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An Environmental day off. Regain the senses and save the planet.

Updated on December 3, 2013

This is very old for us South Westerners out Arizona way. Probably 200 years old.

Western Society where I grew up was only about 60 years old 50 years ago. Indians of the American sense Controlled most the land when my father was born. There were "raids" on the day of his birth.
Western Society where I grew up was only about 60 years old 50 years ago. Indians of the American sense Controlled most the land when my father was born. There were "raids" on the day of his birth. | Source

Keep your Job, your sanity and help your environment.

There are two environments that we need be mindful of and they interact. Take a day off from machines and still be productive. Progress and not perfection is sought here. Try a version of you own here.

Offices are made for people to be in them. Good. Phones are made to be answered and used. Good. Office communication is meant to be had. I highly recommend that you take a day of the work week out of them. This day is filled with more production and less stress on yourself and the environment. I could go all Eastern Orient and Buddha Dharma on you and toss in Yoga metrics and maybe I will but for now let us just talk about it Western and US concentric style.

What we are going to do is minimize electronics and interaction to a level of perfection. We are going to eat well, work well, be productive and minimize stress and the environmental impact of our day. (cheating is wholly acceptable as progress and not perfection is our goal.)

You may find it very strange that by merely using Western references I am promoting New Age stuff and making it almost Christian --- wait, Christ is Love and so this is completely Christian.

Are you having a good time yet because the author is going in and out and pulling plants and playing with sub four son and just loving a day of love for US Thanksgiving.

A little something for your senses.

For several months a year. My dad and my mom. settled us 6 children in the woods in a hollow. Now mind you.my momma and Daddy made a pretty penny. My daddy was a big shot and my momma let others hang the moon above her. But that did not matter for about 6 years of my life. I was raised on a wood burning stove and the crackle of wood my brothers cut too early and too wrong. But it was perfect in our home where we had no electricity and no gas.

A big old Ben Franklin Stove cooked meals, heated water and provided heat and was never untended. On the south facing side we had a big tank of water that would be plenty warm when in summer months we could take hot showers at sunset right under it. Otherwise we shower in a water fall from a stream going into the creek. Us kids lived in the loft. A straight up ladder was the staircase to the above. It was cramped with six of us and at least two friends much of the time. From the inside it looked very much like a small hogan up in the loft. Downstairs was just one big room combining kitchen and parents bedroom and then a 20 X 20 ft "screened" in porch.

Since around 4 years old I primed the pump every morning. Because I was an early riser. That meant taking a tin pour pitcher with a spout and pouring that into the top of the pump while starting to move the 3 foot pump handle up and down as fast as you can. That hand pump had to fill the 75 gallon tank on the south side of the cabin. And that in turn gave mom her one faucet in her utility sink next to the stove. Of course there was no running water for what most of us think is a necessity. We had the out house way down on the south 40 of the property. And my dad built basins in two little streams for daytime drinking and washing. Dishes were done by heating water on the wood burning stove.

E--Lectricity came about when I was six or so. That meant an electric pump and no more reading by candle and kerosene lamplight.

Now that was natural. And that electricity spelled the beginning of the end of my innocence.


When the trees turned color like this it was time to head back to the city.

Maybe a favorite bunch of trees.
Maybe a favorite bunch of trees. | Source

Now about your day relieving yourself of whatever you want.

Turn it off!! Our idea for this day is to minimize the use of gadgets and electricity in general. No you will not take a shower on this day. What you are going to do is go around your home and turn off what you do not absolutely need. Sometimes I go so far as to turn off my refrigerator for four hours. For sure turn off the hot water heater. You may not change clothes on this day.

Now as I indicated you are going to work today. No not going in to work. You will work from home.

So your phone and your computer will be on for 3 hours during your day. For instance 9-10 am, 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm. Make good use of that time. You will need a pad of paper and a PENCIL. (that wood with graphite is cool) Adjust this recipe for cold and too hot of days. Do not freeze your pipes.

Some definite cheating suggestions are these. Get good food ready the night before. Clean up well the night before. Pick clothes you can wear in and out with comfort and some decorum. And if you should, print out what you must read the next day for reading and reference. Candles and oil lamps are good to have ready.

