Tony Robbins says that we, as humans, do things for one of 2 reasons:
- For the pleasure we think we will get in the doing of something, or
- Because the pain of not changing has become too much
If you really think about all you have done in your life, those two are really at the bottom of your decision-making, whether for a single reason, or a combination of the two. Getting married? Because the person you think is the most awesome will be “yours” legally…and you will have them in your life! Quitting your job? You just can’t take one more minute of that supervisor…not one more. Moving (which undeniably is a real pain!)? Because you will have a bigger home for less money and a new job that pays more and recognizes you for the skill set you have worked SO hard to achieve.
So many of us work for the here and now or for the short-sighted future. Getting groceries because we’re hungry, right now. Paying the bills next week. I actually don’t know too many folks who have a solid budget and savings plan for their retirement, unless it’s an employer provided IRA, Where it’s taken from them before they can spend it. Many lack the basic ability to save money. It took me over 40 years to figure it out. My parents didn’t have a handle on life skills. Their process was RE-active, not PRO-active. Fix it after it’s broken rather than maintaining it while it still worked.
Is this you too? Wait until it’s just broken, then fret about what to do to either get a new one or spend time and money fixing this one? What if it’s too late? The experts say, “It’s too far gone. You’ll throw good money after bad. You’re going to have to get a new one.”
This statement applies to our planet, right now. Earth. Mother Nature. Home. Collectively, we have taken and ignored, and raped and pillaged. We’re coughing on our polluted air, gagging on our poisoned water, and getting buried in our plastic waste. Our bodies are sick because we haven’t taken care of them.
It’s time. And I’m serious as a heart attack. And an aneurysm. And stage 4 cancer.
WE MUST START NOW!
But how? I have always tried to be earth conscious and aware of how my actions and inactions affect other people. But if I’m honest, I wasn’t really. Once I put the water bottle in the recycling bin, I walked away thinking it was going to get recycled. Then I learned that the US was sending 7 MILLION TONS (that is 14 BILLION pounds!) of plastic a year to China to recycle.
We were pawning it off on someone else! You know what that suggests?
We don’t have the means to recycle our own garbage.
While recycling is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, it is a HUGE step. So again, how do we start?
Since our planet now has the equivalent of stage 4 cancer, we must get aggressive. We can’t pussy-foot around and expect others to take care of our problems. Use the concept of compounding to help you gain momentum. Have you heard of the puzzle that starts?
Would you rather have $1 million now, or a penny doubled (compounded) over 30 days?
It’s a trick question, of course. Most know you want the penny. 1 cent doubled becomes 2 cents, then 4 cents, then 8 cents…etcetera. You end up with over $5 million in 30 days. Google it.
How much is one penny doubled every day for 30 days
This is compounding. As in “interest compounded daily” (you don’t want to pay that…!). But if we EACH do one thing, then 2 things, then 4 things…it will add up. Here’s a suggested list to start:
- BUY reusable water bottles and refill. DO NOT BUY cases of water anymore. Period.
- Learn to separate compostable garbage and recycling from trash. Done properly, you should have almost nothing to “throw away”. Donate the compost or use it in your own garden.
- Donate usable items. Clothes, furniture, paint, remodeling leftovers, etc.
- Shop from Recycle/Upcycle stores. Local thrift stores, Habitat for Humanity…
- Keep and reuse glass jars from your groceries. Don’t buy anything that the packaging isn’t recyclable. Invest in a case or two of canning jars with lids.
- Stop using plastic wrap, baggies. Shop more frequently and use smaller portions.
- Grow your own food or support local farmers
- Can and Freeze food when it’s cheap. It tastes better anyway!
- Learn to cook. It’s cheaper!
- Drive a fuel-efficient car. If you don’t have one, then plan your driving time to include all your errands. Spend money on maintenance, like oil changes and tire rotations. It will cost you less than buying a new car.
- Start buying products in bulk or with minimal or no packaging. NO MORE PLASTIC!
These are just a FEW ideas. Incorporate them and think of some of your own. Make a plan. The planet will be nearly UNINHABITABLE in less than a generation…your grandchildren’s adulthood. We don’t have the technology, and most of us don’t have the money, to find another planet in this time.
~ “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong 1969