In Djilba, as the flowers spring to life, the weather starts to warm up (but stayed wet and cool for longer than usual) the theme of the reading group was hope and well-being and the list was chock-a-block with potential inspiration!
Feast: Together We Can, by Claire O'Rourke
Taster: BRONTË VELEZ on the Pleasurable Surrender of White Supremacy, Part 1 (For the Wild Podcast) and/or Short Essays:
Seven people came along, and we had a rich discussion about well-being, how we define well-being in the context of climate justice, and how we define and use the concept of hope.
The conversation was so thoughtful, reaching into ideas about how well-being is defined, starting with this definition from the Noongar Well-being podcast (link here)
“Wellbeing means being well in a whole body way - physical, spiritual etc. We were healthy people, holistically healthy, not just in our bodies. Continual connecting to country to each other to the world, the skies the stars. That connection is so powerful. We could not survived as long as we did if we were not well human beings.”
We moved onto our personal experiences of being well, how well-being is collectively created not a purely individual and how sometimes drawing upon a finite supply of 'hope' is not the best for our well-being. We discussed the difficulty of hope as a concept, especially when considered in isolation from others and from justice. We shared Solnit's ideas about hope being an action - an axe not a lottery ticket - and we discussed Kyle Whyte and Chelsea Watago's ideas about hope as something that has never been for the hopeless.
'Showing up with hope is not as important as showing up,' was an idea we considered worth remembering, and we landed on interconnectedness as both more useful and more enriching on an emotional and practical level than some abstract hope. 'Everything is fucked, but how do we do what we're doing better,' was another gem.
Additional texts we referred to included: