Renewing Your Commitment to Go Green
Often we don’t take full advantage of the opportunities that present themselves in life to observe and appreciate our beautiful surroundings. Even those who have caught the “green vision” of sustainability get caught up in daily habits, rituals, and responsibilities that don’t lend themselves to slowing down and appreciating the environment that we are fighting so hard to preserve. This can lead to a loss of momentum in our sustainable actions, or even a straying from our ethics.
If you find yourself in the same boat of not having the time to absorb and digest some of the more abundant signals of inspiration in the ecosystem, and feel the need to take a step back and “see the forest for the tress”, review and participate in some or all of the following 5 tips on restoring your appreciation for and becoming inspired by the natural world around you and renewing your zest for sustainability.
1. Visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Nothing can renew your belief in the natural world and help you commit to help sustaining its future use than by becoming absorbed in it. Take a vacation to the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, or witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). You’ll come away from such a journey renewing your sense of passion for keeping the world in as much of an unaltered and unadulterated state as possible.
2. Volunteer with a local green organization
After you’ve had a chance at relaxation and travel and observing the natural world around you, it’s time to do something about your newfound inspiration. Instead of just feeling great about what you see in the natural world, put your commitment to the test by volunteering for a cause you believe in. Putting your words and beliefs into action by dedicating your time to a worthwhile cause will give you a sense of fulfillment and build your character and your ethics.
Depending upon your time constraints, something as simple as setting aside some time to help at your local animal shelter, or spearheading your own event such as a regular beach cleanup are meaningful contributions. Whatever you can find the time to do will make a difference. Remember, consistency is important. Be the Energizer Bunny with your volunteerism instead of starting off strong and fading fast.
3. Own your very own significant “symbol of green”
Many who have committed to a greener life find that having some type of symbol of their green intentions serves them well and backs them up, in a manner of speaking. Seth Leitman of GreenLivingGuy.com and Bob Brant have written a book called “Build Your Own Electric Vehicle” about converting your vehicle to be electrically-powered. If you don’t want to go that route, you can buy an electric or hybrid car and have it as your “green symbol”.
Symbols of green not only help to solidify your commitment to green, but also give you opportunity to speak about your commitment when others ask, so you get to express yourself without sounding preachy. Of course, your green symbol doesn’t have to be as high-tech or pricey as a car; it can be your beautiful, thriving organic garden that your neighbors get “green” with envy over (pun intended).
4. Involve a child along with you
There is nothing like rediscovering something again “for the first time” through the eyes of a child. Seeing a child become excited about green initiatives will renew your own vigor and passion for going green and remind you why you started down this path in the first place.
Children are sponges for new information, and being a positive influence on a child as you facilitate them participating in simple steps of sustainability will empower your resolve to continue along your chosen path of ethics, especially as you reflect upon the difference you are making for that child’s future environment and living conditions.
5. List the benefits you’ve received and shared through your sustainable actions
Should you ever find that your resolve to go green is petering out, or you start to doubt that your efforts at sustainability are not stretching far enough or making a big enough difference, stop and reflect on how just the opposite is true. Make a list of proof of your efforts and it should become evident to you the good you’re doing.
Kind of like the story of the individual throwing star fish that were stranded on the beach back out to sea and the by-passer asking why do it because it couldn’t possibly be making a difference, rebut your doubts by listing your accomplishments and realize “it made a difference with that one”. Just like saving one star fish makes a difference to that star fish, your small actions and efforts accumulate over time, and moreover help you become a more fulfilled and actualized person in the long run. Never become discouraged when you are doing something you believe in!
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