The above is an early morning shot of what I see looking out of my kitchen window.
I feel very close to my roots; not to say that I haven’t changed or that there will not be further change but why do we change. Is it because we dislike the way things are and we think an about face will make it better. There is an old saying that says do not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Well you may think that is stupid but how often do we abandon the tried and true methods for doing something and then jump on a new idea that is in vogue but totally unproven. Those of you; like me, who have been around for awhile can probably remember Dr Spock’s book about child rearing called Baby and Child Care . It was published in 1946 the year of my birth. Although I doubt that it had any affect on my upbringing it did for millions of others. For the first 52 years after it was published it was the second best selling book, next to the Bible.
Dr.Spock had studied psychoanalysis in his search to determine a child’s needs and the relationship with their parents and he was the first pediatrician to do so. How did someone relatively inexperienced in child care and rearing children amass the millions of followers that he did? He changed the landscape of rearing children; some say for the worse, and it was based not from years of experience but something he put together in his head. Some ideas for change may be like Dr. Spock’s and change the world but not necessarily for the good. We have to be careful about jumping on any bandwagon of change even if we are unhappy where we are. The change is sometimes not a change for the better; it is just different. The old saying look before you leap, I think is good advice.
This article was prompted by something I read called What You Can Do by Joel Salatin on the Wanderlust Journal. It shows how a simple change in thinking can lead to great changes and sometimes unintended consequences down the road. I suggest you read it.
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