The work that only you can do

​​​​​If ARealGreenLife ​can't ​​help you ​do ​what is important to you, close ​this window ​and ​focus on something that can. 

A ​blog is worthwhile if it helps you, its reader, make a difference to something that matters to you. ​

​​There is work ​to be done that ​only you can do. It's why you're here. 

This page in this "About" series, is about ​your work, why it matters, and why I hope ARealGreenLife can ​support you in doing it.

​If, as you are reading this page, you realize that reading here is not supportive of what's important to you, then ​close the browser or unsubscribe.

Put your ​attention on something that's truly supportive of you and the things that are important to you.


​Two central things 
​​​​Don't underestimate ​what ripples out from your ​choices and actions

​A sustainable, regenerative life​ starts with ​how you take care of you, since obviously your capacity to take care of anything else depends on your own degree of well-being. (​Yes, its obvious, but ​a reminder ​never goes astray, does it?)

​Assuming that you are an adult, and reasonably functional, you are the only one who can take care of you.

​You need others who can help and support you, but in the end the responsibility for your personal health and quality of life lies with you.

​​​Next – your family. You are responsible for them, too. No-one else ​cares ​about them, or can care for them, like you do. 

​​​In the process of handling these two central ​things—caring for you​r self and your family—​​the effects of your attention and focus ​ripple out into the world around you.

Don't underestimate those ripples. They are expanding outwards right now, and will play out in the world for generations.


​Are you doing enough?
​​​Healthy families and a healthy planet are inextricably connected. 
​We cannot have one without the other.

Some people rug up and go to the Arctic to make films to convince ​us to lobby our politicians to protect it.

Others tie themselves to trees or march in the streets or camp in blockades.

Still others build websites, work social media, ​or write books. 

Thank goodness all these people do what they do. Activism in all its forms is helping raise awareness and make a difference. 

Does that mean that "just" staying home and taking care of your family is not enough when it comes to taking care of our planet?

I don't think so.

  • ​​When you ​re-fill your own cup so you can replenish someone ​else's;
  • when you ​show your children how to connect to nature;
  • when you choose real, local, ethical food for your family;
  • when you make an informed choice to by-pass ​the supermarket aisle with ​the toxic cleaning products;
  • when you reject consumerism in all its forms and choose a lifestyle that respects the web of life that it is ​nested in...

​... ​when you do these things, you’re ​acting not only for yourself and your family, but also for ​healthier ecosystems and communities in the world around you.

Healthy families and a healthy planet are inextricably connected. We cannot have ​one without the other.


​Small does not mean powerless 
​​​Our living world is so fragile, complex and intricately connected that every small intention and action matters. 

Your work – your everyday, small, repetitive decisions, choices and actions, do matter.

They matter to you, to your family, and to our precious, fragile, complex, endlessly and intricately connected living world.

So fragile, so complex, so connected, that ​yes – your small part matters. Perhaps ​partly even because of its ​smallness.

Contrary to our cultural assumption, small is not bad. Small is not at all powerless.


Your ​part matters
​​​​​​You are not crazy, and your choices are not insignificant. 

​Your work may not seem huge, ​but it is significant. It may not be work that can be measured or quantified, but that does not make it less important. 

Breaking ​the whole into pieces so that we can say, "This kind of work matters and makes a difference, and this other kind does not," is impossible.

So—because you are important, because your work is an essential part of the work that must be done—​those​ are the reasons why I hope ARealGreenLife can help you along on your way, make you feel a little less alone, help you realize you are ​not crazy, and your choices are not insignificant.

​​​I hope ​something here serves you ​in building a more real, ​satisfying and sustainable life.

I hope these ideas and concepts ​help you take better care of yourself, your family, and by extension, our living planet. 

​I hope you'll take the ​ideas you find ​useful, make up a new ​variation of them that ​serves your own unique journey, and then pay it forward by sharing how you did it so someone else can benefit.

​​And if there is nothing here that really serves you, ​then let this be the point at which you close this window, and move on to something that does.


Where to go next?

The ​pages in this "About" series ​are: 


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A real green life: for ​you, your family, and our living planet.