Good morning. We have a lot of new readers lately, so I was hoping together we could give each other some new ideas for how to go about our lives a differently – deliberately and conscientiously.
A while back, I wrote about redefining normal. I mention it occasionally, and I’ve tagged several posts with this term. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to read the original post. Here is a bit more about redefining normal…
In each of us there is a fear or a level of insecurity that often keeps us from changing the way we do things. Maybe we don’t want to rock the boat, or we have to keep up a “normal” look and act at work, or we don’t have time to deal with change because raising our children takes all our time and energy, or it even just seems weird to stray away from what we’ve always known. But what we haven’t always known is that our planet is changing, that the things we put on and in our bodies are often harmful, and that we can make a difference even as we go about our daily lives.
Slowly we can change our lifestyles – one act at a time, one change at a time. And even small acts make a difference. Imagine – last year, I stopped using shampoo. In one year, I’ve probably saved $100 by not buying shampoo and conditioner; I’ve probably kept 10 or 12 plastic bottles from being created out of oil, put onto trucks and shipped, and eventually gone through the recycling process; I’ve saved the crazy ingredients from being created, shipped, and made into shampoo; I’ve saved my skin from breaking out due to the chemicals in my shampoo; and I’ve shared that experience with several thousands of other people. Even if just 10% of those people make the switch, my small changes have multiplied by thousands. And that’s just the changes that have happened during the first year! Since I am sticking with this change for the rest of my life, the affects will continue to accumulate, becoming ever larger.
One act at a time, one change at a time.
Today I “wash” my hair with baking soda, and rinse it with vinegar. That’s what I do now. A few months ago, I traveled and forgot my baking soda, so I used the hotel’s shampoo. It was strange, seemed artificial (those suds are made by chemicals in order to make us feel like it’s working – weird!), it dulled my hair and made my scalp itch, and I really didn’t like the smell that carried with me all day.
That’s not normal anymore – not to me. To me, simple and effective baking soda and vinegar is normal. My normal is no longer defined by a marketer – a marketer who tells me their shampoo is all that will work on my hair, that I have to look and act a certain way in order to fit in, that I need to strip my hair with shampoo chemicals and then try to put them back with conditioning chemicals…
My normal is defined by me.
And so I make small, incremental changes over time. Once I get used to each one of those changes, I redefine what is normal in my life. And when we all make similar choices, together we redefine what is normal in society. Lo and behold, that is what changes the world.
So How Have You Redefined Normal Lately?
And feel free to add what are you thinking of taking on next. Please chime in!