Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | January 29, 2013

Our Retirement Manifesto

The winter months invite time and space for thinking and re-evaluating our life choice. This is our retirement years manifesto…

Our manifesto…

  • Quality of life is number one. Keep it simple. Time for yoga practice or walking in the woods is more important than driving a new car, a fancy vacation, mall shopping or a magazine style lifestyle.
  • Creative time is sacred. Working with our hands to create sustainable goods and to create a holistic quality of life is why we live here.
  • Live in the present moment. Be here now.
  • Nourish our health with healthy, organic, family meals of locally produced foods is of paramount importance.
  • Adequate sleep and rest are critical; not only to our health and wellbeing, it is vital to the health of the land and our property. If we are injured or sick everything we have or hope to accomplish, stops.
  • The person who leaves stays home to prepare the family meal, hangs up the laundry plant and works the garden or maintains the family home and animals gives a contribution that is as important as the one who travels outside the home to work for cash.
  • To live as sustainably as possible. We are the stewards of this land and all decisions are made in the best interest of the people who live here today, and in the future.
  • Avoid Debt. All decisions are made to avoid debt while managing to maintain our home and property. Bartering is good, and thrift and frugality is a defining quality of our family culture.
  • Being available for our grandchildren to help to teach them the lessons of the land and of our manifesto.
  • Make time for friends and friendship, music, dancing and hiking.
  • Becoming involved in our community and volunteering to help to make our township a better place to live is our mantra.

We’ve entered an era that asks us to un-learn the last 60 years of cultural conditioning, and to reclaim wisdom from generations that are nearly gone. It isn’t easy, and our lessons are hard-won. But hopefully we will hold onto the re-discovered wisdom this time, pass it along to our children, and grand children and enable each successive generation to grow up comfortable walking sustainably on this earth.

Small House / Big Sky Donna

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