I was checking out some cool plant pottery at this site PedlersWaggon.com. The pottery holds water and lets it out slowly, keeping the plants fresh during times of no rain. Very cool.
And then I noticed on the shopping cart page a little note that said:
“We ask that wherever you may live to refrain from purchasing from this website between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset. (More info.)”
I’m like, “They are asking me NOT to buy from them for a whole day out of each week.” That’s not good capitalist etiquette!
When you click “More info” you get:
“In society’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and our environmental impact, we often overlook the cultural dimensions that could make a difference.
As a family and as a business, we honor the age-old wisdom of Sabbath rest by stepping back from life’s usual routine once a week. Sabbath-keeping is not primarily something we do, but what we don’t do. The Hebrew definition of Sabbath implies an intermission, a day of rest, a day of not working, a day of not consuming. It is sanctified as a time of reflection, a time of refreshment, a period of rest and renewal.
By abstaining from work and activity that exploits the Earth, we feel more aware of the rejuvenation our planet needs. Plus, we regain the time to slow down, relax and have more humane lives.
Additionally, Sabbath-keeping is an imitation of God who created (“worked”) the world in six days and rested on the seventh. He set the day aside and sanctified it (Genesis 2:1-3) as an eternal remembrance of His act of creation. Resting as God did and heeding His command assist his people to remember Him as Creator and Lawgiver of both His physical and spiritual laws. The Sabbath allows the faithful to reconnect deeply with God and with their identity.
In being lost to ourselves and our usual routines, we can begin to find ourselves anew by exploring solitude, time and our relationships with family. This time out of time renders each day more important. And there is hope that when the chatter of our daily tasks and concerns falls silent, we can listen with fresh ears to the voices of nature (God) around us.”
I like this. They really did a great job of explaining the connection between spirituality and green, and how over-consumption is a problem that needs to be addressed.
The irony is that I’ve just worked for 14 days straight. It is Sunday night, I’ve just come out of a weekend of work and I’ve got another week starting tomorrow…OY VEY!