I have to tell you about a guest post I recently found over at Keeper of the Home. The writer, Katie, describes her baby steps towards more natural living, and I identified with much of what she said. In the intro, Katie confesses that she wants to be more natural, but admits she sometimes makes Jello and dyes her hair. I can so relate to that push-pull: wanting to do better but often falling back to "convenience items."
Here are the paragraphs that made me nod my head vigorously in agreement:
"It's not that I'm not convinced that there is a better option. I know there are better options. It's that I'm overwhelmed with information. What's worse, I'm often paralyzed. And perhaps a little rebellious. I have limited time and resources. I'm sure you can relate. I'd be hard pressed to find one person out there who can't think of one thing they could be doing to be a better steward of their time, their finances or their home. I can personally think of a plethora of things I wish I were doing to be a better steward.
However, I've also recently discovered that the first step is so important. I can choose to be immobilized, or I can make small changes now. I probably won't ever be an entirely natural person. I am overwhelmed when I think of how enormously I would have to change in order to address every component of natural living. However, there are several steps my husband and I have implemented in the past few years that have really added up."
Katie then shares a list of things she and her husband are doing to make small steps towards more natural living. I appreciate hearing from a perspective like this--someone who's kind of in the same "place" as me. To be honest, I am easily intimidated by people who are *really* into natural living (soaking grains is one example that comes to mind) and I can be too easily critical of those who don't seem to care a hoot about these issues. So that's me. (Maybe I should start a natural living babystepper's club--to help keep me motivated without the guilt or "paralysis" Katie referred to in her post.)
If you're someone who does give a hoot about natural living, I hope you'll click over to read the post. And by the way, let me know if you want to be in the NLB club! =)