Since the Ice Age, nothing has changed the world faster than business. Ethical businesses, led by morally courageous people, can rapidly transform our world for the better.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love running small businesses. I have been an eco-entrepreneur since 1980. Throughout my career as a Soil to Soul Entrepreneur, I’ve established many successful Eco-businesses. Now, a writer, speaker and Business and Life Mentor, I enjoy inspiring others to redefine what success means and helping them to succeed while contributing to a better place for future generations.
We must make it our business to be part of implementing humanitarian and environmental Soulutions into our life and the way we do business. With current events, the costs of living in harmony with Nature are explicit; the first necessary steps are to imagine something better and to live like the future matters. Just as our parents and grandparents dreamed of a better life, so must we—in harmony with the systems and cycles of Nature we can create a robust, resilient economy. But how?
First, I have a few questions for you to think about when you read this article, which includes excerpts from Conscious Cures ~ Soulutions to 21st Century Pandemics.
Are you happy with your job or career? How does your lifestyle contribute to your local economy? How does your work affect your health, your family, Mother Earth? Can you imagine yourself doing something that is more gratifying? How Is your livelihood contributing to future generations?
During the COVID era, people are having to relearn what the word “essential” means and why prioritizing health, family, and business — in that order, is so important.
The global supply chain has been affected, and we will continue to experience shortages, delays, and price increases. If we could talk, I would ask you, what do you think it will take for your community to be sustainable? What are you doing to be resilient in these unpredictable times? What is important to you?
As we face so much adversity, a proud movement is rising. More people are pushing back on what the economy thinks is suitable and redefining what is essential to be happy. We start by learning how to be happy with less stuff and focus on our innate creativity. We then make the shift to eco-economics by using our influence and purchasing power to shape and support our local communities. Community economic structures are built by people’s choices, not corporations moving in and taking over our town.
Learning from the past and the present situation, we can imagine/manifest something better.
We can cultivate a new economy by adding the proper nutrients to include kindness, inclusiveness, generosity, equal opportunity, progressive education, the arts, Nature’s wisdom, wholesome food, holistic principles, healthy lifestyles, and many other regenerative exchanges. Preservation and conservation are vital to a healthy economic system.
Education is key to building a new society based on balancing our economy with the rights of Nature. Our children deserve an upgraded and updated educational system that teaches them how to thrive in the 21st century. By teaching our children how to rebuild antiquated and unsustainable systems, and how to take care of themselves and boost their immune systems, our children will be smarter.
Broadening our vision, we realize we can be happy doing things differently, but when the program changes, it can be challenging. Change can be troubling, yet, if we keep doing the same things, we get the same results. As we detox from our old ways, we may experience emotional grief and physical discomfort. We have seen this looking back at economic strife throughout history. We can move beyond this by filling ourselves with positive possibilities and conscious cures suggested in my writings and in others.
We recover and regenerate from old destructive patterns when we shift forward for the right reasons, and with empathy and grace. Collectively, we can strive for long-term Soulutions, resilience, and self-sufficiency by shifting consumption habits to a regenerative mentality. We can balance our checkbooks and balance the Earth. Swap greed for giving! We can make a better world for lifekind.
Localize economies and reconnect communities.
There is a rising trend to build economies around what we put in our mouths, from meals to medicine. Local economies are focusing on essentials and giving back Mainstream essential professions and practical life skills — such as seamstresses, farmers, service workers, or repair people — must receive a living wage. With inflation, that is estimated to be a minimum of $26 an hour!
We can bring back these essential skills and educate our youth to become part of the innovative changes necessary to retool a healthy economy. Fast-food joints that serve unhealthy, processed junk can shift to community cafes and meeting places. Retail stores full of items made by exploited laborers that become the typical teen job can turn into a business incubator that inspires youth to learn practical skills. Professions that contribute back to their communities without demoralizing the service industries become the fabric of a healthy community.
