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Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes…Just Not Too Quickly

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Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival!

This post is part of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!

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This Earth Day seems more like a ‘New Year’s Day’ to me than anything else. It marks a real anniversary of the time I’ve spent getting serious how my actions affect this world.

I made a LOT of changes when Bean was born, but looking back, many of them seem relatively easy - or so obviously worthwhile that there’s been no question of going back to the way things were.

By the time she was 8 months old Earth Day rolled around, and I was ready to make a more serious commitment. I picked a challenge I really wasn’t at all sure I wanted to take – I made the transition to reusable menstrual products. I wrote about my experiences at the time and plan to share more throughout the coming week (I hope you’ll stop by to hear more!) – but all that to say, that decision marked a transition for me.

It was moving into a deeper awareness – a willingness to learn more – a greater understanding of the effects I, as an individual, have on my world.

It led to more of such decisions – ones that required greater time, effort, sacrifice – growing our own food, boycotting Nestle (and purchasing Fair Trade when it comes to things like coffee and chocolate), buying organic. After watching a documentary on bottled water, I’ve finally stopped buying it – period. After reading more and more articles on the dangers of both BPA and aspartame, I’ve finally given up my beloved diet coke.

But before you get to the point of thinking I’m being insufferably obnoxious and pious with my environmental love, I admit here before anyone that there is still SO much I am willing to close my eyes to in denial.

I saw a cartoon recently that was captioned: “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.” I find it very apt – though I hate to say it, ignorance sometimes really does seem like bliss. Life was easier before I knew all this stuff of consequences and effects and dangers and what have you.

But once you do know it, it becomes very difficult to go back.

Ultimately, I know in my heart that I don’t want to go back – but I’ll tell you I hate it sometimes. It causes difficulty. It makes simple decisions harder. It makes me feel like a hypocrite – every time of the many times I don’t live up to those ideals. It makes me feel like I’m giving a ‘holier than thou’ impression, which I don’t want to do or be. It causes strife with the husband and other family members. It makes me depressed to think about how much there is to think about.

As I look back over this year, I know that there are many things which I still consciously or unconsciously am able to not see. And over time, I think the list will only get longer. Over a year of both triumph and failure in an area that’s become very important to me, I know that I do want those scales to keep falling from my eyes – I owe that to myself, and to my daughter.

But I don’t want it to happen too quickly…

Thank you for stopping by the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival! Please relax and take time to read these other great eco-living posts:
Earth Day Blog Carnival - Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction

  • You are a Child of the Earth – Using the Earth as their classroom, Patti from Canadian Unschool teaches her 4 children their spiritual connection to the Earth and she accepts that loving the Earth can get really, really messy.
  • Cutting Out Paper – Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went from curiosity and concern to actually cutting out the use of paper towels in her household. She is proud to be “greener” as each Earth Day passes.
  • The World is Brown – Debra Ann Elliot of Words are Timeless believes in keeping the Earth green, but because so many people inhabit the Earth it is turning brown because people aren’t doing their part by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
  • 7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth (Plus Some Environmental Books For Kids) – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her favorite books that help children become more aware of the importance of respecting and caring for Mother Earth. In addition, she hosts a guest post outlining seven child and eco friendly activities to honor the earth.
  • 5 Ways We Teach Our Children To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Valarie at Momma In Progress shares a few tips for encouraging young children to care for the earth.
  • Little Changes – Big Results – Meegs at A New Day talks about how sometimes it’s the little decisions and changes that can lead us to find big results, and how she’s baby-stepping her way to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation – aNonyMous at at Radical Ramblings hopes to inspire her daughter to live a green and sustainable lifestyle, in the same way she was inspired by her high-school science teacher, and talks about the changes her family are making towards this vision.
  • Eco-Friendly Cleansers: Safe For the Environment, Healthy For Every Body – Rebekah at Liberated Family writes about safe and natural alternatives to toxic, household cleaning products..
  • Lightening My Footprint with Cloth Nappies (Diapers) – Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares the biggest eco-choice she has made so far, and why she is so passionate about it.
  • Clutter Free for a Cause – At Living Peacefully with Children Mandy’s penchant for decluttering and simple living cuts down on consumerism, taking less of a tole on the Earth.
  • Eco-Parenting: Homemade Bug Spray – Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares a homemade bug spray recipe that helps her family to enjoy the natural world while taking precautions against bug bites.
  • Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes…Just Not Too Quickly – Kelly at Becoming Crunchy talks about the discomfort of no longer being able to live in denial over how her choices affect the world around her.
  • Fostering Love of Earth – Justine at The Lone Home Ranger instills a love of nature in her daughters by embarking on their first backyard vegetable garden together.
  • Being in Nature – Carrie at Love Notes Mama knows that just being in nature is more than enough.
  • 5 Ways to Pass Down Environmental Values to Your Children – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares how easy it can be to instill environmental values in your children.
  • Viva Portlandia – Amy at Anktangle writes about the place she lives and loves in: Portland. She describes the ways this green city makes it easy for her family to take care of our earth, and also the steps she’s taking to further lessen her family’s environmental impact.
  • Conspicuous Conservationism – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction examines the phenomenon of eco-conscious behavior as a status symbol.
  • Time for Radical Sustainability – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle ponders how she can model a truly sustainable lifestyle for her children and raise them in a way their environmental consciousness is as natural as breathing!

