We had a discussion about the thoughts surrounding a new year. Many people agree that the calendar simply changing to January doesn't automatically feel like time for change. Most people have a better sense of the need for change around their birthday. Because my birthday happens to be on new year's eve, I have both!!
So, it is a new year and I am another year older. It really does feel like time to look at things a little differently, a little deeper. I have a settled sense of peace that I don't think I had before. I told my friends on Sunday that I feel sorta grown up! It only took 55 years but maybe I'm ready to be an adult.
One thing that is resonating in me right now is thinking about quality over quantity. I am doing some online study for personal growth and to be a better steward of the business we are involved with and can't help but notice how much STUFF is marketed out there!!!
You name it, you can find it! Can't name it? Just start looking and you'll find something you didn't even know you need and all of a sudden you will have an overwhelming sense of need for it! Too much!!
I want to do something this year and encourage you to consider it. I want to give a lot of thought to what we need, what we really need. Then I want to be purposeful about what I want, what I really want. Then I want to focus on finding the absolute best and not settle for good just to have more.
Let's flesh that out a little....
Obviously we need food. Let's not fill the pantry with processed food but let's choose daily the best and freshest food that will bring strength and nourishment. I want it to taste good, so that is a deciding factor.
We need gasoline for our car. Let's not fill our tank with subpar quality fuel that may damage our engine, but seek out and buy non-ethanol gasoline that is better for our engine, our environment and gives us better mileage. (We will do this until we get our Tesla, of course)
We need personal care items, like soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. Let's not fill our cabinets with products that actually interrupt our hormone balance and expose our cells to toxin simply because they smell good. Let's buy quality items that are pure, plant-based with healing properties. We can still enjoy smelling good because lots of these quality products use ingredients like coconut and almond oil, yum!!
Do you see where I am going with this? This thought process will trim away the need to be marketed to, because I will be seeking out the best and not waiting for major advertisers to sell me on what's best.
If you look at each category of need and want you have, you will find 100s if not 1000s of companies offering you what they say is best. We must know the truth about what makes a product the best then seek it out.
We have a short list of companies that we trust. Creating a short list is the only way to protect yourself from falling victim to scams and/or lessor quality ideas and products. We know that companies are ran by people and those people can be over taken by greed and sometimes move away from quality. This is true of many food and health and wellness companies. So, be vigilant. Never stop reading labels and googling ingredients.
I used to buy a particular brand of cracker. Crackers are processed food and should be eaten in extreme moderation, but I found one that we liked and it wasn't too bad. After several months of buying them and simply eating them, I re-looked at the list of ingredients and saw that they had added something new. When I did the research I found out that sales were done for this particular flavor so that had to add a flavor enhancer to get the sales back up. That flavor enhancer is an excitotoxin very similar to MSG.
So my goal for 2015 is to honestly evaluate our needs and wants. Pare back on how much we need. Seek out the very best in each category that we can afford. And lastly, remain vigilant about holding the companies we choose to support to the standards that first attracted us to that company. Guess what? We can do just that! Holding a company accountable is as easy as giving them your money or not!!
Will you join me? Will you choose to be a little more conscientious about your choices? Will you choose to be a little more honest about what you really need and want? Will you choose to be a little more picky about the products you buy? Together we can make a difference.
There are companies out there, many companies, that really shouldn't continue to survive. Companies that sell garbage! But they market it in such a way that we are fooled into buying it, consuming it, and end up paying an even higher cost with our health.
Everyone deserves "the Good Inside," and, yes, "Purity is Possible."