I think you are starting to get the picture. And do not even look at that car.

What do you think so far?

Could you devise a way to actually get work done in this fashion?

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No matter where you live you can be a country boy

Wow just think of the peace and quiet of mind.

Now you are going to spend some time writing with that pencil and paper. It will go slower than you are used to. Check it out! You will think better. You will be careful what you write. Hey look at the other end of that pencil. It is an eraser.

My crazy multiple degree artist son writes songs, draws and creates business plans, and writes poetry laying on his back looking up at those trees in the above photo. Hey the dude also sleeps in the recording studio and when he visits me he puts up his hammock out in the yard for sleeping. His dang cars have carburetors. My wife does his taxes and she only says he is doing better than me ;-) Yes those trees are the same ones I looked up to when I was 4 years old.

Notice I am strictly avoiding telling you how to do your day. I would suggest that on a work day those tight three hours are important. Let us talk about that benefit next.

All my children know how to hike from here to there

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As is this authors want let me wrap this up with some thoughts.

I left you hanging in this article. I did not tell you what to do except what to get rid of. I hope that is refreshing. Perhaps you can do it. Here is a fun truth. I do that. And I can tell you that where I have an office it drives them nuts. No, not because I am not there, but because I kick some butt on those days. In those 3 hours of "wired" time I get so much done that no one can keep up for two days.

Why.

Because I spend more time contemplating and getting ready to work. I do not multitask on these days. I get ready like a warrior for battle or a preacher for a sermon. I do like I used to when I would be in the starting gate 2,000 feet above the finish line doing downhill ski racing. Total focus with no distraction.

I do not want you to focus on what I have suggested. I do not want you to focus on doing it right. I want you to focus on the hair on the back of your hand as you put pencil to paper. I want you to write your own check lists. I want you to cheat like I do making my teas on the gas stove. And I want you to go outside and let the rain or the sunshine fall on your face.

Now can I get a big Amen?!!

In my home town in Vietnam, electricity still goes out sometimes

It really does not change much in the country
It really does not change much in the country | Source

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Multiple topics for contemplation. I'm going to have to wake up a bit before tackling your challenge. :) Have a great day Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Eclectic I am my friend. That is why I need these days on - or off.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We have to turn the power off for a few hours a day anyway Eric, too let the solar batteries recharge. So this isn't that difficult for me...but I'll do it anyway. Good hub and challenge.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is so cool. I want more pictures of your life!!

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      We are so plugged in all the time, most people don't even realize. I recently moved and had to go a few days without cable and internet...oh my God! But some days I do sit in the yard and watch the sun shift from one side to the other and then the moon the same way. And you know what? Not a moment of that is ever wasted.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian so what we see of the moon is a reflection of the sun's light. And you my friend are a reflection of the good light. I could have just figured that you did that.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Eric, you are just amazing ! Coming from a village background, I am well aware of the preciousness of water and electricity. We have to fetch water from miles on but the memory of that scarcity and the moments spent on the light of an humble lamp are just nostalgic. So wonderfully have you portrayed it all that nobody can overlook it.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Very interesting post and quite relavent to present times

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Singh my man, I have learned volumes from you making our past relevant to today. You are a great teacher, and your student here bows.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I could work without my phone and computer. It would be harder. I could if I had to but I'm not going to until then. I try to be more self sufficient after the hurricanes in this area but that's about it.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are aware. And that beauty cannot be denied.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      So this makes so much sense ...and I try to do some things each day....but I have become spoiled, not complacent, but spoiled... I guess I must revisit my priorities when it comes to STUFF.

      Thanks for making me think on these things.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      So this makes so much sense ...and I try to do some things each day....but I have become spoiled, not complacent, but spoiled... I guess I must revisit my priorities when it comes to STUFF.

      Thanks for making me think on these things.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, I sure am thankful that much of my life has been a simple one. Thank you reading and sharing with me.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ps I surely do love your angels. I think they are out back playing with daddy's tools with my son. Thank you!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Great post. Worth giving a thought on it. Thanks for sharing Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I should have included storing up on your biscuits and cookies. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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