This year I was faced with a number of options, and I had to make choices. When faced with choices, and we pick our option, we learn a lot about ourselves (at least I do.) We try to pick the one that best fits our beliefs, lifestyle and goals.
One choice I made was to take an early (reduced) retirement. This choice means we don’t have as much money as we once did, but we are okay, we worked all those years for the chance to live quietly and peaceable on an off grid farm. We are here, so rather than working, I’m farming. Not as much cash in my pocket, but a much better life.
After making the choice of retiring, I made the choice to do things that I said I would do when I quit working. I realized that there isn’t enough time in a day to do it all. Now I’m faced with choices of what I can do, and what needs to be put aside for a while longer.
One thing I will keep on my plate is a community market (a farmers market with non food cottage industries invited to participate.) It will be starting in May. I’m very excited about it. I’ve wanted a local market for years, and almost got one a few years back – then the town found out I didn’t live in that township, so it fell through.
That town had an option, to do a market or not. They choose not, because I didn’t live there. Seemed like a silly reason to me, but it wasn’t my choice. Funny thing is, I now own property in that town, I was approached about starting a market – now that ” I’m one of them” (really, that was the phrase they used.). Sorry, I already have one starting in another town.
This year, I had to deal with the government (two state governments, a town government, and federal.) I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like them. They may say they are there to help, but I really think they are there to keep lawyers and themselves employed. When dealing with governments, there aren’t a whole lot of options or choices, you can go through all they want you to, or you cannot do what you started out to do.
I choose the goal over the hassle. This meant I had to deal with the government officials. Thankfully, the government wanted my goal to succeed, so we are finding solutions to some of the problems – TOGETHER.
This got me thinking about our current politically situation. It seems like everyone is saying “my way or the highway” “the other group is evil” it doesn’t seem like our elected officials have the goal in mind. It also seems like they sucked us into that mind set. I choose not to get sucked in, I choose to deal with issues and not party lines, I choose to do the best I can to make the world a better place, I choose not to paint people with one broad brush. My sister used to quote Gandhi often “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That’s the choice/option I pick.