If you are ever feeling a little too invincible and untouchable, I recommend cueing up the Cosmos series. This show always makes me feel how lucky we are to be alive, taking you through the depths of space to get a glimpse of how comparatively tiny the earth is. Once taken back to our world, you can see the historical chains of events and how each one of our actions and endeavors can change the world. This week, I'm celebrating about a year of trying to take better care of the earth. Here are some of my reflections since heading in this direction:
Taking care of the earth takes more effort and thought than not
This is a basic realization but I feel the need to recognize that taking daily actions to improve the health of our environment in the future can make the immediate moment a little more cumbersome.
It can cost more money
For example, I bought a $40 vintage umbrella to re-use resources instead of purchasing a new, mass-produced, flimsy one for $10. This leads me to my next conclusion that...
Having a lot of expendable money is not my greatest goal.
Saving money to have a giant safety net for myself is not worth promoting poor-quality work environments and thoughtless production of harmful products and packaging.
I want to own less and invest in better.
My husband and I have donated a lot of our things... things that we barely used but held on to for some reason. Monthly purging has been so good for us and feels like we are cleaning our minds of pieces we have to shuffle around and worry about. We are also trying to be very intentional with every purchase we do make, taking the production, transportation, necessity and longevity of each item into consideration.
Supporting small businesses has been so rewarding
I've really been enjoying the process of having personal interactions and building relationships with small business owners who are also trying to take care of our planet. They are so thankful for every customer and are continually looking to improve.
I feel better
Like eating healthy and exercising(not that I do a whole lot of either), being mindful of our planets health makes me feel better about who I am and who I'm trying to be. I know that I am contributing much less to environmental pollution and landfills and seeking to create a healthier atmosphere for all living things.
One of the most important things I've learned in this process is to not get discouraged when I slip and do something that is more convenient for me at the moment than is good for the rest of the world. I just need to recognize the moment for what it was, come up with some ideas to avoid doing it again and make time to implement a solution. We will never be perfect, but we can always improve and together we can make progress!