If we forget who we are (who we really are, which, let's face it, we do all the time), then we think that there are all sorts of deadlines on what's so horribly called 'personal development.'
I'm sorry, but personal development (or should we amend that into 'person development') took place during our first several years of life as bones knit themselves together with a little more durability, skull sutures fused, teeth came and went, the brain matured itself until it graduated into (we hope) the ability to think mindfully and rationally.
And you know what? We had nothing to do with that. Sure, how we ate and slept affected those outcomes, and I'm not getting into how one's socioeconomic background has an effect on development--while valid, it's beyond the scope of this particular point.
What I'm saying is, you're done. You're done with that bit. You've developed, dammit. You're a person and you're developed.
All this other stuff? This is what comes of experience...
I don't know why we think of wood as being soft, because it's not--not in the derogatory way in which we acquaint softness with weakness, anyway.
This kind of softness--or mobility, if you will, flexibility--is stronger than the fiercest steel. Metal is strong, but cold with so little life-force and no natural beauty (in this humble explorer's opinion, anyway).
But wood? It grows and *learns* as it grows--which way to bend, where to send roots, which neighbors carry medicinces, which toxins. And when it finally, finally falls? It feeds that which fed it.
That is the kind of sustained beauty, sustained strength, and sustainable life to which we should all bow, bend, and grow.
I love, love (dare I say luuuurve?) making my own remedies, from home- to skin/self-care products.
I mean, serious DIY herby dorkness happening over here.
So, I thought it high time to share my DIY laundry soap recipe with you sweet, fellow herby-nerds.
The following homemade laundry soap is safe for you, for sensitive skin, and your septic system. It can even be used in front-loading washers.
Now, to the Borax controversy... Contrary to some information out there, BORAX (sodium tetraborate) is not toxic (at least, not as a cleaning product; don't go eating it, by any means). BORIC ACID is toxic.
We don't have to think alike. God forbid. No, we never have to think alike, be alike, dress alike, talk alike.
But. We do have to work together, to think together. There is nothing but creativity in the individual expression of our lives here, but for salvation, conservation, and the sheer comfort of solidarity, there must be a united front of heart-centered intelligence, knowing, and brainstorming.