Alternative

1: offering or expressing a choice
 
2: different from the usual or conventional: such as
 
a: existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system.
 
b: of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as different from conventional rock, and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music
 
c: of relating to holistic medicine
 
3: occurring or succeeding by turns

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Alternative(adj.): 1580s, “offering one or the other of two,” from Medieval Latin alternativus, Latin alternatus, past participle of alternate do one thing and then another, do by turns,” from alters“ one after the other, alternate, in turns, reciprocal,” from alterthe other.”  Meaning “purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use“ was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); in popular music, by 1984 in reference to pirate radio. 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities.”

Iain Banks (1954-2013, Scottish author, known for writing mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Bank)

Bio Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks

“We’re living in a different world now in terms of employee needs, and companies have to offer alternative methods for getting the work done. Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility.”

Anne M. Mulcahy (b. 1952, former chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation; selected as “CEO of the Year 2008” by Chief Executive magazine.)

Bio Source:

https://www.cnbc.com/anne-mulcahy/

“If I want my people to be free, Americans have to be free.” 

Russell Means (1939-2012, Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people, actor, writer, and musician, who became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement)

Bio Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Means

“I studied homeopathy for years and years. Herbs and all kinds of acupuncture, acupressure, alternative medicine. I think it’s just better to treat the whole person.”

Sissy Spacek (b. Mary Elizabeth Spacek in 1949, actress and singer, and recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actress for Coal Miner’s Daughter)

Bio Source:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000651/

“You get tough when you grow up unloved. People described me as a boyish girl – rather shy, but I didn’t show it. I had an attitude. I was rather wild I lied a lot because I knew the alternative was to be punished. As I got older realized I didn’t have to lie anymore and it was a nice feeling. I could be myself.

Maj Sjöwall (b. 1935, Swedish author and translator, best known for her collaborative work with her partner, Per Wahlöö, on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a Stockholm police detector.)

Bio Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj_Sjöwall

“If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same under another mask?

Graham Greene (b. Henry Graham Greene, 1904-1991, English novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist)

Bio Source:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Graham-Greene

“That’s true but I think the contemporary problem that we are facing increasing numbers of black people and other people of color being thrown into a status that involves work in alternative economies and increasing numbers of people who are incarcerated.”

Angela Davis (b. 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, radical African American educator, civil rights activist, author)

Bio Source:

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/angela-davis

Meditation

 
“If I want my people to be free, Americans have to be free.” – Russell Means
 
We are intimately connected to each other, as we are to linked our world.  There’s no doubt about it! 
 
Now, I know these thoughts can be a counter-cultural way of thinking for some.  But slowly we all are catching up to this truth, and science is now proving this theory in many ways.  Just look at our climate and political changes that impacting all of us. 
 
But, the more we do our creative inner work and pay attention to those inspired activities that bring us joy, the more we can flourish and pour compassion into out world.
 
When I was a child, I was responsible for completing household chores, most of which was directed by my paternal grandmother.  When my she was young, my Nana was a harsh taskmaster and micromanager.  She was tough on everyone, especially the women in our family.  That’s because she worked three jobs, one of which was as a housekeeper for doctors. 
 
Nana was also a single mother to my aunt and father, and after my mother died, she along with my maternal grandmother took care of five of us.  She had a lot on her plate, and was always pushing. And everyone had to line up to her will. 
 
There was only one way of doing anything, and that was my Nana’s.  For me, it was oppressive to follow her exact orders.  So, as I got older, whenever it was possible, I pushed back and respectfully argued with her, and showed her other ways of tackling problems.
 
Nana remains strong and tough, even at the age of 99.  Born in the depression era, she only had a sixth-grade education, which made her a miracle worker in all that she was able to envision and accomplish for our family, which was mainly going to college and owning our own homes.  As she has aged, though, Nana’s temperament began to soften and transform, and she began to slowly understand others’ points of view, which for me, relieved a lot of stress.  Letting go of resistance, I was also able to have more compassion for my grandmother, who I appreciate the more.
 
All across the globe, we are trying alternative paths towards joyful living.  Societies in countries like Denmark and Bhutan are consciously promoting happiness in community. 
 
You might want to check out this further by watching the “Happy” movie on Netflix. 
 
In the contrast, countries like ours and so many others are in messy and painful fights for our soul.  We will get there, because we are slowly waking up and experiencing those paths of least resistance.
 
Eckhart Tolle once wrote:
 
“Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.”
 
When we liberate ourselves, we trail alternative paths to liberate others.   
 
Stay strong and creative, my fellow journey women and men!
 
Namaste, Tonya
 

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