I find sustainable living to be an intriguing topic.
To be sustainable is to have the ability to provide yourself with almost anything and everything you need. For example, you can utilize solar panels to collect “energy” from the sun, this “energy” is then stored in batteries which power your lights and electronics. You can also utilize a rain collection system to collect rainwater, which can be used for bathing, dishes, and if properly treated, drinking water. Then there are the animals; chickens, cows, ducks, goats, and etc. They provide us with protein, calcium, and the essential vitamins and nutrients we require by giving us eggs, milk and more.
Another great source of food comes straight from your garden, growing fruits and vegetables allows you to break free from supermarkets.
It gives you the piece of mind of knowing where your food has come from. While also knowing it was not genetically modified. Utilizing what is around you, or creating something from nothing is a big part of what being self-sufficient is all about. Having and utilizing your imagination is important. Innovation is the key to success.
I’d like to leave you with this; sustainability is not an easy way to live.
It requires hard work, perseverance, and lots of imagination. There will be days when it seems as if nothing is going your way and everything is working against you. All you want to do is give up. But that’s when you tell yourself I CAN DO IT! And you can. Theodore Roosevelt once said ” “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” And when you sit back after a long hard day of work and have the chance to admire your accomplishments you can say I did that.
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