Sustainability

Sustainability is an underappreciated word. It is essential to most aspects of life, such as exercise, relationships, saving, or business or governmental decisions.

Beginning with exercise as an example, you need to start out like you can put out. Think what you are trying to accomplish and do sustainable exercises. I used to jog often, but my efforts would wane and I would need to start again.

Now, I exercise daily after I shower for about fifteen minutes altering the routines each day. They are a series of Yoga, Pilates, isometrics and light weightlifting. I balance that with 2 to 3 mile walks or hikes and yard work. My goal at age 59 is to be flexible and toned able to get around on my own for the rest of my life.

The same holds true with financial decisions. A word of advice is pay over time what your budget can support. Save with each paycheck to create a dollar averaging effect that is not hinged on stock market rises and falls. Be wary of buying on ego – buy on sustainability (master bedroom downstairs will become a must at some point and most cars and SUVs look similar no matter the price).

Our government could learn this as well. We are borrowing from our future to make a long running pretty good economy a better one. We are on an unsustainable path toward debt and we have exhausted a few measures that would let us recover from the inevitable fall.

We are reversing a trend of treating our environment better by removing some needed regulations and allowing polluters to pollute more. We are peeing in our own swimming pool. At some point, there is a financial and health reckoning with these environmental degradations.

Sustainability is the key. It may be a boring word, but it is an essential one. Start out like you can put out.

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7 thoughts on “Sustainability

  1. According to a friend of mine who is much into statistics, Canadians are the most indebted people per capita of the entire world. I watch how they live here and indeed, they would be the last to concern themselves about sustainability, exceptions rare and dwindling since the 70’s. They’ve bought into the capitalist Reaganite/Bush/Trumpian view of life as everything is expendable and should be. Brought up on the slogan, “when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping” the attitude for the most part is if there is a tomorrow, or a future, that belongs to someone else. So it isn’t just the “elites” who are to blame in this despoliation of the planet.  Individuals need to take responsibility, but they are neither raised not educated to do so. Certainly the consumerist brainwash system has a lot to do with it all. We need mass boycotters!

    • Sha’Tara, I did not know that statistic. I tell my kids people want your money. They will be up front with the truth, they will advertise with embellishments and lies, they will try to cheat you or they will steal from you. Nothing is ever free.

      There is a great book from way back when called “The Millionnaire Next Door.” The person does not need a new car or the finest of houses. They spend wisely. It sounds like the Canadians are like us Americans and want every new thing. We don’t need it. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: One of my favorite stories about sustainability involves the Hall of Fame pro basketball player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. At 7’2″, he was all legs and arms and was one of the more skilled players ever. And, he lasted a very long time in the NBA. Why? Early in his career, he was the sole player on either team stretching his long limbs on the floor before the game at half court. Other players laughed at him, but when they realized how long he was playing, more players followed suit. Now, they all do it. In similar fashion, Tom Brady, the numerous Super Bowl playing Quarterback, has a regimen to keep him playing as he passes age 40. Lessons can be learned from these two pros.

    • Hugh, thanks. When I got to the end, I was thinking of ill-fated Presidential candidate Senator Paul Tsongas. The man was filled with good ideas and a desire for data driven analysis, but he lost because he was considered “too boring.” We could use that kind of leadership now. Boring competence. Keith

  3. Dear Keith,

    Your sound advice will allow folks to live a quality life longer. As we get older, we see the consequences of not following your words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Thanks Gronda. I keep thinking of what a geriatric doctor said. Seniors begin to decline after two milestones – not being able to drive and not being able to walk. We need to remember these. Take care my friend. Keep up the excellent reporting. Keith

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