October 2020 Letter from the Publishers
Cindy and I are both safe and healthy though we both are learning to put up with the aches, pains and things seeming to wear out that comes with getting older. Cindy has designed the fall flower bed and I’ve started planting the fall vegetable garden. It’s renewing to reconnect with the earth and just get your hands in the dirt.
In struggling to write this month’s letter to you, I thought of what Gandhi said about being the change you want to see but in researching that quote, I found that Gandhi didn’t actually say that. What he said was much more profound.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
So, we/I do not have to wait to see what others do. I can make those changes within myself and in my words and actions that I wish to see in the world without waiting to see what the world is doing and without waiting to see if the world follows my lead. I’m not big on making self-improvement lists because usually I fail to follow through on them and then it just makes me feel bad but I am making a short list of changes I want to make in myself and actions I want to take.
At the top of our list of actions to take early next month is voting. If you think your vote doesn’t count or matter then it doesn’t. Living out in the country, voting is easy. We vote at the little community center a few miles from The Cabin and there is never a line. We both believe that this is the most important or at least one of the most important elections in our country’s history and if we still lived in the city, we would either be voting by mail, early voting or preparing to stand in the long line. We encourage you to do whatever it takes to make your voice heard.
Think about what Gandhi said and its implications. What you do and say does matter. Now go forth and be awesome!
Mike & Cindy Hart