An interesting thought has been floating around my mind recently. I’ve been noticing that God seems to be more ‘pro’ than ‘anti’. It’s not a debate about whether or not He wants us to be active – He does. Rather, my questioning is on our position/method. What if God is more ‘pro’ freedom than He is ‘anti’ captivity? Or more ‘pro’ empowerment than ‘anti’ demoralisation? Basically the standards are the same but the position has changed. Continue reading
One thing I really enjoy is finding out that a brand or product I like is ethical in their trading. I think it’s more encouraging and empowering to find and learn about these companies, rather than just those who are not doing the right thing by their workers. I much more enjoy scanning the shelves for products I enjoy, knowing they are made ethically, than boycotting those who are not. (side note: does anyone know if boycotting actually works?)
I was enjoying a cup of tea at Mum’s the other day and commented on the lovely, full flavour. She mentioned it was Dilmah. I’ve always enjoyed Dilmah tea but have avoided purchasing it because it lacks the Fair Trade logo. Silly me. I assumed that because it wasn’t Fair Trade certified that their business structure was detrimental to local communities. As they always say, when you assume you make an ass out of you and me. This was one of those moments 🙂 Continue reading
So, this post is about a family who have me intrigued. I first heard about the Barkers when chatting with Ros Jamieson from Hands & Hearts about her venture; selling Fair Trade products via party plan (read more about that here).
Ash and Anji Barker moved their family to Bangkok in 1992. They live in the Klong Toey slum with 80 000 people. Ash and Anji founded Klong Toey Handicrafts which is an initiative enabling men and women to provide an income for their families, based on Fair Trade principles. The Barker family has made a life for themselves in Klong Toey which is, as you can imagine, completely different to the lives led by families in Australia. Continue reading
Mothering is something we all want to do right. We each do it differently, with our individual beliefs and priorities but to date, I’ve never met a mother who wasn’t trying really hard to be the best mum she could be.
In the media, online and around our coffee tables, we debate issues like discipline techniques, paid maternity leave and educational options. We analyse ourselves, scrutinizing everything we do. We usually don’t let ourselves off too lightly either.
This is all fine (we’ll it’s not fine, but probably unavoidable) for 51 weeks of every year but this week – the week of Mother’s Day – I just want to celebrate motherhood, not critique it. I want to celebrate my motherhood. I want to stop and notice what mothers do for their children; what I do for my children and my family.
As a mother, I struggle every day to overcome guilt. It’s amazing what can bring it on; any situation from forgetting to send the right books to school, to feeling like the kids don’t have ‘enough’ toys can wash a horrible wave of guilt across my day. Here’s my point: What about all the great things we do every single day which we don’t even notice? Which I don’t notice? Why do we choose to focus on our weak, unpleasant areas, instead of the wonderful things we do for others every single day?
This Mother’s Day, I’m turning the tables on myself. I will deliberately notice what good I do for my family and deliberately turn a blind eye to my faults – and I’m really going to relish it! After all, when God decided to give me the job of mothering these precious children, He did it with my faults and failures in mind.
This is how I’m celebrating Mother’s Day – how about you?