Sunday, December 26, 2010

On appreciation

It's that time of year when the past, present, and future surround us and when many of us are around our family and old friends. These are people that we've known all of our lives, and have influenced significantly who we are today. It is important we appreciate their efforts, past, present and future. Our lives are a summation of past experiences, emotions and thoughts that have made us who we are in the present, and primed us for the future. The future beckons, and this time of year is also marked with new - a New Year, new commitments and resolutions, and importantly (from an environmental, emotional and economic standpoint), new things - toys, phones, electronics and appliances. (And along with the new objects come old tales - of injustice, of environmental degradation, and of trash from wrapping and packaging.) But as Lia mentioned in her post last week, what can be lost in the excitement of the new, of the untouched, of the virgin, of the forthcoming, is a reflection on what we have already, and an appreciation for it. The emotion of this time of year can help us here; it easy to take a look - inward and outward - at the accumulation that has put us, our families, our communities and our environment, in the positions they are in today. It is important to be grateful for and appreciate the investments of time, money, effort, love and natural resouces that have gone into the many objects we take for granted, and to make full use of them before we look to the new. I do believe that we can continue to develop mentally, emotionally and ethically with these objects, before needing to move on to the next fad. It is time to reflect, and it is time to appreciate.

1 comment:

  1. This is a lovely post. I'm curious if you've ever read the book Affluenza by Scott Simon of NPR. It is right up your anti-entropic alley. :)

    I sincerely wish more people (including myself and people in my immediate family) would appreciate more what we HAVE and spend less time wishing for things we don't.

    My parents were products of the American depression (both born in 1930), and they retained two traits that were at times wonderful and contradictory: They were extremely conservative with things---water, food, money, clothes, etc.---but they hoarded things.

    I suppose we all need to understand (and PRACTICE) the difference between "want" and "need."

    I'm rambling. :)