Today I received the most wonderful gift. A publisher sent me a copy of a new book ‘Lost Lore’ by Una McGovern and Paul Jenner.
It’s a celebration of traditional wisdom’s that are no longer widely used. It’s a beautiful book and got me thinking about how many traditional ways of doing things there are that we have abandoned in favour of convenience and speed.
I wonder about the wisdom of that (I know I’m not the first) and whether we should be returning to a more conventional lifestyle.
When you have to learn how to do things the hard way you have the pleasure of ‘a job well done.’ Myself, I’m impatient and I get impatient with that and would like to learn to do a few things the hard way.
So here is my pledge, for every two weeks on the walk. I will learn a lost art or to do something the traditional way.
Whether it be telling the time by using the sun or navigating by the stars. Making bread or making fire. I am going to be searching for people along the way who might teach me things, but also I would like suggestions from you, dear reader, about you might like me to learn.
Before I go I will post a list of things I’m going to learn and then if you are thinking about walking with me you could choose which one you might like to learn yourself.
My thought is that when I learn to do new things, I learn new things about myself.