Happy SMART Day Everyone! Today is a great day to talk about the “R” in SMART Living—even if I am temporarily skipping a couple of letters to do it. That’s because the R stands for “Responsible” and one way of being responsible is being “response-able.” That’s right folks, although there are a couple of ways we believe that SMART Living asks us to be responsible…when it comes down to it, unless we are consistently able to respond in a way that creates peace and happiness we will always be susceptible to circumstances, events and other people. Once we take full responsibility for our actions, and yeah it isn’t always easy, then we can decide how we will proceed.
Happy SMART Day Everyone!
It occurred to me that it would be wise to go through and explain what I am attempting to include with each letter in the word SMART. As some of you know, Thom and I have been actively involved in the “green” and sustainable movement for the last couple of years. We never, or at least I never, considered myself to be a “treehugger.” I still don’t. But what I have grown to discover is that living in a green or sustainable way means that you take care of what you have, you aren’t wasteful or inconsiderate with what you use, you honor the gifts that are given and don’t abuse them, and you realize what you give out you get in return. Not only does that philosophy apply to how we treat planetary resources, it also applies to just about every thing we do–physically, emotionally and spiritually.
After some thought I have decided to start every post on this blog in a way that reminds me–and any of you who might be reading along–that our goal is to live SMART 365. In other words “Happy SMART Day!” That means that every day we strive to live 1) Sustainably 2) Meaningful 3) Artfully 4) Responsibly, and 5) Thankfully. The combination of these qualities/actions will go a long way towards helping us to create not only a happy life, but a life that is helpful and good for everyone we touch. Obviously each category is a huge topic on its own, that’s why following posts will attempt to offer clarifications, ideas and suggestions about how we can introduce each of them into our lives. One of the best parts about them is that there is lots of room for individual interpretation so that my “SMART Living” could effectively look very different from your “SMART Living.” Yet at the same time we could both be living our very best life and helping to create a world that works for everyone else too. Meanwhile, please feel free to post comments and questions as we go along. I have never considered myself an expert about this or any other topic, but as a curious seeker I strive to make a habit of following paths that continually open doors and challenge me to reach higher than ever before. So join us and let’s get started with SMART Living 365!
Ta-Da!! This is my first official post. And while it is very tempting to hold off until I have the perfect thing to say, I think it is far better to just get started than obsess about whether it will be good enough, wise enough, cover enough, or even make sense. Maybe that is one of the first ideas that make SMART Living 365?
In other words, don’t put off doing something because you are worried about the end-product. I’ve provided a great example about how I can up with a thousand reasons not to make this first post. But every one of them is just a delay-tactic, thinking I could eventually create something so perfect that anyone who ever read it would think that I was #1 brilliant; #2 wise; #3 insanely creative; #a great writer; etc. etc…you get the idea right?