Truth be told (because I am committed to transparency, as I said from the start), I am tired this weekend. All day I have been thinking: what can I possibly post about? It’s not that I don’t have at least a million things bringing me joy right now, it’s that in creating a blog entry it has to also be useful for my audience. From my exhausted state of mind, I didn’t know what of the things I am leaning on might inspire you as well.
Then I got a few Instagram notifications and it began to come together. The photo above is from Tatte Bakery in Harvard Square (they do also have gluten free food). I first read about this place in an IG post from Sveta. At the same time as I was discovering her feed, I also was discovering Mel’s travel page. Previously, I had been thrilled to find Jella Jornales, a slow-fashion and ethical consumer blogger from the Philippines. I began to correspond with each of these lovely humans.
When I found out Mel was going to be in Cambridge, we planned to meet for tea yesterday. It was wonderful. Digital is good, but IRL is even better. We talked about all kinds of things, from IG to climate change to business plans to kindness. When I woke up this morning, I saw that Jella had tagged me in a post about being a courageous creative. It said to tag other brave women. So I tagged Mel and Destiny (who you may remember from my collaboration last week). Now Mel and Jella are following one another and writing back and forth.
From the beginnings of connection, we build community. With community, we can change the world. I don’t see “sustainable business” as the ultimate end goal, but I do see it as a very important step. A step towards creating a globe where the amazing abundance of resources is shared so that everyone has enough to eat, enough to not just survive but to thrive and make choices that bring them joy. And the way we get closer to this vision is by genuinely connecting with each other, learning with each other, and creating community… which is sometimes around ethical brands, and sometimes just two people talking over tea.
Activism takes many forms, and I firmly believe we need all of it. We need people trying to change the system, pushing for healthcare reform and amnesty for immigrants and refugees. We need fair trade and zero carbon companies. If that’s not you, go ahead and reach out anyway. We also need the quieter, subtler moments: compassion between strangers, regardless of beliefs…a willingness to be vulnerable enough to connect. A commitment to the whole Earth community, even though we are still figuring out what that means and how to do it.
We are doing it. Bit by bit. Little revolution by little revolution. One coffee shop meeting at a time. Thanks for being here with me.