This week Awesome Stories brings you solitude, radical ship design, awesomeness, aeroponic gardens and the sharing economy.
Ponderings on Solitude
In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more fully one enters into the communion of all creatures. ~ Wendell Berry
In this article, Maria Popova weaves together her insights from interviewing Wendell Berry, a delightful poet, philosopher, farmer and naturalist. His essential point is that we need solitude, not only to feed our souls and hear our inner voices, but also to create in tune with the larger whole. Too little solitude can lead to self-absorbed creations based solely on novelty, where there is no real value beyond uniqueness. Or too much solitude, wrapped in isolation that can lead to shoddy work with too little hope and connection. Finding the middle ground is the key.
I think this ship design is awesome. The huge environmental impact of cargo and cruise ships inspired Norwegian designer Terje Lade to create more new ships that are more sustainable and efficient. His “Vinskip” is a radical new hull design that looks almost like a sail and actually pulls the ship forward with wind. Lade estimates that his design would cut carbon emissions by 80 percent and fuel consumption by 60 percent. Radical indeed. He’s talking to ship builders to find a partner willing to build these awesome ships. What do you think?
11 Steps for Awesomeness
Maybe I need to write my own version, but Tess Marshall gives us 11 awesome steps for living a bold and empowered life. I need to remember to lean into fear and find the abundance now, not in some future place or condition. Thanks for the tips and reminders Tess! And of course, we need to enjoy and celebrate along the way to our dreams and goals. Here’s an older post of mine on living with zeal. What are your best tips for being awesome and living fully?
Progress in Chicago
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has implemented many sustainability initiatives, including wetlands restoration, green roofs, LEED certification, EV charging and beehives! Their new Aeroponic Food Towers were the first in the country. They actually grow vegetables which are used in the airport’s restaurants. I like how they embody sustainability by saving water, educating the public and feeding travelers. O’Hare is part of Airports Going Green, a group promoting more sustainable airports.
The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy
I’ve been a big fan of the growing sharing economy, which has the good intention to share goods, services and ideas. Nepun Mehta makes some interesting observations about how too often the sharing economy model gets turned into a marketing tool for businesses to sell more stuff. One comment from a woman dedicated to sustainability really hit home. “I started with the hope that we could elevate economic forces to value nature. Instead, what we’ve done is commoditized and devalued nature.” I prefer focusing on quality of life with less stuff, materialism and consumption. His idea is to create a new model based on giving called the “gift ecology” which blends the best of giving and nature to create organic connections that build strength and resiliency.
May we each find joyful ways to express our spirit, gifts and love. Blessings, Brad