As busy human beings, we tend to stress and worry about everything. We’re juggling a lot – living life, working, dealing with people, ourselves, and maybe even saving the world. We spend a lot of time worrying about problems that don’t need to be worried about and making stress the spotlight of our attention. Sometimes, it’s good to worry about problems as you try to come up with possible solutions. Other times, not so much. How do you know when you’re overdoing it?
Simple: ask yourself what’s important. What’s your priority for today, this week, your life? Is that what you’re thinking about most of the time? And if you’re thinking about something else most of the time – are those issues really worth thinking about?
For me, Earth-saving is one of my life goals, and the reason I started this blog was because I realized I wasn’t focusing that much on it – even though I consider it to be the most important aspect of my life. I tend to stress too much about the “little things” – the things I do wrong and wished I could go back in time and fix, how I wish people/life would treat me differently, how I wish I had more resources or a different life style. But none of those things define my life. What I do with my life, defines my life.
Now that I’m refocused on Planet Earth, I realize that writing every day might be too much of a burden and not as of much use. Though I love writing and sharing, other Earth-saving activities such as reading books, news, watching documentaries, brainstorming ideas to reduce my ecological footprint and writing lesson plans are equally as important. Now it’s time to prioritize what’s important, and actually doing more than just saying. And when I do sit down to write, hopefully it will be more qualitative than quantitative.
So here’s my thought – all of our actions start from the mind. If we’re not thinking that much about saving the world, chances are you’re not going to act on it that much, either. If we recognize what’s not that important in our lives and stress less about them, and at the same time make other, bigger life goals our priorities, we have a better chance at achieving those goals.
For Earth-saving, that means worrying less about daily mishaps and never pushing the Earth to the backburner. The question you should ask yourself is: is this issue really so important that it’s taking up more time than saving the world?!
If the answer is yes, maybe you need to spend more time outdoors.