celebrate and dance for free

“Celebrate eucalyptus. The most patriotic smell on earth.

Celebrate the weird little performances of manners that humans perform. The handshake. How odd. To briefly hold the hand of someone whose name you are learning.

Celebrate the outlines of leaf skeletons in concrete that was set decades ago.

Celebrate shared glances and moments of stillness and kind offers and toasted sandwiches and the way the evening light softens the day around you and makes you feel nostalgic for things that haven’t happened yet.

In this day and age, it is important to constantly update this list. Be vigilant. Celebrate whenever possible, with reckless abandon if circumstances allow (in silent solitude if required).”

A small part of the list of things that Lorin Clarke calls for celebration of in The Big Issue #529

→ embracing the mundane

“It wasn’t until I committed to traveling a journey of intentional self growth that I discovered where life is really lived—in the mundane. Life is lived in those in-between moments we often hurry past. It’s in the car rides to school, standing in the grocery line with your son, reading to your kids before bed time, or clearing off the dinner table as a family.”

Eric Ungs ~ 5 Simple Ways to Live an Abundant Life through Self Simplicity

Becoming Minimalist is one of the few sites I follow on Facebook and I’m always interested to read their articles.

I also really love the article The Completely Achievable Path to Becoming a One-Income Family.

jessica watson and the need for ordinariness

I really enjoyed reading Jeremy Bass’s latest article: We need ordinariness to make society rich. Jeremy talks about how we Australians have become too obsessed with money and fame, buying things, and working long hours and taking on debt. Because of this, we have lost what’s really important: we operate as an economy first, and a society second, meaning we’ve lost our sense of community.

A few quotes stood out to me when reading it, like the one about Jessica Watson:

“Last weekend’s heroine, Jessica Watson, received barely a congratulation that didn’t come with mention of fabulous riches and fame in the same sentence.”

and Louis Vuitton:

“…what happens to the positional value of a name like Louis Vuitton when, as Fortune reported in 2007, 94.3 per cent of Japanese twentysomething women own a Vuitton product?”

and he finishes with a bang

“A society that cheers its newfound access to conceits once reserved for the rich while basic essentials such as housing, education and energy skyrocket out of reach shows all the signs of a mass narcissistic personality disorder. The time for a good, hard jab of ordinariness might be upon us.”

So go and read it and then have a discussion about it with someone you love.