Take a step towards sustainable society: Experiencing sustainable life – quality, efficiency and time
Life consists of a collection of years, days and minutes in which we each have to experience the world. For most of us, a large portion of our life is dedicated to work, earning a living to pay for life’s essentials and “feeding” our lifestyles and agendas. Unfortunately, for many people, work is not the experience they would choose to spend their time on if they were free of financial obligations. Many of us compensate for the “suffering” of their working lives with lavish holidays, big houses, gadgets, clothes and other material pleasures. Ironically, these expenses in turn generate debt and financial need that drives them back to work, otherwise know as the “Rat Race.”
Pursuing a sustainable life offers us an opportunity to reassess how we value and use our time, and provides an opportunity for the stimulus to break from our personal prison. It opens the door for us to move beyond the rat race and start refocusing, and allows us to contemplate how we would spend our limited time in this life. If we were freed of the hoarding cycle in which we are stuck.
A sustainable life provides an opportunity to reorder the priorities that shape our lives. By letting go of our material addictions we can gain the freedom and time by which to deepen the quality of our experiences, our relationships and our understanding of life.
Life can be short, use it well and live wisely.
Our current lifestyles are not sustainable. Creating a sustainable life and society, requires we recognize and embrace those qualities that give our life meaning and are prepared to shed old habits that are unsustainable. From there we can craft a lifestyle that is more hopeful and joyous, without depriving future generations of their share of nature’s bounty.
By reducing our material consumption we create time in our lives. With this time we can deepen the quality of our experience of ourselves and of others. From here compassion emerges and we start to take responsibility for the challenges of the world.