November 5, 2006
all the small changes
Time to make some changes around here. It seems I can no longer live in a world with detached, ironic despair. With a shift in attitude, comes a shift in action… a series of small changes that say something about where I’m at and where I’m going.
- The light bulb. Five times the price as the regular ones, a fraction of the wattage, the same amount of light, and apparently it lasts eight times as long. If everyone would just do the math here, this one is a no-brainer. What took me so long?
- The cloth washcloth. I’ve pitched the last of the paper towels and j-cloths. Just throw it in the washer.
- Bringing my thermos instead of going to Tim Hortons.
- The cloth bag. Stuff it in the bottom of my messanger bag.
- Used milk bags make good sandwich bags. I am turning into my Mother!
- The fair trade, organic coffee. Smells lovely.
- The $20 organic chicken tastes pretty good, too.
Sure, I still have my ancient energy-hog fridge (price $0), I’m not about to hang my wet clothes on the line in my studio. Still, when I started to think about it, these changes were so easy to make, so why not? If you think in the long term it seems like money well spent.
Also, I’ve brought my plants back to life. Remember this sorry scene a month ago? I looked at this plant, and I saw some leaves all rolled up. I said to my Mom, “its leaves are all rolled up! What’s wrong with it?”
My Mom said “Those are new leaves, it’s growing.”
A plant in my possession… actually growing? I truly have changed. I feel like I just became a woman.
These are the books I’m into lately. Brave New World is a hoot. I don’t think the future’s going to be anywhere near so neat and tidy. The Earth From Above book is a wonderful gift from my best friend. Here’s a peek inside, the photos take you out of yourself and the captions are fascinating.
What happened to the disconnected, cynical, despair I used to love so much? It’s still inside of me, but I’ve started to make the motions. If all it takes is a million changes, I’ll make them. There is no ideal world, but it makes sense to live sensibly. It does make sense to reduce the energy you consume and the waste you produce, to eat the better food and to support the better business practices. Changes aren’t that hard to make. It actually felt good to do them.
If I can change, anyone can.