- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 30, 2001

• Sharpen your focus on the values, goals and missions that guide you.

• Live your life deliberately by making choices aligned with those values and goals.

• Look for the spiritual and joyous in the everyday.

• Replace an attitude of fear and scarcity with an attitude of gratitude and abundance. Practice the new attitude when you wake up in the morning, go to bed at night and in between.

• Don't just do something: Take advantage of empty moments to be quiet and listen.

• Find happiness and fulfillment in your relationship with yourself first. Relationships with family, friends and others then will flourish.

• Let go of energy robbers such as debt, excess possessions, aimless activities and negative news sources.

• Question your buying habits: How well could I do without this product or service? I have always been able to get along without it; what is different now? Can I borrow it from a neighbor or a library or rent it this time? Consider how your purchases could affect you, others and the environment.

• Reduce nonessential expenses. A cup of coffee, a dooghnut and a newspaper five days a week add up. When you reduce expenses, you don't have to work as long and hard to pay for what you don't buy. Time becomes available for those relationships and opportunities aligned with your values and goals.

• Connect with the beauty of simplicity in nature and celebrate nature's seasons. Go with the flow and be gentle with yourself.

Source: EcoStewards Alliance

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