Who is it or what is it that inspires you? For me I’m very inspired and challenged by stories, people and especially people living with integrity, honesty and a desire to make a difference.
When it comes to simplicity, for me there is a danger of inaction and defeat as it can feel so daunting and overwhelming. Questions creep in…. Will it really matter, will it really make a difference, will I really be able to sustain anything. Its all to easy to think this way and give up, which is why I have intentionally set out on this simplicity journey and set up my simplicity charter.
I was reminded yesterday of the importance of taking steps, however small they might feel, to make changes to bring about change. Ruth Valerio’s brilliant book L is for Lifestyle enables these steps to feel achieveable.
You wake up and jump in the shower. The water is hot and the house warm. You eat breakfast: coffee made with water boiled in the kettle, and cereal with milk kept cool in the fridge. You throw out the foil trays from last night’s takeaway before jumping in the car and setting off for work. You’ve done nothing unusual, but already your lifestyle choices have had an impact on people and the environment across the world.So how can we live more responsibly? In this A-Z, Ruth Valerio highlights the main threats to people and our planet, God’s beloved creation. She shows us how, by making small changes to our lifestyle, we can learn the secret of a life that is both fair and simple.
Ruth also has a brilliant blog exploring this further.
A Rocha UK also run a programme called Living Lightly (which is in fact Managed by Ruth Valerio). Living Lightly is an initiative that came out of the growing desire to be the change that we want to see in the world and a recognition that a biblical understanding for creation care has to be lived out in our everyday lives. If you are on facebook you can also follow The Living Lightly page.
Tearfund’s Carbon Fast is a way that I am going to intentionally live and tread a little more lightly this Lent.