Becoming An Emotional Environmentalist

Do you know any Pig Pens?

I had a friend who would check into a hotel room and within five minutes the space would look like a luggage bomb exploded; clothes, shoes, toiletries were everywhere. If you didn't know ,you would swear the room had been occupied for a week.

We all know messy people who leave a trail of stuff behind them, either physical belongings or trash.  Why is it so hard to close the drawer, shut the door, or put the dishes in the dishwasher instead of the sink?

Coming into a place after these Pig Pens is annoying. I mean, who wants to live in a mess someone else created?  No thanks...

Come on people - - Reduce- Reuse-Recycle!!

Though we are usually sensitive about leaving a physical footprint in the environment, what is less obvious is how we create emotional environments. We aren't always attune to how our attitude impacts those around us.  We fail to consider how much noise we add to the world.

Anger interferes with healing.Negativity is unsavory.Complaining never inspires.Bitterness is ugly.

Can you imagine a world where we all took more responsibility for the environments we create? What if we considered emotional pollution as unacceptable as littering?  Wouldn't that be cool?

Imagine if people didn't use social media to rant and complain; wouldn't life feel cleaner?

If conflict and disagreements took place in the context of caring relationships rather than on a Facebook post or a twitter exchange, wouldn't we all feel less grimy?

What if we all decided to say less.  Instead of using the three-prong Reduce/Reuse/Recycle like we do for trash, we could embrace a different three-prong filter for our words.

What if we spoke only when our words were

KindTrueAND Necessary?

Think about how much less we would say.  Can you imagine how much better we would all feel?

While this wouldn't solve all of our problems, the noise pollution would drop significantly.