What if every American makes one or two intentional habit changes in 2011? – habit changes that dramatically affect the overall good of the world. Think about it. We usually make New Years resolutions to improve our own mental, physical, spiritual and financial health. Now think further – our individual health is intricately connected to the health of our community, our nation and the God-given earth that sustains our life. The current state of the US (with it’s many ailments – economy, healthcare, systemic and preventable diseases) is just as much a result of our individual lifestyle choices as it is an outcrop of government and business influence. Let’s admit it.
Our family watches a lot of documentaries and independent films – movies intended to do more than just entertain. We often watch out of our responsibility as global citizens (we would prefer to watch something else). In the past few months we have watched An Inconvenint Truth, Invictus, Ghandi, and Food, Inc. (links below) So what do we do with the information that we learn from others – keep on making the same poor personal choices that contribute to the destruction of life? Well, hopefully not. But unless we intentionally make changes, we will automaticaly keep the status quo and go along with the flow. We are creatures of habit. Join us in our attempt to fight the current. It will make it much easier for us if our boat is bigger and there are more paddling.
Here are the Wagner resolutions for habit changes:
1. Practice the Art of RE. Re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle, re-gift, re-read books and journals that have valuable lessons.
2. Hold each other accoutable for Green household practices – water, energy and resource conservation.
3. Buy organic food regularly, not just occasionally
4. Buy local, Act global
5. Last, but First… practice the Golden Rule every day. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
Note: The photograph is titled Trash and Treasure and is the feature photograph for the chapter entitled the same. www.villagewisdombook.com
My movie recommendations: