Posted in Personal Conviction

Standing Out in a Crowd

What a surprise, I was listening to NPR when I heard an interview with Colin Beavan who has taken a stand regarding the environment.  For the year 2007 he has gone green, but I’m not just talking being conscious, I’m talking reorchestrating his whole life to support his ideas.  To give you an example, he only eats food that is produced within 250 miles of his home in Queens, NY.

 While listening to the interview I was surprised at my personal reaction to his experiment.  Usually I would probably be judgmental and write this person off as someone who needs a lot of therapy.  Instead I became more and more immersed in his story.  I look at Colin as a role model, in his case for the environment, but for anyone who has a strong belief they are willing to make sacrifices for in order to take a stand. 

 I have begun to wonder on a more conscious level what am I willing or feel a need to do about the causes in my life.  What will I be willing to re-order my life around so my life isn’t like a piece of furniture with a laminate on the surface, but is solid wood through and through. 

We all have that tipping point that sets things in motion.  As a pilgrim attributing meaning to the journey is essential.  It’s imperative that conviction supports and idea.  If we’re going to live a pilgrim’s life then sacrifice becomes a friend not an enemy.  It’s the currency we use to support our beliefs and the currency we use to pay our rent on this earth.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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