Friday, November 27, 2009

The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

The days of December begin with a fury of dashing about as last minute plans for Holiday gatherings take priority.  Planning, shopping, wrapping and baking become squeezed into days that are already too busy.  Sometimes it just seems like too much… too much food, too much activity, too much stuff... and we vow each year as we put away the last traces of Holiday d├ęcor, that next year will be different.  That somehow we will simplify.  The Spirit of the Season seems to get lost as the importance of having external “things” leaves us with little time and energy for the Peaceful and Meaningful Moments that we crave.

Excess… why do we let it take over?
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The planning for thoughtful gift giving that takes place early in the season seems to convert into a crazy last minute pressure.  Gotta go… Gotta get… Gotta have…

Suddenly, it seems that the carefully planned gift inventory caves… and we need to get more “stuff” to balance the inventory.  As the hours count down, the last minute attempts to pull it all together bring about even more “stuff”.  At last, we have to “stuff” those stockings – and with what?  How much of what we buy to put into the stockings ends up in the landfill?

Generations before us traditionally stuffed their stockings (yes, real socks) with nuts, fruit and home baked goodies.  Generation X will never know the delight of finding homemade candy in a fuzzy sock, never mind that the lint stuck on to the candy as they hung in the foggy night air.  There were no wrappers, plastic toys, or “disposable” items.  It was the feeling behind the tradition.  It was magic!

So how about we put a little eco-thought into this process? – break some bad habits and let creative ideas flow.  The Sustainable Stocking might be the new tradition.  Today’s gifts might be an attitude of “less is more”.  Maybe the stocking will have nuts and fruit this year… or items that are reused over and over, replacing the need for “disposable” items…

Just maybe – this is the year we will consider this path we all walk together and plan for the simple good wishes and care of ourselves and each other and where we abide.  Joy, Love and Peace do not come packaged in cartons or wrappers. They are the Gifts of the truest form.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Many Thanks...

The official American Holiday of Thanksgiving is approaching as the Harvest Season brings forth an array of fruits and vegetables from the farmlands to our kitchens. The bounty is plentiful as we gather around tables with friends and family mindful of the many facets of how *Thankfulness* plays within the realm of our every day experiences. The many Gifts are prevalent, but to notice and acknowledge them brings true focus to Abundant Living.

Behind the doors of Glass Dharma, *Gratitude* is the key component igniting the main workforce that thrives within company walls as everyday tasks take place.  The creation of Glass Dharma Straws coupled with an amazing worldwide response of *Gratitude* for a reusable, sustainable product, lays a solid foundation for a company that continues to reach across continents, offering a solution to excessive plastic waste.  This mission of mutual awareness remains forefront to all operational processes.  Great care resonates throughout the departments of Glass Dharma from design and manufacturing, through shipping and customer care.

Reuse is the absolute expression of *Gratitude* for “Earth-care”.  Appreciation for our lands and oceans leads us to respect the force of a nature balance that nurtures our own well-being.  It is with hearts of *Gratitude* for our Planet’s resources that we carefully choose what we buy, have, use and “dispose” of.

 Heartfelt *Gratitude* abounds for the news reporters and bloggers that enthusiastically help to introduce the idea of “reuse” in creative ways and with so many different perspectives.  These Associates deserve credit for their own part in helping with the expansion process of Glass Dharma. Thanks to all who participate, the mission continues through shear willingness of many who embrace *Gratitude* for our Habitat in the same way that spurred the preliminary ideas that led to the beginning of “Glass Dharma” as a business.

 The entire Glass Dharma Staff extends heartfelt sentiments, wishing you a Happy Harvest Season and to say to each of our many supporters, “Thank you!”

*Happy Thanksgiving*