i've been thinking about this lately, about how i construct our days and the use of our resources. some of it's worth keeping, but much shuffling is in order.
another thought, so obvious and yet new to me: whenever i choose to pour my resources--my time, energy, thoughts, money--into something, i am, by default, choosing to not spend it on all the other things. when i decide to windowshop online, i am choosing to not play magic-trick-show with elle. when i drop another carton or two of breyer's strawberry ice cream into my grocery cart, i am choosing (inactively, perhaps, but still choosing) to not send a mosquito net to malaria-plagued cameroon. it gives me pause.
whenever i start talking (and, occasionally, acting) along these lines, i seem to elicit a verbal barrage from The Voices of Reason to the tune of woah there, nic. calm down. you needn't be so extreme.
but really? needn't i? because all i can tell you is that in my experience, a life of personal comfort is overrated. and the people i most admire in the history of humankind--francis of assisi, mother teresa, jesus--were all about giving themselves away. they were extreme.
so indeed, much shuffling is in order. wish me