be the change

Walking home from the grocery store on Saturday morning, I was positively giddy. I said to my husband, “don’t you feel so sustainable? Walking to the store for our food, not using any bags or gasoline.”

I walk to the grocery store more than I drive, but usually with my daughter and my dog. Rarely do I have the pleasure of my husband’s company, and when I do, I always hope that he’ll find the same satisfaction as I do in walking.

His response?

“I don’t feel sustainable. I feel cold.” (It’s freezing outside. The first snow of winter was today!)

“What? Why not?”

“I don’t see how it makes that much of a difference. It’s just a few minutes in the car. What’s the point in walking?” Men. Men! But I love him dearly.

“If everyone who lived within walking distance to a grocery store would walk instead of drive, think of the oil saved and the reduction in pollution. If no one used paper or plastic bags, think of the trees saved and the plastic never used.  If everyone voted, we might have fair elections.”

“That’s true.” At least he hears me.

“You have to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE in the world. Or else…what’s the point in living?”

What do you do to lead a sustainable life?

What do you do to be the change you want to see?


  1. I have that quote on a magnet attached to my filing cabinet at work so I can see it and be reminded of it every day! The things I focus on changing are kindness and compassion – especially to strangers or people who wouldn’t necessarily expect it. Good for you for contributing to a better world 🙂


  2. Oh men! 🙂 I love this, I’ve been walking to the grocery store in (our new) town as much as I can, even if it takes half an hour each way. Something feels so good and right about not using any fossil fuel or resources (except your feet) to get your shopping done.


  3. Agree 100%…we try to live as eco conscious as possible. I always find joy in giving back to the environment even if it is just a small walk to the store, reusable totes in hand.

    Hope your shopping was successful.


  4. The best way that I’m sustainable is through packing the kids’ lunches in reusable bento boxes and putting them in a cooler bag. This is cool on so many levels. They eat the food we get from the farmer’s market, so we’re supporting that. We’re not consuming pre-fab lunches from the supermarket with lots of packaging waste, and no little plastic ziplocks to throw away.


  5. I agree wholeheartedly with Paula “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world”
    My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him an e-reader would be great (such as the Kindle or the likes), he doesn’t get it???? I tried explaining that at the rate I read books, firstly our study cannot hold any more, and secondly, if half the reading population switched over to e-books, we’d be saving millions and millions of trees. He still thinks I’m nuts 🙂


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