How I deal with the world's craziness

in #hive-1230467 months ago

Work is crazy.

Shopping is crazy.

Steem is crazy.

The internet is crazy.

People are crazy.

How the hell are we supposed to deal with all the craziness when it's literally everywhere these days? It's harder to avoid craziness than it is to avoid soy for Christ's sake!

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Baby chickens exploring the garden fence by the potato patch.

I keep joking with folks saying things like "at this point, I'm really hoping I get coronavirus so I can stay home away from the craziness for a couple weeks. Please quarantine me to my house with my chickens and my garden, that sounds just heavenly." Of course, I'm only half joking. I don't want to get sick, but my garden and chooks are really grounding right now. They're my solace in a way, my way of escaping the crazy.

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Baby Rhode Island red, about a week old

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Same rhode island red, a day later

For me, the garden isn't necessarily about prepping for an apocalypse. A lot of folks think that's what I'm doing, but really I'm just trying to eat well for less money and with no destruction to ecosystems. Of course, a lofty goal, but there's still a long ways to go. Folks assume that I'm getting ready for ebola or SARS or coronavirus with my garden, ready for an economic collapse. But that's just an extension of the fear-based scarcity paradigm. I'm doing this because the natural abundance reminds me that there is no scarcity except what we create in fear.

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Chickens in the corn patch, eating clover sprouts.

I don't really know exactly what it is. They say there's a soil microbe that's more effective than any synthetic antidepressants. They say the sun on your skin synthesizing the vitamin D from animal fats elevates mood. They say being in contact with the earth grounds you electrically, releasing positive charges that cause stress. They say a lot of things, but all I know for certain is that there is no crazy when I'm outside with the chickens.

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Fluffy baby Cornish cross chicken that we'll be raising for homegrown meat.

So for a short answer to what I do to deal with the craziness of the world, I am creating my own space that's resilient to the craziness and that can support me more abundantly than the industrial scarcity model.

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Twenty chickens is quite a lot of chickens.

Beyond building my own place, I love documenting it and encouraging others to build their own space. The more resilient spaces there are, the better off the world will be. It's as simple as that.

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Baby chick exploring a pecan tree that I've blocked around with logs.

And put more chickens in your resilient spaces. Sitting in dappled shade watching chickens do chicken things is the greatest meditation.

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Chooks exploring a garden patch

All action for the good of all

Nate

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Everything's always going to be okay when you've got the garden and chickens!

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Whenever people get crazy on me, I love saying stuff like "that's none of my business, I have chickens to feed."

"I'm doing this because the natural abundance reminds me that there is no scarcity except what we create in fear." Brilliant!

Ahh! Your chicks are too cute!
I love what you are doing with your place and I agree more resilient places the better!
My home in the forest is my retreat from the craziness - my sanctuary!
Keep sane and carry on with chooks and resiliency by permaculture!

I'm jealous of your Boreal forest abode! I'd try to Mimi it, but I don't think it'd work in Texas, so I'll stick with my oaks and peaches and chickens lol

The Boreal forest is a beautiful and abundant place but has nowhere near the growing season as you have in Texas! It is still snowing here! Spring is far away.

Snow for you, rain for us!

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Lots of rainwater going into our soil and not to that blasted lake! 💚

Taking the natural way of course :)
I'm how you deal with it :D

I'm really hoping I get coronavirus so I can stay home away from the craziness for a couple weeks. Please quarantine me to my house with my chickens and my garden, that sounds just heavenly.

I totally get that feeling, Nate!

I'm doing this because the natural abundance reminds me that there is no scarcity except what we create in fear.

The best reason. People are giving into fear way too easily. Suddenly they start devouring and buying into everything the media feeds them, even if they didn't before.

Even in my own family, I can feel the fear. It's interesting to see how everybody reacts to situations in a different way and sad to see how many, put blinders on and trust blindly on the media ( my brother and sister included )

Let's stay positive and please keep sharing these cute little chook pictures and stories,

Vincent

The pervasiveness of the fear based lifestyle really gets to me here lately. It just baffles me how many people are so easily led by media hype and mob mentality. My parents are the ones for me, like your siblings are for you. It's sad really, how much life these people miss out on because of that fear.

Hear, hear.

It's sad really, how much life these people miss out on because of that fear.

I agree with that. I reached out to my brother today ( who's living 2k away from the place where I'm staying this week ), he wanted to call, I asked to meet up half way and go for a walk and talk. He replied that he will stay inside, we will call tomorrow. I let him know that his home trainer will finally get some use now.

Fresh air and movement always beat locking yourself in. The latter will surely make you sick, as does fear.

Take care Nate and stay sane

Love the color on the first RI Red photo!

Yeah, chickens and gardens, and books. :))

So far, the reds have my favorite coloring and they're looking to make amazing foragers. Ordering three more this week from Murray McMurray, along with three whiting true blues.

Caring for someone or something else is always good for the soul. Helps that they are hella-cute. Did I hear a cough...? I think you should self-isolate. 😀

What a gorgeous balancing, fluffy, hopeful and calming post! Yup - CHICKENS are a wonderful solution to s many things. Just watching the way they calmly forage around and do their thing soothes me.

Super nice response.


Keep up the great posts, blogging, photographs, vlogging & inspiration.

With Love From ecoTrain


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