Camping For The Planet
I am a mother of 3 boys, and I have found the best way to prepare oneself to live modestly in a modern world is to go camping. We use only what is essential, and living in nature, makes one aware of how little we do need, to survive, yet still feel (more) fulfilled because we feel a primal connection to the earth and its rhythm. By this contrast in experience to our daily existence in our modern, "convenienced" world, we can appreciate afterwards more the comforts we are spoiled by, and the excesses there are.
We wash (ourselves and our clothing) only when it is absolutely necessary, and our day lasts with the natural light. We cook simply, mostly buying only what we use that day--our meals are an event, not just something to quickly get through. We are in touch with our souls and the environment we are in.
Although my kids are already getting tired of me talking about global warming and turning off the lights and computer, unplugging the TV, taking less, shorter showers, wearing our clothes at least more than twice--it is not hard, especially after we have enjoyed the experience of camping without all the appliances and contraptions we are entrapped by in modern living. We remember what it like to not have light, so we can easily change our habits.
I am not just doing this to save energy, I am spending less time cleaning so I can have more time to enjoy my family--our lives can seem less of something to rush through (even with the help our convenient appliances), but a daily remembrance of our camping experiences--which I consider really LIVING...simply, and deeply connected to the wonders of an earth we should not take for granted.
Margie C.-D - Lincoln, MA