Today, I am pleased to introduce Micheal Penny. He has written a guest post about Greening Gracefully. Micheal Penny is the founder of Savvy Rest Organic Mattresses and an expert on body dynamics and sleep issues.
By Michael Penny
When we make the choice to have a family, we are also choosing to protect our family’s health and well-being. It’s a natural choice for any mother.
We are also passionate about improving the environment in every way—the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil our food grows in, and how we power everything. As our awareness grows about our impact on the earth, so grows our passion.
It’s easy to become fearful and angry about GMOs and chemicals everywhere. Yet we need to constantly remember to relax and be present and grateful for the lives we have right now.
As strongly as we may feel, it is abundantly clear that people’s paths to total greenness vary widely. It’s easy to be critical of someone driving a big SUV while at the same time praising the person one car behind who is driving a hybrid vehicle. After all, SUVs guzzle more fuel than hybrids do.
If we followed them both home, though, we might find the SUV driver living in a small home with an organic mattress, an organic garden, dual flush toilets, rain barrels, and a big recycling program. Maybe he has the big SUV to haul all the green things to his house… while the hybrid driver owns a 7,000 square foot house with a huge chemically-fertilized lawn and sports cars in the garage.
Greening gracefully means allowing each person to make their own choices as best as they can without personal judgment. After all, no one is perfectly green. You’d have to live in the country, grow your own food, walk everywhere or ride a horse, sew your own clothes, build your organic bed from scavenged lumber, build your house without power tools, etc. Even folks who live in very old-fashioned ways depend on some things being transported many hundreds of miles.
Healthy choices for my family and the earth are just a matter of degree. I do as much as I can as soon as I can, and I gradually make healthier choices. Almost everyone has to make choices within their own financial means, and sometimes that means making a less-green choice. That’s really ok.
Furthermore, it’s our belief that living harmoniously is a green choice. Patience is a green choice. Yes, we can aggressively pursue socially greener choices, and we should. At the same time, we must relax, enjoy our lives, and have compassion for ourselves.
Everyone wants a healthier life and a healthier planet. Wanting it is the easy part. The path to a healthier life and planet is as different for each of us as the difference among green leaves. Let us allow everyone to move at her own pace and green gracefully, slowly, but steadily.
Author Bio: Michael Penny is the founder of Savvy Rest Organic Mattresses and an expert on body dynamics and sleep issues. An entrepreneur and a yoga practitioner, Penny brings a unique perspective to the natural mattress industry.