Sustainable living is not just a crazy person waiting for the end of the world. It is a way of life for some of us. We are simply trying to live as our ancestors did, providing food and shelter for our children that are not full of sprays, toxins hormones or other harmful things in them. The only difference between us and our ancestors is that people then didn’t think this was extraordinary nor out of the ordinary.
There are so many benefits to living a sustainable lifestyle. For the children they learn to appreciate hard work, their food, having responsibilities, caring for something other than themselves and at the end of the day a feeling of accomplishment.
For adults the benefits are a lot the same adding the fact that you know your children are eating pure foods, you are adding greatly to their character and your own and the bottom line knowing you can provide for your family without the local grocery store.
When you live a sustainable lifestyle you are free from certain burdens and stress that come along with relying on something or someone else. Being able to provide for you and your family is one of the biggest stress issues we face. That stress trickles down to your children whether you realize it or not. They listen and observe everything we say and do.
There are lots of different resources you can use to have a sustainable lifestyle solar being one of them. There is a definite benefit to using our greatest heat source which is the sun. Having solar for your farm or house can reduce or limit how much you rely on electricity. I use solar even to fence in the cows, but that’s just me.
The big guy upstairs designed the earth to ensure we have everything we need to live and survive. Those of us who are living a sustainable lifestyle is merely taking care of what was given and are happy doing it. We take from the earth and give it back, our family is healthy, wealthy in ways that matter and wise.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue. To avoid the second he should lay a split of good oak on the irons, preferably where there is no furnace, and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside.” -Aldo Leopold
I love this because it takes us back to using what we were given in the beginning. Use the Sun wood, peat or coal to warm your house. Use the ground and trees to feed your family and use the work of doing it all to feed the soul. Sustainable living is not people being crazy it is people tending and respecting where they came from.