When No One is Looking

Today I was shopping in Walmart and at one point I was shopping for beads for my craft projects in the discount bead bin, a lot of the bags had broken open and there was loose beads everywhere.. and there, at the bottom of the bin was the ones I had been looking for… I had tried buying the bag last week but when I got to register I realized it was open and most of them had spilled out.  Now I really wanted those beads… they were super pretty, and the thought occurred to me that I could just take them and no one would ever know.  The thought was in my head for a split second before I scoffed it away.  I’ll eventually find the beads in another bag and I will buy them then, it obviously wasn’t meant to be.

Throughout the rest of the shopping trip it dawned on me that I try to always do the right thing, even when I know I can get away with doing something less than honest… even when no one is looking.  As I loaded my groceries in to my car, scooped up my daughter and walked my cart to the coral I thought about how wonderful the world would be if everyone lived that way, or even if everyone in the world practiced that same philosophy even just once a day.  Even if it was just putting the cart in the cart coral instead of leaving it in the spot next to you.  I mean really, how much longer does it take out of your day.

So I call upon everyone reading my posts to try this, if you don’t already.  Simply do the right thing, with no hope for reward.  Pick up a piece of trash on the floor at your job, even if you didn’t put it there or its not your responsibility.  If a cashier gives you the wrong change, give it back.  Live your live like you are being filmed for reality TV.

Do it because its the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Intuitive Parenting

Today I decided that I don’t really like the name attachment parenting, it can conjure up all sorts of images that do not necessarily depict it in the best light… though I do live most of the concepts of ap’ing.  I have decided that I am NOT an attachment parent… I am an intuitive parent.

I let my instincts rule me and I follow my gut and intuition.  I don’t rationalize my feelings towards how I raise my kids, or follow what someone else says… I just DO.  I have always lived my life that way, whether it was picking a career, deciding what people I wanted in my life or even when picking my homeopathic and natural remedies.  I just do whatever feels right to me at the time.  Its not always the same, but most of the time it is.

So follow your heart instead of a book, your friends and family or even your doctor… do what you feel is right for you and yours… if you truly do then you will never be let down.

Who I am and how I feel

dhar·ma/ˈdärmə/

The principle of cosmic order

Virtue, righteousness, and duty, especially social and caste duty in accord with the cosmic order

I am a true believer that what you put into the world is what you will get in return.  I strive to live my life with that philosophy in mind and in my heart.  That goes for how I treat others as well as how I treat the the planet.  I try to be kind to everyone and everything I meet; friend or foe, stranger or family, flora or fauna and most of all mother earth.

That being said I have not always been or am I completely “green”.  This has been and will continue to be a journey, that is far from over.  I still have much to change about how I, and by extension, my family lives our life’s.

I’ve always been more on the “crunchy” side; eating organic whenever available, avoiding processed and genetically modified foods, second guessing conventional medicine and opting instead for natural remedies, using more natural products and even completely natural whenever possible.  But as time goes by I find myself becoming more aware of how my actions affect myself, my family and the planet.

This is my journey to become even more aware and in so doing becoming an even better version of myself.  I hope you will join me.