The Archives: May 2009 - March 2011


THINK before you act.

The Cycle of Cynicism
  1. Finding out about a problem
  2. Wanting to do something to help
  3. Not seeing how you can help
  4. Not doing anything about it
  5. Feeling sad, powerless, angry
  6. Deciding that nothing can be done
  7. Beginning to shut down
  8. Wanting to know less about problems
The Cycle of Hope
  1. Taking personal responsibility for being a good person
  2. Creating a vision of a better world based on your values
  3. Seeking out quality information about the world's problems
  4. Discovering practical options for action
  5. Acting in line with your values 
  6. Recognizing you can't do everything
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi
I purchased a book titled The Better World Handbook back when I lived in Chicago. I flipped through it a few times, highlighted a few things here and there and it has been on my shelf since. Tonight I pulled the book out and was surprised by how simple it was, and how much stuff I had already been implementing in my life, but I did find a few quotes and quick bullets that I could share with you all.
When you take time to reschedule your life, based on your most deeply held values, you will find all of the time necessary to live a fulfilling life that contributes to others. -TBWHB

Ways to better the world in what you buy:
  • Buy less stuff 
  • Buy used stuff
  • Treat workers with respect
  • Buy durable products
  • Buy products with eco-packaging
  • Support locally owned independent businesses
  • Boycott irresponsible companies
Companies that are eco-responsible and fair with their workers: 
  • Whole Foods, local markets
  • Chiquita, Dole
  • Honest Tea, Horizon Organics
  • General Mills
  • Seventh Generation
  • Ben & Jerrys
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Ikea, Target
  • IBM, HP, Sony
It's easier to boycott places when you have alternatives, but it's hard to boycott behaviors/personal habits. Think about some of the things we should boycott in ourselves.

Things you can do to better your world:
  • Prepare and eat food with others
  • Eat more veggies and fruits
  • Eat less meat
  • Commit to a creative lifestyle
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • Slow down and live in the moment
  • Read a book of wisdom
  • Get enough sleep and exercise regularly
  • Keep a journal
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Forgive others
  • Practice deep listening
  • Limit TV watching
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Recycle
  • Get familiar with local politics
  • Use public transportation/bike
  • Volunteer
I encourage everyone to evaluate your lifestyle and give yourself props for all of the positive things you are already doing, and then make yourself a list of things you can change to make your life even better. Even small things like keeping a journal help bring make us aware of how we are living, and it gives us a chance to check in on ourselves. Once we can find the inner peace we can start to focus on our community, our state, then our nation, and our world. The more importance we find in our own life the more we will learn to value the lives of the people around us, and we will learn that we are all a community. We are all sharing this world, we are all responsible for taking care of it. Step your game up people, I want my niece and nephew to get to raise their grandchildren in a beautiful land, filled with peace.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
PS// Give a HOOT don't POLLUTE!


Monique said...

I love the Ghandi quote...and such wonderful tips. Have I told you lately that I LOVE your blog? It's amazing!!

Elizabeth said...

I also like that Ghandi quote and i recently bought a journal to write down all the things i do that i need to work on and what makes me, me, so i can better myself and be happy. this is a great idea on how to continue my work. great post!