Quote to Ponder:
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
Last night I was hanging out with a big group of friends at “Friendsgiving” and it solidified the topic I wanted to write about this week. We were chatting about the convenience of popping on Amazon and ordering anything and everything you would ever need – toilet paper, books, food, tools, clothes, office supplies… anything. The convenience of clicking a few arbitrary buttons, viewing your cart, hitting “buy now” and a day or two later having it magically show up on your doorstep, blows my mind. You didn’t speak to a soul, you didn’t have to touch your items or even think about where they came from. The connection, on all levels, is lost!
This post could go on and on about all the ways this is effecting our society, but grocery shopping is what really irks my chain. For me, grocery shopping is easy because I thoroughly enjoy it. I love the whole experience of going to the market – shopping for the best deals, picking out the best looking produce, having my butcher pick out the best meat, smiling at other shoppers and actually having real conversations with people. I learned this from my dad who has gone to the same grocery story for 40 years (usually on Sunday afternoons). When I go visit him, he tells me how all the ladies at the store are doing. He knows because he actually SEES them on a regular basis, knows them by name and he genuinely cares.
But, more and more online food markets keep popping up where even the connection of buying the food you put in your body is lost. Knowing where and who your food comes from is gone. It’s no longer just not knowing your farmer, but not knowing your grocer. The plot thickens!
Now, I am not stuck in the 80’s, I realize the importance of technology and I value the ability of having a online business as I do it myself. But, as technology progresses, connection is lost. As everyday life activities become remote and as the reliance on our devices becomes more and more addictive, the less people talk. The less real-life community we have.
I’m not pointing fingers! I’m guilty of this more than I would like to admit. In fact the other day I was pumped to get my grimy little paws on my new Colorado ball cap, essential oils book and head lamp that conveniently shipped right to my front door in a box stamped Amazon. And I’m sure after I write this blog, I will indulge in this activity again. In fact, I know I will continue to support online business that aren’t a “mass third-party middle-man mess” because I know who and where these products come from. They typically have a mission that I agree with and are doing something good for society. But, I am setting myself a goal to be more aware of my purchases. Not just what I am buying, but more about where I am buying it and who I am buying it from. I challenge you to do the same!
Exercise of the Week:
Standing Cat and Cow
For all you people that sit at a desk all day… first of all, stop sitting all day. Get up, stand up, walk around as often as you can. This simple exercise you can do at your desk to move your spine a bit.
- Stand up and squeeze glutes
- Round forward articulating down each vertebrae
- Stand up again and squeeze glutes
- Arch backward to articulating up each vertebrae
Recipe of the Week:
Sausage and Kale Soup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 1 lb ground pork
- 3 leeks (sliced)
- 1 bushel kale (chopped)
- 1 carrot (sliced)
- 6 cups homemade beef broth
- Sea salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
- Heat oil in dutch oven over medium heat
- Add sausage and pork and brown meat
- Add leeks and saute
- Add kale, carrot, broth and seasoning
- Cover, turn to low heat and cook until kale is soft