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  • Lynn Youngblood: You can help, you can inspire

  • We may make several commitments throughout our lifetimes and, indeed, rarely does an endeavor really work without commitment.

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  • We may make several commitments throughout our lifetimes and, indeed, rarely does an endeavor really work without commitment.
    Think about marriage, parenthood, educational or career pursuits, quitting smoking, or incredible achievements like running a marathon, climbing a mountain, biking long distances, reaching high academic standards, or finding the cure. Would any of these be possible without commitment?
    That one word is really what it takes to do something well. Sometimes it works better to commit by starting small and then adding more as you become successful. This can be the key when you want to Green-up your life. Here are a few suggestions to get started:
    • Change every incandescent light bulb in your house to a compact fluorescent lamp.
    • Purchase a programmable thermostat and program it with your wake, leave, return and sleep schedule.
    • Lower the temperature at night by two to five degrees, and add another blanket (or two) to the bed.
    • Start household recycling.
    • Convert all publications to eletters, when possible.
    • Convert to ebanking (with ebill paying), when possible.
    Do not feel like you need to choose more than one of these items. Once you have committed to one of these and it becomes easy, think about committing to adding another. Maybe you are already doing one or more, if so, congratulations! You are already on the Green Road of life!
    Every journey begins with a single step. We often get overwhelmed with the idea of having to save the world. In truth that is beyond any single individual. A unified commitment of people taking one step at a time, one day at a time and simply doing the small things at hand is how any great deed is accomplished. If everybody committed to taking any one of the steps above, the impact on our natural resources, the economy, and the quality of our lives would be monumental.
    You can be the one person who makes a difference. Your participation could inspire others to join in and live more Green. It will take a unification of many to make the greatest impact on our natural resources.
    It can be done – do not think that you do not make a difference in this endeavor! You are the one person who can tip the scales and motivate others to follow your Green example and begin their own journey to commitment.
    Reach Lynn Youngblood at TheGreenSpace@sbcglobal.net.

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