Wise consumption is much more complicated than wise production~ Leo Tolstoy
In the last few years, I’ve become extremely conscious of what I consume. Perhaps it’s the result of responsible adulthood, but most likely it’s the result of being completely sick of what society dumps on me/us. Either way, I am paying attention society, I just want you to know that. I’m more powerful than you think.
I was checking my 2016 year in review bank statement yesterday, as I completed my taxes. I was pleasantly surprised as to what I spent the most money on this year. What industries did I support, you might be asking?
I bought my first house, so cheers to you and me, real estate industry.
I also supported the music industry with a fair share of concert tickets.
Transportation expenses ranked up there.
There were interspersed payments for Jcrew and DSW, but they were so few, not even enough to count on two hands.
I love fashion and shoes and all the cute stuff, but I didn’t need much of anything new this year. As a matter of fact, I gave much of my clothing away to goodwill over the last few years, and made sure to only bring with me what I wear on a regular basis to the new house.
In 2016, my biggest contribution was made to the food industry. Not to restaurants necessarily, but to local farmers, and organic food purchases.
I had made a concerted effort to support foods that are healthy and sustainable. And this pie chart from my bank, reminded me that I met that goal. yes!
I am asking you to think about what you are consuming each day. Pay attention. Which industries do you support? What changes does our society need for people to be healthier and happier?
Today I went to a craft store, so that I could purchase supplies to hang up a picture I painted. When I said politely “no thank you” to providing her my email address, she despondently looked at the ground as I left. Are all salespeople like this? Of course not. It’s just an example of this consumption driven, more more more, society… that is ultimately unfullfilling.
Pay attention to who and what you support, smile, be free. I am hopeful.