January 18, 2009
Volume Two, Number One
A View from the Bridge
DonkeyDear Friend,

"Why do you white men have so much cargo and we New Guineans have so little?" Yali from New Guinea

Many of us are feeling a sense of loss these days.  If nothing else, our stock portfolios lead us to assess that our futures may be in jeopardy.  What shall we do?

This is an important question to answer.  If we answer it in the same way we always have, we will only get more of what we have now.  A world that is very comfortable for us and very uncomfortable for others.  A world in jeopardy.  Yes, even with less, most of us are still using approximately 10X more resources than approximately 80% of the other people on the planet.  Is this sustainable?  Will it bring peace and abundance to our children and their children?

The question we need to answer is not how we can recover what we have lost, but how we can shift our life styles and our mind sets to create a new paradigm.  One in which there is enough for us and also for everyone else.  

Most of us are familiar with the Chinese character that equates crisis with opportunity - but how do we translate this into action?  The first step, I believe, is gratitude.  Actively appreciating what we have is a magic formula for satisfaction and also a magnet for abundance.  What could be more precious than a delicious meal shared with loved ones?  We call it Thanksgiving.  Why not give thanks at every meal?  Not in a routine, thoughtless way, but sincerely - from our hearts.

Yes, let's eat each bite of food with conscious appreciation of the incredible gift of nourishment.  A gift from mother earth - the work of a farmer, a trucker, a store clerk, a cook.  This simple act of appreciation can be the beginning of a huge shift in consciousness.  Can we do it?
With love and appreciation from my heart to yours,
Sylvia Golbin
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