Rob Greenfield – brushing aside peer pressure

On 13th December, Adventurer, Activist, owner of 111 possessions and all round good guy Rob Greenfield ( posted on his Facebook page:

“I’m always looking for feedback and ideas to help me be as positively impactful as I can. What do you think I can do to be of the best service to the world?” This was right after he returned from “Standing with Standing Rock” protesters. The guy just has too much energy for life !

Two replies to his inquiry really inspired me:

Kristin Garn commented “Humans are social creatures that seek status and a deep sense of belonging. Right now we use material possessions to convey status and a conspicuous consumption and accumulation of these materials to help us feel like we belong. It is (clearly) unhealthy, unnatural and unsustainable for us to build our sense of status and belonging in this way. Helping to change that part of culture would be greatest accomplishment ever. You can do it”

and Kelcey Luxenberg commented “Promoting a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity. You already do this, but I think it’s of huge importance and the message must be shared to as many people as possible. Keep it simple for people. Shop smart by buying less and of higher quality. Take care of ones health by cooking from simple ingredients and not buying processed food.”

So there you have it. In just asking a simple question Rob brought out great answers that are already being of service to the world.

Here’s the door …

There really is no use in sweating on the When, the Why or the How to do things. When the reason is clear, and the time is right, how to deal with the problem will be clear. It always solves itself and no amount of hand wringing or planning will make a jot of difference.

Today I rang my boss and offered my resignation from a job I thoroughly enjoyed on many levels. It was a task I had been putting off. To mis-quote Derek and Clive, this was the best job I ever had.

I offered an alternative option which today, of all days, seemed completely appropriate. The alternative was an offer to take 7 months leave without pay (LWOP) as a cheeky attempt to keep my job reserved for our return, just ahead of the Hurricane Season in the Caribbean. Or resign.

He chose the alternative option so I am totally stoked !.


Yay! Visa, maybe …

At last some good news from the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Or rather, our lawyers dealing with the DHA. An overstay appeal similar to ours, submitted by our lawyer just 1 week before ours, was upheld today. Nadine of Craig Smith Immigration Lawyers is optimistic ours is just days away. This is the first positive news we have heard after 7 months of struggle and bad news from DHA. We have everything crossed our turn is next.

In the beginning …

T minus 54. Just 54 days left on the countdown clock, then I board the plane (actually several planes, about 36 hours flying in all) and fly from Ulaanbaatar back to Luckyfish in sunny Sth Africa.

Today I have cracked open the door and installed wordpress on svluckyfish.comthe desire to communicate is ancient! Autumn is just around the corner and its time to let some cruising sunshine in. If that isn’t worthy of commemorating with the first post, then what is?

Now the fun really begins: we can start sharing the adventures of Luckyfish and our journey in Mother Nature with you. We are excited about what lay on the other side of this door – not least because we haven’t a clue where it will lead us. One thing is for sure though, the desire to communicate is ancient and we’ve got the urge to say something.

So we hope you enjoy the journey with us, without you dear readers we would just be writing to ourselves… and they put you away for that sort of thing. Just as other paths led us here, we hope our path may help you on your journey, hopefully in a catamaran. But first things first.

There is much to prepare on Luckyfish if we are to have her ocean ready by early  back to nature. Now where is that ToDo list? …