I’ve been working a whole lot lately, which has made me cranky and a bit down on the world. It has also made me forget (a little bit) why I live the lifestyle I live.
It’s so easy to re-enter the old normal, isn’t it? Sometimes, not always of course. But sometimes when you are so busy, it’s easy to get take-out, or eat frozen packaged food from many miles away, and shop til you drop, and drive instead of taking the bus or walking, and in general just buy lots of stuff because it seems easier…
Usually my redefined normal is enriching, renewing, and embracing. But sometimes… sometimes it feels like deprivation. It feels like if I just stopped thinking about my impact on the world, it would be so easy.
And yet just writing this is giving me perspective again. The reality is that we are not the only ones on this planet. The reality is that we have a large impact on other people, other species, and other generations of people and species.
The diversity on this earth is mind blowing. And it’s shrinking. That thought is devastating.
But we can do something. We can do lots of little somethings. And when we do lots of little somethings, we have a positive impact. When we live as though we care (because when we think about it, we really do care about other people and other beings), we are happier and healthier and more enriched.
My husband is gone to the Middle East for a business trip, and so I’m alone at home at night. It is so easy to consume as if the rest of the world didn’t matter. I walk past so many people every day who probably don’t think about all this, who don’t worry about the impact of their consumption. And it is so easy to say “why not just be like that and not care.”
But once you care, once you know, once you understand and begin to redefine normal… You can’t really go back can you? Now if I buy takeout I feel guilty, because I know what it’s doing to the planet, I know I’m supporting an unsustainable model.
All this circuitous writing is to say that today this is what brings me back, this is what renews me: you. Writing and the ability to be heard and be understood – i’s a very powerful thing to have people around me who care and share in my journey. Thank you.
So, my dear friends –
What Renews You?
What keeps you on your path, or what gets you back on the path if you step off? Is it thinking about the future, talking with friends, reading to your children…. what renews you on the path of sustainability?