Friday, October 28, 2011

Resurgence of Natural Living

Many folks would be in deep mud if they had to build their own houses, grow and raise their own food, or find clean water.  On the other hand, 100 years ago, people knew how to provide for their families and how to do it sustainability by living off the land.  Skills, land, and tools were passed from generation to generation.  Anything worth doing was worth doing well. 

Sustainability means making decisions that we will not regret in the long run. 

As Casey and I lay out plans for our own slice of Texas, we are focused on making decisions that will provide for our needs, but will also sustain the soil, the food-producing plants and trees, and the animals. 

Over the last 6 months, we have been searching out others that have the same goals.  All over Texas we are seeing a resurgence of natural living.  And not just in Texas, but people all over the US are revitalizing the old ways, hungry for knowledge of how it was done before widespread mechanization.  Folks are reconnecting with the land and with the earth's seasons.  Homemaking, homesteading, and homeschooling skills are being relearned.  

Several years ago we watched a documentary about a zen Buddist that gave seminars on cooking.  His suggestion was, "If you are going to chop broccoli, then chop the broccoli and forget about everything else." 

To be sustainable and self-sufficient and to be happy and content, I think we need to focus on the task at hand and do it well.  Think it through, plan it with the long term in mind, use simple tools, and just start doing it.