Today is a big day for the economy. It looks like the world leaders may have found a solution to ease the economic pain around the world. Time will tell. Still, of course, it will become more difficult for each of us before it gets better.
Many economists are predicting that we will not recover economically for at least 2 years, maybe longer. That’s a long time to some of us, and it will likely affect several minor – and maybe a few major – decisions we make during that time.
But this is also an opportunity. I was reminded of this by several of you – and I thank you deeply for that.
Here is an opportunity to cut back on our spending, to get ourselves into good budgeting habits. And even to be liberated from spending money when we don’t need to.
The holidays will be difficult for many of us this year. We’ll be cutting back. But hopefully in cutting back, we will be reminded of the true spirit of the holidays. Compassion, family, warmth, love, happiness. This is why we celebrate, this is what brings us together.
We can take this idea to the rest of our lives as well. Other people in our communities will be less well off than we are. And now is the time to come together to help them. Here we have an opportunity to go out into our communities and work together. I will be writing more about this in the coming weeks, you can be sure!
Plus, as we cut back on spending, as we reduce our electrical and water bills out of necessity, and as we do so many other things to help our budgets, we will be magically helping our climate recover at the same time. Good things will come out of this.
There are tough times ahead of us. But we can survive. In fact, we can do better than survive. We can be truly happy. We can thrive.
Today is also a big day for the blog world. As the banks have consolidated and partnered, so have several bloggers. No Impact Man has decided to take some incredible steps to make his blog stronger, including pairing up with several bloggers. Five bloggers I respect very much are leaving their own blogs behind to form The Green Phone Booth together. And I have joined a writer’s cooperative focussed on finding solutions to the economic crisis and beyond, called the Simple | Green | Frugal Co-op.
I will still be here at One Green Generation. We have formed an amazing community here, and I want to make it even stronger as I to continue to write about all that I’m doing and learning. It’s extremely important to me. I love this site, and I love all of you.
So in truth, I am expanding a bit, so that I can be a part of a group of bloggers with disparate views and backgrounds and ideologies, all working toward the same goal of finding solutions. I’m interested in how that dynamic unfolds, how we can fill a different need than One Green Generation, and what happens when several wonderful minds come together to form a cooperative focussed on creating positive change in this world.
Please visit this new cooperative when you have the time! I think you will enjoy it. Currently there are nine of us, and I believe there will be more in the coming months. And please let us know what you think, and what would help you most.
Faithfully yours, with much love,