The opportunities to create local employment are endless; steward the land, plant trees, maintain parks, open a retail store that provides essentials, produce take-out farm to table meals, own a repair shop, and the list goes on when you are an entrepreneur wishing to serve the needs of your community. All community members are valuable and can encourage each other to create conscious industries that do not pollute the land, air, and water we depend on. Localizing our economies and supporting them creates more economic sustainability and fair earnings.
When we take power away from mega-corporations, we are more self-sufficient, and the power comes back to the hands of the people. Tides are changing. People are wising up and investing in local infrastructure, resulting in a more resilient community. By focusing on regenerative Soulutions, we all prosper.
The key to success is to use less energy and focus on preservation and conservation.🙌🏼
Educate and retool systems to align with ecology and wellness.
The excellent news is that we can turn filthy systems into clean ones. Research is advancing, and technology is available for sophisticated, regenerative agriculture, clean energy, efficient transit systems, and conservation. Retooling our economic systems to align with ecology and good health will create millions of jobs and stimulate ethical entrepreneurship. In addition to rebuilding antiquated infrastructure, we desperately need more holistic practitioners and mental health professionals to help in these trying times. With ingenuity in every economic sector, we can rebuild regenerative communities based on necessities that bring us joy and good health rather than more useless stuff.
Since learning to walk, we learned to disconnect the ecology from the economy and to take, without giving back, which erodes the fabric of society. From grade school to university, we must do a better job of educating our youth to live like the future matters and realize how they can help flip the economy to eco-human-nomics. In unison with Nature everything is healthier. As we educate and retool our economy, we must weave ethics into the curriculums and conversations to ensure a livable future for our children. Check out The Umi Project, an organization that focuses on the intentional design of student-centered learning.
Visionary leaders in the business community have more influence than they realize and are being called to create a new economy that makes sense for the long haul. The private sector of business has been at a disadvantage. It does not have access to the same science, information, or government support as large corporations. We must interconnect the dots and insist governments support the private sector, rewarding common-sense business models that benefit local economies. An extraction economy has proved unsustainable and unhealthy.A cohesive process based on morality is necessary to escalate the changes to rebalance, something that most bureaucrats aren’t considering. We must make sure that small businesses get the support needed to rebuild resilient communities. This means we must take action in our local business associations and politics.
How might our world be different if we did not depend on non-essential goods and we eliminated those businesses that make those useless things? Using less energy and consuming less means a better quality of life for future generations. We have an opportunity to create a new economic pardaign based on being happy and healthy.
USE LESS is BEST!
Learn from the past and bring the best forward.
The indigenous cultures and our ancestral roots can help us make sense of the present and guide our future. Indigenous cultures had a robust economy while honoring each season’s wealth and balancing their relationship with Nature. They respected and valued the water, soil, air, and the animal and plant kingdom’s diversity as if their life depended on them. That is a just economy. Instead, most everything we eat and use is extracted from somewhere else, including the energy we use, and shipped thousands of miles for us to unconsciously consume. Imagine if we could cut that in half? Today, many of the remaining indigenous people continue to share their wisdom. How might our economy and the world be different if we respected and valued indigenous views?
We can also look back at our family lineage and learn from their successes and failures throughout history. We can balance our economy by weaving together indigenous people’s knowledge, what we have learned from our ancestors, and incorporating the best of modern technology. In doing so, we honor the past and the future, respect ourselves, and function harmoniously within the web of life. Well-planned modernization can help us create a future where we can coexist in harmony.
Technology can assist us in the right direction if we use it to focus on regenerating our world. Our economy is our business, and how we support it will make a ubiquitous difference. Every time we purchase goods, we choose how we invest our dollars. The actions of each individual set the pace for a new inclusive and resilient economy.
We will rebuild a healthy economy when enough of us cherish the Earth and respectfully balance her resources. It’s time for innovation to kick in, from congregations to educational systems, the White House to your house, rural communities to urban neighborhoods, and for us to create the world we wish for our children to inherit.
