I recently watched a video that became a personal challenge. It brought to mind that famous Lao Tzu quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
After watching this video, I arrived at the equation: small changes = sustainable. In other words, sustainability is the thousand mile journey; small changes are the baby steps that get us there. This video highlights our ability to grow as we challenge ourselves to do something new for a mere thirty days. I thought and thought of something that could be worthy to merit a thirty-day challenge; however, it was then that I realized that I was taking the small step out of the equation—no task is too small towards my sustainable journey.
For thirty days, I have challenged myself to three small actions:
- Meditate. Meditation as a distinct, daily activity is something that I have never been comfortable doing nor have taken the time to do. I am aware of the potential powerful results of the small action, and I am challenging myself to meditate ten minutes every day for thirty days. Though I am apprehensive, I am curious to see how meditative I can be…
- Reach out. I believe a strong community is a pivotal aspect of a sustainable lifestyle, yet I hardly put forth the support within my own. I am challenging myself to make one phone call a day to someone outside my direct family to strengthen and lengthen my community reach.
- Clean up. Every day I pass by many pieces of waste. It’s too hot, the person behind me will run me over, I’m late, or “ew, gross.” Translation: my pitiful excuses to bypass litter. For my challenge, each day I will pick up at least one item of waste and dispose of it properly.
As ambitious as I pride myself to be, I am interested to observe my results from these small challenges. I see and enjoy the benefits of others’ small steps and how they contribute to a more sustainable livelihood, and I hope that mine will contribute to the same. I wonder what kind of challenges my fellow mankind can conquer! A thousand miles seems easier with company. Have any ideas for one small step? Check out this video for inspiration of your own thirty-day challenge!