This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Use it, don't lose it
So I have this nasty habit of keeping lots of things, random items, with all of the best intentions that I am going to use whatever it is later. Sure some items are kept for sentimental purposes which I know will most likely not be used. But some stuff I keep and have kept I really could and should be using. The problem is I put it away and then forget about it. That is until I look for something else, completely different, and then find other treasures. This topic came to light for me when I found some pills, otc headache pills (don't get too excited) that I had totally forgotten about. I know I had bought some recently and it turns out I didn't have too. Anyway the small pearl of wisdom that I am trying to pass on here, is use what you have.
I have found generally there is very little reason to buy more because you probably already have what you need, or at least something very close to it. And no we do not need to be specific here, insert whatever item name is appropriate to you.
I know I have been witness to many people who are willing to go out and re-buy something that they need, knowing full well that they have it already, but they are just unwilling to look for it. So here is the lesson for today (and once again this lesson is really for me, but if you can take away some value from it then that is good too), should you decide to accept it (lame) use what you have. Look through your stuff, find something you need that you had forgotten about and use it. Make use of everything, otherwise it just sits there and collects dust. And if all else fails and you collection does not provide what you need, be practical in your purchases. Buy used if possible, trade with someone if you are lucky, just be smart. If you cannot use some of the treasures you find, then donate them. But lets stop adding to our massive collections of things, and start using and appreciating what we have. The less stuff we have the more the planet will thank us. That is all (you can thank me later for keeping it short instead of my usual rambling :))
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