Buying things is big business. We stuff our homes and our lives with stuff, expecting stuff to happen, waiting for stuff to go, preparing stuff for future needs, dreaming all the while of fulfillment…
Money can buy you happiness – the happiness and comfort of enough – beyond that, excesses have a tendency to bring along extra weight. Additional things are not only heavier, they are also more mass, more materials, more resources, more clutter, more emotional baggage. Excess in fact causes us to want more! To keep on consuming with the rest of the gang. It fills our lives with pretty things to look at, maybe it provides us with a clean t-shirt for every day of the month or a generous amount of shoes that will never wear out before hitting the landfill.
The landfill – of course. A resting place for waste and unwanted items that were a must at one time, food included.
Over-consumption is burdening our shared landscape and the human ability to create massive environmental damage in record time is astounding. We are facing technological intelligence and are failing to make wise decisions.
We must remember that every choice we make has an impact. Positive or negative, the choice is yours.
If we all consumed a little less the world would be full of smiles, companionship, respect and joy.
Consume a little less technology to (re)discover the beauty of real life relationships and meaningful conversations. Rather than coffee with Facebook, consider having a friend over for breakfast or meet at a local café a little later in the day. Like a marriage, good friendships take some amount of work: give and take, respect for the individual, kindness, love.
Emotions are important and often difficult to portray online – the words may come out, but the message doesn’t go through. Email is not an adequate substitute for live communication, its effectiveness is hindered by delay of time – both zones and frequency of checking. When we are connected all day the net sucks us in like a frantic fly stuck in a spider web, but it is possible to avoid this time-devouring trap. Get offline, rush outside for a walk and begin moving once again without the technological crutch. You have the power to turn the energy on or off.
Consume a little less food. Overeating does no body good and foods that cause inflammation and make you feel less than you are best to avoid if one of your goals in life is natural health. Eat enough nourishing foods so that you do not crave that which is bad – add some wild plants into your diet, perhaps an ant or two, foraged flowers, make a tincture from roots. Learn to appreciate what is on your plate and grow some of your own, if and when you can. One season of getting your hands dirty will provide you with food for thought for years to come.
Consume fewer grains. Take nature to heart, then to your belly and simply refuse to make monoculture the staple of your diet. Wheat, corn and rice top the list and with grain intolerances growing along with each harvest it is about time to start questioning all what we eat – even if it goes against how we were brought up. Do you know what your ancestors ate 700 years ago? 2,000 years ago? Does it even matter? Yes and no, it all depends on your sensitivity level, but if we all consumed a little less grain then we could refocus on bringing diversity back into our diets, supporting locally grown, small organic farms along the way.
If most of us consumed a little less of everything and instead put our exuberant energy into community, sharing and self-reliance, then the world would be a little bit different than it is now. Now is a great time to change the future.
How would you like to see the world change for better?