Spiritwise refers to our inner knowing of what is ours to do at this time in history. In a previous blog, unexamined assumptions were identified as facts taken for granted that drive a belief and create an opening for consequences to show up. Some of my personal unexamined assumptions were listed and I challenged you to identify some of your own and connect with your personal Spiritwise.
Now, let’s play the “what” if game.
- What if people connected with other people rather than presents?
- What if we truly understood the “Pay Now or Pay Later” reality when it comes to recycling the recyclables?
- What if we made choices at the store to not take as many products that will need to be recycled? Perhaps use our own bags, buy more bulk sizes rather than individual servings, buy a water filter rather than purchasing “filtered” water?
- What if we carried a reusable bottle through TSA and filled it on the other side rather than buying a bottle of water?
- What if bottled water became a thing of the past and people were clear how empty bottles are transported across the sea to be burned in someone else’s backyard?
- What if we truly made an effort to help future generations “clean up” the messes we have helped to create? What if we began cleaning up these messes today?
- What if we cared about all life on this planet because we are all connected?
- What if we spent a little time reusing and remaking items from our used products?
- What if we had compassion for others whose homelands are flooding due to climate change and rising waters?
- What if home and condo owners set a challenge for themselves of having zero waste in their lives? (Or only having a tiny bag of garbage per week?)
- What if cities standardized their recycling programs to reduce confusion on how to recycle? (For example, all cities recycled in a similar manner.)
- What if it cost cities less money to recycle than to create more landfills?
- What if it wasn’t embarrassing to say you read a used newspaper rather than buy a new one?
- What if people realized, “What I do to others, I do to myself? We are all connected.”
- What if everyone removed themselves from Junk Mail Lists thus bringing less extraneous mail to our home mailbox?
- What if each family declared one week a month as “Turn Off the TV Week?”
- What if each family made one trip per month or per quarter to the local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site with toxic and hard to recycle items?
- What if each person simplified their gift giving and holiday celebrations and focused more on connecting with each other through playing board games or hiking in nature?
- What if everyone chose to buy local and in season foods and preserving transportation fuel for crucial purposes and future generations?
- What if we all ate 3-4 animal free meals a week and reduced our fat intake?
- What if each family grew some of their food in a small backyard garden or in pots on their patio or porch?
- What if everyone began to engage in deep, meaningful conversations such as, “What is that like for you?” rather than simple conversations such as, “Do you like that?”
- What if we helped our most valuable national resource, our children, to identify who they were with regards to their gifts, and then supported them in nurturing these talents so humanity could reap the benefits of their gifts?
- What if we stopped forcing all children to learn all the same things in a rote manner and nurtured the individuality of what each child is bringing to the world?
- What if we all looked for positive news and shared it with others?
- What if we all saw the incredible human beings we are to each other and appreciated each human being for their contribution to all life.
We can all make a difference for all life on this planet and we already are. What is yours to do at this time in history? Connect with your Spiritwise through questioning what you buy in regards to who made it. Was it a child or adult being paid meager wages? Ask the question, Do I really need this or can I use something else that I already have? Stay in the knowing that our planet’s resources are being used up. Will our children’s children have the resources they need?
Congratulations for asking these tough questions!