One of the things I love most about my Superman is that he has this ability to see through all the "fluff" right to the real issue. It's not often that he is is duped and he is quite clear on the goals for our family.
I, on the other hand, tend to get too intense on issues and can get overwhelmed very easily when it comes to all the information that is thrown at me. This is partly my own fault as I enjoy reading and learning new things, but then I get anxious because there is so much to do as a wife and mom....
Superman tells me to do 2 things when I get like this:
1. Pray - ask God for what He wants me to do with the information.
2. Work on what I can do, and leave the rest.
I am reading a book at the moment (another post on this soon) and the writer shows all the different ways that we can make changes for better personal health and a less toxic home. I know that since 2008 we have made some really good inroads in the many things she lists, but there still seems like sooooo much to be done.
The other day when I was sharing this with Superman he did his normal tunnel vision thing and simply anwsered: "You can't do it all, just work on the 80" and promptly left the room. So I have been thinking about this. I know what he means about the 80...is the 80/20% principal.
This is the way we have begun to operate but initially our lives were out of kilter when we worked long long hours, spent too much money on things, didn't eat well, never cared for what rubbish we threw away etc.
The 80/20 principle is simply 80% good living - 20% marginal living.
80% good eating - 20% could be improved
80% sustainable lifestyle - 20% could be improved
80% eco friendly products - 20% could be improved...you get the idea?
So by taking his advice to work on the 80...I need to just keep doing what I am doing, and need to stop worrying about the rest.
I know some who are so concerned about their lifestyles that they feel they are doing it opposite - 20% good, the other 80% questionable...it seems that fretting about this never gets them anywhere, which is why I created my Babysteps Ecourse so that they can make little changes every month and start improving the ratio and tipping the scales towards the 80%
I truly believe that God made such an awesome body that it can deal with the questionable 20%. We have been given lymph nodes, kidneys and livers to get rid of the bad stuff that comes into our bodies through food, cleaning materials, building materials and pollution. But its when we overload our bodies with toxins that bad health and illness occurs.
So here's to the 80%...thanks Superman.