by Marsha Rakestraw

In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think about the amount of stuff we’re consuming each morning — the soap and shampoo in the shower; the toothpaste; the coffee or juice in our cup — and throughout the day.

Certainly, the amount of toothpaste we use, or amount of drink we toss down the drain might be small, but all those little excesses add up — for the planet as well as our pocketbooks.

When we take time to pay attention when we brush our teeth and wash our hair and drink and eat and clean the counters and scrub the dishes – and we take only what we need to successfully complete the job — it might surprise us to notice how little we need (and how much extra we’ve been taking).

Taking just enough applies to bigger things, too – from enough house to enough clothes to enough food to sustain ourselves in a way that causes as little harm as possible.

I like to remember Gandhi’s statement that “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.”

It serves as a good reminder to us to pay attention to how much of the world’s resources we’re consuming and to commit to making choices that do the most good and least harm.