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  1. Malag

    I hope I do. Like many I make personal choices to be kinder to the environment. It’s bigger than me and needs bigger decisions, though.

    9 months ago
  2. ADP

    I feel I would be more connected to others if could share fate or have it shared with me. We have to appreciate and recognize what mother earth does for us and gives us every day. I feel people are so disconnected from the earth and grounding these days. It is hard for people just to slow down and appreciate all that surrounds us in nature. If you listen and view all the things around you it gives you such peace of mind. People now days need some kind of medication or release from their stress, all you need to do is stop and breathe and take in your surroundings. The earth is all we truly need find your peace spot and release all your troubles and worries out to the universe.

    9 months ago
  3. Antoinette

    I have to agree – these questions are not good . I showed up first today due to my location and I closed it to see if anyone would have a better attitude.
    Let’s hope our shared fate isn’t going to be a nuclear war-
    Please make peace ☮️

    9 months ago
  4. Don Jones

    It comes down to a personal enquiry of “What really matters”. The act of undertaking that deeply honest enquiry is the first step.

    9 months ago
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      db82258

      Sacrosanct

      9 months ago
  5. Elaine

    I hear this is another invitation to recognize the reality of interconnectedness. The words “we are one” is not a cliche, it is the way it is.

    9 months ago
    1. KC

      Thanks Elaine. Beautiful.

      9 months ago
  6. M
    MemoPC

    I just look at the question as asking me to be aware that I do not live in isolation. My actions impacts others and impacts all of life on earth. I cannot control how others live but I can choose how I live. Being gentle and generous with others and with the planet. Recycle, reuse, repurpose.
    Make do with less. Don’t waste and pollute the earths resources. Walk when I can or ride share. Ideally if we all do our little corner of life and be mindful that it matters these actions will combine to make a bigger impact. Keep looking for ways to do what I can.

    9 months ago
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    Lauryn

    I would pay more attention to how my actions affect others.

    9 months ago
  8. Mica

    I’ve signed up for an online sketchbook class. The catalog says we need plan on spending $80-$100, in addition, for supplies for the class, and we should plan to have them by the time the class begins. After registering, I got a list of many art supplies, with links for buying them. I’m old and have a Lot of stuff, including assorted art supplies, so I decided to set a goal of buying Nothing. The fine-tipped white paint brush pen will be a challenge, but I have white nail polish and white ceramic repair liquid. I emailed the instructor, hoping to inspire her to encourage other students to consider using what they have, but it’s clear she isn’t planning to do that. For me, the impact on the individual – the instructor, in this case – is more important than the impact on the environment, so I don’t intend to ‘shame’ her about the situation, having already expressed my opinion that it’s more ‘ecological’ to use what we have.

    9 months ago
  9. Mary Pat

    One of the headlines in the NYT today, “Climate Change Is Harming the Planet Faster Than We Can Adapt, U.N. Warns” is immediately what I thought about…..

    I would probably make many changes, one of them being getting more involved locally in organizations that address our shared fate when it comes to climate change.

    I would also be kinder and gentler to others, and more patient.

    So I have started with one….today, I am signing up with a local company who does mass recycling for people like us who can no longer do it ourselves, at a reasonable price. They will pick up-once a week-all of our recyclables the City does not. Our City does container recycling, but not food, paper towels, and other things like that….
    I have looked at this service for awhile, and am now going to commit to it.
    This small change will lower our landfill use considerably, and by sharing the knowledge of what this service does to friends and neighbors, it may change others thinking as well……

    9 months ago
    1. Mica

      Congrats, Mary Pat!

      9 months ago
  10. Charlie T

    This question touched a nerve. I am complicit. I use fossil fuels and eat poultry. I also am the beneficiary of oppression.
    Consuming cheap goods produced by others that are being exploited. I am living pretty low on the scale, but I could do better. Being conscious of my impacts is the first step. Recognizing that I’m living comfortably, in a world built on others misery. Sorry, I hope this wasn’t too gloomy.

