How do we all live lives as sentient beings, thinking animals in which we know, really know what it is to alive? We might think such aspirations are beyond us but they are the very instructions which lie beneath the 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) which have been very influential in establishing what we do and how. Since everything that we do here at Tree House is a product of the generosity and kindness of others perhaps it gets us someway to that? Indeed the fact that people give so much continues to amaze and delight us. You will be hearing a new voice on our website and Facebook pages soon. He is a guy called Peter Jarman. He has never been to Liverpool, let alone Tuebrook, and we have never met him face to face. We actually have no idea what he looks like and he owes us nothing and yet he has already helped us lots. Years ago when we we were at the very start of this he – a friend of friend – not only give us practical help by setting up our first website page advice, encouragement and tips he also gave us confidence that what we were trying to do here was significant and worthwhile. And he is offering to help again now by writing a blog about his experience of growing veg and connections and life.
Our fundamental aim is to help all of us to better connect with ourselves, to each other and to together act with productive and positive purpose. We feel it is a further confirmation of the worth of what we are doing that he continues to feel motivated to help. Oliver Sacks wrote of his life: My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return;…above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure.” We feel privileged that Peter wants to continue to give to us so let the adventure continue to unfold! Thanks Peter x