“No one is really working for peace unless he is working primarily for the restoration of wisdom”
(E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered. 1973 New York: Harper & Row, 1989. p33)
What does it mean to work for the restoration of wisdom? We believe it means attending not only to the kind of work we’re doing, but to the manner in which we do it. My mother often reminds me that “love is not efficient,” and the wisdom of that statement has informed how we approach the work we undertake alongside our neighbors and volunteers. We seek out projects that inspire creativity and craftsmanship. We value work that has room for conversations and questions. We imagine how children might join the day’s tasks. We strive to establish sustainable patterns and rhythms for ourselves and those who work with us.
Our work here is not efficient, but it is good. At the end of the day, we can smell the sweet drying lavender or look out at the branch-foraged fence we built, and know we did wise work, good work. Most importantly, we can look at our work and know the love it represents: growing friendships, careful attention, shared stories, strength and stability. In short, we look at our work and see the love the builds a home.