This page will be more a series of thoughts or ideas rather than true
guidelines. They are here to teach you to stop and think or
rethink every action you will take in the future. One of the biggest
trends I have found in the incredibly busy people of today is that they
are so involved in maintaining and/or surviving their lifestyle they
have forgotten they live on planet earth amongst 7 billion other people.
I do believe that on the whole this is a newer trend. At one time
people were much more involved in the community and especially in their
own families. It was almost unheard of to put parents in a nursing
home--parents unable to take care of themselves moved back in with their
children. It was a cycle of life, parents take care of their
children until grown and later children give back by taking care of
their parents. Today everyone seems to want their
'independence'--even when they are no longer capable to taking proper
care of themselves. Yes, there are adults who have no
children or family so they will need the care of a nursing home or
private caretaker but most of us do have family. This and many
other things will be discussed. I am not telling anyone what to
do, I am only trying to get people to stop and think again about their
decisions. I believe there is a small population of people who are
already aware and make decisions that benefit the largest number.
I also believe there is a small population of people who are aware and
don't care--unfortunately. But mostly I believe that the
vast number of people out there do not think about the impact of their
decisions at all. They are just too busy surviving. It is
hoped that my suggestions will spur more awareness on their part.
After all they are still part of the human population of over 7 billion
Driving is a sign of independence. Most people LOVE their vehicles
and that independence! Few want to give it up and many have to be
forced to give it up. There are many different facets to think
about. What to drive, when to drive, how far to drive, and how to
WHAT TO DRIVE: Before purchasing that next vehicle, please stop to
think about what you REALLY need. Remember we live on Planet
Earth with 7 billion people and global warming. Do you really need
that SUV or do you just want it? If you are single and not
self-employed, maybe you don't need that SUV. A family with 2 or
more children may well need one. A self-employed person may as
well. If you truly need an SUV, go ahead. If you just want
one, please rethink why. Buying something less than an SUV
will save money on the purchase price and save money on gas. Using
less gas will help our planet in many ways. I can't tell you how
many very young, single people and elderly people (who can barely get in
and out of an SUV) I see driving a HUGE SUV. For the life of
me I don't know why they would purposely choose to spend more money on a
vehicle and especially spend a lot more money on gasoline that just
contributes to global warming. If you have the extra money, why
not spend it on something that helps Planet Earth and others?!
Giving and having a purpose is what gives us the most joy in life.
Again I am not telling you what to do, I am asking you to rethink your
next purchase. Maybe you don't need an SUV but would like one. If
you really want one that badly, maybe scale back a little. Instead
of the Pilot or Highlander, get a CRV or RAV4. If everyone learned
to compromise--just a little--it would probably go a LONG way to
improving Planet Earth.
HOW TO DRIVE: I am no youngster seeing as I am in my 60s.
I have always been the type to be very aware of the impact my choices
make on the world. I love my vehicles. For a long time I
drove an SUV for my hobby and often topped 200,000 driving miles a year. I truly needed the space. I still
do my hobby but have scaled way back so I sold the SUV and now drive a
hatchback hybrid which still gives me enough room. Most
importantly I have always had a plan for when I retire and when I do not
drive well. I still work full-time and will do so until I am 70.
I drive in rush hour daily. There is a lot of traffic on the roads
during rush hour but as I look around (awareness), I know for certain a
large percentage of people in those vehicles are NOT going to work.
I see many older couples going to their doctor's appointment or to
breakfast. I see people going to shop at the mall or grocery
store. I see a large number of people every day on the road during
rush hour when they truly do not need to be there. I can't help
but wonder why? Why would someone who can choose to drive at any
hour they want, choose to drive during rush hour when the vast majority
of people are trying to get to work. In most cases it is
likely lack of awareness. They need to see the doctor, they make
the appointment, they go--with no further thought. Maybe it
is time to be aware and stop and think. Do I really need to go out
on the road RIGHT NOW and contribute to rush hour? Could I make my
doctor appointments for a bit later in the day so that not only will the
drive be easier for me, I won't contribute to rush hour either?
Could I meet my friends for brunch instead of breakfast for the same
reasons? Could I postpone my trip to the grocery store or mall
until after 10 a.m.--also for the same reasons? Most people
on the road have no choice. If you have a choice, maybe you should
choose for the greater good of Planet Earth. Remember there are 7
billion people on this planet--things are very different from 30-50
Also please be aware that there is a point at which you should stop
driving. I am going to face that in the next 15 years or so--maybe
earlier. I am prepared. As soon as I notice I am driving
consistently 5 to 10 miles per hour below the speed limit, I will hang
up my driving license. I plan to sell my house and move somewhere
right on a bus line. I hope many others will become aware of their
driving habits and think about whether they should be driving or not as
well. Next to being under the influence of drugs, alcohol or lack
of sleep, a large cause of accidents is not going with the flow.
When everyone is driving 35 and you are driving 25, that is an accident
waiting to happen. If you watch a video from above, you can see
how one person driving differently from the rest causes havoc with the
flow of traffic. I realize we have lived a long life and 'earned'
our right to drive, but again, we live on a planet with 7 billion people
now and we have to think not only of our own needs, we need to be aware
of the needs of the other 7 billion people. I cannot tell you how
often I will be stuck in a long life of traffic with the first vehicle
driving 10 or more miles per hour under the speed limit and wonder if
one of the held up people is a doctor on call who is attempting to get
to the hospital to do a life-saving operation on someone--maybe even one
of your own family members. Please re-think driving if you are
consistently driving 5-10 miles under the speed limit.
Another thing that happens when you are driving out-of-the-flow of
traffic is that spaces for people to pull out of drives are reduced
because of that slow vehicle. This prevents many people from pulling out
of a drive quickly. I often see people waiting to pull out of a gas
station or coffee shop and that big gap is suddenly lost because one
person is driving much slower and gets far behind the group. They
have to wait for the next gap and sometimes the next or the next after
that! A slow vehicle falls behind the group and the gap is lost. A
lot of time is lost through people who are not going with the flow.
A LIST OF THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING OR BUILDING A HOME
following 4 main areas will be addressed throughout these guidelines.
1. Reduce energy consumption and use
renewable energy sources.
2. Choose materials carefully. Produce and store food.
3. Conserve water and preserve it's quality.
4. Minimize and reuse waste.
idea is to live life so as to negatively impact the earth as little as possible
in order to leave it in as good or a better shape for our future children,
grandchildren and all future residents. These guidelines will also enable
each of us to lead a healthier, longer life and hopefully enable our earth to
continue to be able to support all of us in a healthy manner. It will
address ideas that will not only improve physical health but will reduce stress.
These are mostly common sense but have been forgotten by many of us in the
hustle-bustle of every day life.
MAKING YOUR RESIDENCE A HEALTHY, COMFORTING PLACE TO LIVE
access to water--
Pools and streams
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