Abundance isn’t Gluttony

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I’m absolutely amazed as I look around on the freeways. They’re packed with nice, new, gas guzzling cars and trucks. I’m all for new, nice and abundance. We live in the land of plenty. Is it abundance? Is it gluttony?

Then, there are people uncomfortable with gas prices, but not willing to boycott oil companies, even for one day. Do they fear their stock may drop—and they think they won’t have new options for investments? Is it because we’re a rich nation? Or are we, the people, apathetic?

Are you paying .10 for a plastic grocery bag yet? This has been common practice for years in Ukraine, other European countries and the South Pacific—and these are only the countries I know of first hand.

Q: How do you tell an American traveler in a foreign grocery store?

A: The American shows up without a grocery bag, and is shocked when charged for one!

We claim we’re doing our part to help, if not save the environment. We all have our re-usable bags. They’re left in our car, but we have them. They’re cotton, plastic, or nylon. We’ve get them through event give-aways and donation recognition. They’re cheap, yet a statement. Are we slowly replacing paper and plastic with material bags of multiple color and size, made in China, to be left at home or in cars, later for the thrift store or land fill?

We plod along—as individuals, as a nation—complaining, resisting, and then stand in shock, finger pointing, wondering how “they” got us into this mess. Do you want to mail a letter in New Zealand? Go to the gas station! (They’ve already closed their post offices. They didn’t argue about it for years. They swallowed hard and did it.)

We are a nation and world of igneous people. We will always find ways to replace and improve what doesn’t work. More isn’t always better—even the good stuff.

Find a balance. Today exercise a bit. Think a bit. Rest. Be good to you. Be good to those around you. Be good to those you’ll never know.