“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne
We're all plagued by it; namely, putting the important things off in favour of the trivial.
If it were otherwise, we wouldn't (now) find ourselves in such a mess.
Of course, I'm spinning my point for effect, but think about it: if we really wanted to turn our lives around, the workplace and especially the earth, do you seriously think we'd not be on to it right here, right now, absent a moment's hesitation?
But then again, and at the risk of seriously undermining my thesis, we're not very serious people. I don't mean serious in the sense of taking certain aspects of our lives seriously — e.g. work, caring for others and doing good in the community — but, instead, to look at things from a different worldview and consider if our actions/inaction today will have any deleterious impact on the world seven generations to come.
(The number is not arbitrary but comes from a wonderful talk by Mac Macartney entitled The Children's Fire.)
In my case, I know that I'm not doing enough and haven't been for a very long time.
Will that change?
It has to.
Of course, it's one thing to say those words, another to act as if my life and millions of others depended on it; but if I'm able (inter alia) to dispense with my reliance on fossil fuels, go off grid and live fully off the land then that will, I hope, make some difference, particularly if replicated up and down the country.
Oh god, that last paragraph sounds so pretentious. I didn't mean it to come out that way.
What I really meant to say was that rather than wishing for perfection — and a very solipsistic one at that — is to make daily changes across all areas of my life, especially not buying anything I don't need (no more books, Ju!), recycling everything and sorting through what I've got and using more of it.
As the rubric to this post is meant to signify, though, I know from bitter experience that if we're not careful it's easy to put off the important things, particularly when Resistance comes on stage. That means (in my case) not writing any more stupid lists and just doing it — whatever is most meaningful in that particular moment.
Of course, if you're not disposed to change your habits qua the environment, are there any other areas of your life where the 'JFDI' maxim might help you in spades?
Easier said I appreciate but where else are you going to start in 2020?
Have a wonderful Sunday.