As this blog journey commences, I'd like to start with a little reflection. I know it may sound counterintuitive to be looking back back before I've even begun. However, I do believe, in the words of the Roman philosopher Seneca, that "every beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
So at the beginning of this new journey, I just want to reflect upon what I've learned in the past couple of years about voluntary simplicity and it's connection to social justice. To me, voluntary simplicity is about clearing away the clutter in your life and in your mind so that you can live a more conscious, socially responsible life. It is about not using up more than you need and about giving freely so that others might have a chance to have enough. It is about purpose, justice, choice, and respect - for ourselves, for the Earth we all share, and for each other. It is about health - both physical and mental. And it's about growth, change, forgiveness, and humility. I do not have all the answers, but I do hope that I can help facilitate a forum for thoughtful discussion and reflection.
I am still working on the format of this blog, but my tentative plan is to devote each day of the week to a different focus (i.e. Mondays might be devoted to personal challenges I am undertaking and my progress; Tuesday might be devoted to highlighting outstanding blogs and/or reviewing articles or pieces of literature related to voluntary simplicity and social justice, etc.).
Stay tuned and feel free to offer any comments and/or suggestions you have.