Not so long ago, I began experimenting with the notion of investing money, rather than spending it.
This shift turned out to be a pretty good example of what my hypnosis/NLP friends would call a one step reframe.
One step as in — boom! — new thought — new language — major new experience.
Then, as such reframes are known to do, it began to shift other things.
Before too long, I was experimenting with investing time as well as money.
Now, just between us, it usually only feels like one step. Generally, there’s a non-conscious lead-up to a reframe like this that works a bit like trick-or-treating.
We wander about our lives, collecting experiences and stories and comments in a non-conscious sort of way. Then, one day, the boom! happens.
And, if we look back, sometimes we can see hints of how it came to be.
One of those hints, in this case, was a conversation in my PRISM painting class about acting in integrity with our values.
There were, undoubtedly, other hints along the way. Use your imagination.
For today, let me tell you about investing an hour (and $79.00) this morning.
I went to the DeKalb International Farmers Market. Here’s what I came home with:
An hour of intentional walking. Complete with air-conditioning! And a bit of strength training.
Six bags of produce. Mostly leafy green things. Mainly for the 2-footed peeps.
Three bags of prizes for the raw-fed beasties. Including a major score of grass-fed beef hearts at $2.99 a pound!
One small basket of fabulous organic black mission figs, which are one of those gifts from heaven sort of things that must be celebrated.
A plan for lunch. (Hint…figs!)
Some organic walnuts.
And, a wedge of raw milk Manchego, which is a sheep’s milk cheese imported from Spain, that goes by the name of Don Quixote’s horse. (How cool is that???)
Not to mention, several encounters of the peace-making variety.
Sign language conversations with the guy unloading avocados and the one stacking gorgeous rainbow carrots in a bin.
An actual verbal conversation, which also included a lot of bowing, with the man who weighed all the various poultry parts the dogs love. His name tag said he spoke French, English, Arabic, and another language that started with a “T” that I didn’t even recognize.
And, it was a great day for waving at babies!
Waving at babies is a major part of my plan for peace on Earth.
That, and eating real food.
And helping to employ the immigrant community nested around my neighborhood.
All of which turned out to be an amazing opportunity to act on a whole lot of my values in an hour flat, and come home with the grace of figs.
Should you happen to encounter some figs where you live, slice them in half the long way.
Drizzle with the best balsamic vinegar you have. (Preferably the syrup-y kind!)
Sprinkle with a combination of freshly ground red and black pepper and just a smidge of good sea salt.
They really go well with the Manchego.
And, they’re also delightful roasted, cut side down, in a cast iron skillet. Preferably one you’re cooking lamb chops in!
That’s a fantasy for another day.
For today, an hour. Really well invested!