after a succession of little shifts. And, little shifts happen when we connect with the power within ourselves. We see the infinite potential all around us, and we act.
My hope is that this blog might help accelerate some of your actions and maybe inspire some collaborations along the way.
Together, we can use our climate emergency to birth a more sustainable and intentional future.
From the late Howard Zinn:
“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”