Doing the same things day in and day out, flying on autopilot, is pretty typical. We do something, then we do it again, and again, and again. Day after day. Month after month. Year after year. With little thought going into the basics that occupy our time here.
Basic things such as; water usage, food consumption and waste, where we buy, what we buy, where we go, energy we use, fuel for our vehicle, clothes on our back, roofs over our heads, the roads we drive on, etc., etc., etc. We get into a mode where our brains decide on a path that works, and we stick with it. This allows our brains to make the best use of time, and focus on more important tasks.
For example, when you pick up your morning coffee, do you typically think about where the beans came from? How they got to you? Who all was involved in bringing them to you? Do those people get paid enough to live on? Are the people at the place where you bought this coffee getting paid enough to live on? Do the people appear happy? What is the cup you are holding made out of? Where was it made? Is it compostable? Was it made from recyclable materials? Did this lid need to be made out of plastic? If I throw this cup away after I am done, how long will it take to degrade? Will it harm the surrounding earth? Should I bring my own cup next time? Should I even be drinking coffee? Am I late for work?
Or when you are driving to work, running errands, or going out someplace, do you think about the smell that arises from the asphalt you are riding over when it is laid down? Or where all the ground-up old asphalt goes that was here before they dug it up to repave the road? Or where do the tires on my vehicle go after they are no longer road worthy? Are they toxic to the environment? Do they get burned? Do they get turned into something else? Do they get recycled somehow? And where do all the broken car parts go? Are they sitting in a landfill somewhere? What sort of impact do they have on the environment?
More than likely, we do not think of such things on a daily basis. But what if we did? What if we asked ourselves the whys, wheres, hows, whats, whens, and whos about the things that we experience in daily life? What would happen?
If we started to ask questions at this pace every day, constantly, we might go crazy. My initial reaction would probably be my head exploding. Never mind that it’s probably physically impossible. However, if we investigate these situations at our own pace, really explore everything and anything that our lives encompass, we would likely find out information that might lead us to rethink how we live in this world.
To make any change, we must first realize a change must take place. Once that occurs, the process of rethinking the situation starts to play out, resulting in a new pattern of thought. Rethinking is the bridge that must be crossed to take us from our old habits, to new positive pathways.
Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Recycle.