I hope this least-commercial-of-major-U.S.-holidays finds you rich in what matters, i.e. loving relationships, good health, right livelihood, community, connection to nature and to the God of your understanding.
The winner of “I Am Malala” (book review here) is Kathy Malin, a longtime email subscriber to Diamond-Cut Life. (Both new email subscribers and existing subscribers who offered comments were put into the drawing. I used an online random number generator to pick the winner.)
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Taliban’s attempted murder of her last year catapulted her, ironically, from being a Pakistani activist for girls’ education into being a global activist for the 61 million children in the world who are not in school (61 million!).
Malala — clearly rich in what matters — shows us how to not conform to our culture when our culture is sick. While climate change (global warming) is a more subtle entity than the Taliban, I see my nation’s failure to address it as a cultural sickness. We are putting materialism, corporate greed, convenience and dollar-riches over integrity and taking the hard actions needed to address climate change.
We can choose differently than that. Malala inspires me to stay the course.
This Sunday I’ll be posting either on The Art of Subtraction (helpful in staying centered and not overloading ourselves during the holidays), or Top Ten Tips For Not Gaining Weight Over The Holidays (reprint, helpful in a similar but more visceral way). Which would you prefer? How are you celebrating Thanksgiving? My thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.