The world often scares me. It seems that everyday has more news about how everything is falling apart. Worse still, there rarely seem to be any viable solutions offered. Any of the large or little changes I make seem meaningless.
This isn’t true, though. Little changes can make an impact. Larger change begins by taking small steps. Big and overwhelming goals are tackled through little changes.
It’s in the little changes that we begin to feel empowered to demand the larger changes. When we read an article about animal agriculture and decide to participate in Meatless Mondays, this matters. This small commitment can help inspire further lifestyle changes that can have a greater impact.
Such as deciding to stop eating beef. And opting to buy more locally grown produce. Maybe you decide to stop using plastic produce bags altogether. Because of this, you begin carrying a reusable tote for all of your purchases.
Just one simple move can cause a chain reaction.
We sometimes make these moves without having a clearly defined plan or goal. We know we want something to change, but its overwhelming or feels impassible. Maybe, we don’t actually know how we want the change to look. We’ll just try things, sometimes too much or too little, in hopes of things working out in the way we envisioned them.
There is nothing wrong with this. However, in trying to clearly define what the end goal is, we can establish a clear path to achieve it. That path can include steps we’ve already taken, like cutting out meat on Mondays above. We can build on the foundation we’ve begun. We can make it stronger.
Actionable steps achieve goals.
Some of the big, overwhelming issues for me are climate change, agriculture, fair trade and ethical treatment of workers, and issues like this. Many of these are connected. Which can make them more difficult to address. There are so many factors to consider that coming up with end goals that aren’t just sound bites is daunting. Saying that we are going to end climate change is easier than coming up with the actionable steps to achieve it.
My main goal with Goat and Lilac is to help provide ideas for small, actionable steps for people to take to achieve their ethical living goals. I hope that in doing this, and people taking small steps in changing their lifestyles, that they will feel empowered and emboldened to take on larger challenges. We have the power to change the world, it just requires some careful planning and a lot of work.
What steps are you taking to live a more ethical or conscious life? What are some areas that you are struggling with?