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The Best Ways For You To Love Others Even If The World Hates

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Dissension, poverty, and the ongoing threat of a global pandemic have robbed us of our freedom, dreams, and financial security. As the skeletons from our racist past dance gleefully on the backs of perished confederate oppressors, we tremble with fear in anticipation of the chaos that lies ahead. When the world crumbles, and no one wishes to reach a point of understanding, how do we practice the art of love in an age driven by hate and division?

Many years ago, when I was still in school, I had a troubled friend who consistently manipulated me into feeling sorry for them. Things were difficult for them at that time. They had overcome many obstacles to settle in America. I tried with all the sensitivity I had to support them, yet nothing I did seemed to change their pessimistic view. As time went on, they grew increasingly bitter and quarrelsome. Then, one afternoon, they called me. This time, however, there was something different about their manner. I immediately sensed there was malice behind their pleasant words. Anger and resentment began to build. Instantly I knew, with a sick feeling in my stomach, that they were playing mind games. At first, I wanted to yell at them. I even considered a halfhearted apology to avoid confrontation, but somehow I innately understood that this wouldn’t solve the problem. That night, I had a prophetic dream about them using people to gang up on me under a false accusation. The next day, my dream became a reality. I didn’t apologize; I purposefully ended the relationship. Another vulnerable, emotionally needy person took my place. The argument I long dreaded, the constant subject of many sleepless nights, never happened because I refused to engage. Instead, I took the pacifists’ approach and sought out healthier relationships. Years later, my former friend apologized, and I forgave them.

Unfortunately, things don’t always end this well. Often you seek closure where there is none. At some point, you have to come to the acceptance that as much as you wish you could control the outcome, you’re only responsible for your actions. Whenever you encounter a difficult situation, one in which you feel the urge to fight to defend your world view, you need to consider whether the reward is greater than the risk. In this egocentric world, it’s easy to give in to your need to be right at all costs, even when you have no reason to start an argument. There are times, however, when you must stand up for what you believe. Speaking out to end abuse or criminality in any shape or form is admirable, but arguing to win or to purposely cause division will only increase discontent, not lessen it. Wisely choose to practice restraint.

You don’t have to win the war with words or blows. Capture your neighbors’ trust with distance, love, consideration, and understanding. Take some valuable time to consider these helpful suggestions.

Take a Metaphorical Walk In Their Shoes

It’s essential to sympathize with what others are going through. They may be experiencing hard times, prolonged illness, or painful loss. These circumstantial factors will often color the way they see specific issues. While it’s good to show them you care by letting them know you respect their point of view, you shouldn’t excuse inappropriate or hateful behavior.

 

Practice The Art Of Patience

I know this one is difficult, especially when you’d like nothing better than to punch that special someone in the face. You can’t do this; you’ll get arrested. Walking away briefly or taking a break will help you to gain your composure. Understand that it may take some time to come to a point where you both agree to disagree without killing each other.

 

Listen More, Talk Less

Sometimes, you miss what others are trying to share with you because you’re too focused on your fears. You may find at the end of your discussion that you have similar concerns, but different solutions. If you want others to consider your research and opinions, you have to be ready to entertain theirs.

 

Pray For Peace

One of the most important things you could do to promote openness and compassion, praying, is a powerful weapon against the worlds’ darkness. When you meditate upon peace and what it means for the world, your family, and the people you come into contact with, you’re making a concerted effort to act beneficially in all circumstances. Wishing others peace as well as making it a priority for your life helps to end negative feelings and thoughts that threaten to keep you in a state of unrest.

 

Forgive

It’s not easy to forgive others that have hurt you. Often you feel like you’re the victim in need of redemption. However, the alternative leaves you with poor physical health, unsound mind, and broken relationships. Try to make an effort to put old hurts behind you. Gently let the negative memories go. Dwelling on them doesn’t help you to move on and love others. Make room for positive thoughts and new experiences.

Take An Interest In Others

Spend time with friends and family. Make an effort to keep in touch with the people that care and support you. Try to add something meaningful to the conversation, making sure that you listen as much as you contribute. Share your triumphs, challenges, and hobbies. Comfort them when they require extra support.

