As I mentioned in class, the last day is usually the hardest for me…but so far so good! I have only generated a tiny piece of paper towel as waste (oh and the back of a sheet of stickers…but they were given to me). I am also planning on riding my bike to the local brewey (only 5.5 miles on bike) so that should be fun….I just hope it warms up. So, it might not sound like an ideal birthday, but it is sure a time to reflect on all that I have, rather than what I don’t have.
For instance, I have so much that I can actually choose not to use it…I can actually choose to consume less…and this makes me feel really lucky!
I also love that I have so many friends that support me during this week by offering local goodies and treats (home made bread and fresh picked flowers!). It reminds me how important community is. For example, I went to the souploft for lunch. I took my own container and napkin, which Kevin (owner) happily filled and used. I’m so happy that I know my local business owners and that I’ve been able to develop relationships with them.
Again, just reiterating what I stated in class, but I hope you have been able to take a step back from your normal, busy life this week to re-evaluate what you value. I have really been able to reflect on this for my last few birthdays (as they always fall during NI week) and it is probably one of the best gifts I can give myself. And, I hope that you recognize that any small change you make is still change! Thanks for coming along this no impact journey with me!