It’s time to sanitize our economy by cleaning up our act and demand corporate accountability. It’s time we build up our immune systems, strengthen our inner core, and work with Mother Earth. We can create a new economy that fosters giving back as we plant seeds of change and nurture them with love and compassion for us all. We can glean and thrive from the Earth’s wisdom, indigenous cultures, and wise ancestors, interwoven with Soulution-oriented technology. When the Earth is balanced, it will reflect a healthy balance in our bank accounts and a healthier civilization. If more people believe and act in humanitarian ways, we can expect fewer global health pandemics.
I have a dream of how this might shake out. We all have dreams. What are yours?
Imagine how equitable distribution of wealth would improve our nation’s welfare and corporations were taxed appropriately. Imagine if the billionaires could find it in their souls to shift from a mentality of financial maximization to one of social and environmental responsibility. Imagine if our government taxes its citizens appropriately and provides actual debt relief for the most vulnerable, including changing student loans and healthcare practices. Imagine an education system that worked for all students!
I envision communities that prioritize the essentials: a clean and balanced economy that supports the diversity of the people, has a reverence for culture, fair wages, and a respect for biodiversity necessary to survive on Earth. I envision shops that are well stocked with necessities, including locally made goods and handicrafts. Thrift stores, up-cycle shops are prevalent, and repair shops are always nearby. Yards are full of edible, medicinal gardens and delightful flowers. There is Energy-efficient public transportation and all structures are built to be energy efficient.
Yes, I am choosing to believe and to have hope. Greater social-economic education and a fresh mindset around social and environmental responsibility will make a significant difference. You and I have the power to dream and to manifest change.
Imagine a sense of unity in your community around being in unison with Nature, which brings out your true nature. Think about that.
The community includes public garden installations, such as Nature parks, green spaces, and walking and biking trails. Park benches are everywhere, inviting you to sit and enjoy. Birds sing from the treetops, ponds are full of fish, and wildlife abounds and surrounds. Families fly kites in the open fields. Small, diversified farms surround each community. The farmers, stewards of the land, serve their communities with dignity and honor.
Imagine if everyone makes the humanities a priority. I see more venues for the arts, live theater and music, and other cultural events that bring out humanity’s best. Singers, poets, and jugglers entertain in the streets. Cafes specializing in local food and baked goods fill the town with irresistible smells. Farmer markets overflow with plump fruits and berries, voluptuous vegetables, aromatic flowers, medicinal herbs, and tinctures. Children of every social-economic background, color, and nationality climb the trees and play together in harmony. It is a community not dependent on greed, fossil fuels, and the wants and needs of others’ agendas. It is a beautiful place that future generations will be proud to inherit. It’s not a step back to the good old days; it’s a step forward to regenerate a new economy. What do you envision for your community?
Imagine how things can be different if Instead of being tourists, we were travelers — moving with a purpose to promote positive change. What if all our clothes came from organically grown natural fibers? What if we repurposed rather than bought everything new? What if we all planted a tree or a garden, ate a more plant based diet, What if…? I am sure you have many things we could do to bring the Earth and our health back into balance.
Ethical business leaders and citizens with moral courage are changing the economy.
These 21st-century crises present us with extraordinary opportunities. We face in-common problems that will take collective action. As we create a new economy based on integrity and respect, a renaissance of elation will raise our soul. When we commune with one another and Nature, we are unstoppable. The most important choices and shifts in our lives are right in front of us.
If we could talk, I’d encourage you to live a wholesome and prosperous life, embrace your hopes and dreams, and to share your wisdom to enrich and cultivate the life energy and the love-light in others. I would say, you’ve got this!
Big Love and Aloha ❤️
“Why Retire When I Can Inspire”
Donna Maltz is an author, blogger, speaker, culinary chef, and eco-entrepreneur. Her books include Living Like the Future Matter ~ The Evolution of A Soil to Soul Entrepreneur. I AM ~ A Guided Journal to Cultivate Abundance, Conscious Cures~Soulutions to 21st Century Pandemics and Yummy Recipes, Wilderness Wonders, a healthy activity cookbook for kids and adults. Check our her website: www.donnamaltz.com
She spends her days immersed in Nature and strives to help make the world a more vibrant place for all sentient beings. As a ‘voice for Nature,’ she shares her love for Mother Earth through words and photography. 🌿