 

It’s never too late to offer your time and talents to make this space ball we call Earth a better place. It doesn’t take tons of money, a pink Cadillac, celebrity status, or big hair to get the job done. All that is required is a deep-seated need to improve the lives of others.

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9 Inspiring Ways To Address Covid-19 Hunger

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In a matter of months, our world has changed. Job opportunities are shrinking, and once-profitable food, hospitality, and entertainment industries have almost collapsed. Edison Research Poll discovered that after the announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic, 44% of Americans fear they will not be able to afford food. Numbers are even higher, they say, for people earning less than $50,000 like gig workers and those newly unemployed. (Fields, 2020) May Lynn Tan, Assistant Deputy Director for E4 and manager of several food assistance initiatives, recognizes the immediate threat that rapid and consistent unemployment has on the general population. Households with children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable because closed schools, daycare centers, and senior centers have eliminated a regular source of meals. (Tan, 2020) Learning to become self-sufficient, and provide your family with a sustainable, steady food supply, especially during difficult times, is critical. Now is the time to work together to support our communities with valuable resources focused on food recovery, a new, earth-friendly method of food production, and reliable methods of distribution.

Here are some creative, community-based ways you can improve food insecurity in your area.

 

1. Grow Your Food

The National Gardening Association (NGA) says that 35 percent of families in the United States are growing food at home or in a shared community garden. This report indicates that more people of all ages, especially young people, are learning to grow their food. (Scatterday, 2017)

Growing food for the first time can be intimidating, but it will improve your health, lessen your carbon footprint, and save you money.Commercial farming employs a lot of pesticides and insecticides that the EPA considers carcinogenic. Gardening allows you to control what you apply to your produce. Even if you lack a green thumb, there are plenty of helpful tutorials online to guide you through the process. You’ll learn which vegetables grow well in your area, tips on watering, fertilizing, and harvesting. In addition to improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, gardening has the added benefit of helping you get extra exercise throughout the day.

 

2. Create Community Gardens in Urban Spaces and Food Deserts

While growth in gardening is spectacular, Mike Metallo, President, and CEO of the NGA said that many people lack access to nutritious food regularly. Millions of children in America go hungry. The frequent occurrence of food deserts is a contributing factor to obesity and malnutrition. (Scatterday, 2017)

Urban agriculture has a unique solution for this ongoing challenge. It proposes that communities raise money to help people in urban areas use vacant lots to grow food for the neighborhood. For example, the Vacant Lot toolkit, located in Pittsburgh, helps residents legally access empty lots to grow food, flowers, and rain gardens. Bjorn Low, leader of a grow-your-own-food-movement, co-founded Edible Garden City to address food security hardships in Singapore. (Ashoka, 2018)

Food deserts, where residents have little to no access to grocery stores or healthy food alternatives, can apply the same lot programs as urban centers. Funding from Non-profits will provide the money needed to make these programs a reality.

 

3. Increase the Accessibility Of Nutritious Food In Charitable And Food Assistance Programs

Across the country, food assistance programs provide a much-needed food source for families living below or at the poverty level. Wealthier members of your state or community could make frequent donations to your local food bank or other charitable organizations that handle food service. For example, The Texas Food Bank, located near San Antonio, Texas, provides food for San Antonio residents and surrounding counties. They have gardens for growing fresh vegetables, but also receive many donations from individuals and families. A dependable flow of volunteers helps them to serve counties outside the city.

 

4. Know the Food Insecure Areas In Your State

Each state and county must have a map or report of all the food insecure areas. Volunteers, businesses, and state employees can create targeted programs to help people meet their needs. Not all regions will require the same types of foods or the same amount of assistance. Making weekly, monthly, and annual reports to determine the issues that arise due to job instability, health concerns, and unforeseen economic conditions will benefit struggling community members.

 

5. Understand How Climate Change Affects The Type Of Food That Grows Well In Your Area

Jason Clay, the senior vice president of market transformation for WWF, predicts that in the short-term, the concentration will be on climate-smart agriculture. However, in 10 to 20 years, the focus will switch to rotating crops. (Gould, 2014)

Be aware of the type of crops that grow well in your areas or zones. Planting fruits or vegetables that fail to thrive in your area could result in disaster. The successful growth and distribution of plants are reliant on the understanding of how climate change affects native crops. The hardiest and most pest-resistant are the ones you need to focus on cultivating.

