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Walk the Walk – When You Can

Walk the Walk – When You Can

I recently had a conversation about how to live according to our principles. We may want to patronize local businesses, be environmentally aware, refrain from supporting corporate exploitation and eat organic food, but is that realistic? Only if we meet ourselves where we are. That is, only if we realize that it is OK just to do what we can – we don’t have to be perfect.

Living in our contemporary society, it is difficult not to contribute to something we don’t necessarily believe in, even if it’s only in a small way. But we do as much as we can to live according to our principles, because the alternative is to lead a thoughtless life. We don’t have to be perfect to live consciously, we just have to do what we honestly can.

Furthermore, this is how social change happens. It starts with our own lives. If we make conscious decisions whenever we can that support our principles, that encourages others to do the same. And pretty soon, there’s a movement. We’re not infallible, but if we truly do our best, that is significant. We cannot expect to create genuine social change if we don’t walk the walk – but it’s OK if we trip every now and then.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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6:26AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Enjoy what we have

4:20AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thanks for the info!

12:22PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Thanks.

11:26AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thanks

4:23PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Food for thought. Thank you!

12:53PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Thanks for the reminder!! I think we all get caught in the "perfectionism web" sometimes and we need help getting back to basics.

10:09AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

A very nicely written encouragement. Thank you for the reminder. You are right, we don't need to waste our energy in being perfect, we just need to do the best we can when we can.

4:56PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Wonderful article! And for some, it seems that if they can't do it 'perfectly' they end up not doing anything at all, then spiraling down into self critisizem,self pity, and self medication. I can understand why people get sick of perpetual victoms of that type.

10:35AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

thanks

6:54AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

simple enough and I was just getting down on myself about those very things.

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