As a personal eco living consultant http://blog.taigacompany.com/blog/taiga-company/0/0/listen-to-your-eco-intuition, I have learned that each individual’s experience is uniquely different, and that personal preferences are, in fact, always changing with evolving life circumstances. To maintain a green life style one must recognize that green living is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. To use the cliché, ‘life is a journey of personal discovery’, and sustainability is about continuously discovering and experimenting with new ideas.
In a recent post, Finding the ‘You’ in Your Personal Sustainability Plan, we discuss how what works for one may not be the right fit for another. Personal sustainability truly is about defining what works for you.
An effective plan for living green involves more than defining personal values and taking on green concepts, like reduction or recycling. A committed green lifestyle is a continuous improvement process that challenges each individual to make alternative choices in a way that supports the changing circumstances of daily living. Life changes and so do your preferences, needs, and desires. It’s okay to ask:
• Does this activity increase my personal satisfaction through alignment with ‘my’ personal values?
• Will this activity decrease ‘my’ time engaged in other more fulfilling sustainable activities?
• Does ‘my’ lifestyle support this activity or is it by my ‘personal’ circumstance hake it unsustainable?
Follow your intuition. Listen to what inspires you to take eco friendly action. Remember there is an endless number of possibilities from which to choose to respond to any situation. Discovering an option that doesn’t work, like riding a bike to work when you live 40miles away, only opens the door for other options. By allowing for the daily hints of eco inspiration and keeping open to the idea that there are multiple green choices available and could work for you, living a green lifestyle becomes an easy and exciting journey.