Rituals have been around in human culture for thousands of years. In an article by Frazer Consulting1 the number is set at 70,000 years and that is a long time. I’m not an anthropologist (If I had chosen a science other than computer science to pursue it may have been anthropology) but it seems clear that ritual means something to us. From my observations of other people I have established my opinion about ritual. We have them and participate in them because we are human. We create them. We need them. Some people will say they don’t need ritual, and...
Sabbath literally means rest. Following the etymology of the word back to its origins that is what it means. If we look at the most common applications of the term, sabbatical, it also means rest. So, when I say Sabbath for Sustainability that is what I mean.
Individual Sustainability is our responsibility. No one else is going to make sure we are sustainable in what we do, how we work, or how we handle the disruptions to the normal. This entire series has been about how to deal with uncertainty and remain sustainable.
Familiarity breeds contempt. Perhaps you have heard that old rag once before. Maybe you haven’t. However, that truth is at the root of how we eliminate the fear associated with uncertainty. It is one way we help create sustainability in uncertainty.
Fear is a natural part of life. We all deal with our own fears every day, even if we chose to pretend we don’t have them. Often our fears are simple worries about our day to day activities. Sometimes our fears are paralyzing terrors that keep us from reacting.