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The “Why Bother?” Blues June 6, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Nature, Sustainable Living.

Whether the problems we’re tackling are local, national, global, or personal, we will experience setbacks:

* The needle on the scale refuses to budge even after we’ve increased our exercise, decreased our caloric consumption, and faithfully recorded every last Cheerio and chocolate chip we’ve eaten in our diet journal;

* The clutter in our minds and homes continues to spiral exponentially even after we’ve studied and implemented the practices espoused by feng shui gurus and organizational specialists to get it under control;

* Abuses continue to exist in the dairy and meat industries even after we’ve  donated to charities focused on abating the abuse, and signed the proffered letters and petitions to law-makers asking them to implement regulations and laws to protect animals from cruelty;

* Greed hungry corporations continue to rape the planet and soil our nest as they root around for fossil fuels to burn, leaving death and destruction in their wake, even when clean, green technology and alternative energy innovations are available.

We look at the world, see the negatives, become overwhelmed, throw up our hands, and sigh, “Why Bother?”

The more things change, the more they stay the same, so “Why Bother?”

It’s too much . . . or too little, too late . . . depending upon which way you’re looking at the challenge in question, so “Why Bother?”

The dis-ease caused by such set-backs creates lethargy, causing us to hit the snooze button on our alarm in disgust, roll over, and go back to sleep . . . hoping that when we emerge from our cocoons the world will be a kinder, friendlier, cleaner place: 

* The Gulf of Mexico restored to its turquoise hue

* Oil-blackened pelicans returned to the skies

* New Orleans resurrected and restored to its jazzy roots  

* Happy cows and calves grazing in fields; chickens clucking in barnyards 

When next we peer out from under the covers, where we’ve hidden to shield ourself from disappointment, maybe the scales of justice (and our bathroom scales) will finally reflect the true level of our hard work and sacrifice.

But don’t count on it.

If we want change, if we want a sustainable future, if we want to restore the world (and our bodies) to health, we need an antidote for our dis-ease. 

We need to squash the “Why Bother?” Blues. 

We need to keep moving in the direction of our dreams, despite the inevitable set-backs.

So, how do we counter-balance the “Why Bother?” Blues?

With A-C-T-I-O-N.

Act Consciously . . . Think Innovatively . . . Overcome Negativity

Quote:  We must be the change we wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

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1. theonlycin - June 7, 2010

It’s not always easy to rise above the negativity, it can sometimes drown out all optimism. Good post Nancy.

nrhatch - June 7, 2010

I’ve had a few days lately where the negatives seemingly outweighed the positives by large margin.

When I forced myself to focus on positives, they multiplied while the negatives receded enough for me to again take ACTION.

Even with years of practice, it’s hard to get grounded when a tidal wave of negativity washes over us . . . but it’s worth it.

After all, our happiness is at stake. : )

2. beachblogger - June 7, 2010

Fabulous blog. Sometimes I feel that way too, but I also think every little thing that we can do as individuals counts. We must continue to have hope … ‘act local think global’ is the philosophy I believe in.

So while I’m waiting for someone to clean up the oil spill, I can be making sure I’m disposing of chemicals responsibly, and driving my car a little bit less, so I’m not so dependent on the disgusting stuff in the first place…

As for the happy cows … you Americans taught the world what to do … boycott the product. Buy organic, or eat beans!

nrhatch - June 7, 2010

I’m going to be posting a series of Living Green Tips to encourage people to . . .

Do What They Can With What They Have Where They Are.

When our thoughts change, the world will change too.

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