Celebrate Shift
    The dictionary says that to Shift is to 'move or cause to move from one place to another'.
    A Shift is an alteration or transformation. In terms of my work and my understanding of the world, Western society is currently Shifting: moving from where we have been into a very different future.
    This is not to suggest that we will wake up one morning in a new and Shifted world. Each of us has a contribution to make to the direction that life will Shift. Perhaps the defining difference is in the speed of the changes underway today.

    My parents grew up in the 1930s and 1940s.  The world they experienced was at war, members of their families and communities were away serving in combat zones, and their homes were adapted to defend them from attack, while the news was filled with stories of people for whom such defences had failed.
    They lived lives similar to the adults who had survived The Great War of 1914-18, and knowledge of the Russian Civil War which had followed the Revolution of 1917 and lasted until 1922.
    My grandparents' generation was raised by adults whose families had been touched by multiple conflicts around the globe, most especially the Boer War, and other conflicts between African states and European colonizers.
Newer Times
     I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s and during my childhood the Cold War waged somewhere else. I understood that there was no possible defence, that nothing could stop death from raining down from the sky if and when it came.   
     Despite clear differences, mine were very similar to my parents' formative years.
    I have a nephew who was born in the late 1970s, and his childhood world was only very slightly like mine. Technological advances galloped into primary schools before he got there.
    As his worldview developed he was informed by access to television, multicultural playgroups and fresh produce from all over the world. Easily prepared foods allowed his mother to participate in the workforce at a level my mother and grandmother could not have done.
    Like any child, accepting the world the way a fish accepts the water through which it swims, he accepted these conditions as normal.
Galloping Change
    The rate of change, brought about by global transportation, computing and communications technology, has accelerated in the last few decades.
     The world into which children now arrive is incomprehensible to me. I cannot begin to imagine how I might be if my bedtime stories had been delivered by tablet instead of paper book. What would I think about local food if my dad had not grown potatoes behind the garage? 
    I do not know. I only know that changes are coming more and more quickly, and as a result, individuals and groups are able to direct and measure their influence in a very real way.
    Consumers are the driving force in any market place. What is not purchased will no longer be manufactured. The simple act of buying or ignoring a product will determine its presence in the next month and year. We can direct manufacturers to deliver the products we want.
    We might want them to be organic, or made by people receiving a fair wage, or by members of our own community, or chemical free. We can decide. We do decide.
    We are on the threshold of a new and different future. As we own and wield our power, we have the ability to move, or cause to move, tomorrow from one place to another. The Cold War helplessness of my girlhood is replaced with  the knowledge that mine is the only influence I can be sure to have.
    I create Shift when I choose in favour of putting people first, of humane practices, of safety and caring and love as more important than dividends to shareholders.
    My posts on Tumblr celebrate the changes, and remind me that I am not alone.
    Some that say food must no longer be wasted, the stories are published here and here.
   I celebrate the men in India who are working to dismantle the traditions of child marriage and the taboo around men performing domestic work, and the obstacles to full participation in society which have been imposed on women.
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I have been practising Numerology and supporting clients through shifts and life changes since the 1980s.
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