Common Sense Home Good News Letter 6/19/22

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke

Isn’t it funny how on all the time travel shows, they talk about being careful with even the smallest action, because it might disrupt the timeline, yet most of us go through our days with little thought to the routine details of life?

Beyond that, maybe we avoid taking action entirely, because we feel we can’t do “enough”. (Whatever your version of enough is.)

Maybe we don’t plant a garden, because we don’t have a tiller or we don’t have space or we don’t have time – but what if we started with just one plant in a self watering container to keep things simple? Or what if we shared a small garden with a friend or neighbor, so we could visit while we got some outside time (and veggies)?

Maybe we don’t try to preserve any food, because it takes up too much time, or we need special equipment. What if we prepped the food on one day (like peeling potatoes or snapping beans), and then did the canning the next day? What if we got a few friends and family together, did a bulk produce and equipment buy, and made a day of preserving?

Ask my sons – I always say “many hands make light work”.

I get frustrated with myself at times, because there are so many things I feel I should do, but never enough hours in the day.

But maybe, just maybe, “only a little” is enough.

At the very least, only a little is better than nothing at all.

All our best to you and yours,

Laurie (and August, August, and Duncan)

August and Laurie

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