Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thought and Action

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Hello Optimists,

Well, it's day 2 of my Green Series posts, and I must say that there is a lot of great buzz on the internet surrounding Earth Week! So I've been thinking about the ways to get everyone informed about what we can do to make a positive impact on the environment and I think we need two things: thought and action. We need to get "in the know" and educated about the things we can do to make a difference, but more importantly, we need to actually implement these ideas into our lives. It's one thing to read about the benefits of buying locally grown organic foods, but it's another thing to actually go out and make it a part of our buying habit. We can learn all about the energy and money savings of compact fluorescent light bulbs, but unless we actually install them throughout our homes that knowledge won't do much good.

I guess this is true of anything in life. We've got to get the facts straight about the things we want to learn about, but we've also got to take action and put those facts to good use. It's like taking the time to earn a degree from a university but then after graduation, just sitting around on the couch watching TV for the rest of our lives. We've got all that information and knowledge stored up in our head, but if we're not going out and putting that thought into action, we definitely won't be making a positive impact on our lives or on the lives of others. After doing some more thinking about the connection between thought and action, I remembered a quote I once read a while back that seemed to explain my thoughts perfectly.
Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought. -Sallust 
This is some really great advice. Our actions and thoughts should definitely have a reflection on one another. Thinking like a man of action is having the mindset that the things you are learning will be implemented in a way that can make a difference. Acting like a man of thought will ensure that those differences you're making are carefully calculated and executed before being put to action and that the plan is followed through to the end.

I think it's important for us all to keep this quote in mind as we go through our days, whether we apply it to our new green initiatives or just to our daily lives. As promised, here are the Earth Week facts for today...and in the spirit of today's quote, I hope you take this knowledge and put it to action!

Here are your green facts for the day:
According to the EPA...
If you replace just one out of four of your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can save about 50% on your lighting bill. Cha-ching!
Thirty-six states are anticipating water shortages by 2016. Yet the average American uses more than 100 gallons or water each day. Don't be a water-waster! 

And one more thing before I sign off for today...I am featured as a Guest Blogger for Everyday Bliss, a wonderful blog whose writer chronicles her year-long journey to embody her 13 virtues of everyday bliss....so I invite you to check out the blog, read my post about one of the virtues (Passion), and join the journey!

Keep Smiling,

1 comment:

  1. Great guest post! I agree that you are the perfect person to discuss passion :-). Your passion for what you write about and do truly comes across in your blog.


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