Living Gently in the World
“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved in experimenting with his own life.”
Early in our marriage we put together a statement of our family values. Over the years experience has led us to modify our approach. We are less strident these days, less judgmental -- more... well, more gentle with ourselves and others.
Our goal has always been to lead an ethically consistent life, knowing that living gently in the world is a whole life process not a one time choice. But it’s hard to be good when convenient or inexpensive options come with non-gentle externalities: when so many businesses are dedicated to obscuring the full costs of our economic choices. It’s hard to maintain an attitude of loving kindness around people we just plan old don’t like.
What does it take to bring clarity to the array of choices the lead to living gently? How do we nurture what we need and let go of those things that hold us back? Those are questions we continue to explore.
We think that learning and embracing true gentle living is a tough journey — the journey of our lifetimes.