Monday, March 29, 2010

faith, as i know her


A lot of people in my personal life question the initiatives I take and the changes I make to our lifestyle. They don't see why our family eats only vegetarian food, why I insist on buying secondhand and handmade, why we eat organic, why I refuse to buy bottled water or over-packaged products, why my little one is in cloth nappies or why I make my own bread. I hear the chorus ring inside their heads, "Why does she make life so difficult for herself?" No one says much aloud to discourage me, but I can often sense a lack of understanding and alienation when friends and family hear I am taking another conscious stand and replacing "such and such" with a greener version. A slight roll of the eyes or judgemental smirk is all I need to know that they believe many of the changes I make are trivial and make no difference in the grand scheme of life.


Of course, I wouldn’t do any of it if I truly didn’t believe in my heart of hearts that it was making a difference.


So, what difference does it make? In my humble opinion, the over-consumption and abuse of Mother Earth and her precious resources will not end until there is popular demand for it to end. Simple economics- supply equals demand. And Mother Earth, like any infinitely loving mother, will give and give and give until she has absolutely nothing left; while the human race, like any spoilt rotten child who is not taught not to respect his/her Mother, will continue take and take and take until there is absolutely nothing left. I am a child of this planet, just like everyone else, and I want to show my Mother support, love, understanding and respect while she gives me life, and to pass these values on to my own children. Doing the right thing is not always easy, but as cliche as it sounds, the best and first thing one must do to see positive change is to start “with the man in the mirror”. Never be discouraged by the imperfections you see in the reflection but use them as inspiration. No one becomes Mother Teresa in a day. Every action we take to stand for what we know in our hearts is good, is a stepping stone in the right direction. And every step that we take transforms us into a newer, more educated, empowered, loving and respectful child of the Earth.


I am by no means an eco-saint, but I challenge myself everyday to think about the consequences of each and every action I take and then to change what I can, bit by bit, for the betterment of myself, my family, my community, Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. I am a mother, a wife, a vegetarian chef, a writer, a creator and above all else a believer.


Believe with me.


xo

32 comments:

vaguelyspecific said...

Such a great post. Here's to living fairly! ;-)

kitty said...

I'm totally with you on this one.
If we all slowly adjusted our lives to be more sustainable, the earth would be a lot better off.
I'm trying to add one thing at a time, to get in the habit of doing it & then adding something else. The society we live in does make it a challenge at times, judgements & consumerism are at the top of the list.
But I believe just as you do, that we can make a difference.
Have you logged on to the one million women website? You may find it interesting, if you haven't been there before.
www.1millionwomen.com.au
Thank you for your always inspiring thoughts.
Kitty x

dixiebelle said...

So well said, I totally agree... that is my life too!

Alicia said...

My thoughts exactly!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I agree wit your humble opinion & quite honestly, since meeting you in blogland I find you an inspiration, and I have truely made a concious effort to be greener. Listen to your heart, I believe that people like you make a big difference, simply by influencing people like me who want to make a change but didn't really know where to start. So, thankyou EcoMILF for your inspiration & influence!

Mrs B said...

I completely agree. Sometimes I have down days when faced with the judgement of fellow mums, friends and extended family.

But at the same time, I dont doubt at all that the path that I have chosen for my family is good for the earth and good for us :-)

Sarah said...

I see it like this, you can't live how others would like you to live, you have to be true to yourself and comfortable with your choices. What they want is their thing and their opinions should stay theirs too. Good for you doing what makes you and your family happy.

Kristi said...

This is all so good Meagan. I am not as "green" as you, but I do my best. Every couple of months I try to give up something that is not the greatest for my families body or the environment. It started years ago with giving up paper plates, then onto plastic bags, then the making of handmades began, and now just owning one vehicle. It is the small steps that help us to the bigger ones. Reading your blog lets me know there is always more I can do.

Please do share your lentil veggie pie from last week on your menu. Loving your weekly menu on your sidebar by the way.

Sharon. said...

What a great post Meagan!
Stay true to yourself, your family, and your belief's!
You ARE making a difference.
And I am sure Mother Earth appreciates your efforts

Shannon said...

Meagan,
I'm not sure you even knew i was one of your readers, but now i find myself excited to wake up and hear what you're going to share with us today. It's funny how you've written this post b/c of late i feel that i've been having the same feelings, challenged non-vocally...and i'm not even as deep into it as you are (i needed your wise words). On my fridge is a quote by a wonderful person "Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi. I want to live and see the world be restored, I want my children to have the world a better place and it's going to take my (and yours and many others) changes to get there.
have a great day!

