22 May 2009
My conference – Claire from Bristol is thankful . . .
Ah, thank goodness for Transition … today has already reminded me why I am so convinced that we can transform this beautiful world we live in. I am so thankful for Jenny’s opening reminder that it is our own personal responsibility to get what we want and need out of this conference … and to be driven by our passion, not a sense of obligation.
We currently live in a society that has disempowered us, made us think we are not able to take control of our lives and bring about joy and happiness for ourselves and our communities. But it really is only us who can do it – and do it we will …
I am also incredibly thankful for the opportunity the age-mapping exercise gave me to realise that there does exist an abundance of elders for me to learn from and be inspired by. My generation needs those elders yet consumerism seems to have pillaged society of them.
Witnessing Ed Milliband answer Peter’s pressing questions about the immense changes we are facing was possibly the only – albeit expected – disappointment. More than ever before it was brought home to me how crippled politicians are when it comes to visioning beyond their term of office.
How fantastic though that a Secretary of State has witnessed the beautiful thing that is Transition … I feel confident that in some way, no matter how small, he will have been inspired to see the imperative to empower people to see beyond their addiction to consumption, and the oil it is based on … to an abundant vibrant life full of connection, meaning and spirit.