When my kids were younger it seemed as if all we talked about was how busy we all were…how we were not able to do this or that because we were so busy doing this or that, here or there, and never had time to do this or that because we were so BUSY….diddle de dum, here we go again…I am feeling that way again in my life and I need to slow down, so when I feel the world creeping into my life and telling me I need to do this or that, I retreat to my urban oasis I created 15 years ago to keep myself in check and slow down.
Years ago, I picked up a book on “Voluntary Simplicity” and after reading that book decided to change our home life + I have never looked back again. It is not easy to live a simple life in a complex world that considers busyness a form of success + being laid back a form of laziness. Really? I believe what contributed to my illness 15 years ago was my busyness + if I did not slow down and make the changes in my life, I would not be here today.
Many years ago people used to do more for themselves, for example they used their hands for other things besides keyboards or smart phones. They use to dig in the dirt and grow their own food, herbs and flowers to use for everyday enjoyment in the home. Many of our families came to America and grew their own food right where they set up their homes and created villages that were centered around a life grounded in simplicity.
I am not saying we need to go back to that way of life, but we need to do something because we are not getting outside and spending time in nature. We need to slow down and feel a part of something greater than ourselves. We need to start digging in the dirt! Yep, let’s get dirty!!!
I was finding myself on the treadmill of life this past month and it was not easy to say “no” to a few people and prioritize, but I did. I stepped off and got outside because my garden was calling me! My Urban Potager is a place where I can “slow down” and get back to the basics of life. It gets me focused on what is important in life. Today too many of us buy all our food from the store and all it takes is a day in the garden to sow some seeds. It is as simple as that when you get it all laid out and know where you want to grow your food.
Not Enough Time?
“On the issue of time, we’ve taken a corporate approach to how we feed ourselves by outsourcing food production to Kraft and ConAgra and Burger King and Subway, to name but a few. The American family averages about 30 minutes a day for cooking and cleanup.But this freedom, too, is a zero-sum game. In Freeing ourselves and our schedules from the “chore” of food preparation, we’ve enslaved ourselves as a society by becoming dependent on a small group of big companies to feed us-companies that value their well-being more than ours” Roger Doiron Mother Earth News 2012
We need to get back to the basics of life and grow some of our own food. It will save you money, make you healthier + slow you down. Did you know by growing food closer to home you are taking control of your life?