Dr Planet #2 Strength is the NEW Black
We acknowledge that this newsletter was written on and our business is located on Wurrundjeri Country. We pay respects to Wurrundjeri elders, past, present and emerging. We give our gratitude and love for their care of their land, water and culture and acknowledge that they never ceded sovereignty.
Strength is the new black!
AND well, I love wearing black!
How about you?
Maybe a lick of a bright red lipstick for me and I'm all set honey.
For years now we have spoken about and taken action to create our new world. Our possible world.
Dr Planet in an expression of this intention in our lives. Our co creation together.
We dream, speak the words of and take the many small yet significant steps to create our cleaner, freer, more just world together. A world that makes more sense.
We have watched movements start-up that woke us up to what we had not realised we were unconsciously participating in. We got a bit of a shock. We looked within. Said sorry and then did better. What opportunities these moments are. Giftseven. To be able to fall, even experience a bit of shame and then to have the courage to dust ourselves off and feel that golden redemptive feeling of forgiveness and going forward doing better.
Creative solutions came in the ways of new products, services and cultural shifts we sought out, bought, participated in, were inspired by and supported.
Do you remember where they came from?
Yep, that's right. From the grassroots up honeybunch. From you and me and our tribe. I am pretty proud of this. Every day people, from different backgrounds and with different views, finding their common ground for a choice based in equality and justice. (justice meaning, peace, and genuine respect for people)
In the below book 'Rise and Resist' by Clare Press, Clare writes about the importance of the climate change movement and the whole book are stories, examples and interviews with activists and their joyful and creative activism. The pink knitted pussy cat beanies for the Me Too movement, Knitting Nana's blocking roads to fracking trucks, quilt exhibitions and guerilla love notes left all over the cities and neighborhoods. Everyday people, introverts, extraverts, all shining their light with "How to change the world' for the better
I am inspired by our community as we care for our ours and our family's health and homes, our food sources, each other and for our great mother.
We know keeping our neighbours strong means a strong community that we are invited to thrive in as well.
Who else is going to be close enough to organise you a meal when you need it? Sort out accommodation and clothing should a disaster occur? Who are our safety nets? Our insurance and assurance that we are taken care of?
Where else is the opportunity to give in real-time?
And where is the most fertile ground for our dreams to be planted to thrive?
Yep, that's right, in our community.
I believe our possible world will be birthed in the everyday. In the small, consistent actions of our grassroots movement, we are growing now. Our kids will see this as normal, live clean and ethical, understand diversity and equality. That they are safe to follow their dreams as the community will support them. That no one will be excluded, all will be embraced. All are welcome to give and all are welcome to receive.
Just like in the picture below, we found such an unexpected moment of glorious beauty and we celebrated. The seemingly impossible is possible in the everyday.
So back to my first line that has been rolling off my tongue all week.
Strong is the new black
Love is the classic black tux for our gents.
Love is the classic elegant black dress for the women.
Well, today we women can rock the black suit and with some Bowie-like flair we have men rocking a dress.
We can look at the past, where the classics came from, there is no end of inspiration there for us to take their loving strength and make it our own.
It's in the music, movies, writers, stories and history books.
We can all rock the cool, understated elegance of wearing classic black. That is true class.
Love is simple and clean-cut and that is its strength!
Everything we say and do is an expression of who we are, the choices we make, our values.
Sending Love and Strength
Chris and the Dr Planet Fam xx❤