Monday, 4 July 2016

Half as much...

Reading blog post comments can be a worthwhile exercise. Sometimes you glean just as much wisdom from the comments as from the original blog post. (Look at my last blog post for example - the comments were more useful than the blog post!)

Rhonda's Down To Earth blog is always full of warmth and wisdom - a veritable haven of sanity in a mad world - within the blog posts and comments. Scrolling through the comments on one one of her recent blog posts where people were sharing their preparations for the impact of Brexit on their lives, I was struck once again by just how far-reaching this decision will be, and just how many people will be brought along for the ride, without having had any say in the matter. Several people, and not just in the UK, were talking about redoubling their efforts to get their affairs in order, and thinking of ways to make further savings.

I discovered one quick hack - cutting dishwasher tablets in half. Yes, I like things I can implement quickly and easily. (Why haven't I thought of this before?) And this one's another case of what's good for my pocket being good for the planet. 

OK, it might not get the mortgage paid off any time soon or, on its own, buffer us against a deep recession, but cumulative small changes all add up, and help to build a mindset. There are probably plenty of other things I could use half of or do half as much that would have a positive impact too...I'm thinking that watching the news half as much could be beneficial right now...and free up some time. (Any other ideas are welcome...I'm angling after some more useful comments!)

And it's a good reminder that what we do individually, matters. It's easy to feel powerless and that we're swimming against the tide, but we can always be kind to those around us, and always do our little bit. And if enough of us do that then we might just change the world, half a dishwasher tablet at a time. 



So far, so good. Stuff comes out as clean and shiny as before.


6 comments:

  1. Have you tried dishwasher powder? Cheaper than tablets and much easier to adjust the quantity.

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    1. Good point. We have, in the past, but then you need to get salt and rinse aid don't you?

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  2. Brexit is certainly occupying a lot of the news over here. While there will be ramifications, the press here is predicting the end of the world from it. I hate it when they use hyperbole to increase ratings.

    I think you hit on the key to making the world a better place--kindness. It's contagious, so one act definitely spreads. And sometimes, it's something as simple as eye contact and a smile. I did this with a crossing guard the other day, and he said I made his day. So simple.

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    1. Yes, Brexit and its aftermath is going to give the media something to talk about for some time to come...keep smiling...

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  3. Why not get rid of the dishwasher all together. Save water and stop using noxious chemicals that poison our water.

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    1. I have seen it argued that a dishwasher is more environmentally friendly than washing up but I've never quite understood that. The compromise for us would be to look into more environmentally friendly powder and you've inspired me to do that.

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