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Friday, November 28, 2008

Learning to Live with Less

This is a blog I did earlier this year and with the holidays approaching I feel it is worth repeating. Rather than buying "stuff" just for the sake of giving a gift, put some consciousness into what this epidemic is creating. If you care about the health of this planet, then BE THE CHANGE NOW! Don't buy it. Don't feel that your value is in materialistic goods. After all, it will only end up in a landfill someday. Do good with your money, make a difference. Put power in your purchases.

Anyhow....here is the blog..ENJOY!

I recently watched "Human Footprint" on National Geographic. I had received an email from someone suggesting to watch this program. Funny, I had forgotten about the recommendation and a few days later I felt the urge to turn on the TV (which is very rare in my home). Synchronicity was in full effect as this program had just started and my TV was set on that channel. TOO COOL! I was meant to watch this!

This program was truly eye opening to what we are consuming and wasting. At one moment I felt like throwing up with disgust of wastefulness and another moment I felt happy that I did not fall into many of the wasteful patterns of the average American. This program has changed my life and the direction I am headed in.

If you have not seen this I highly recommend it! Imagine there was no trash service and you couldn't dump your things somewhere else and it stayed on your home over an entire lifetime. Is it OK to buy things and dump somewhere else so they are no longer in our face? Is trash service really doing us a service? Dumping our waste somewhere else is only enabling us to consume more that really isn't doing anyone a world of good.

How can I turn this around? I have to say going on a plant based diet has eliminated almost all my trash. I rarely need trash service. I don't eat things in a box or can, just stuff that usually grows out of the ground. I have decided that living with less and planting more gardens is a way that I can make a difference in this situation. I must take full responsibility for all my actions and that includes what I am buying. Is it really for the good of the whole? I know food out of a can or box isn't good for me or the environment. I know I have been conditioned to think I need a new car every 2 years and a constantly updated wardrobe, but after seeing this program I can't help but feel I need to turn things around and do something good rather than contribute to the worlds pollution. I have MANY things I can do. Rather than feeling overwhelmed I will take one step at a time.

Now, I must admit I am even shocked I am saying these things. I have never been a huge environmentalist. I have always had a healthy respect for the earth, yet it seems that as I evolve so does my desire to do good. I desire to help people and the environment. My family laughs and calls me a hippie (did I even spell it right?)...hmmm....I dunno, I just feel like my wake up call became a bit more apparent.


Sarah said...

This is a great time of year for a re-post. I missed that show, I'm going to see if I can find it online somewhere. We definitely have become more conscience of our footprint over the last 18 months or so. It's something how the raw food lifestyle helps bring an awareness of the world around us.

Lori Painter said...

Hey Sarah, I posted this on my gaia blog, that would explain why you never saw it. :)

lisa cole said...

this is great ... i tend to feel pulled in both directions ... buy the junk as expected, or do something worthwhile ... the last several years it's been the latter ...

speaking of national geographic, i'm getting my mother their DNA testing kit so we can see where we came from ... it's called the genographic project ... i though that was a really cool, and environmentally sound, present ... (www.genographic.com)

& yeah, my family calls me the hippie every so often too lol ... xoxo

sofi said...

ha ha ha....hippie! someone said that recently of me too! but I don't care....the more of is, the more it is likely to become "mainstream" again....we definitely need to get the wisdom of our ancestors back and live lighter, simpler and healthier! Thanks for posting my modern-day hippie friend!

Daniel said...

Lori, I love the metaphor of imagining your life without trash service. It really is shocking how much stuff our culture buys and throws away--without our even thinking about it.

And the best thing about rethinking, deferring or just not purchasing new items is how much money you can save in the process. I know it's a bit of a cheesy phrase, but you can really save a lot of green by being more green.

Keep up the great work here!

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