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.
I know there is much more to say about Sustainability, and I will most definitely be adding to this “category” as days go by. But when we were attempting to come up with a holistic way to explain a life that was fulfilled and happy, we just knew Sustainability had to be a central part of the equation. Plus, I also knew that while I’ve learned a huge amount about what each of us can individually do to save the planet and be more green, the most rewarding aspects of it are when it is mixed together with everything else that makes a rich and rewarding life. This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. says it nicely:
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Most everyone reading this blog probably already understands how important Sustainability is for a happy life. If not, I encourage you to start realizing that living green isn’t about trying to save the world as much as it is to recognize our deep interconnection and in appreciation, and do our best to take care of it. The world, our bodies, and others don’t need us to save them–we need it/them to live an awe-inspiring, joyful and amazing experience while here. When you think about it, saving the environment is just one way to save ourselves. So please, just one day at a time, let’s all consider making “sustainability” a big part of our life from here on out!