Spilling All My Beans

Today I answered a question asked in a separate online community: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in this life? You, too, get to read the answer I gave.

An important and challenging question. Each answer has something to do with unique personal significance (voice).

The biggest lesson I have learned in this life is that sustainable living is not conforming to a code of conduct handed down by some experts, but lifelong learning driven by two sustained curiosities about  healing engagement.

One question to ask and answer again and again is: How can I become more of a force for whole places?*

Another question to ask and answer again and again is: How can I become more of a force for whole people?

Heal means to make whole!

Dr. Stephen R. Covey has advanced the whole person paradigm (which isn't entirely new).** Numerous people have pointed in the direction of a whole place paradigm. It's possible that permaculturists have done the best job of advancing it. I nominate David Holmgren and the E. F. Schumacher Society (USA) for your attention.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned in this life? Do tell!

* I believe one's proper focus is local -- a single place (one size does not fit all). It's plural in the question because in the 21st century we can so easily share knowledge and ideas with people being stewards in other places.

** The 8th Habit, 2004