Monday, June 25, 2012

In the pursuit of just enough.

Last week, there was a twitter storm. Did you feel it? It was started by heaps of different organisations who want to end fossil fuel subsidies and picked the Rio+20 summit as the time to lobby governments to make that change.  Over 100,000 tweets with the #endfossilfuelsubsidies tag were tweeted out - and it trended worldwide for a long time.  I didn't see my twitter feed exploding with tweets about it - did your feed feel the storm?

Along with the storm - which I mostly felt because of my job - came videos about climate change. And one in particular had a line that struck me.

It was a young woman from India or Africa - I can't remember which - and she was talking about how we need not be in the pursuit of wealth but the pursuit of just enough.

In the pursuit of just enough.

I've been saying the words to myself over and over again, letting them roll around in my head until the words themselves mean almost nothing.

Then, last night I was getting my comment on and going from blog to blog and I cam upon these posts: this one from This is Nice and this one from Life in the (hypothetical) Promised Land.

And that's the thing about blogging, you look around and realise that heaps of people are writing about thing that you've been mulling over from different perspectives and from different starting points. Ah, community.

Inspector Climate and I live a pretty simple life. We're not big fans of stuff and try pretty hard to limit what we buy to things that we use.  And for the most part, I feel pretty confident when it comes to saying no to wealth when it = things and greed.  And that's all part of sustainability to me. We have to recognise when what we have is more enough.

I'm not sure what my point is. I'm just hoping that recognising when enough is just enough will become a bigger part of each of our lives (and for that matter, fossil fuel companies lives. What's with the subsidies, yo?).

As a side note, it's recently come to my attention that I do not follow enough people on twitter - Let's rectify that shall we? Leave your twitter handle in the comments and let's share some twitter love :)

19 comments:

  1. Great post Deidre.

    I have experienced first hand what the pursuit of excess can do to a person and the people around them. Wouldn't it be amazing if people didn't measure their value or their success on how much they accumulated?

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  2. The pursuit of just enough: I wholeheartedly concur. It's such a beautiful sentiment and the more one mulls over it the happier it makes one. :-)

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  3. I completely agree with less focus on "stuff" and more focus on what you've got. Sometimes the drive to want more is okay and motivating - it's just determining when to turn that switch on or off

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  4. what a great post, and what a great quote. i think there are more people who are starting to adhere to this lifestyle, but still not enough!

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  5. Such a great post and a reminder that there's more to life than just "stuff."

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  6. I have been reading a lot of posts about getting rid of baggage lately - emotional, physical, metaphorical. I really love the idea of the pursuit of just enough.

    P.S. I just followed you on the Twitters, yo.

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  7. I missed all that stuff because I am the last person on earth who has not joined Twitter. But perhaps that means I really am following your advice and focusing on living with less! ;-)

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  8. I thought this was great. "Just enough!"
    Because that's all anybody needs.
    I'm glad you wrote this. It was a good reminder.

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  9. Isn't it amazing how when you're thinking about something and then you read a post that someone wrote about, whether they have a similar or different sentiment...? All I know is that I agree with the less stuff thing. Because we're in a smaller space, we don't have a lot of "stuff" as it is, but we're only buying things that we know we'll use :)

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  10. the pursuit of just enough. what a beautiful and insightful saying!
    xo TJ

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  11. Sadly, I don't have time for Twitter these days. I barely have time to blog. I do miss it on some days though...

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  12. Definitely, to something to think about. Since, I'm definitely one that doesn't have much. And just recently I found out what upcycling is.

    Very informative post.

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  13. Lets tweet! Mine is JulesSmithTweet. Maybe we can crack up a hashtag storm.

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  14. I've spent some time living in the 3rd world and fully embrace the concept of "just enough." Because I've seen people with far less than what we'd consider to be "enough" living a much happier life than most people I know who have much more than "enough." I loved this post!

    Sarah- you're not the last person who hasn't joined twitter. I also don't twit...or whatever it is that one does when engaging in the twitter.

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  15. I completely and totally agree with this!! I feel like society and the world teaches us to be SO materialistic. We just want, want, want. That's one of my issues with Pinterest. We pin houses/decor/clothes. All material things.

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  16. Just enough when it comes to material goods is one thing, I'm all for it. Be happy with you what you have!

    But I could never live my life in general in pursuit of just enough. I want more of everything! More of the world, more love, more happiness! Just enough is not enough!

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  17. @Kyle - YES. Who is to say "enough" when it comes to experiences or travel?

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  18. I have come to learn that money = freedom, if I could have an excess of it, I would.

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  19. I don't see the point of twitter, but that is just me. Love your views.

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