I’ve got a waste aversion streak a mile wide in my personality–I try to make sure that everything gets used up and not thrown away prematurely, I love to hear of something rescued from ruin and given a second chance to serve its purpose, and I get a twitch watching someone run the water full blast during teeth brushing.
Right now during our Big Sort I’m trying hard to prevent all kinds of material things from going to waste, mostly by donating them or putting them out on our street corner and hoping that someone will need them.
While sorting some papers this morning, I ran across this quote from E.E. Cummings about waste, and it reminded me to refocus:
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
I’ll continue my anti-waste efforts around the house, but I’ll try to steer clear of a head-down, slogging-through attitude. These days that feel like something I must endure are just as much a part of my life as other, happier ones. Time to lighten up. Does anyone have a good joke to cheer me?