    9 months ago
    1. Kevin

      I admire your honesty and frankness, Charlie. I certainly can see and feel parallels in what you have expressed with my own life too. Thank you for your words here.

      9 months ago
    2. Mary Pat

      I don’t think this is gloomy. It is a fact. When I read the question, I signed out and had to give it a really deep “think”. I was going to sign up for this compost program, but hesitated…this helped me make that commitment. They dropped off the recycling materials a few hours ago. And being a privileged person and growing up in the world in this way, I too feel a responsibility to get involved on a deeper level.
      I was going to join The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, but was dragging my feet. I will get their enewsletter, and decide how I can help after reading a few articles. It isn’t alot, but it is something…..our home and town is sitting on Aprahahoe, Cheyenne, and Ute land. It is the very least I can do…..

      9 months ago
    3. Mica

      Not at all, Charlie T – honesty is awfully gloomy for many of us

      9 months ago
  11. Laura

    I do as much as I can for others and the Earth within my human limits. Does “truly recognize” mean that what I do currently is not enough? That I don’t “truly” recognize our shared fate?
    I try to live by this quote from the Talmud:
    Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

    9 months ago
  12. Patricia

    I’m wondering about the “shared fate” of those of us who practice coming to this site. I’m starting to dread these questions. Sorry, just can’t answer today.

    9 months ago
    1. Kevin

      Hey there Patricia! I feel that there is an element of repetitiveness to these types of questions that in my opinion do not serve us nor the gratefulness team and mission in particular. Not sure how others feel, but when some of us who have been here for long time say, “I just can’t answer today, ” or, today’s question rubs me the wrong way, I’m never sure if it means that I need to stretch and grow more, or draw the line (as I did today) and say, in some many words, I take issue with this question and its intended projection. When you say, “Sorry, I just can’t answer today,” that’s not a cop-out, but a response equally worthy of being heard.

      9 months ago
    2. pkr

      I agree with you too, Patricia. Have not been able to answer many of the questions of late. Blessings to you for a beautiful day & week ahead. ❤️🙏

      9 months ago
    3. Mica

      Thank you, Patricia – I’m with you. I haven’t answered most of the last questions either. Hang in there – ❤️🤗🙃

      9 months ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    Ah, “shared fate” makes me think of my workplace, as it’s one of the company’s core values. While those above me will bring it up, it’s not really practiced, and it doesn’t seem like most of those higher ups truly care about shared fate.

    That being said, I do recognize shared fate. I know everything I do has a butterfly effect, While I always hope to be changing for the better, I think I’m doing a pretty good job in this world. I’m not perfect, but I am loving, kind, and I care about the earth and all of its inhabitants. I’m always aiming to be a better person, and hope that in doing so, it helps someone else/something else/the world in general.

    9 months ago
    1. pkr

      Yes, sounds like my time in corporate America, the Gap. All the talk about “we are in it together, we all matter, blah, blah”….was just & is just talk. In the end, when I got the boot, so to speak, because of the pandemic, they gave a rat’s a.., about “we are all together”. Got zero severance after many years, yet various CEOs, who made poor poor decisions got “golden handshakes”, over & over. I have my integrity & really that is all that matters in the end. I wish you the best sunnypatti. Good luck.🙏❤️

      9 months ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        Thank you, pkr, and I’m sorry for what you had to endure.

        9 months ago
  14. Christine

    My thought now is “How little do I know yet, how little do I recognize yet”. Maybe because I’m only human.

    9 months ago
  15. O.Christina

    There would be no impulse to harm others in whatsoever way, instead being guided by love, openness, cooperation and respect towards each of the world´s vibrant variety of creation, individuals, family of origin and chosen family, nature and Mother Earth as a whole. What I can say is that I will do my best to do so. Work in progress… hopefully helping to making this world a joint venture of the beauty of all instead.

    9 months ago
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