Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday FiveSpot presents... Three Things ala Tera

Happy Friday!

It's week three in our continuing series about the simple but important question we asked ourselves when we first got Living Your Five rolling.

If you could encourage everyone on the planet to do three specific things, what would they be?

Here's what Tera had to say:

Little things can make such a big difference. If I could encourage everyone on the planet to do three specific things to make the world a better place, they would be:

1. Replace regular bulbs with compact fluorescent, they use a fraction of the energy and last up to ten years. With the advances in fluorescent technology, you can choose from a variety of shapes, sizes, wattages, and even warm or cool light. They may be pricier up front, but they'll save you money in bulbs and electricity in the long run.

2. Turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth or scrubbing a pot. You don't need the water until you're done, and over the course of a year you'll save gallons of water. Growing up in California, water conservation was ingrained in me as a natural way of living. Once you get in the habit of shutting off water, just like you'd shut off the light when you leave the room, you won't even have to think about it to save water.

3. Take a hike, stroll through a park, find a connection with the natural world and feel why it's worth protecting. Living in an urban or suburban environment it's so easy to isolate yourself from nature, to live exclusively within the man-made world. That might be a more convenient way of life, but it's not healthy. Getting outside always makes me feel more relaxed, as if the stresses of the human world don't matter anymore. Nature can be your recharge, but only if you seek her out.

What do you think, blog readers? If you could encourage everyone in the world to do something positive, what would yours be?


  1. I've got #1 & 2 covered, but it's sad that #3 is something I have to remind myself to do when I live right by the beach! It's so easy to get caught up in the deadlines and to do list, but you're right, it's just as important to connect with the natural world too!

  2. I'm with Alyson - #3 is the hardest for me for some reason, especially now that winter is upon us! I'm not much of a cold weather person, but it's so beautiful when everything is glistening with fresh snow. I vow to make it outside more often this winter to enjoy it first hand. :-)

  3. it's just as important to connect with the natural world too!

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