Jelly Wares said...

I believe with you Meagan...

Hugs - Jodie :)

tessleB said...

i know i've been in the smirkers group in the past, but i'm so proud of your perseverance and i'm really proud of you, Meag..

"You're going to ruffle some feathers if you want to fly, it's inevitable. It is impossible to please everybody. It's far better to meet your own expectations and let someone else down than to let yourself down to meet someone else's expectations. If you're serious about success knowing this will help you get there."

jodi said...

i believe too. and i understand what you mean. and i'm completely inspired by the decisions you've made. send me your address....i've got some maternity clothes for you x

Lola Nova said...

What a well written post. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in a city where so many of my peers are believers and my friends/family are supportive and possibly even more adept at making environmentally sound choices.

I have also witnessed my extended family and that of my husband, be influenced by our decisions and conversations. My mother calls me for new vegetarian and vegan recipes and has really changed the way she buys food. So, by making our decisions to live simply and mindfully, we have touched others in ways we did not expect. You might be surprised what you have inspired in others.

Patrick Thornton said...

The funny thing is that many sustainable practices end up being more enjoyable and better. I bring my own metal travel mug to coffee shops, and not only does it save me from using a disposable cup with plastic lid, but it also keeps my coffee warm for hours. It's double walled steel, very durable and has made getting coffee on the go much more enjoyable.

I almost always have a water bottle with me at all times. It's not just that I don't want to deal with plastic water bottles, but that it also comes in handy. I don't have to buy something that should be free like water and there are places where you can find a water fountain but no place to actually buy water.

Catherine said...

Meagan I admire the choices you make towards your eco lifestyle it shows all us that it can be done with time and thought. I'm not sure why people feel the need to judge others choices in a negative way whatever you choose is what's right for you and that's what matters. xo

Cassandra Allen said...

Good on you!

Bianca said...

Well Said!

Catherine Lowe said...

Love your work! I forgot I had you bookmarked somewhere in the trail messy filing and am excited to re-find you, to be inspired and connect with a like minded mama. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey online.
:)

RosieGirlDreams.com said...

I just found your blog a week or two ago and have been slowly but surely reading through. I love it when I find a blog I feel 'at home' in. Although sometimes I wish we all lived in the same neighborhood to convene and support one another in person, I suppose its a perfect thing to have us all sprinkled about over the earth, sharing with others a more eco-minded living. Cheers to you and your wonderful space here.

madewithloveuk said...

What a lovely read, I totally agree as well, love your blog

MotherEarth said...

You and I must have been separated at birth! You go sista! Keep rockin' your values!

Rhiannon said...

I read your blog every day, I look forward to waking in the morning and seeing what is new. But I often come back to this post to read. You should be proud of the life you live and the parent you are.
Thankyou for your amazing blog, photos and sharing your family life with me and others.
Rhiannon

ecoMILF said...

Thanks Rhiannon (and everyone else : ) ). It was a good reminder to go back and read this post too. xx m.

I am Lady Jay said...

Thank you. Whenever I am feeling down or frustrated with other's responses to my "funny hippy ways" I come here and re-read this post and always feel better, empowered even, and supported in my decisions. You couldn't have written something more close to my heart.

Never stop blogging!!

Emma

erinleee said...

yes. perfectly said!
we keep on trucking despite the nay sayers.
thanks for the beautyful blog.
I love the inspiration.

sweetnektar said...

Came across your blog and love it!! You couldn't have made your point more clearly and we definitely share similar values although I think you are further down the track in your journey than I am so it's good to have something to aspire to! I know what you mean about the eye rolling malarky.....I had a friend last week snigger at me when I refused to buy any milk until my weekly raw milk run. It was hard to put into words when put on the spot why I do what I do but i find it comforting to know the numbers of us "like minded earth mums" is increasing. Keep doing what you're doing!! Love it!

lark + linen said...

amen! we could use a lot more of your kind in the world! I am by no means a saint, but I do know that every little bit helps.

Lou Smith said...

Wonderful post.
I believe we are all connected, so everything you do makes a beautiful difference to the whole.
Blessings

rebekah said...

Beautiful!

*Marie* said...

you are so right!!!!...... thank you for your inspiring thoughts!! it´s like you speak out my minds.....sorry for my bad english......greetings from Denmark *Marie*

Elisheva said...

You have my whole heart with you here!

Thank you for doing this xx

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