Oh, dear. Choosing our own word for FMF. I’m not really sure that’s for me. I like to be told what to do. 😉
Seriously, though, it took me like five seconds to come up with one word: Regrarian.
What? You’ve never heard of that word? Well, I suppose if you obsessively listened to permaculture podcasts the way I do, you’d have come across it at some point.
Regrarian is a word made up by Darren Doherty and it is a new definition of permaculture. The subtitle of the Regrarians website explains the meaning: Regenerating, Restoring, Rehabilitating, Rekindling & Rebooting Production Landscapes Across This Planet.
As I was listening to an older podcast from Permaculture Voices, Doherty went into further detail about what he meant by Regrarian, and why it’s a better description for what we are trying to do instead of permaculture. And in his description I found more than just information on how to fix the planet.
If you’ve taken a trip up through Central California during recent summers, you found an ugly, barren, dirty landscape. We’re in a drought, but it’s more than the drought that’s created problems in farming. Mostly it has to do with a farming model that rapes the land. It takes everything from it without putting much back into it. It demands and never gives. It’s an abuse of the earth.
When one has been in an abusive relationship, one’s soul has been stripped of everything that keeps it healthy and well. It is never nourished. It becomes a barren wasteland because it is never replenished, only used.
Just as in regrarianism, where our goal is to restore the soil and make it able to produce good things again, for which God made it, when one is recovering from abuse, one needs to rehabilitate their soul in order to be able to be what God has created you for. Also, just as in regenerating the earth, it won’t be done in just one season, or even one year. There is also not just one way to do it. There are so many variables in replenishing the land: location, average temperature, rainfall, etc. The same is true for each person in recovery.
The most important thing to remember, in Regrarianism and in recovering from abuse, is that neither will happen without concerted effort on our part. And, just as in Regrarianism, people might look at us like what we are doing to repair ourselves is foolishness and wrong and a waste of time, but we have to keep doing it, convinced that we are worth it, and with a view to the end, a lush, beautiful, fully restored soul that can draw close to God and be used by Him to nourish others.
Linking up with Five Minute Friday today.