Get Over Yourself

Some green choices require us to make a commitment to something conceptual. The impact of our ungreen (yes, I made that word up) choices isn’t immediately apparent. We don’t put the disposable roasting pan in a landfill in our backyard. It’s out of sight and out of mind, and we’re happy that we saved time on washing dishes. And if I stop using disposable roasting pans and soak, scrub, and rinse a real one, there’s no immediate gratification or recognition. I simply need to trust that the time and effort I put in made a difference and was worth it. 

We’re also making a commitment to something bigger than ourselves. Many of us live like the world of our life is the world. For some people, their world is themselves. For others, their world is themselves and their families. This is a small world to live in. We need to get over ourselves. The world doesn’t revolve around us or our families. We are a small speck in the scheme of the world, and we have a big responsibility to treat the world we live in with the same respect that we treat our families with. On a daily basis we need to be respectful, loving, generous, and diligent with our planet.

It’s worth reflecting on the correlation of how we relate to the environment and how we relate to life. T. Harv Eker says, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” What is the correlation between the way you take care of the Earth and the way you live your life? If you aren’t willing to do what it takes for the environment because you’re being too lazy, selfish, or ignorant, what does this say about your willingness to do what it takes to create love in your family, to generate results in your work, or to contribute to creating happiness in other people’s lives?

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