Living the Questions

I’ll confess I’ve lain awake at night (well, once, after eating too much chocolate) wondering what we’ve gotten ourselves into. What are the “rules?” How will we keep to them? And why, exactly, are we doing this? Depending on my mood this scheme to go plastic free can seem anything from absurd to impossible to the best thing we’ve ever done. That we are sharing it here, well, that adds an edge. What if we “fail” in front of everyone?

Of course, there’s nothing to fail at. This isn’t a contest or a dictate that we must follow Or Else. It is simply an experiment in simple living. What will happen when we stop buying plastic, I can’t say. We’ve made this commitment in order to find out. Rather than worrying over the details of how we’re going to pull this off, or what it is we’re attempting, I’d like to share two of the larger questions that have guided me on my journey thus far.

In her book The Open Space of Democracy Terry Tempest Williams confronts ecological complacency by asking, “At what point do we finally lay our bodies down to say this blatant disregard for biology and wild lives is no longer acceptable?” She also asks, “If I am committed to seeing the direction of our country [world] change, how must I change myself?” Folks, I have no idea what the answers are. All I can say is that I’ve reached that point and am setting out on a journey of change, curious to find out.

In fact, you might say that if we’re making any kind of a New Year’s resolution, it’s to live those questions more fully and more fearlessly.

2 Replies to “Living the Questions”

  1. This is just wonderful. We have avoided plastics as a common practice for some time now – now plastic wrap, baggies, buy items in jars not plastic jars, no plastic water containers, etc.. but have not made the leap to 100% gone.
    I wish you joy on this journey and although it may be hard at first, practice does become habit.
    Warm wishes in the new year.

    1. We have been so inspired by folks like you and your family who choose simplicity as a matter of course. And yes, I am very much looking forward to the day when this is no big deal but simply the way we live. In the meantime, it’s nice to keep a record of the change, and to see how it ripples out to others. Best,

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