Since starting out in 2007, Diamond-Cut Life has periodically honed and chiseled its focus. I feel like a jeweler, happily crafting ideas into posts here in my living room, like rough geodes into jewels.
Last year, I recrafted my blog’s subtitle from “more joy, less stuff” to “how to be rich in what matters.” In 2014, I’ve realized that my “who” needs sharper focus, i.e. who are the community of readers that I’m serving?
And the answer is: Diamond-Cut Life is for people driven by values, not greed.
People driven by greed tend to build material things, such as more deadly armaments to sell to other countries, more prisons that incarcerate ever-higher percentages of our population, and more fracking equipment and pipelines that extract and ship more of the fossil fuels that drive climate change.
Those of us driven by values, though, know the power of building ourselves. Power ultimately comes from within, including the power to reshape the world into a just and verdant place that works for everyone, not just for the wealthy.
The best thing that each of us can build is our personal capacity. That capacity can take many shapes. Here some key kinds of capacity we can build to live from our values and create a better world.
Capacity to sustain a loving, healthy marriage or partnership
Capacity to learn the new skills that constantly changing technologies and workplaces expect of us.
Capacity to generate, via the sun, as much electricity as our homes use.
Capacity to enjoy and nurture the natural world, which belongs to all of us, no matter our income level or social status.
Capacity to make and eat tasty, healthy meals, especially with locally grown food.
Capacity to travel in ways that support and respect other cultures, rather than consume them.
Capacity to grow our spirituality and sense of connectedness.
Capacity to survive the deaths of loved ones with heartful grief, rather than bitterness or despair.
Capacity to adapt and evolve as climate change progresses. (Hint: focusing on needs, rather than ever-increasing wants, is a great way to both cope with climate change, and slow its pace.)
To live values-driven lives, the best thing we can each build is our own capacity. Power ultimately comes from within, including the power to reshape the world into a just and verdant place that works for everyone, not just for the wealthy. In what ways do you feel you have strong capacity? In what ways would you like to grow your personal capacity?
Next week I’ll announce the winner of “The World Until Yesterday”, the excellent book I’m giving away at month’s end. It’s by Jared Diamond (the Pulitzer prize-winning author of “Guns, Germs And Steel”.)