Let us be the ones who build communities; who know each other’s names.
We are the ones who will reach out to our loved ones before we reach for our phones. We are the ones who walk our streets with ears and eyes wide open, seeking to offer a smile, create a moment of conversation, see the need that needs meeting (garbage to pick up, an elderly person struggling to open a door, a lonely neighbour sitting on their front stoop). We are the weavers. With each act of communion, we are weaving a community.
Let us be the ones who spend our time well; who live every hour of every day.
We listen to the hearts of those around us saying, “Just be here with me.” We embrace where we are, knowing who we are, who we are with, and what we have is enough. We choose creating memories over consuming content. Annie Dillard reminds us that “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” We choose to spend them well, knowing that every day we are composing a life.
We acknowledge the value of our technological devices; they are helpful tools. We just don’t need them as much as we think we do. JOMO is the counter-movement to our always-on tech addiction. The Joy of Missing Out is a conscious choice to disconnect and experience life offline, knowing that by making space for human connection we are making space for more joy.
Let us be the ones who know true riches; who value human connection, what is truly real, above all.
We believe that to be human we must remain connected our humanness and to reality. That means knowing what is really real.
Let us be the ones who are courageous; who choose adventure over regret.
You can have control or you can have growth. Which do you choose? “The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”(Adrienne Rich) We choose active life over passive hobbies, creation over consumption.
Let us be the ones who are generous; who give our loved ones our whole hearts and attention.
We can only grow warm relationships by giving of our time and attention in real time. We open ourselves to wonder and spirit when we release control and are fully present. When we do this, we reconnect to the natural rhythms of the world, our bodies, our hearts.
Vulnerability begets hospitality begets joy.
We can only love so many people well.
Let us be the ones who have joy; that choose love over fear.
We question assumptions. We know wholeheartedly that we’re not going to solve the technology problem with more technology. We choose people over devices. Joy over fear. Empowerment over anxiety. #JOMO over #FOMO.