Nine Steps to a Wholesome Life – Step 9: Taking Baby Steps
The previous posts give ideas of areas we can we can inspect that can lead towards a wholesome life. Whichever way we go about it, implementing everything at once – a tabula rasa – or taking baby steps, the importance is that we make a start. Change always begins within self; it never happens if all we do is look around and waiting for others to make changes.
The notion that one size fits all is an invention of people who envision a future of robotised humans. We have no obligation to agree with such an idea. As with everything, this can only happen if we give our consent. One of the beauties of humanity is that every single being is individualised, yet the whole is what makes humanity. So when we learn something and want to change some of our habits, we do it at our own pace. It is more important that we know inside out why some change may be necessary for our well being than some outsiders who may call themselves “experts” telling us what is good or bad.
To know inside out is to comprehend fully the reason or reasons why we feel the need to change something. It may start with a gut feeling, an intuition, or it may start with something we read or hear. But to change a habit, intuition and words have to resonate.
We may not be ready just yet to let go of that Sunday beef roast, but may find it easy to replace a fast-food chicken burger with a home-cooked dish of halloumi with some salad and pita bread, which takes no longer to prepare than driving through a fast-food joint but leaves a considerably smaller print on the environment and has no negative impact on one’s general health.
Likewise, we may not be prepared to do away with poisonous nail polish, but giving up that tinted moisturiser now that the jar is used up is really easy.
What counts is every single step, no matter how small. Society looks at everything in a linear fashion and forgets that every tiny action adds to the human collective. So, if people consciously choose one step at a time, more and more people will follow because that is what they pick up from the collective.
Walking starts with one single small step, and suddenly, taking one step after another becomes natural. We take one small step, and we will find that thought to every action we consider becomes natural.
This concludes the first series. Some nature-appreciation posts and a few ideas on minimising in some areas while gaining quality and saving money are in the works. I will also offer a different look at sustenance in a future post.
An expanded version of the Nine Steps series will be shortly available as an e-book.