Baby Steps

Baby Steps

 

Have you watched the old classic "What About Bob?" Definitely one of my all time favorite movies. Having a therapist background I find it hilarious. One of the best, most quotable lines from the movie is simply "baby steps".

Today Bill and I are taking a BIG step towards our dream of creating an eco-friendly, green, sustainable, planet-friendly event center. Today we will officially own the first of 2 10-acre pieces of land on which we will build The Cedars Event Center. 

So much of this is exciting, I have a hard time going to sleep because of ideas flowing. I wake up early super excited. However, there is another side. The learning curve is huge. That's ok, we are surrounded with people who know so much more than us. The part that I'm finding most intimidating is my own ignorance around truly living green.

I've grown up just flipping light switches, flushing toilets, using my oven, taking luxurious baths and not thinking too much about it. We are choosing to put ourselves in to a situation where we have to think about our earth and the resources it shares. 

"Notice without judging" is a phrase you often hear during a yoga class. I love it. It applies so well to effective behavior change strategy. I want to notice the ways that I waste without judging myself for us but simply learning and doing better. I want others to learn with us but not to judge themselves or feel judged.

Strategically aligned baby steps still move us forward in the right direction. If we all took baby steps towards a greener way of living today it would really make a difference. I remember reading once that the simple act of only using 1 paper napkin at a meal would have a significant impact. 

What are the baby steps you can make today to honor our great shared planet?

 


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Chris Nadeau wrote:
Marilyn, this is exciting and what a great challenge! We have gone vegetarian. How does that help? One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. :-) For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

Another thing we try to do is turn off our computers instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.

Thu, September 3, 2015 @ 2:19 PM

2. Joan wrote:
What a great adventure you have started on my dear. I have become very much aware of my footprint on this planter. It is hard to change some habits more than others. Keep up the good work!

Thu, September 3, 2015 @ 4:08 PM

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