Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

What would it be like, I wondered, to live with that heightened sensitivity to the lives given for ours? To consider the tree in the Kleenex, the algae in the toothpaste, the oaks in the floor, the grapes in the wine; to follow back the thread of life in everything and pay it respect? Once you start, it’s hard to stop, and you begin to feel yourself awash in gifts.

—  Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and The Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions, September 16, 2013) (via acti-veg)


  1. wow, incredibly thought-provoking

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  2. Dizzying circles of guilt and gratitude..

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  3. When I harvest some veggies I say a little thank you! It is truly awesome when we take the time…..

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  4. ❤️

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  5. What a beautiful way of thinking. Just this morning I said: Thank you dishwasher for your work, although I admit that‘s not the same as thanking our food etc for what they are for and to us…. 🙂
    I love Mimi‘s words – that is what it is: Dizzying with the amount of gratitude we are being offered…. A special thank you to the grapes which I will go shopping for right now (in form of lush Italian Red…) and all the rest of it 😉

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  6. Lovely, lovely musing(s).


  7. Wonderful commentary…how wondrous life can be midst the chaos. Love Kiki’s thanks to the dishwasher…and the grapes metamorphosed into red wine! Laughter is the best medicine…gratitude for whatever inspires it!

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  8. Love. Love. Love this book and this woman. Her words are gifts and remembrances to who we were and who who could be again.
    So much wisdom and profound stories to remind us what we have misplaced along the way of “civilization”.
    A wonderful wake up call my friend 💖


  9. As if I needed another reason to pick this book up…


  10. A wonderful collection, loved this book and all the wisdom and knowledge it shares.

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  11. Love the way this passage made me stop and think. Have heard from several people that it’s worth reading, albeit in digestible bites.

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