I found some creative ways to conserve water this week. I soaked the dirty dinner pots in soapy water to loosen the food from them so I needed less water to clean them with. Instead of throwing out water left in water glasses or water bottles, I used it to water the plants with. I also filled up milk cartons with water for the bird feeder and to water the hanging baskets outside. I washed only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine to maximize the use of water. As I continue to conserve water in small ways in the future, I will make conserving water a habit.
Here is a poem to honor those good men that work hard for their families:
ONLY A DAD
By: Edgar Albert Guest
Only a dad, with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come, and to hear his voice.
Only a dad, with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.
Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.
Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.
Water is a renewable resource, but we use more than can be naturally replaced, so it needs to be cleaned to be re-used.
By only running the tap when I need to, I will help the environment, and reduce the need for extra water treatment facilities as we are facing increased demand for water due to rising population and use by industry combined with the effects of global warming. I will tell you how I did with conserving water next week.
For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I learned that when I don’t take life so seriously, I feel lighter, and enjoy myself more; calm in the knowledge that everything is alright.
Most of my suffering is self- created. So this week, instead of getting stressed, when I got stuck out late doing errands and didn’t cook the family dinner, I trusted that they would make
something for themselves, and they really enjoyed the burritos they made.
Simplifying things helped me pay attention to essential things in my life, such as water. Knowing that I have enough, makes my everyday problems seem small and easy to solve.
As I slowed down the pace this week, my attention turned to the precious things in my life, like water. Water keeps me alive, and I am grateful for it.
I turn on the faucet and the miracle of readily available clean water flows out.
There is plenty of water on earth, yet 780 million people lack access to clean water (2½ times the population of the United States)
3.4 million die needlessly each year from water related diseases that are preventable with sanitation equipment* (water.org)
As I treasure each sip of water this week, and as I praise it, I cook with it, bathe in it, wash clothes in it, water flowers and trees with it, and wash my hands with it. It is essential to my life, although it doesn’t strive to be useful, or ask me for anything in return.
I can’t possibly explain my love affair with water without leaving out 1,000 more ways it benefits me, but besides sustaining my life, I love it because:
It makes clouds – [puffy white ones in a sunny sky, and dark black ones that announce a storm in a grey sky).
It co-operates with air and fire as essential resources on our planet.
I swim and boat and ski and skate on various forms of it.
This fact surprised me: “in 2007, more than 11,300 readers of the British Medical Journal chose the introduction of clean water and sewage disposal—“the sanitary revolution”—as the most important medical milestone since 1840, when the BMJ was first published. Readers were given 10 days to vote on a shortlist of 15 milestones, and sanitation topped the poll, followed closely by the discovery of antibiotics and the development of anaesthesia, according to the US National Centre for Biotechnology.
To learn more about this, visit www.thewaterproject.org
For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I am going to not take life so seriously. This doesn’t mean I am not going to care about what happens, but I am going to slow down and relax and enjoy life more, and have some frivolous fun. I know there is no point about getting stressed or worried about things I can’t change.
I know that change is the one thing that is certain in life, but the key for me is to not feel anxious or fearful when things change or unexpected circumstances arise, and to accept what is, and see the bright side of life. I will let you know what happens next week.
This week I improved where I live, inside and out, Inside, I moved the furniture and stove, and vacuumed underneath them, and washed the windows. Outside, I cut the grass with a pushmower, spread grass seed in the patchy areas of the lawn, and watered it.
The weather was beautiful outside this week, so I took Rocko out in the yard, and I pulled out weeds and cleaned out the shed My son and his friend helped me move the snow tires into the shed.
I planted flowers in moss baskets, and bleached all the chair covers and hammocks, put up the patio umbrella, and voila, the yard looked summery.. My eldest son held a back yard barbeque for a bunch of his friends, and they lingered outside until long after dark, talking in the glow of the solar powered dragonfly lights.
For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I am going to Improve Where I live. I am not going to make any big ticket improvements, but simply fix the little things that need to be done that nag at me …the burnt out light bulb in the entrance light, the weeds that need to be pulled out beside the front door, and the dust ball 12 feet above my head on the living room wall.
Where I live supports and nurtures me, so I want to improve it in all the little ways that I can. I will let you know how it goes next week.
For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I allowed myself to be more spontaneous in small ways. I let my son choose which burger place he wanted to eat at for lunch, and I let my husband choose what he wanted me to cook him for dinner, instead of going to the routine restaurant, and cooking the same thing for dinner.
When I went shopping at Costco, I didn’t wait for a spot close to the door where it’s easy to find my car – I simply parked in the first available spot. I felt free changing these few small things. I didn’t have a pre-conceived plan that I had to stick to, but simply went with the flow.
I was surprised to learn that saying no can be spontaneous too. I was invited somewhere that I didn’t want to go to, as my son is going on a trip and we had to get traveller’s cheques, and new shorts. Instead of going to the event out of a sense of duty, I said no, and told my friend I couldn’t make it, and she said it was okay as someone else was going to go with her.
Later, I took my dog for a long walk, and sent prayers and good wishes to the person that the event was for, and sent a message for her, and felt a release of stress by honoring my feelings. Being spontaneous feels great, because you are acting out of your heart, and good things come out of honoring our true feelings without worrying about what other people think.
I have been reading The Tao de Ching, and found a great quote on being spontaneous in one of the translations:
“ Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them-that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Lao Tzu, Tao de Ching
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