The best way to change is bit by bit, day by day. Some realizations comes over night. Some small things can make a big difference. Yet still, the most effective way to change yourself is bit by bit, day by day. Simple in theory, difficult in practice. There is a lot to change. Yet still, time will pass, so you might as well.
I’ve practiced this repeatedly. Working on yourself is the best cure for boredom there is and with each new level of self-knowledge achieved, new things are possible that initially weren’t. You have new virtues and skills that can be applied to make another change.
Knowing how to thrift and how to coupon made budgeting easier. Knowing how to cook made budgeting and tracking macros easier. And now, these bits will make the next thing easier. But what’s the next thing?
As I have recently realized, my religio is that I am here to live in harmony with the universe. This belief has been lingering subconsciously since like forever. It’s where my deepest guilt comes from and where my drive and motivation originate. If I can connect what I’m working on to my religio, I will plan for it and accomplish it. If not, I will willfully ignore it, procrastinate and self-sabotage until I don’t have to do it anymore.
Once I thought through that, I knew what the next thing had to be–zero waste. Since moving to a place where I can compost, I feel like this one finally within reach; however, this is a pretty monumental task. I have already taken some steps, but there is a lot of habits to change, and I am not perfect or perfectly consistent, so like everything else, I will take it bit by bit, day by day. And today, I finally started my first compost pile.
My goal is to whittle down our household trash, until I don’t have to pay for trash collection, $38 every quarter. Before living in this house, I never had to pay for trash. I didn’t really think about trash collection as a convenience or a luxury, but now that I have to pay for it, it feels like it is. I only like to pay for what is either 1. absolutely necessary 2. creates value or 3. makes me really happy and trash collection doesn’t qualify. I could get The way I see, $38 is the penalty for procrastinating. Let’s see how many quarters it takes to kick the habit.