Beth's Ponderings Every once in a while, I see articles about the “100 Thing Challenge.” I’m not sure who exactly started the challenge, and it has many variations now. Basically, the premise is to simplify your life by getting rid of everything you own except for 100 possessions. Depending on whose version you follow it can be very extreme or very lax. For example, a pair of socks can equal 2 items, or one item. Some versions I’ve seen count a complete outfit (i.e. pair of shoes, pair of socks, underwear, pants, shirt, jacket, tie) as 1 item. Versions of the challenge suggest 100 personal items, such as your clothing and personal care items, per family member, but not communal items in your home. Or, you could do the challenge by keeping only 100 items per room in your home. You can go through and purge items in one weekend or two. Or, another approach suggests putting everything on a table and taking out the items as you use them. After a certain period of time - for example, a month - you will notice what remains untouched on the table and then you can get rid of it. While there are many versions of the challenge, and 100 is just an arbitrary number pulled out of a hat, as it were, the value of the challenge is still there. We can all benefit from a review of our possessions on a regular basis. Too often we hold onto items that have outlived their purpose, or can’t be repaired, just in case a miracle happens and it suddenly works again. Okay, I must admit I have done that, and it did mysteriously start working again a couple of years after it quit, but that is a very rare occurrence. Of course there are the items we stockpile in case of an emergency or apocalypse that probably will never happen, and if it does, we won’t be able to use the stockpile because we forgot to save a handheld can opener. We probably all have more than we need in our homes. Why not lighten your load and create more space around you? Space you can use to relax in and enjoy life more fully.
We are mere days away from a Provincial Election in Alberta.
I personally agree with Premier Prentice’s comment from earlier this year that all Albertans need to look in the mirror to see who is responsible for the current situation Albertan find ourselves in.
Now, WHY I agree with that comment? Because all Albertans have not only expected, but have DEMANDED loudly, that “The Government” take care of us in ways that it shouldn’t be.
I don’t believe we need “The Government” to give out more money to the departments, we need “The Government” to give out LESS money!
For example, health care doesn’t make us well. Our daily choices - what we eat and drink, exercise/activity, lifestyle, etc. - make us well. It is not “The Government’s” responsibility to tell us what to eat or how to be fit. Health care should be for emergencies, and a last resort, when other options fail.
Also, education (schools and universities) doesn’t make us learn. Truthfully, children (and adults) learn more effectively outside of any organized classroom setting. For example, we learn more from hobbies than we do from rote work in a classroom. And moreover, the oft repeated statistic from School Boards and the Opposition parties that there will be 12,000 more students and no teacher to teach them - NOT TRUE. In a province this size, that works out to maybe 1 more student in a classroom, and not every class will see an increase. It is not “The Government’s” responsibility to run this province in the day-to-day, it is OURS. Each of us, through the jobs we do, the Boards we are members of, and the communities we live in, is responsible for doing the best we can with the resources we currently have at our disposal. If we can’t efficiently do that, all the government money in the world won’t solve our problems, nor will user fees. And maybe, once we take back our own responsibilities, then “The Government” we elect will be more able to effectively do the job we elect them too do. Voting on May 5th is very important, but even more important is the many choices you make every day which impact this province.