Thoughts for heading into municipal elections.
How do we measure progress?
We’ve gone off track,
lost our way following
stats for economic growth,
Why not measure
a city’s success through counting
how many species of insects we have,
how many people are not hungry,
how many different birds children can name,
how many stars can be seen at night,
how many green spaces there are,
how easy public transit is to access,
and how healthy the waterways are…
Let’s exchange our lawn mowers
for native plant gardens.
Dim our insecurity lights.
Talk to our neigbours.
Park our cars.
Be happy with enough,
and no more.
Draw the circle wide.
Care for the least.
- Wendy Janzen
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.