A big thank you to all of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival participants!

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11 Responses to “Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes…Just Not Too Quickly”

  • Rebekah says:

    Paving a new path can be so intimidating at times. But I’m seeing more and more people follow this new path all the time. I think a lot of us experience the same struggles. As an aside, I understand that “holier than thou” feeling. Lately, I’ve been discovering the best (and most peaceful) thing I can do for myself is to tune out all of those silly, self-conscious lies that pop into my head and just listen to my heart. The heart knows the intentions even if others don’t. Thanks for sharing.
    Rebekah recently posted..Eco-Friendly Cleansers: Safe For the Environment, Healthy For Every Body

  • This is so right on, Kelly. It really is all about AWARENESS. I find that motherhood has made me ask so many questions about things I used to take for granted–parenting, education, healthcare, food, the environment. That is now why I describe our Unschooling life as a Spiritual Journey: because I open to learning and becoming more aware of my role on Earth and of the many roles I play.
    Patti @ Canadian Unschooler recently posted..You Are a Child of the Earth

  • Terri says:

    I love your evolving journey of ‘becoming crunchy’. The line from the cartoon you mentioned was so true “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.” At times I’ve had to stop reading some environmental news because I was being left in a feeling of despair which rather than motivating me actually made me feel more paralysed and pessimistic. I like to remain as informed as my spirit can take whilst remaining empowered to make a change. I find that connecting directly with nature always refuels my journey as it makes my commitment to environmental change much more real than intellectual.

    It seems you’ve taken the environmental red pill – I’m right with ya on the journey. Onelove

    Thanks for participating in the Earth Day Blog Carnival
    Terri recently posted..Earth Day 2012 – Time for Radical Sustainability

  • The judgment by others is what has surprised me most about my transition into becoming more Earth-friendly. Recently I wrote a single sentence about how I stopped using deodorant over the winter (update: warm weather = using it again), and you would have thought my entire post was devoted to the subject based on some harsh replies I received.
    What I want for people to know about my quest for a simpler life is that I’m not necessarily looking for an easy way out; in fact, I consider simpler in most cases to be more difficult. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the effort. Thanks for a stimulating post.
    Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger recently posted..fostering a love of the Earth

  • aNonyMous says:

    This is really great. I can definitely relate. Sometimes it seems like ‘going green’ is a huge mountain to climb. That’s why I like the idea of taking baby-steps, and focusing on one thing at a time.
    I can relate to what you say about your choices causing some issues for you though. My partner and I have had some disagreements, especially when it comes to food – he doesn’t really care whether it’s free-range meat, etc, where as I feel very strongly. And trying to explain to friends and family not to buy Nestle is a pain. Sometimes it’s hard to be different.
    aNonyMous recently posted..Inspiring the Next Generation

  • Meegs says:

    I am there too… and I feel you on the strife it sometimes causes. But so worth it in the end! Keep pressing on!
    Meegs recently posted..work in progress {Happy Earth Day!}

  • Congratulations on all the incredible changes you’ve made over the last year! Sounds like you’ve done a lot in a relatively short period of time, so kudos to you!
    Amy @ Anktangle recently posted..Sunday Surf: Home Ownership & Earth Day

  • “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

    Love this! And its so true, I totally share your weariness of all this information, but Im the same, once I know I cant go back… perhaps the trick is to stop reading? ;)
    Christine @ African Babies Don’t Cry recently posted..Review & GIVEAWAY : Coconut Oil For Your Skin, Nourishing Your Body From The Outside In {6/5 ; WORLDWIDE}

  • I know exactly what you mean, Kelly. I really try to focus on being proud of any steps we take toward being a more green and natural family, but it can be so difficult to have the level of awareness that inspires change! You should be very proud of yourself – and your family – for all of the awesome changes you’ve made :-)
    Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama recently posted..Win a Children’s Book of Your Choice from Barefoot Books Plus My Toddler’s Favorite New Books! {5/7; U.S. & CAN}

  • I think it is so true that once we start down this path toward more sustainable homemaking, we want to keep going and going!
    Kerry @ City Kids recently posted..Connecting with Food and Farm

  • Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you were inspired. Great post and blog you have.

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