 

6. Minimize Food Waste

Create or give to programs that support distributing surplus food from businesses or schools to local shelters and food distribution centers. Grocery stores in your area could donate canned fruits, vegetables, and box meals to charities. Schools could get permission from the local government to use extra food to create meals for hungry children and adults living within the school district.

 

7. Produce Local Food Donation Drives And Fund Raisers

Your neighborhood or community could raise money each month to combat state hunger issues. Food donation drives during the summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas would help to alleviate suffering during peak holidays, a time when people are already more likely to give. Early fall, when children are returning to school, is also a perfect time to start a fundraiser or donation drive. Teachers and administrators could reach out to parents that are having difficulty feeding their families and make a private list.

 

8. Create Programs That Teach Sustainable Foraging and Eating Wild

Foraging is the practice of gathering edible plant species where you live.
These plants, when correctly identified and harvested, can be added to savory salads, soups, stews, and any other dish you can imagine. Wild food also has more essential minerals and vitamins. If you’re looking for creative ways to get exercise, foraging is the perfect combination of hiking and gardening. To ensure optimum health, find a mentor to teach you which plants are safe for consumption and which ones to avoid.

Here are some excellent books on the subject that you can acquire from popular online or local booksellers.

Books

Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine
The Scout’s Guide to Wild Edibles: Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat 

In addition to foraging, you can also learn to eat wild. Eating Wild is the process of getting whole nutrition from modern food by choosing animal food sources that are 100% grass-fed. These types of foods help to increase health and fight disease. Buying from farmers’ markets and learning to select wholesome foods raised by local farmers that are pesticide-free is necessary for improving peoples’ overall nutrition as well as the environment. Providing local farms dedicated to safe food production and humane treatment of animals with tax breaks can ease the rising cost of food at your grocery store.

 

9. Start A Local Heirloom Seed Bank

Invite mentors, volunteers, and families in need to participate in a program focused on preserving heirloom seeds. Food insecure families, as well as other members in your area, could use these seeds to help grow healthy, nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables for themselves and their community. Before you preserve seed varieties, make sure you know whether or not the plant is a hybrid or an open-pollinated variety. Only open-pollinated or heirloom varieties can continue to produce crops for generations.

Here are a few informative websites and books to help you get started.

Websites

Start Your Own Heirloom Seed Vault: http://www.therealfarmhouse.com/start-your-own-heirloom-seed-vault/
Personal Seed Bank: https://faithfulfarmwife.com/personal-seed-bank/
How To Organize A Community Seed Bank: https://www.seedsavers.org/site/pdf/Start-Seed-Bank.pdf

Books

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs
Heirloom Seed Saving Handbook: Your Personal Survival Seed Bank

While you may not have all the answers to eliminating food insecurity, you can make a concerted effort to tackle the serious issues that surround it. Steady progress and a healthy amount of persistence will help you and your community to address ongoing setbacks in the fight to improve the environment and end world hunger. Learning about the root causes of crop failure and lack of adequate nutrition and distribution will aid in producing a wholesome food supply.

 

Bibliographic Citations For Sustainable Foods Article

Tan, May Lynn. “Food security during a pandemic and beyond: how research can support action.”Evidence For Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 23 April 2020, https://evidenceforaction.org/food-security-during-pandemic-and-beyond-how-research-can-support-action.

 

Fields, Samantha. “44 % Of Americans Fear They Won’t Be Able to Afford Food, Poll Finds.”Marketplace, American Public Media, 7 May 2020, www.marketplace.org/2020/05/07/44-of-americans-fear-they-wont-be-able-to-afford-food-poll-finds/.

Scatterday, Allysan. “Gardening Boom: 1 in 3 American Households Grow Food.”Farmer Foodshare, Farmer Foodshare,  15, June 2017, www.farmerfoodshare.org/farmer-foodshare/2017/6/15/gardening-boom-1-in-3-american-households-grow-food .

Ashoka. “Bjorn Low – Edible Garden City: Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker.”Ashoka, Ashoka, 18, June 2020, www.ashoka.org/en-us/story/bjorn-low-edible-garden-city

Gould Hannah. “10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture.”The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1, July 2014, www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/food-blog/sustainable-agriculture-10-things-climate-change