It seems that these days, “green” is right up there with “thin” and “anti-aging” as top advertising buzz words. However, the true essence of green is not a marketing ploy; it is about conservation, sustainability, and ultimately peace.
One of the best things you can do to be green is to live a bit more simply. It’s not to say that we should not be grateful and accepting of abundance in our lives. But maybe we need to change our sense of abundance. Rather than a house filled with the latest electronic gadgets or closets full of designer clothes (and the accompanying bills), imagine your life overflowing with good friends, healthy, fresh food, wonderful books and leisure time.
A second component of being green is to ask oneself, “Will this last, and if so what are the impacts?” As the Great Law of the Iroquois wisely states, “In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.” This is the mindset of sustainability. Certainly this is true for environmental issues, such as water use and pollution, but it can also be applied to all areas of your life. Our country would not be in the mortgage and financial crisis that we are in today if borrowers and lenders asked themselves these questions.
Third, and most important, the green movement is rooted in peace. It is about being in harmony with the earth and with each other. If you look around the world, most of the time conflict is due to a lack of resources.
Ultimately, being green is about finding the good that you can do each day to heal the planet. By finding the good in ourselves, in others, and in the daily choices that we make, we play a vital role in creating a more healthy, peaceful and sustainable future.