A Seed Is Sown
I’ve had a desk day today earning a few quid to keep this project on track so I have no build related news to give you tonight so with your indulgence I’ll just have a bit of a ramble.
Firstly I’d really like to thank Craig Anderson for the lengthy and well written comment he left last night. It’s more than a little humbling for a simple uneducated soul such as I to hear such praise from someone of his intellect.
More importantly though the story he relates of his own experiences in the field of agriculture is truly frightening and it’s good to know that such dangerous practices are being countered by organisations like the one he works for now.
Take a look at their website http://www.plantandfood.co.nz/. I love the Maori tagline on the site:
“The searching out of knowledge to tend to Papatuanuku and to grow food and sustenance for the wellbeing of humankind”.
I looked up ‘Papatuanuku’ and it means ‘Sky Father’ and ‘Earth Mother’ so I guess they’re similar to Adam & Eve
Craig also talks about some of the issues that should concern all of us such as our excess energy consumption and our disconnect from the natural environment. Sustainability is a much misused word but it’s one that is more and more preying on my mind.
I guess what my ramblings are leading to is that as I move towards the end of Gledas building phase and turn my thoughts towards my life afloat I am thinking more and more about my purpose. I always intended to be self sufficient as much as possible and I certainly want to live with a close connection to the ocean and its creatures but if I’m honest these were all somewhat self-centred desires.
It scares me when others use the word ‘inspirational’ in connection with this project or the way I try and lead my life. I’m just a guy trying to do things I can be proud of, things that feel right. My writings over these past years demonstrate clearly that I don’t have all the answers, hell sometimes I wonder if I have any at all.
But here’s the thing, when good folks like Craig take the time and trouble to leave such positive comments I feel like I should do more, I feel like I want to repay their kindness with more than just gratitude. I feel like I should use their words as fuel to go further into areas I have left unexplored.
What does this all mean? I don’t know. It’s late and I’m rambling on in ways that should be left for posts on ‘Freedom Voyagers’. I apologise and assure you that normal service will be resumed tomorrow, but something tells me a seed has been sown and it’s a seed I’ll be nurturing over the coming months to see what grows.