We stayed at a very eco-friendly hostel in Rome called The Beehive. They only wash towels and sheets every three days if you are staying four days or more. They encourage you to turn off all electricity in your rooms when you are out. They have a little cafe that provides organic home made snacks and breakfast. And they have a community area where you can access the Internet on the computer provided and there are free magazines to read and a small collection on books (travel and otherwise) that have been shared by passing travellers who have no use for them anymore. There is also a recycling collection area for all guests to use for responsible disposal of plastic, paper and glass.
Among the magazines was a great little publication from Canada called Ode Magazine (for intelligent optimists). You can check it out on line @ www.odemagazine.com. There was one particular article that caught my eye about the different ways our brains work. The article is called Your Brain is a Rainforest and I would love you all to read it. This article has nothing to do with cluttering but as our brains’ “wiring” has a lot to do with our individual behaviour maybe there is a connection there for you to find for yourself. Too often people feel alienated just because they don’t fit into society’s general rule of what makes a person “valuable”. We are all special in our own way and we should embrace that and find our own purpose in life that is fulfilling for us. Whether this choice makes us rich or not should not be the motivation, happiness and satisfaction should be the ultimate goal. In fact I believe that there should be a little more equality in what society deems is the monetary value of different occupations but that is just my opinion.
Just to prove that I practise what I preach I am handing in my resignation at my current job and I am going to spend some time experimenting with options so I can hopefully find what I want to do when I grow up. It is never too late to learn, thank goodness, because I have certainly left it late enough. Now that I have learnt not to waste money on unnecessary items I can afford to sacrifice my small wage in the pursuit of happiness.
ITEM 271 OF 365 LESS THINGS
I had all good intentions to use these pastry horns when I bought them but to be honest I have never used them so that one more thing for the donation box.
5 Things I am Grateful for Today
- My Dyson vacuum cleaner – the house needed a good once over today and having a good vacuum cleaner sure makes that easy work.
- Micro-fibre cloths – I don’t know how anyone cleans without these things.
- Sleeping in – I slept until 8:30 today so I am feeling much brighter than I have the last two days.
- Racial Diversity – I am making Red Thai Curry for dinner tonight. Wouldn’t life be boring without great food from different cultures.
- Hot showers – can you just imagine what it was like before indoor plumbing and hot water systems were invented. It doesn’t even bare thinking about.