Spiritual Solutions #19: Effortless Responsibility
What Does Responsibility Mean?
Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.
Once you do this, every so-called upsetting situation will become an opportunity for the creation of something new and beautiful, and every so-called tormentor or tyrant will become your teacher. Reality is an interpretation.
Adapted from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Successs, by Deepak Chopra (New World Library, 1994).
Turn Off Your Phantom Loads
Energy conservation can be a way to transform your part in global warming. Understand phantom loads: If you have electronic applications with a clock that never fully turns off, such as a computer, coffeemaker, VCR, range, and microwave oven, you’re consuming energy even if the equipment is not in use. Other devices that never fully turn off include powered by a remove control, such as a TV or sound system, and equipment that uses a “power cube” in an electrical socket, such as a recharging base for an electric toothbrush, cordless screwdriver, and cell phone. These “power cubes” are 60 to 80 percent inefficient in their use of electricity.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).