A Simple-Living Pep Talk

By Iona Conner, Publisher/Editor Groundswell News Journal

Each of us must do what we can from where we stand today, gently changing those habits and philosophies which hurt us and our environment. We must clear out the clutter in our lives and discover things we value most, making them our top priorities and withdrawing from other activities, which are stressful or meaningless. You already know what makes sense or not; what to believe or not. Listen to your inner voice and find the truth, the love, the wisdom of the ages deep within yourself.

Below are underlying principles for some of our actions.

  • If you only have time or energy for one thing today, choose the most important action that helps lighten your mental workload and gets you started.
  • Perhaps our motto will be useful to you: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
  • If you really need something, first try finding something used or repurposed.
  • It’s important to buy products made from recycled materials so that the cycle is complete and the market for recycled articles thrives.
  • Think and act until your new ways become habits and you can move on to newer, more profound changes.
  • Be creative and stubborn as you make your decisions and take action.
  • Honor your limitations and do as much as you can as quickly as you can given the amount of time, energy and money your current life offers. As time goes by, things will get easier.
  • Enjoy silence; nobody needs noise all the time.
  • Consider innocent children and help create a safer world for them.
  • The 12-Step folks have a wonderful saying: Progress, not perfection. Do your best given your life circumstances.
  • Restore immediacy to your life, meaning return to face-to-face communications rather than electronic ones; even phone calls build better relationships than emails.
  • Eat as much organic, home-grown food as you can; read those labels and look for “real” food, not that which has been manipulated by industrial processes.
  • Avoid packaging and buy in bulk at every opportunity. Wash out containers, get tares (weights of empty containers so you’re not paying for the containers) before you fill them up.
  • Learn about your own backyard, neighborhood and ecosystem. Turn off the TV and get outside to familiarize yourself with the nature all around you.
  • Instead of using electricity to play games, invest in things like a Scrabble board or a deck of cards and play games the old-fashioned way.
  • Teach others, with tenderness and compassion in your heart, what you are learning and what you are trying to achieve.
  • Make new friends who share your values and your excitement as you greet each day with hope and enthusiasm.
  • Get a hammock or a swing and remember to relax.

There are thousands of ideas, hundreds of lists and dozens of books to help you figure out ways to “Go Back.” Life is not about boozing and partying, football or fashion, escaping into a fantasy world. We are accosted daily by demoralizing and ridiculous advertising and marketing campaigns. These are distractions. Life is to be lived fully from our souls, it’s not about collecting “stuff” to impress others or satisfy unfulfilled dreams. Go for your dreams! Make them your priority.

Global warming and climate chaos are life-threatening problems caused primarily by our over-reliance on fossil fuels. Lives are lost every moment with species going extinct and people dying prematurely from multiple causes, including tumultuous weather conditions like droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, floods and other catastrophic events. This is serious and we need to act with the utmost urgency.

Thank you for taking time to read this page. We wish you all the best. We’re here to help you; don’t hesitate to use the contact form to send in questions or your own unique tips so that we can publish them.

Published by ionaconner

I have been in the environmental movement for more than 50 years. My husband, John Bruce Conner, and I started the Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice in 1990. For the past 12 years I've been publishing global warming/climate change newspapers in various forms. The current form is Groundswell News Journal and I have readers around the globe with a high concentration of wonderful people in Africa. John died in my arms August 18, 2020 and I moved back to my family in New Jersey from rural Pennsylvania. I'm on sabbatical and will be publishing again in October 2020. Please enjoy this website in the meantime and don't hesitate to contact me at groundswellnews@pa.net. I love hearing from people. Thank you.

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