What would you do if you only had a year left to live? Building a life and a business around permaculture with Fraser Bliss (PVP076)

“If there is something there, even if it seems a bit nuts, a bit crazy, it’s better than the regret you will face for not taking it.” Fraser Bliss


Fraser Bliss Permaculture Voices Podcast


If you only had a year left to live, what would you do? 

And if you aren’t doing that right now, why not?


“I think sometimes knowing what you don’t want is just as valuable as knowing what you do want.” Fraser Bliss


Quotables:

  • “If it wasn’t me, then it was somebody else.”
  • “I think sometimes knowing what you don’t want is just as valuable as knowing what you do want.
  • “If it doesn’t feel uncomfortable, if your not getting nervous about a step you’re gonna take, for me at least, it’s not always been the right step.”
  • “There’s a difference between nervousness and fear.”
  • “If there is something there, even if it seems a bit nuts, a bit crazy, it’s better than the regret you will face for not taking it.”
  • “Adventure is not made up of distant lands and mountain tops, rather it lies in one’s readiness to exchange the domestic hearth for an uncertain resting place”.

Key Takeaways:

  • Listen to the sparks of intuition that you have.
  • What’s the worst that can happen?  Usually the worst case that we imagine is much worse than a realistic outcome.
  • Be comfortable with things being left undone.  You can’t get everything done perfectly and still make forward progress.
  • Being put in a tight situation with limited resources makes you think more creatively and think of new ideas.

The Race to Australia
by Fraser Bliss

“Wait… to take the internship you must have already taken the 2-week Permaculture Design Course, which neither of us have done and it has already started 3 days ago 9000 km across the Indian ocean in northern New South Wales, Australia.

It’s a long shot, but late into this Thursday evening I write Geoff a long passionate email about Viktoria and I and why we just have to be one of his next interns. I click send, we pack our bags, get a few hours of sleep and are on the 6:00 Friday morning train that slowly winds its way all day through the Sri Lankan highlands to get to the historical city of Kandy. I don’t even know if Geoff has read the email, so half way through the journey I get a single bar of signal on my mobile phone and call the institute in Australia. As I suspected, the email is buried in the large inbox of their busy institute. I tell them I’m in the middle of Sri Lanka and already on my way, so please read my email and get back asap! We arrive exhausted late afternoon in Kandy and go to the same half-decent hotel we went to 4 years prior. We walk into town (the long way, mistakenly) to get a bite to eat and look for a net cafe to check our email. There’s an email from Geoff Lawton that says, “If you can be here by Monday 9am you’re in, but you’ll have to do the first half of the PDC after the internship.”

Read Part 1 and Part 2 on ExploringBliss.com.

Image: Fraser Bliss

Image: Fraser Bliss


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  1. Excellent podcast Diego…your show has had a huge influence on my journey of transition from landscape horticulture into permaculture design. This week I landed two permaculture designs so we are now well on our way. Thanks again.

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