I Try, I Succeed, and I Fail

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You can publish a blog about the environment – going on 7 years now – and still not get it right sometimes.

There are days when I feel like everything is going alright… like I am doing all the right things… like I am truly making a difference through my personal actions. I eat organic food. I recycle everything. I avoid using toxic skincare products. I sign up for yet another paperless bill. I unplug my chargers when not in use. Those are good days, when I feel as though all is right in my little bubble and it makes a difference somehow. I imagine millions of other people doing the same stuff and think that hey, we’re all gonna be alright somehow.

Then there are other days.

I take a road trip in the truck for no reason other than just to get out. That burns a lot of gasoline. I throw away an empty aluminum can because I am too lazy to carry it home with me from wherever I am. I take a hot shower for much longer than it takes me to actually get clean. I run a dishwasher that isn’t quite full yet. Those are the days that when I am lying in bed trying to fall asleep I think about all the things I could have done differently. How I could have done better. How I will try harder tomorrow.

It’s an endless cycle that hopefully teaches some lessons.

I find it very easy to find fault with how others are behaving when I feel as though I am doing everything “right.” But on those off days, well – I realize I too am fallible and not nearly as perfectly “green” as I want to be. It’s hard to be that way all the time, even if our very survival is dependent on us all doing so.

In the end, we’re all just human and we make mistakes. We learn lessons. We do our best.

That includes you, dear reader. The reason I was thinking about this was because I received an email from one of you detailing your “failures” in your perceived responsibilities as an environmentalist. The writer of this email wanted to do everything right but wasn’t able to find the time nor money to be as perfect as he wanted to be. He was down on himself for his imperfection, even though he – truth be told – was doing more to be environmentally conscious than 99% of the world’s population ever does.

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  1. Beautifully written. I’ve had those good and bad days too. Thankfully, more good days than bad and I don’t spend too much time reprimanding myself when I don’t live up to my own expectations. Don Miguel Ruiz’s 4th agreement is my mantra on both good and days – “Always do your best.”

  2. Loved this, it’s nice to have someone sharing that they fall short some days, it helps the rest of us to know we can only do our best at the moment and not to beat ourselves up when we think we fall short.

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