Life has slowed right down, and it is just fine. Even my job is not a hassle anymore. Life seams just too easy. I really wonder how I ever got things done before my injury, and now that I live life in the slow lane, it is not stressful at all.
When everyone around me are worried about the world economic crisis, and the doom and gloom in the media, I am not getting too excited about it. Sure, I have a mortgage, but a small one as far as I am concerned and it is more than manageable if I had to seek alternative employment for any reason. I also have a loan that I took out to buy the Solar PV, but that is mostly paying itself off from the savings we make from our power bill (or should I say, lack of power bills). So as far as financial obligations go, we are still paying off big chunks of these debts, above and beyond what is expected of us. We are able to do this because we are so used to being frugal, all the extra cash gets paid off of debt.
We have needs of course, but try and fill those with our own produce first, before going off to the shop to buy whatever it is we require. Bread is baked daily and we buy the flour in bulk. We get four eggs per day from our wonderful chickens, all the veggies you could possibly want in our garden, and a stockpile cupboard full to the brim with home made preserves and jams and other daily necessities. It gives me a warm feeling inside knowing that if the world went to hell in a hand basket, we would be OK for quite a while (not that I want that to happen, of course).
A sustainable lifestyle is full of daily triumphs. Like the day our chooks laid their first egg, and the first week we made more electricity than we consumed. Like the moment you discover the seeds you planted in early spring burst through the soil to greet you. The brilliant colour of the first spring rose that has survived a constant aphid attack, showing you that if nature can get through adversity, you can as well. And the last nail banged into the chicken coop just hours before we were due to pick the chooks up with all the family lending a helping hand to get it completed in time!
Looking back on the journey so far, I would never have thought that it would be these simple little victories that would give me the most joy. It makes my heart sing just thinking about these wonderful moments in time.
I believe that I am a better man for living through the experiences and look forward to every day to see what it will bring. Let the future bring what it may. We are ready!