|Calvin gets it...|
One thing about starting something new is that well, it's new. And while new is often Shiny! and Bright! and Awesome!, it's often also surprising and odd and unfamiliar. There is the new car smell, tinged with the disappointment of a ding on the bumper.
There is much that is Shiny! and Bright! and Awesome! about Occupy Me, The First Week. In five days, I've had almost 600 page views. To be honest, I'm not altogether sure what that means, but it seems like a lot of views of the five pages that make up this blog.
And then there are the tiny steps: -I've had a friend let me know she's moving all her coffee meetings to small, independently-owned establishment. Several people have said they too are on their way to a more cash-only way of living. Neighbours have decided to host a locally-sourced dinner tomorrow night and all I have to do is source the wine part and a babysitter! This is too much goodness for words. Add the general interest and warm support of my favourite people who have taken a minute to say they like thinking in this general direction, and really, this can't be anything but Shiny! and Bright! and Awesome!
Except for the parts where I'm kind of failing already. While we've only done debit this week, we haven't moved all the way to cash yet. While we want to support local, small business, tires are almost 40% more expensive here in Canada and we think we'll be driving south to replace our nearly-bald set. At Costco.
The good news is that my not-quite-there-yet brings with it lots of grace and compassion. I stand here with all of us who truly, deeply want to undermine a system that is based on injustice and greed and all manner of wrong-doing that benefits the very few at the expense of all the rest. I stand here not doing enough, but doing more than I did a week ago and have great faith that a tiny step can be fish'd and loave'd into great change.
If you have taken your own tiny step, I hope you'll find a way to let me know so that I can keep track. One step you might consider is forwarding a link to the blog to people you think might be willing to take their own tiny step. One of the magics of the interwebs is its power to multiply - one tiny step forward could help us get to hint o' great change.