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ALL CHANGE, BIG or small, begins with
a single and often humble step. One
small change may seem insignificant
but when we take lots of small steps the
combined effect can be quite significant.
The registered charity '1 million women' was
founded in 2009 by mother and business
woman Natalie Isaacs. Hers was a classic
case of seeing a need within the community
and using her talents to address it. The
goal of 1 million women is to cut one million
tonnes of CO², the major contributor of
greenhouse gas pollutant. The way to this end
is to encourage one million women to sign up
to take practical action to reduce one tonne
of CO² each. This may seem a mammoth task
but the 1millionwomen site offers support
and practical advice. It is quite amazing to
think that an individual can reduce his or her
impact on the environment so dramatically.
Many family and community activities are
to take the
involvement. The hand that reduces CO²...
The advice and the message are simple
yet effective and proclaim hope that this
goal can be achieved. Discovering ways of
making small changes to our habits in terms
of power usage, food and clothing shopping,
food usage and wastage, over packaging and
over consumption makes for enlightening
reading. A video clip "Hungry Beast Food
Waste", outlining the amount of food wasted
and hence the waste of the resources used
to produce the food, is quite astonishing
and definitely worth watching. There are
discussion forums, you can track your own
progress and encourage others to take part.
There is also a campaign to sign up 10,000
teens and there are ways for schools to be
involved. Well known ambassadors including
musicians, politicians and writers support
the cause and promote community events in
which all can become involved.
We have been given the responsibility to care
for our planet and this stewardship should be
at the core of what we do each day. Alone we
can do a little, collectively we have the power
to make enormous positive change. So take
a small step today, visit the 1 million women
website and watch the world around you
change for the better.
In the Western tradition we were
taught many things about the nature
of negativity and the nature of sin, but
we were never told that one of the
greatest sins is the unlived life.
We are sent into the world to live to
the full everything that awakens within
us and everything that comes towards
us. It is a lonely experience to be at
the deathbed of someone who is full of
regret; to hear him say how he would
love another year to do the things
his heart had always dreamed of but
believed he could never do until he
retired. He had always postponed the
dream of his heart.
There are many people who do not
live the lives they desire. Many of
the things that hold them back from
inhabiting their destiny are false.
These are only images in their minds.
They are not real barriers at all. We
should never allow our fears or the
expectations of others to set the
frontiers of our destiny.
Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World
John O Donohue, Bantam Press 1997.
JUST AS POETRY is best recited,
and songs best sung, so it is with
psalms. The actions of reciting
and singing embed the words more
deeply in our memory than mere silent
reading of them.
Joan Chittister has chosen such
embedded words in her latest work,
and used them to lead into a profound
musing on life and meaning. Each
line of song (25 of them) has a theme
and is accompanied by another quote,
an initial reflection on the theme, a
number of what she labels 'soul
points', a wisdom story, and an activity.
Each section is only a few paragraphs,
and in actual reading time, only a few
minutes long, but the soul points,
wisdom stories and activities, if taken
slowly and prayerfully, could last from
a day to a lifetime.
The suggested activities are
particularly intriguing and invite the
reader to make each psalm a reality of
lived experience rather than another
piece of nice writing. For example,
this is the activity for Song Seven,
Spend thirty minutes today learning
about a culture or religion you fear or
don t understand. Begin and end your
study time with the psalm verse,
"God is the creator of all the earth,
caring for all nations."
Songs of the heart: reflections on
the psalms by Joan Chittister OSB.
Melbourne, John Garratt, 2011.
To borrow and read this book and other
works by this popular author, look
online at the St Laurence Centre Library
holdings in Broadmeadow.
edu.au ðSLC Library ðDestiny ðQuest
By MARGARET WALKER
By FELICITY LEE
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