“You make decisions, take actions, affect the world, receive feedback from the world, incorporate it into yourself, then the updated ‘you’ makes more decisions, and so forth, ‘round and ‘round.” - Douglas Hofstadter
Let’s face it, decisions make the world go ‘round. And while decision-making is a perpetual part of life, it’s not always easy. We are constantly confronted with the need to decide - whether between something as major as whether or not to move homes or as minor as what to have for lunch. And just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, each of our decisions has an impact on both ourselves and the world around us - sometimes to a degree we do not realize or intend. Luckily we can take a stand to improve most of these.
Cumulative little decisions can actually make a massive impact on the Earth - for better or worse. Yes, we’re all preoccupied with life at large - work, personal time, errands, etc - however we must remember to pause and consider our individual and collective effect on our community. We must be intentional. Everyone is capable of making the world a better place. Humans influence one another both directly and passively through the choices they make on a personal level.
There are a myriad of little decisions available that collectively lead to a better life and planet for all of us. To get the ball rolling, however, we’ll start with a few examples inspired by one of the most notorious positive impact mindsets: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- Reduce food and water waste - it’s actually so easy!
- Save your leftovers as a meal for tomorrow instead of tossing.
- Take 5 minute showers.
- Reuse eating utensils - no more paper plates and plastic forks!
- Real dishes make a party that much more memorable.
- Discover the zen of handwashing dishes - quickly now, we’re still conserving water!
- Yes, yes, yes - it takes commitment and effort. But it’s worth it!
- Compost and plastic/aluminum cans are not meant to be together.
- Recycling is important because it protects raw materials as well as natural habitats for the future.
We all have something to gain from living in harmony with one another and the natural world. Now let’s keep this planet youthful!